Robert Schield

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Robert David Schield, 48, of Belleville, IL, born June 5, 1972, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, September 7, 2020, in Belleville, IL.

Rob was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many.  Rob was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville. He retired after twenty years of faithful service with the East St. Louis Fire Department and was an honored member of the IAFF Local #23. Rob loved firefighting and dedicated his life to public safety. Rob’s love for the brotherhood was unwavering. Rob was the founder and CEO of Fire Cam Police and Fire Cameras in Belleville, IL.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1991 to 1995 as a Damage Controlman.

Rob enjoyed being outdoors. He loved fishing trips with his family, RVing, photography, music, hosting annual bonfires, and at home he loved his pets and was the cook of the house. Rob lived life to the fullest.  He was the life of the party, always serenading friends and family with his favorite songs and had quite the fancy dance moves. Through their very busy lives Rob and Jami loved their down time and enjoyed having breakfast together every morning and frequented Fridays South for his favorite Stag draft.

He was affectionally addressed by many names including Robbie, Daddy, Roberto, Robin, Bob, Funcle, Shot King, and his personal favorite, Idiot.  Rob greatly enjoyed meeting new people, and with the growth of Fire Cam, he was able to make friends worldwide.  In his retirement, Rob was finally able to rejoice in his love of vintage cars. He pridefully lived out his dreams by not only acquiring a Chevrolet Corvair car, but also his beloved “double cab”.  He will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald T. Schield; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Lyn Thole; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Surviving are his wife, Jami, nee Thole, Schield;
two daughters, Darian and Madelyn Schield;
his parents, Ronald R. and Judith, nee Dill, Schield;
a brother, Randy (Lynn) Schield;
a sister, Julie (Dale Hoelscher) Schield;
a sister-in-law, Jodi (Nichole) Thole;
aunts and uncles;
many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews;
and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, or to a college fund for Madelyn Schield, in care of Jami Schield. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. A firefighter walk-through will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Brian Downs officiating.

Burial with military honors for family members only will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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42 Comments on Robert Schield

Zachary Maynard said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2020 at 6:43 PM

Rob was a great man, and inspiring to many around him. He took me in for a bit with, along with his wife Jami and and his good friends Randy and Craig. I learned many things from Rob, and will remember the great moments we had working together and stories he told me. The Maynard Family would like to extend our condolences to the Shield family and friends. Peace be with you all.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Scott Gaynor said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2020 at 5:51 PM

Served with Rob on the Uss Princeton CG 59. He was always smiling and said hi to everyone. Never missed a song from what I remember. He was a greT guy and he will he missed. Heaven got a bit brighter today

  • Lakewood
  • Ca
Steve said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2020 at 7:43 PM

Dear Jami & Girls, Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss... Always, always enjoyed Rob coming in and brightening my day. Heaven is now much much happier (and safer!) with Rob on call🙏.. With Sincerity & Love, Steve Bertelsman

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Brandon and Jill Grosse said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2020 at 7:13 PM

So many great memories of Rob. He was one of the great ones. He will be sorely missed. To Jami, Maddie and Darian-we love you and are here for you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Don and Barbara Weisenstein said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2020 at 5:50 PM

I didn’t know Rob but I did know his parents Judy and Ron. They are two of the nicest people I know. This is such a difficult time for you all. My prayers for comfort and healing.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Denise Pearson said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2020 at 11:11 PM

Ron, Judy and family, Our sympathies to all of you. You will be in our prayers. Denise and Greg Pearson

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Denise and Greg Pearson said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2020 at 11:04 PM

Ron, Judy and family, Our deepest sympathies to each of you. You will be in our prayers. Greg and Denise Pearson

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike Hall said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2020 at 9:28 PM

Jami and family we are so sorry to hear this news, our prayers are with you at this time. From all the Corvair Family worldwide were here to help if you need anything at all. Mike Hall and all of the Corsa members worldwide.

  • Pawnee
  • il
Karie Holle Duecker said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2020 at 2:49 PM

Jami and family, You all are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest condolences. God bless you. Karie Holle Duecker

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Ronnie Jenkins said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2020 at 5:13 AM

So hard to believe. What a guy, funny, friendly, and so proud of his family. I just met Rob at last years Corvair Convention and had FB communications sense. Rob will be missed by many. Prayers for his Family. May you Rest In Peace Rob.

  • Rock Hill
  • SC
Michael Moorleghen & Family said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 7:03 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schield family. Rob will be missed by all.

  • Belle Plaine
  • Minn
Vince DeRight said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 4:39 PM

I’m so saddened by the news of this! He was such a great overall man. He had an amazing impact on those around him!

  • Phoenix
  • Arizona
Phillip Walley said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 3:39 PM

So sorry for your loss Rob was a one of a kind guy who I served proudly with on USS Princeton CG-59. He will be missed by many.

  • Leakesville
  • Mississippi
David Trimmer said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 1:57 PM

I am shocked and deeply saddened at this news. Rob was a good friend and brother to all of engineering on the USS Princeton and I send my deepest condolences and prayers to his wife, family, and many friends.

  • Pilot
  • Virginia
GREGORY G. RICHARDSON said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 1:57 PM

I was his Supply Officer on USS Princeton CG-59. IN 1993 he worked for me in the ship's Wardroom as a mess attendent. He was a dedicated & hard worker. He always smed no matter what. He did his 90 days with me & moved on as a Damage Controlman. Again he showed that he can a very able & good at his job. Rob you left us too soon. Fair winds & following seas. You are your families angel in heaven. Hregory

  • Laguna Hills
  • California
Ken and Jackie Woodome said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 10:17 AM

We are blessed to have been very close friends of your Mom and Dad for over 60 years. We want to express our deepest sympathy to them and your family for your tragic loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this impossibly troubled time in your life. God Bless you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sherri (Myers) Devany said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 9:52 AM

I remember being a student at ZLS, and Robbie was a few years behind me. He was always smiling and having fun. My sympathies go to the family during this time of great loss.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
HMCS(FMF/SW) Greg Lees, USS Princeton (CG-59), 1990-1991 said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 9:28 AM

Jami and Family, So very sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. The Princeton family and the Firefighter Brotherhood are here for you if you need anything. Rob, Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate. We have the watch. The watch stands relieved. RIP, Brother.

  • Hatfield
  • PA
Tess Stanhaus said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Jami, I am so very sorry. I'm sending you and the girls my best wishes for peace.

  • Highland
  • IL
Lowell Faulkinbury said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2020 at 7:28 AM

Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate. Rest In Peace. Truly a loss to early in life... Princeton CG-59 Plankowner 88-91 DC1(SW) L. T. Faulkinbury

  • Phoenix
  • arizona
Ralph, Antoinette & Santana Martinez said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 10:50 PM

Jami & Maddie, our heartfelt condolences are extended to you & your entire family. We are thinking of you & praying for you as we hold you close in our hearts. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you during this difficult time and bring you peace and comfort.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Retired Captain Paul W Harris said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 10:13 PM

I worked with Rob for several years not only was he a good firefighter but he was fun to be around. I was shocked when I heard of his passing. He will be truly missed and I send my deepest sympathy to the shield family. R I H my brother.

  • East St Louis
  • Il
Kathy Rudolph said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 9:40 PM

Dear Jaime, Maddie & Darien, My heart is aching for all of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. Rob will be missed greatly. May you feel God walking with you during this difficult time🙏 Praying for all of you, Kathy & Frank Rudolph

  • Belleville
  • Il
Kristi Duffett said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Jami, Maddie & Darian, My heart is broken for you all. I hope you feel the hugs P and I are sending you from TX-I wish I could be there in person to give you a real one. We’re praying for you.

  • Schertz
  • TX
Tammy Davidson said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 6:53 PM

What the best time I had visiting and meeting all of you for the 4th of July!!! Treated me like you had known me forever!!! I never will forget the great time and fireworks. Just remember “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”

  • Brandon
  • MS
Zoe Kennedy said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 6:02 PM

I am so sorry this good man left so soon. Prayers for peace and strength for all the family during this difficult time. Bless you.

  • Escondido
  • CA
Kevin Knipp said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 4:02 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Jami and the family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lauren said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 3:24 PM

I love you Rob. Didn't know the last trip to FL would be the last time we saw eachother. I would have hugged you tighter. Didn’t know the last dumb thing you sent me on Facebook would be the last dumb thing. You had such an impact on people by being yourself even with the silliness. You had such a big tender genuine heart. I want to keep writing so there is not an end. I don’t say bye, so I’ll say “see you.” Jami, Mad, Darian - thoughts and prayers with you all, forever. ❤️

  • Bradenton
  • FL
Kris Althoff said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 3:20 PM

I am so very sorry for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your family was always special to me.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Randy Hansberry said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM

To Jami, Maddie and Darien, Rob was my boss and a great friend. He has helped me more then I can say and has been a mentor of mine. I loved him like a brother and I will miss him. The LP jams we had were epic.

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Mark & Carol Bertelsman said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM

Jami, I can't begin to express how sorry we are to hear this. Rob and you were such great neighbors when we lived up the street. I don't know that I ever saw Rob without a smile on his face. The world is truly a lesser place than it was last week.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Brian Smith said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Jami to you, the girls and the rest of your family, my prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless Rob. He will be truly missed. Til we meet on the top floor brother

  • St Clair
  • Mo
Bruce, Kim & Ashlyn Hauk said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 2:24 PM

Jamie, Maddie and family - we are so sorry for your loss. May God surround you with his love and comfort during this time. Rob was a great man and dedicated to you and the girls. He loved watching Maddie play volleyball and cheering for the girls. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Love & Prayers, Kim & Ashlyn Hauk

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Timothy L Schriedel said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 1:53 PM

How can anyone express the words to help console you and the girls and family during this sorrowful time? You know I love you guys, and wish I could be there right now to hug you and help you to remember the awesome man Robbie was. He was so happy with his family and life, which Jami you shared with him. May God hold him in his arms and may HE watch down over you and the girls. With much love, Tim

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Bill & Barb Perryman said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Judy Prayers to you and Ron. Peace. and. Love

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patrick and Christine Murphy said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 1:13 PM

To Jami,the girls and Schield family, You will all be in our thoughts and prayers , met Rob a few years ago at our cousins daughters wedding . What a great guy he was. He will be greatly missed by many

  • St Charles
  • MO
Peggy Murphy said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 1:12 PM

To Jami and family- we love you all and are praying for comfort. Rob was truly one of the kindest people I have ever known and I am so thankful Mark walked into the East STL fire station some 15 years ago. Our lives have been changed just knowing all of you. You are our family and we love you so much.

  • Brandon
  • Ms
William Niehoff said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 12:43 PM

Jami and family, we are so sorry to have heard this news. We have considered you and Rob to be dear friends and those who worked with you both offer our sincere condolences and prayers.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Vosse/ Seitz said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM

To the Schield family Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace. (((Hugs)))

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ling,ling & Reed Shelton said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 11:48 AM

We haven’t known Rob but for 3 years, we felt like it was so much longer. We use to carry on on FB just about everyday. We both loved the Fire Service. We are truly Heartbroken!!!! RIP OUR FRIEND!!!!

  • Gluckstadt
  • Ms
Daniel Middendorf said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 11:46 AM

Sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers go out to your family in this difficult time.

  • Lenzburg
  • Il
Ann & Cory Ellis said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Jami you are so loved ❤ My mind does not believe but our hearts are broken

  • Smithton
  • IL

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