WWII VETERAN TURNS 100

 

January 4, 2019

Fred Fawcett Roundy celebrates 100 years young! 12/23/2018.

Photos and Story by Jacque Ritchie, TALON

On December 23, 2018 Fred Fawcett Roundy celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada and Idaho. Grandaughter Rhonda Sadahiro said, "It was a tremendous turn-out. He's still talking about it, he just can't get over how many people took time out of their busy lives to come and be a part of his birthday."

One of seven children, Roundy was born the son of a farmer in Alton, Utah. "I've seen it all from horse and buggies to these vehicles that we have today, it's incredible," Roundy shook his head in amazement. Roundy recalled, "It was really rough during the depression, everybody was broke, we were actually pretty well-off compared to most folks... in fact in 1938 they gave us a telephone, they wanted to put the poles up through our land, so they traded us a telephone. It was the only one for three miles around which made us pretty popular with the neighbors."

One day Roundy and a couple pals were walking down the road, when he spied a girl through the window of a nearby home. "The story is, he told his buddies, 'I'm going to marry that girl'" said grandaughter Sadahiro, and although the girl was dating another fellow at the time, Roundy persisted, "for him it was 'love-at-first-sight' and he finally won out." Roundy and wife Ruby were married almost 70 years welcoming three boys and a girl. Roundy now enjoys a passel of offspring including, four great-great-great grandkids, 10 great-great grandkids, 24 great grandkids and 12 grandkids.


As a young husband and father Roundy worked as a miner, but develped lung problems and was forced to come above ground. Because he had a wife and three young ones to feed when it came time to serve, Roundy volunteered out of necessity more then a desire to fight on a foriegn shore.

During WWII Roundy served in the U.S. Army 301st Engineer Battalion in Europe. Roundy fought against Nazi Germany during their last offensive campaign known as Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany in 1944-45. "What we would do is, whenever there was a mine-field they would call us and we would come and deal with that, so they could keep going." For his service Roundy recieved the European Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, AR 600-68 Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

After the war Roundy returned home and worked as a farmer, he also worked for El Paso Natural Gas Co.. Later on Roundy taught himself how be a silversmith and a jeweler. Roundy and Ruby were reportedly very fond of taking roadtrips around the region finding the gemstones he would later use to create jewelry. Sadahiro said,"As much of an honor as it is to know him, having had the experience of knowing them both together, it's an honor that is hard to describe. They balanced each other out they were definitely soul-mates."


Still spry and quite fit Roundy resides at the Good Samaritan care facility, in the assisted living apartments. TALON asked Roundy what was the secret to living a long life, "I really don't know how that happened," he said with a smile, "But, I sure am blessed that's all I know."

 

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