OBITUARY: Robert Lee (Bob) Fields

Robert Lee (Bob) Fields passed away Jan. 18, 2022, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 19, 1938, in Drexel, Mo., to William “Bill” and Hallie Green (Stults) Fields.

He was 5 years old when the family moved to Kansas. He graduated from Newton High School in 1957.

In October of 1958, he married Vickie Vogt in Newton. Together, they had four children to this union: Richard, Terri, Natalie and Deborah (Debbie). They later divorced.

He worked many years at The Newton Kansan and the Wichita Eagle before leaving the print business and going into the concrete business, where he worked at Prestressed Concrete in Newton and Oklahoma.

Robert married Kim (Schill) Rice in April 1986 and moved to St George, Utah, where he got back into the ink business. At the time of his retirement in 2001, Bob was a press foreman for the Daily Spectrum.

He played slow pitch, and he was an avid bowler in Newton at both bowling alleys. Bob’s love of bowling was passed down to his children and grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kim; his children, Richard, Moundridge, and Terri (James) Sadowsky and Natalie (Kevin) Boston, all of Newton, Debbie (Ray) Bergquist of Moundridge, Lisa (Justin) Seltzer of Hesston, Joe Rice of Wichita, and Jamie Rice of Newton; sisters, Goldie (Don) Detwiler, Pratt, Wanda White, Oklahoma, and Hallie (Alan) Lindsey, Calif.; brother-in-law, Frank Holinde, Newton; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Barney Unruh, whom he was very fond of, seven brothers and seven sisters.

A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will immediately follow the service at Eastgate Lanes, 1610 E. Second, Newton.

Memorials may be made in Robert’s (Bob) name to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. We request that you wear a mask.

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