Robert Dean “Bob” Fagen was born on July 15, 1938, the son of Holmes and Lillie (Haugen) Fagen in Montevideo, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm near Granite Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Wang Lutheran Church. He attended Granite Falls High School and was on the football team and was involved in FFA. Bob graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1956.
On October 18, 1958 Bob was united in marriage to Sandra Mae Tongen at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo. After their marriage the couple moved to the Twin Cities where Bob worked a few jobs and then bought a business in Canby which they called “Bob & Sandy’s Recreation”. The family moved to California for one year where he had a milk route and then back to Montevideo where they purchased a farm from 1965-1974. They bought the M&M Ballroom in Montevideo and then in 1977 they purchased Sun Valley Resort in Alexandria on Mill Lake. They got the Ballroom and resort back after selling them and ran each for awhile to help the new owners get established in the business.
Bob was a jack of all trades and had a wonderful work ethic which he instilled in his children and grandchildren. Bob was always “work first then play” he enjoyed visiting family and friends – his tires never stopped turning. He also enjoyed playing pool and playing cards.
Robert died on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 with his loving family constantly by his side praying, singing and sharing memories. He is survived by his wife of 62 ½ years Sandy; son, DeLaine (Joy) Fagen, daughter, Connie (Rick) Spanswick; six grandchildren: Justin Fagen significant other, Sarah, Chelsie (Troy) Lueth, Shanlie Erickson, MiKayla Fagen, Brandon (Leah) Spanswick, Tyler (Sarah) Spanswick; four great grandchildren: Cadynce, Izaya, Piper, Hazel; brothers: Richard (Elaine), Larry (Diane), Mike (Phyllis); daughter-in-law, Kim Fagen, sister-in-law, Audrey Tongen; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tamara Mae; son, Steven Robert; parents, sister, Cynthia. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home. Visitation will continue on Friday, May 14, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM at Calvary Lutheran Church with a Memorial service held at 2:00 PM. For those unable to attend the service it will be live steamed. CDC guidelines of wearing masks and social distancing will be observed.