The Billings Outpost

Robert Allen Fagan

Robert Allen Fagan, 89, of Billings, a World War II veteran and American Legion district commander, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Parkview Convalescent Center.

The son of George and Orabelle Fagan, he was born Oct. 28, 1923, in Hampton, Neb. He was raised in the Conrad area. During World War II, he served with the 163rd Infantry in the South Pacific, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

On Nov. 20, 1944, he married Norma Woodbury in Sydney, Australia. In 1947 they moved to Cut Bank, where he worked in the grain industry. In the early 1970s they moved to Billings where he worked for Johnstone Supply.

He served as commander of American Legion Yellowstone Post 4 and as district commander for District 11. Each year he attended his unit reunion in Helena where he was the youngest member. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Royal of Billings; daughters, Colleen Wigen and Patricia Fagan, both of Billings; a sister, Betty Zarn of Cut Bank; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was Feb. 25 at Holy Rosary Parish with military honors at Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

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