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Alan B. Shields

October 15, 1947 - January 27, 2021

Alan B. JonesAlan Brian Shields born 10/15/47 passed away on 1/27/21 after a diagnosis of leukemia that spanned more than a decade. 
At the time of his passing he was surrounded by his loving twin daughters Anne Marie Charnholm and Katie Shields, as well as his soul mate of 53 years Teri Jo Shields. He also leaves behind in his immediate family his well loved grandchildren Amy, Megan, and Nathan Alan, brother Paul Shields, sister Mary Antiochos, and son in law Jim Charnholm.  
A graduate of the University of Oregon in 1969 and a true Duck sports enthusiast, Alan worked for the Department of Transportation for the State of Oregon for 25 years.  He also proudly served in the Air Force for 23 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel always leading by his kind, generous, and thoughtful example. 
Alan always put his family first and was a deeply loyal friend.  His family and friends affirm how we all feel about such an amazing son, husband, father, father in law, grandfather, brother, and uncle.  "Death ends a life, not a relationship.  All the love you created is still there” (Morrie Schwartz).  These words are a testament that Alan will not be forgotten by so many who loved him.  
There will be a gathering at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date to celebrate Alan's life.  Donations may be made in his memory to Marion Polk Food Share and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

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I am deeply saddened to hear of Alan’s passing. He fought a long hard fight with the help of you Terijo, his number one advocate every single day. I am praying for you, your daughters and grandchildren as you mourn and celebrate what a great man Alan was. It was an honor to know him.
He will be greatly missed but forever remembered in the beautiful legacy that you created together.
Love and big hugs to all of you.
Donna Shumate 

He was a wonderful man and I am very happy that I had the honor of serving with him, may he Rest In Peace!

Dear Terijo, Anne Marie, Katie and family. 
This tribute to Alan is very special.  This photo was a perfect choice. He looks very happy, handsome, rested and at peace in his Hawaiian shirt. We can only imagine how hard this journey has been for all of you.  You all supported one another, and that says so much about your family.  Alan must be very proud of his family and the life he lived.  An earlier guest book entry talked about the beautiful legacy you created together.  That is an inspiration for us all.  We pray for strength and peace in these days and months ahead.

Just got off the phone with Marilyn after a long visit about you Teri Jo and your amazing Husband.  What gift the team of
Alan and Teri were to our world.  Embrace the family you two created and your many friends.  You will get through
this together!
Our love and prayers,
Wally and Deanna 

I am so sorry for your loss of your Dear Alan.  What a wonderful soul mate he had by his side to see him through. I will not forget our chats about the love we both have for the Ducks!  Thank you for allowing me to know you Al!  Enjoy the view from up there.  I am sure you are rejoicing with our Lord.  
Tracy Gannaway

Aunt Teri,Anne Marie,Katie and the kiddos and Jim. I am at a loss for words. I am saddened by Alan's passing but I am comforted that he is no longer in pain. I want you all to know that Uncle Alan was one of my greatest heroes. He always very kind to me and offered his support of my choice to join the military. I will cherish the memories of family gatherings trips to the red house or Cannon Beach. I will miss him just like Ma and Pa. I want to share some words from General Patton.. Do not mourn the loss of a great man but celebrate that he lived. I miss you and love you Uncle Alan. Till the green and GO DUCKS

Dear Teri Jo, please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of Alan.  All the love you two created will indeed live on.

Alan and Craig Vogt and Jim LeTourneux were best of buddies in the neighborhood where we grew up. We went to grade school together at Robert Gray, walking the mile or so every day. Always together from babyhood to teenagers. Our lives went separate directions through college and into adulthood.  But, over the years, we stayed in touch and got back together many times. The invention of email made that most helpful.
Alan was a Duck. He was really a Duck. I went to Oregon State University and we Beavers didn’t like the Ducks! However, I moved to Virginia in 1973 and the only Oregon team even mentioned in the East were the Ducks. So, when the Ducks were playing any team, I texted Alan, “Go Ducks!” and a number of times, we virtually watched Duck games together. 
In September 2013, Alan and Terijo and Alan’s sister, Mary and husband, Spiro, stayed with us at our house in Hacks, Neck, Virginia, on Chesapeake Bay. The Ducks were going to play a football game against Virginia. What a group! Ducks are known to be partiers and these Ducks lived up to their reputation.  When they arrived, I was going to give them a tour of the house, but before I could get that going, the four of them were in the bar making martinis.  Ya-hoo, this is going to be a weekend!  It was. Great times. Good people, and of course, Alan and I were still best of buddies.
Alan was my friend and will always be. 



Our deepest condolences and love to your family.  
Kyle, Kate, Korynn, and Leona Mouery 

Dearest Terijo,
I didn’t get the chance to meet your darling Alan, and only know him through you and some of his friends, our classmates.  I wish I could have met him but as I carry you in my heart, he is there with you.  
My love is always here, my arms when we can hug...I am thinking of you and holding you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers.

From my heart...Joy G

Dear TeriJo, it has been a long time since I saw you last but memories have a way of flooding back. You saved my youngest from an overprotective mother. You have a special place in my heart. I see in the paper what you and your girls and grands are going through as you say goodbye for now. I will be praying God's comfort for you all. My heart is heavy for your loss.

Sending you love from Whidbey island- beautiful photo and beautiful words.   Kaarina, Jonathan Xander and Sofia 

Teri Jo, I was truly saddened to hear of Alan's passing -- please accept my deepest condolences.  I knew him for only a relatively short time during his time in Portland with the AF Reserve, but I've always been very grateful for that opportunity.  He was one of the few, exceptional in every regard. Intelligent, kind, thoughtful, good-hearted, selfless -- and a sense of humor!  He offered light and guidance when it was most needed, which, I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear, was often.  It was a genuine pleasure and an honor to have known him, even just a little.  Blessings and peace to you and all your family.

Teri, I was really saddened seeing the announcement of Al's passing in The Oregonian. While it has been a long while since I have seen you two, I have thought of you many times. Having to deal with leukemia for a decade would have been a struggle. I'm sorry the family had to endure that. Truly, my condolences. 

He was more than a friend, he was a brother and I shall forever be proud of that.  But mostly I'll remember that wonderful laugh, and how often he shared it with everyone, particularly me.  He  will be missed greatly by myself and many others, but how lucky we were to have him as a part of our lives.  Harkening back to my Navy days--fair winds and following seas my beloved brother