Robert Francis Conwell

2013-07-07T00:00:00Z Robert Francis Conwell The Billings Gazette
July 07, 2013 12:00 am

MESQUITE, Nev. — Robert Francis Conwell, 88, passed away at Highland Manor in Mesquite on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. He was born Jan. 24, 192,5 in Red Lodge, Mont., to Edward and Callista Shay Conwell. Robert married Frances Eileen Irish on Oct. 22, 1955, in Billings.

He graduated from Carbon County High School in Red Lodge in 1942 and the University of Montana’s School of Law in 1951. Robert returned to Red Lodge, where he joined his father’s law practice. Robert later had his own law office in Red Lodge and was Carbon County Attorney for 16 years. In 1987, Robert retired to California and then he and Frances moved to Mesquite in 1994.

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 1943. He was with the 12th Armored Division as an infantryman, when on Jan. 17, 1945, he was wounded and captured in a battle near Herrlisheim, France. Robert spent three months in Stalag 4 B as a Prisoner of War. Robert received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Expert and Combat Infantryman Badges and was honorably discharged as a corporal on Sept. 1, 1945.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 57 years; children John (Mayumi) Conwell (Brian and Sean) of Unalaska, Alaska, Colleen (Jeffrey) Jennings (Justine and Jeremy) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kevin (Barbara) Conwell (Laura, Jennifer, and Mary) of Bozeman, Mont., James (Jennifer) Conwell (Jack and Henry) of Billings and Gregory Conwell of St. George, Utah; one sister, Rose Sullivan of Butte, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dennis Conwell; brother, Edward Conwell; sisters Mary Hudak and Margaret Heyd.

Funeral services and interment will be held on Monday, July 8, at 10:40 a.m. at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Arrangements have been made under the direction of the Virgin Valley Mortuary in Mesquite, 320 East Old Mill Road, 702-345-6060. The family would like to invite friends and family to leave a message or memory in their “Guest Book” at www.virginvalleymortuary.com.

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