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Frederick Duane Baillie

Dec 12, 2020

Sept. 8, 1926 – Nov. 30, 2020

Frederick Duane Baillie

was born to Fred and Cora

(Dubay) Baillie on Sep-

tember 8, 1926 at the

Good Samaritan Hospital

in Rugby, North Dakota.

He died peacefully at the

age of 94 years on Mon-

day, November 30, 2020

at the Heart of America

Medical Center in Rugby,

North Dakota.

Duane was born and

raised in Rugby. He gra-

duated from Rugby High

School in 1944 and at-

tended the University of

North Dakota until he was

drafted into the Army. He

left UND and worked at

Good Samaritan Hospital

lab until he entered active

service January 14, 1945.

After 18 weeks of basic

training as a rifleman, he

returned to Rugby on a

short leave; his childhood

sweetheart Irene was

home from nurses train-

ing at the same time. He

reported to Ft. Ord, Cali-

fornia for departure by

troop ship to Leyte, Phi-

lippine Islands, where he

was assigned to the 81st

Infantry Division Special

Troops Medical Detach-

ment. The Japanese

surrendered and the Divi-

sion was sent to occupa-

tion duty at Aomori in

northern Honshu, Japan.

The 81st Division was

de-activated, and Duane

was transferred to the 8th

Army Headquarters Spe-

cial Troops Medical De-

tachment in Yokohama,

Japan. After a year,

Duane was honorably

discharged, and he re-

turned to UND in Grand


Duane married Irene

Volk on July 24, 1950 and

transferred to pharmacy

school at North Dakota

State University in Fargo.

He had been there three

months when they re-

ceived notice of available

vets housing the same day

Duane received notice of

reactivation to the Korean

Theater of Operations

with the 382nd General

Hospital of Ft. Lewis,

Wash. Irene arrived the

day Duane was scheduled

to ship and was able to be

on the dock as the troop

ship left. A military band

was playing “Good Night

Irene”. After returning

from Japan and the Kore-

an War in 1952, Duane

joined Irene in Fargo and

re-entered the NDSU

School of Pharmacy.

They lived in a veteran’s

housing duplex (tin huts)

near the campus until gra-

duation in 1954. The cou-

ple moved to Rugby and

Duane joined his father

and brother in pharmacy

at Baillie’s Drug Store.

Duane’s dad died in 1965,

but he and his brother,

Dan continued in to

operate the drugstore un-

til July 2000 when White

Drug in Rugby purchased

the store. Duane worked

for them for seven months

before retiring.

Duane remained active

in, and at one time was

president of the North

Dakota Pharmacy Associa-

tion, from which he re-

ceived the distinguished

Bowl of Hygeia award. He

was also an active

member of the Rugby

Chamber of Commerce,

American Legion, Knights

of Columbus, Lion’s Club,

Rugby Eagles, ESGR (Em-

ployer Support of the

Guard and Reserve), Last

Man’s Club, and was a

long time board member

of Citizen’s State Bank as

it evolved into Bremer


Duane is survived by

his son, Frederick (Ange-

la) Baillie of Rugby;

daughter, Barbara (Robert)

Kennedy of St. Paul, Min-

nesota; numerous

grandchildren and great

grandchildren; other rela-

tives and friends. He was

preceded in death by his

wife of 70 years, Irene;

brother, Daniel (Ione)

Baillie; sister, Bernice

(Gerald) Bradley; one

granddaughter and his


Mass of Christian buri-

al will be held at 2:00

p.m. Monday, December

14 at Little Flower Cathol-

ic Church in Rugby and

burial with full military

honors accorded by the

Clarence Larson American

Legion Post #23 Honor &

Color Guard of Rugby and

the North Dakota Military

Funeral Honors Detail

will be held in the church

cemetery, Rugby. Father

Franklin Miller, Cele-


Visitation will be on

Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00

p.m. with a rosary and vi-

gil prayer service begin-

ning at 6:00 p.m. at the

Anderson Funeral Home

in Rugby. Visitation will

continue on Monday from

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at

the funeral home. There

will be no reviewal at the


Casket Bearers:Zachary

Baillie, Bill Bianco, Bill

Bianco Jr., Robert Bianco,

Ben Bianco & Mike Jelsing

Due to the Covid-19 res-

trictions, facial coverings

are required, maintain so-

cial distancing, practice

good hand hygiene and

stay home if not feeling


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby.

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