Edward “Lee” Schield peacefully went home to the Lord on Friday April 22 with his loving wife Clarice at his side.
A native of Medford, Wisconsin, Lee was born December 17, 1933 to Oscar and Lydia Schield. As a young boy he was a local celebrity because he sang Safety Songs every Saturday morning on the local radio station. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School and was a graduate of Medford High School Class of 1952 and Duluth Business School.
On August 8,1953, Lee and Clarice Mae Kellner were united in marriage. This summer they would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
With $300, Lee started Weather Shield Windows and Doors from his apartment in Medford in 1955. For nearly 70 years, the company was Lee’s passion. Lee operated the business with the help of many family members. Employees became life-long friends. Lee enjoyed walking through the company facilities and striking conversations with employees. His annual fall vendor hunts at his cherished Jump River cabin were a highlight for many years. Lee loved hard negotiations with suppliers and customers, followed by food, drinks and friendly banter.
When their family was young, Lee and Clarice spent summer weekends at their cottage in Phillips where Lee taught their sons Brian, Kevin and Mark the life-long skill of fishing. The family spent many autumns traveling to Nebraska to pheasant hunt and Butternut, Wisconsin to deer hunt. There is not a stream, lake or grouse trail in Northern Wisconsin that Lee did not know.
Lee would tell you that he was a blessed man. Not only did he have a strong Christian faith, a loving family and good health, but his success afforded him annual fishing trips to Great Slave Lake and fall hunting trips to Colorado. He and Clarice cherished summer days on Big Crawling Stone Lake in Minocqua and many winters in Arizona.
Lee is survived by his wife, Clarice, who devoted her life to keeping a warm and loving home for their family.
He is also survived by his sons Brian, Kevin and Mark, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, brother Merrill, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary and Josephine, brothers David and Oscar Craig.
Private services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church.
People often asked Lee what was his secret to success. He kept it simple: “Don’t let anybody give you any wooden nickels.”
In Christ he lives.
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