Lt. Col. Cyrus Milton Fields, Sr., 91, of Amarillo died Feb. 23, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Howard Griffin, pastor, and Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Cyrus was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Waco to Cyrus William Fields and Annie Beatrice Chamberlain Fields. He graduated in 1939 from Sunset High School in Dallas. He attended North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington.
Cyrus volunteered for military service shortly after Pearl Harbor. He served as a U.S. Army Air Force command pilot in the Pacific Theatre. During World War II, he was in the glider program, the ferry command and the Air Transport Command, where he flew many types of aircraft including C47 and the C54. With the inception of The United Air Force, his service continued and he retired with 30 years of active and reserve duty.
Cyrus married Mary Ann Schmidt on July 17, 1946, in Slaton. He and his wife owned and operated Pioneer Furniture in Amarillo for more than 32 years. He also sold radio advertising for many years as a sales manager of KPUR and KGNC radio stations.
He became a pilot at the age of 15 and flew his Mooney Ranger until the age of 83.
He was a member of several organizations, including being a 32nd Degree Mason with #731 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Khiva Shrine, Quiet Birdmen, American Business Club, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Order of Daedalians, which is a military pilot association honoring World War I pilots.
A special thanks to all those who cared for him and our family including, Hospice Care of the Southwest and Amarillo Home Care.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Schmidt Fields; four sons, Cyrus M. Fields Jr. and Harry B. Fields and wife Phyllis, all of Amarillo, and Dr. Hardy H. Fields and wife Dawn and Dr. Arthur W. Fields and wife Amy, all of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, Angela, Chris Merritt, Hardy, Andrew, Arthur, Hayden, Parker, Wilson and Audrey; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Hardy W. Fields of Hutto; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A special gentleman whose easy even disposition will be eternal in our hearts. He was devoted to his family, a man of integrity whose exemplemary life was blessed.