American Veteran 01

Joseph Leroy Fields

May 26, 1935 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 86)
Obituary Image


Joseph L. Fields, age 86, went home to 

be with the Lord on November 19,2021, at 5:05 am at Lima Convalescent Home.  He was 

born on Sunday, May 26, 1935 in Lima, Ohio, the seventh of 15 children.  His 

parents Eldridge Scott and Fannie 

(Ward) Fields, both preceded him in death.


On February 7, 1959,  he was united in holy matrimony to Dorothy L. O’Day (who preceded him in death July 8, 2014). To this union they were blessed with two sons, Joseph L. Fields II, (deceased) and D. Marc (Julie) Fields of  Lima.


He attended Lima public schools and graduated from Lima South, 1954.  He has served in the United States Army 1955 - 1957.  Had worked at Lima Auto Service and Ohio Steel Foundry.  He was hired full time to the Lima Police Department on March 22,1965, and on June 2, 1965, he was shot while on duty. He worked street patrol for 7 years and for the Juvenile Bureau for 18 years.  He

was named Law Officer of the year - 1975.  Following his retirement from the police department in 1990, he was employed with the Supreme Court of Ohio 3rd District Ohio Court of Appeals where he worked until 2006.  


Whenever you saw  Joe, he was always smiling.  He enjoyed traveling and good

“argumentative” conversations, especially in the ones he was always right.


Besides his son, Marc (Julie) Fields, he leaves to cherish his precious memory a granddaughter, Misti L. (Curtis) Nance and 3 great grandsons, Landon Fields, Brayden and Jaxtin Nance of Lima; 

2 goddaughters, Trish “Twig” Julien of Lima and Paula (O’Neil) Gwinn, of Houston, Tx.; a brother, Floyd E. Fields of Lima; 3 sisters Loretta J. Mobley of Detroit, Mi.; Patricia A. Musgrove and Donna M. Fields, both of Lima; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.  


He was also preceded in death by a great grandson, Matthew Mikesell; 4 brothers, John E. Fields, William H. Fields, Howard E. Fields and Albert H. Fields; 4 sisters, Ruth M. Penager, Alice G. Gatewood, Betty J. Smith and Barbara L. Bennett; 1 infant brother and 1 infant sister.


The family will receive friends on Monday, November 22, 2021,  from 2pm-6:30 pm, at Hanneman-Siferd Funeral Home, 506 N. Cable Rd. Lima Ohio 45805, with the Rev. Dennis Ward officiating.  Military Honors will be performed by the US Army Honor Guard, The combined VFW/American Legion Honor Guard,  the Patriot Guard Riders, and the Lima Police Department Honor Guard at 6:30 pm. If weather permits, this Honors Ceremony will take place in the flag area in front of the funeral home. Please feel free to come at 6:30 and express your appreciation to this Law Enforcement Officer and Army Veteran who served his Country and his community very well. HANNEMAN-SIFERD FUNERAL HOME is honored to take care of Joseph’s Family. Please go to to express online condolences and purchase floral or other arrangements.  The family and friends of Joseph L. Fields express a sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the cards, flowers, food and kindness bestowed from all well-wishers.  Special thanks to Hospice, the floor staff, caregivers and attendees of Lima Convalescent Home for their kindness and care, also.  May God Bless You All!







To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joseph Leroy Fields, please visit our floral store.

Memorial Tree
A Memorial Tree was planted for Joseph

We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Hanneman-Siferd Funeral Home

Join in honoring their life - plant a memorial tree


November 22, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hanneman-Siferd Funeral Home
506 North Cable Road
Lima, OH 45805

Funeral Service
November 22, 2021

6:00 PM
Hanneman-Siferd Funeral Home
506 North Cable Road
Lima, OH 45805

Military Honors
November 22, 2021

6:30 PM
US Army Honor Guard

© 2022 Hanneman Family Funeral Homes & Crematory. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility