Burniel Wigen

burniel wigen

Burniel was born June 3, 1930, to Emil and Amanda (Stefferud) Wigen on the family farm in rural Nome, ND. He was raised on the farm and attended rural school. He then transferred to the grade school in Nome where he graduated in 1948.

He met his future wife Shirley A. Anderson in Fingal, ND in 1954 and they were married on July 16, 1955 in Nome, ND. They remained on his family farm until March of 1961 when they moved to Moorhead, MN. He worked for Concrete Sectional during the summer and in the fall he attended Interstate Business College. He was hired by the College to run the Interstate Business Printing Shop which he eventually purchased in 1977. Burniel retired in 1995 and sold the business.

Burniel was a charter member in the Gateway Lions Club. His hobbies included woodworking and quilting with his wife. He was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo ND. He loved being around his family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren absolutely adored him. His daughter's favorite memory of dad is when he would sing and dance in the kitchen to his favorite song, 'Waltzing Across Texas.' Our angel is now singing and dancing in heaven.

Burniel very rarely lost his temper, he was such a gentle person. A father of all girls, giving whisker rubs was one of his specialties. He always took such great care of the girls in his life. Shirley, his wife of 56 years, cherishes the times that he took care of her when she fell ill and needed him the most, just as how she sat by his side in these last months and days. She knew from the first time she met him (even though she couldn't remember his name after their first blind date!) that this was the one she'd love for the rest of her life. Burniel instantly became the love of her life, which we all know as "the greatest love story ever". They raised 4 beautiful daughters together, who loved him more than words can say. We all love and miss you! The love between him and his grandchildren was evident in the cozy spot he saved between him and Grandma in their bed...along with his famous chili he made whenever they came to visit. Even though the chili was quite bland and requests were made repeatedly to "please don't make that chili anymore, Grandpa" J

Burniel is survived by his wife Shirley, Harwood. Children: Teresa (Robert) Vogel, Fargo; Sharon Wigen, Fargo; Anita (Jay) Hamann, Meridian, ID; Son-in-law Mitch Pedersen, Roseville, MN. Four Grandchildren: Keith Vogel (Sarah), Jeremy Vogel (Theresa), Cyle Hamann (Chante), Alicia Hamann; Five Great-Grandchildren: Haylee Onstad, Taytum Vogel, Jersey Vogel, Brax Vogel and Kadin Hamann. Two sisters: Merlene Siekmann and Lyla Johnson. And many nieces and nephews.Burniel was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Rodney Dean and daughter Julia Annette (Wigen) Pedersen.

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  1. Nampa IdahoI will forever miss and remember you Grandpa. I love you so much. Our time together was always brief, and the distance was great, but I still feel your love everyday. I am so thankful you got to meet your great grandson, Kadin. He loves you. And I will be sure to tell him great stories about you so that he will know you and love you like I do. Thank you for all that you did for all of us. I will forever treasure the tractor you made and Grandma gave me.
    I love you, and miss you.
    But don’t worry Grandma is in good hands with us all, better find a bench in heaven and get comfy waiting on her!
    And remember not only are you perfect, but you are Norwegian too!
    Love you Grandpa,
    Alicia & Kadin

  2. Mesa AZ
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you Shirley and your family. We are sorry to hear the passing of Burniel. The memories we have all the cards games we had and all the fun that we all had together. May God give you the strength and comfort during the days ahead.

    Mike & Darlene Wolf

  3. Bismarck ND
    Shirley and family,
    What a shock it was to see Burniel’s name in the state death section of our paper this morning. It’s been several years since I’ve attended a family reunion in either Fort Ransom or Valley City, but still remember all of you fondly. Along with others who have expressed their sympathy, I remember Burniel as a gentle, caring, and capable man. Especially grateful for his dedication to printing all the Strand family “books.”
    Extending sincere sympathy, Shirley’s first cousin – once removed, Rachel Monson

  4. Roseville Minnesota
    Burnie I know I told you before but Julie and I always appreciated all the great woodworking projects you created for her, they still are displayed around the house to keep you both in my thoughts. You saved me many days and months of work and lots of wood. Thanks for everything you will be missed.

  5. Hey dad, its me your oldest daughter. I just want to let you know what a wonderful life you have given me. Even tho I had to listen to Polka Music every Sunday. I miss those drives.

    You also gave my children and my grandchildren memories that will last forever.

    I miss you more than words can say. I promise we will all take care of mom. Julie and Rodney you do your part and take care of dad.

    Love you always Terri

  6. i loved it when i got to ride your tractor. I also loved to go out and paint the barn with you. I miss you and love you.

    love Haylee

  7. Grand Forks ND
    Uncle Burniel, Bob and I’ll miss you so much and will always remember you. You were like a second dad to me for so much of my life. I am thankful for everything you did for us and all of the good times our families shared together.

  8. Grandpa you are missed by lots. We will all take care of grandma for you. Love and miss you tons.

    Haylee,Theresa, and Jeremy

  9. West Fargo ND
    My sympathy and thoughts go your way, Shirley and family. We appreciated Burniel as a patient at our dental office. A gentle, pleasant man. Thinking of you. Clarice fr Peterson Dental

  10. I liked riding on the tractor with you. I love you very much! I liked painting the barn with you too. I miss you very much. You were always there for us. It was so much fun with you.

    Love Taytum

  11. You were the best grandpa ever and I love you! And I miss you always. I wish I could be with you at home. Thank you for everything! I love painting your barn with you. I really like you.

    Love Jersey

  12. fort ransom nd 58033rest in peace, you will be with your two children who died to soon in their lives our family will make shirley will be attended to you suffered to long but you are at peace, you will be missed but never forgotten love to your family,ron and karen.

  13. Grand Forks, N DakWill always remember the great weekends we had at Fort Ransom. You waill be missed by all who knew you.

  14. West Fargo ND

  15. Fargo North Dakota
    We know you just left this home but you are missed by everybody. We will all take of grandma, dont worry. We will see you on the other side one day to celebrate together once again.
    Rodney, Julie and you save up some energy because we will all have a great time again.

    Love you dad

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