William "Billy Brown" Figgins, Sr.

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  • Name: William "Billy Brown" Figgins Sr.
  • Location of Birth: Creston, Iowa
  • Date of Birth: June 29, 1918
  • Date of Death: December 31, 1987 (69 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: United States Army Air Corps
  • Date Sworn In: 1944
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  • Military Highlights:
    William joined the Army Air Corps in the spring of 1944. He served as a B-17 gunner during World War II.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    William was raised in Warba and Deer River, Minnesota, moving to the area at an early age with his foster parents, A. L. and Lucy Brown.

    He married Marian Grossell in 1934, and the couple resided in the area until he joined the Army Air Corps in the spring of 1944.

    After military service, William returned to the area and worked as a truck driver, salvage dealer, and most recently as a contractor and builder.

    He was a member of VFW Post 2720 and American Legion Post #122, both of Deer River, Minnesota.

    William spent most of the last eight winters in Quartzsite, Arizona.

    Surviving relatives are his wife, Marian; daughters, Margaret Thomas, Victoria Hodgson, and Karen Clark; sons, LaVern, Mark, William F., and Marvin; a half-sister, Mardale Paxton; a foster brother, Everett Brown; twenty-four grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

    William is buried in Warba-Feeley Cemetery at Warba, Minnesota.

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