He was born Aug. 5, 1922, and grew up in St. Paul. He moved to California in 1941.
Fager was a founding member of St. Raymond's Church in Downey, Calif., and a longtime member of Southern California Cortez Viajeros Motorhome Club. He was a member of Los Otros Motorhome Club as well.
He married Lenore Volmer in 1942.
He served in the military (coast artillery) at Fort Worden, Wash., for three years. He then returned to California, where he owned and operated Fager's Body, Fender and Paint Shop on Firestone Boulevard in South Gate for 37 years before retiring in 1984.
He was the favorite grandpa to his seven grandchildren, ages 19 to 43, and six great-grandchildren, ages 15 months to 17 years, and family has always been an important part of his life. He loved the challenge to fix anything that was not working right and was the happiest when tinkering on cars. He was an active participant of the monthly Mechanics Forum of the Viajeros Motorhome Club.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lenore Fager; three daughters, Carolyn Alexander, Colleen Van Horn and her husband, Tony, and Joanne Fager and her son, Roger Fager; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and six siblings, Olive, Mae, Ronald, Raymond, Doris and George; and several nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Callistus "Click," Harold and Ralph.
The funeral Mass will be at noon Saturday at St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey. Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach, Calif., with a reception to follow at St. Raymond's church hall. Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Miller-Mies Mortuary in Downey, with a vigil service to follow at 7 p.m.