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Obituary (MI): Joseph Harry Fields '63

Posted on 08/27/2018

Joseph Harry "Josh" Fields

Born June 9, 1941 in Washington, D.C., and died August 16, 2018, in Okemos, MI.

Preceded in death by his mother, Yetta Morganstein Fields, his father, Milton Fields, and sister Robin Mae Fields, all of Rockville, Maryland, and son-in-law Stewart Silver of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Surviving Josh are his beloved wife, Susan Anderson; daughters, Eileen (Mark) Jadd, Justine (Stewart RIP) Silver, and Elaena (Eitan) Shvartman; stepdaughter, Cori (Russell) Barkman; and godsons, Orion (Stephanie) Mowbray and Nicholas (Karolina) Mowbray.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Matthew, Brian, and Leah Jadd, and Bella Moriah Shvartman; stepgrandchildren, Justine and Morgan Barkman; and god-grandchildren, Violet Mowbray and Mikolaj and Charlotte Mowbray.

Josh is also survived by numerous cousins, friends and colleagues.

He started his collegiate education at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated in June 1963 as a commissioned officer (ensign) in the United States Navy with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Shortly after graduation, Josh married Judith Avin, the mother of Josh's children. Josh was stationed in Japan where he commenced his first of two tours of duty.

He served as an operations department head and as assistant head of the engineering department. After a little more than four years of service as a commissioned officer, Josh resigned his commission and entered the civilian world as a project engineer for Shell Chemical Company. Josh also completed law school and became a part of the Shell Oil legal department.

He later moved to the Lansing area and created the law firm of Josh Fields and Associates. He retired due to illness in 2015.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation or the Ingham County Medical Care Facility. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 26, 2018