Edward "Toby" F. Fields

08/25/1936 - 02/26/2024


Obituary For Edward "Toby" F. Fields

Lima, Ohio
Edward "Toby" F. Fields, 87, passed away on February 26, 2024, at 5:32 am, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Toby was born August 25, 1936 in Lima, OH, to Edward "Buck" and Gladys (Clevenger) Fields who both preceded him in death. On September 24, 1960 he married Sharis (Baker) Fields who survives in Lima, OH.
Toby graduated from Lima Central High School in 1954. He then attended Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in business. Toby was in the Army National Guard in his younger years. He was the President and owner of Commercial Lithograph of Lima, OH, where many family and friends worked through the years. Toby was a life member of Christ Church Episcopal, Past President of the Lima Rotary Club, Past Board Member of the YMCA and Past Advisory Board Member of the Lima Salvation Army. Toby enjoyed watching Ohio State Football with his family. He always looked forward to his annual fishing trips to Canada and time trials at the Indy 500. He had his private pilot licenses and flew his own plane across the country with his family. Toby cherished his wife and loved his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren dearly.
Toby is survived by his wife, Sharis J. Fields of Lima, OH, children, Eve (Mike) Koby of Wright City, MO, Francie Mason, Drew (Kelly) Fields of Ft. Jennings, OH, Jerry (Lorena) Fields of Lakewook, CA, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
He is preceded in death by his siblings, Rita Wilson, Bill (Joan) Fields, Deanne Thompson, Mary Ann Fields and sister-in-law, Connie (Jim) Gordon.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Shawnee Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 3:00pm at Chiles - Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel. Father Charles Obinwa to officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 614 E Market Street, Lima, OH 45801.
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  • 03/05/2024

    So sorry to read of Toby's passing. This brings back pleasant memories of our childhood on Oakland Pkwy, in school and the family connection. Dr. Howell Clevenger Lloyd Oxford, Ohio

  • 03/02/2024

    Toby touched so many hearts, even some here in CA. We will miss you Toby! ❤️. We will never forget all times you visited us. From the Cobena Family.

  • 03/02/2024

    Our deepest condolences to The Fields family. We met The Fields through Jerry & Lorena, and immediately felt in love with Sharis and Tobi. We remember very dearly our trip to Lima a few years ago and have always considered the Fields our extended family. It is a sad moment and we wish we could be there with you through this difficult moment.

  • 03/02/2024

    Toby was my God Parent I have so many great memories as a kid growing up I loved going to their house of course to play with the girls my mom and Shari's would talk n laugh. Toby always treated as I was his own. I will miss him dearly but I will hold my memories close to my heart. My sympathy and prayers go out to the family. I love you all ❤️

  • 03/02/2024

    My second dad for my entire life. Toby always had a kiss and a hug for me. Literally, every important day in my life, Toby was there. Even important events in my kids lives, Toby was there. I love you Toby♥️ Say Hi to dad and Uncle Donnie for me.

  • 02/29/2024

    Eve, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It's difficult to lose a parent no matter what age you are. I pray that your family can find comfort in each other in the days ahead. Ann (WC library)

  • 02/29/2024

    My deepest sympathy to the Fields family. Even though I can't be there, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of Toby. Jayne Vaske

  • 02/28/2024

    My sympathies to the entire Fields Family. I was fortunate to be neighbors with Francie many years ago and had the pleasure of getting to know Toby and Sharis. Toby, I will miss your orneriness! You were so much fun. Love to all. Christina, Connor and Kelsey Thornton ❤️.

  • 02/28/2024

    My condolences to the whole family during this difficult time. I've known the Fields since I was 4 & Toby was very dear to my heart ❤️

  • 02/28/2024

    I have many fond memories of "Uncle" Toby. He was like our dad but different. He would let me do things my dad wouldn't, for instance, he let me drive the brand new Commercial Lithograph van when I was working at the shop. I went to Toledo on my first delivery. When I got back he said, "What in the H*** are you doing here?" Long story short, I drove 75 down I-75 because I thought the speedometer was broken. He said, in his Toby tone, "It's a BRAND NEW VAN there is nothing wrong with the speedometer!!!" So I got back an hour early. He also let me take the families brand new station wagon to Columbus to stay with Evie one weekend. I'm not sure why he trusted me with the vehicles but I love him for it. He gave so many of us our first experiences working in a shop. It was 7-3 with 1/2 hour lunch when we were 16 and 17. We could always tell who was coming down the steps to the basement where all the summer helpers worked. Uncle Bill smoked a pipe and Toby smoked a cigar. Bill wore long sleeves and Toby wore short sleeves. I will also never forget the Friday night pizza night. So many Friday nights were spent with the family gathered around when he walked in with the pizza. Trips to Michigan, Cedar Point, Florida, the smell of his cigar, riding backwards in the station wagon, his rock tumbler, going to Grandma Fields's house after church for dinner (we had duck), all were good memories of Toby. In his gruff way, we knew he loved us just like his own. I always think of him when making my sugar cookies and cupcakes. He was a sucker for my homemade sweets. When I lived on Fett Avenue, he and I harvested all my horseradish and canned it. My dad, Toby and I ate it for years! We both had gardening in common and talked alot about herbs and vegetables when I got older. He loved my family dearly and we love his. He will be missed but there is peace in knowing he is with my dad, Uncle Donnie having fun with no pain. He certainly lived a great life and I am glad that I was part of it. If dad didn't know, ask Toby. I will miss his wisdom and stories. Prayers to the family for comfort. Jenny Penny

  • 02/28/2024

    Sincere sympathy to the family for their loss. I had the pleasure of working for Toby and the Fields family several years ago for a short time.

  • 02/28/2024

    To all our family we send our heartfelt sympathy and love. Uncle Toby will forever fill our hearts with memories of times shared together. Although we can't be there in person, may you all feel the loving thoughts we send. Larry & Doni and family

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