Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Max Duane Fields, 82, of Cassville, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation.

He was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Dodge City, Kan., the son of F.O. "Pa" and Cleo "Ma" (Sample) Fields. On July 30, 1949, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Margie Banks, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Gary Fields and his wife, Gayle, of Cassville, and Eric Fields and his wife, Francita, of Springfield, and two grandsons.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

He moved with his parents to Cassville in August of 1933. Pa and Ma were professional photographers, and he grew up in Fields Photo Shop. He received his education in the Cassville Schools, Monett Jr. College and Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. From 1949 through 1951, he taught school in Seneca. In 1952, he started operating Fields Photo, specializing in large group photography from 1985 through 1994. in 2004, he, Margie and Jerry Watley formed a not-for-profit corporation known as Fields' Photo Archives, moving the files to the Watley Building on Sho-Me Plaza and then later to the Barry County Museum. He was a member of and song leader for Mill Street Church of Christ in Cassville for over 50 years.

He was instrumental in securing Cassville Municipal Airport. he served as president of Casco Developers for its 20-year existence, with Boy Scout Troop 76 as assistant scoutmaster for many years and as merit badge counselor, was on the staff of the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Coeur de Ailene, Idaho, in 1969; served in all offices of the Cassville Rotary Club and the Southwest Missouri Flying Club, as a Board Member of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, president of the Memorial Park Board, firefighter on the Cassville City and Barry County Rural Fire Departments over 20 years, member of the Barry County Sheriff's Posse (Aircraft Division) and a board member of Barry County Senior Citizens Housing.

Graveside services were held today (Wednesday) at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Wayne Deffenbaugh conducted the services.

Contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America or The Fields' Photo Archives in his memory.

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