Bonnie R. Vigoren

April 8, 1932 - November 30, 2012


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Bonnie Vigoren, 80, Deadwood, died Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Bonita “Bonnie” Rae Brengle Vigoren, was born April 8, 1932 to Myron and Edna (Cornell) Brengle in Buffalo, South Dakota. She was one of 9 children growing up on a ranch near Buffalo. She attended grades 1-8 in a one room school house. She went Buffalo High School – graduating in 1950 as Valedictorian. She completed business school in Rapid City and then transferred to a Bismarck Junior College where she graduated after two years. She used her skill and knowledge working for the county attorney and then worked at First State Bank until 1954.
Bonnie met and married her high school sweet heart, Vern Vigoren in 1954. She edited his term papers until he got his degree in petroleum engineering in 1957. They moved 23 times from South Texas to Alaska because of Vern’s petroleum engineering profession during his 35 year career and their 58 years of marriage.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Vern Vigoren, her four children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and her 3 brothers: Rick Brengle, Steve Brengle and Den Brengle. Her eldest child, Judy Vigoren Bean married William Bean and had three children and one grandchild: Erin Nicole Bean Kingry (married to Sean Kingry and their daughter Katrina Lei), Heather Corynn, and Christopher Bean. Next their first son, Michael Vigoren has 3 children and one grandchild: Tressa Faye Vigoren with son Jace Kincaid, Kaycee Lynn & Zane Kincaid. Kathy Vigoren Durch married to the late Rick Durch has two children Amanda “Mandi” Mae and Hayden George. The youngest son, Robert Allen Vigoren is married to Mary Vigoren and has two children: Daniel Lucas and step-daughter Katie Forstner.
She loved having her grandchildren around her. They helped her pick berries and tend her vegetable garden. She enjoyed cheering on her grandchildren as they competed in basketball, track, football, baseball and volleyball.
Bonnie always dreamed about living on a place in the country that had a live stream. They found their dream home when they purchased a homestead along Elk Creek in 1971. She worked as an administrative assistant for almost two years to help pay for it. The ranch had a forest permit to raise 31 pair – which involved activities that she loved in her early years. She loved working with the cattle, tending her garden and identifying the various species of birds and critters. The proximity to Deadwood afforded her the opportunity to feast on Alaskan King crab at the casinos.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5th, at the Buffalo Recreation Center with Pastor Tom Martin officiating. Burial for family will follow at Buffalo cemetery. Lunch will be served at the Buffalo Recreation Center after the service. Memorials will be preferred and distributed in Bonnie’s honor by the family.