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Eugene "Gene" Pigeon

September 10, 1933 - May 17, 2019

Visitation - Monday

May 27, 2019
- 10:00 AM

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Memorial Service

May 27, 2019
- 11:00 AM

Holy Cross Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Eugene "Gene" Pigeon

September 10, 1933 - May 17, 2019


Eugene” Gene” Joseph Pigeon III, 85, passed away May 17, 2019 at Bethany on 42nd surrounded by family.

Gene was born September 10, 1933 in Peabody, Massachusetts and moved with his family as a small boy to the Agawam-Springfield area where he attended primary school. The family moved back to Salem and Gene attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Salem High School. He joined the Air Force shortly after graduation and served for five years in New York, South Dakota, and Montana. He met and married Virginia “Virgie” Delaney while stationed at Malstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. After being discharged from the service he attended the Brown Institute of Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He moved back to Montana and worked in radio broadcast in Butte, Montana. Later he and his family lived in Salem, Massachusetts where Gene was a child photographer. After a few years the family moved back to Montana. Gene worked for MDU Resources Group, Inc. in Sales, New Business and Legislative Affairs in Montana and North Dakota for 22 years. He retired September, 1990 in Helena, Montana. Upon his retirement he was presented with a proclamation from the State of Montana, signed by the Governor, for his service as a Governmental Affairs Representative in Montana with MDU Resources Group, Inc. Gene enjoyed his family, golfing, fishing, working on his computer with music creating CDs and DVDs, traveling, and caring for his yard and roses. Gene walked strongly in his faith and was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus and the Eagles and Elks. He treasured the time spent with his family and friends. Gene will be deeply missed by all who knew him and his incredible sense of humor.

Gene is survived by his spouse of 63 years, Virgina “Virgie” Delaney Pigeon; 6 children, Linda (Jerome) Carlson of ND, Jan (Gerald) Wieler of ND, Eugene “Joe” Pigeon IV of MT, Charles Pigeon of MT, Roland “Ed” Pigeon of MN, Pamela (Keith) Wadsworth of WA; 19 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; younger sister, Dolores (Bill) Durgin of MA, sisters-in-law, Jean Pigeon, Pat Barnes, Daisy Delaney (Rob Kellner), and Patty Delaney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Stasia C. (Pszenny) and Eugene J. Pigeon Jr.; brother, Richard Pigeon; and grandchild, Anthony Bullinger; sister-in-law, Shirley Wambeke; and brothers-in-law, Charles “Jerry” Delaney, Thomas “Tom” Wambeke, and Gail Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Emergent Needs Fund Fargo VA Hospital, 2101 Elm Street N, Fargo, ND 58102.

Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online Guestbook: www.Boulgerfuneralhome.com


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12 responses to “Eugene Gene Pigeon”

  1. Daisy Delaney says:

    We loved him in life and honor him as he passes over to a better place. We will miss him so very much!
    Daisy and Rob

  2. Judy says:

    Thoughts and prayers. Judy Maulding

  3. Carol Wambeke, Augusto de la Torre and family says:

    We wish we could be there with you, Aunt Vergie and Pigeon cousins, to celebrate a life well lived. We loved Uncle Gene dearly, and we are grateful for the many humorous and touching memories he has left with us. May he rest in peace and be reunited with all of our loved ones in heaven.

  4. Diane Yuill Biggs says:

    I have so many fond memories growing up with “Pij” and his tribe as we were called back in Lewistown. Heaven has another Angel to look out for us. Diane Yuill Biggs

  5. Cliff & Ellan Yuill says:

    Gene was a friend, a confidant, a business partner and my bud. I’ll miss his humor, his advice and his humanity. See ya on the next page, Sam.

  6. Beth says:

    So sorry for you loss, Virgie and family.
    My contacts with Gene were through my sister Patty Delaney. Gene was one of her rocks and she will miss him.

    I did enjoy the few times I spent with Gene. He was quite the character and quite interesting and welcoming. Life will be a lot emptier without him in it. Treasure the memories and share them.

    I will be thinking of you on the 27th. Godspeed Gene.


    I love youI dear brother and I will miss our talks and visits . your baby sister Dolores

  8. ken and Gwen Nelson says:

    Our Condolences and Prayers to the family.
    Ken and Gwen Nelson, Alexandria Mn

  9. Melissa Nelson says:

    He will be missed. He always made me laugh! My prayers and love go out to all of his family.

  10. Brad, Debbie, and Bailie Walker says:

    All of our memories of Gene will last forever. Never a truer person to let you know where you stand in life. Always glad to know that we were allowed to stand with him. Will be missed but remembered; loved and not forgotten. Friday soup orders will bring up his name again and again. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family as they sit in tears, laughter, and memories.

  11. Patty Page says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Gene when I was a kid in Lewistown. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Love Patty Page
    (Jim and Mary Delaney’s daughter

  12. Darci Selley says:

    So very happy to have wonderful memories with Gene and the entire family. All my love, Darci

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