Robert Francis Conwell, 88, passed away at Highland Manor in Mesquite, Nev., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. He was born Jan. 24, 1925 in Red Lodge, 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, Nev., in 1994. Robert enlisted in the US 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 3 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, James (Jennifer) Conwell (Jack and Henry) of Billings, and Gregory Conwell of St George, Utah; one sister, Rose Sullivan of Butte, 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 were held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Virgin Valley Mortuary in Mesquite, Nev. 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 .