Douglas Maurice Fields, a remarkable individual, passed away on October 28, 2023. He was born to Arthur and Ruby Fields on April 5, 1943, in Devils Elbow, Missouri.
Doug faced adversity from an early age as he was diagnosed with polio at the tender age of 5. Undeterred by this challenging condition, he spent nine months in the daunting "iron lung" and wore braces for his whole life. Despite these physical obstacles, Douglas never allowed his handicap to hinder him in any way. He possessed an incredible resilience and an unwavering determination to overcome any hurdle that came his way.
One of Douglas' defining qualities was his selfless nature. When asked why he wouldn't park in the handicapped spots when he went places, he simply replied, "Those are reserved for people who need it." It wasn't until he was much older that he felt a need to park there. His remarkable consideration for others is testament to the kind of man Doug was.
Doug will always be remembered as a passive, easygoing individual with a happy-go-lucky spirit that brightened the lives of those around him. He had an infectious smile and a gentle disposition that put everyone at ease.
Beyond his successful career as the owner of Dougs Barber Shop for 45 years, he had a wide range of interests and hobbies that truly showcased his vibrant personality. He dedicated much of his time to several organizations such as being a Mason, a Shriner and participating actively in the Shriners antique car club. He himself owned a beautiful 1968 Chevelle Malibu. For over 15 years, he served on both the swap meet and circus committees for the Shriners. Additionally, from an early age of just 5 years old, he displayed incredible talent as a pool player.
However, among all his passions and pursuits, Doug held a special place in his heart for Taylor Park in Colorado. This destination became his favorite retreat where he would embark on memorable hunting adventures for elk alongside his beloved son Steve and cherished friends.
A man of great character, Douglas Maurice Fields touched the lives of many with his kindness, resilience, and unwavering spirit. He leaves behind a legacy of perseverance and compassion that will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
The visitation will be held on November 5, 2023, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence, Missouri, from 1pm to 3pm. This will be followed by the funeral service at the same location at 3pm. We invite all those whose lives were touched by Doug to come together and celebrate his life during these solemn yet meaningful events. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, a charity that was very important to Doug.
Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Georganna; son, Steve Fields (Cheryl); daughter, Michelle Hibler; granddaughters, Elizabeth Threadgill (Logan) and Michaela Hibler; and great granddaughters, Kaisley and Willow.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Norman Fields.