Emerson Henry Shields, age 92, passed away Jan. 6, 2017 atthe Stafford County Hospital, Stafford. He was born Sept. 18, 1924 at McPherson, KS, the son of Martin I. and Augusta (Barre) Shields. At the time of Emerson’s passing, he was the oldest practicing Attorney in Kansas and owner of Shields Law Office, St. John, KS. He spent a year at Emporia State Teachers College where he played football. He received his BA Degree in Speech at the University of Kansas and obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree at the University of Kansas where he was on the track team. His memberships include, St. John The Apostle Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, IOOF Lodge, Lions Club, past President of the Kansas Jaycees and Kansas Bar Association. Emerson was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corp veteran and B-17 bomber pilotduring the German Theatre. On Apr. 19, 1952 he married Jeanette J. (Steiner) at Hoisington, KS, she survives. Other survivors include, three sons, Byron J. Shields (Amy), Olathe, KS, Russell M. Shields (Nancy), Shawnee, KS, Scott H. Shields, Lawrence, KS; 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Fred and Ivin Shields.Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at St. John TheApostle Catholic Church with Father Michael Klag. Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 from 1-7PM at Minnis Chapel, St. John with a Rosary to follow. Memorials may be given to the USD 350 Education Foundation or St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, Ks 67576.