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