Shields, who was born in Thorntown, Indiana, in 1909, has lived at Tracy’s Heritage Place for the past three years. He graduated from Winslow High School in Arizona in 1927, where he was the editor-in-chief of the yearbook and named the school’s most popular boy.
Later, after attending college at the University of Minnesota, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in Italy during World War II. He later worked in hospital administration.
“(I feel) pretty good,” Shields said. “I’m happy because I’ve been able to raise three kids.”
Shields still tries to visit Arizona when he can, as the topography and history of the state are among his biggest interests. He also enjoys listening to orchestra and big band music.
On Thursday, he was fêted at Heritage Place with a chocolate ice cream cake, piano music and good memories.
Shields’ youngest daughter, Sue Shields, said that the centenarian didn’t have any special diet or routine, other than two eggs for breakfast every morning.
“He has a physical every year, and one year, his doctor told him, ‘You’re going to live to be 105,’” Sue said. “And the next year, the doctor said, ‘You’re going to live to be 107.’ It keeps going up, so that’s great.”