Ron Fagen of Granite Falls is going to be inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony, at The Hyatt Regency in Bloomington, takes place April 21st.
Fagen grew up in Maynard. His father Ray was an avid pilot and World War 2 vet who fought on Utah Beach on D-Day. Ron Fagen joined the Army in 1968 and did a tour of duty in Vietnam in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. Upon his return home, he entered the construction field with various commercial and industrial construction companies. In 2005, Fagen was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Fagen is an acrobatic pilot, and over the years collected several vintage aircraft including a P-51 Mustang.
In the summer of 2012, Ron and Diane Fagen, along with their sons Aaron and Evan, opened Fagen Fighters WWII Museum located near Granite Falls, at the Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Airport.
The 4th Infantry WWII experiences of Ray Fagen included a Utah Beach landing on D-Day, the Liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge. When asked what is his favorite airplane to fly, he told the Granite Falls Advocate “whatever plane I’m flying at the moment.”
(Granite Falls Advocate / JP Cola)