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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Emery Gene Vigness
March 18, 1936 - June 11, 2021

Place of Birth: Minnesota
Residence: Alexander, North Dakota
Age: 85



Emery Gene Vigness, 85 of Alexander, ND, passed away on Friday June 11th, 2021 at his home in Alexander.

Emery was born March 18, 1936 to Louie and Gina (Villand) Vigness in Hubbard Township, Polk County, Minnesota. He grew up in a traditional Norwegian family and learned to speak English in elementary school.

Emery married Joan Due on August 22, 1959 in Willow City, ND. Emery and Joan were blessed with 17 children.

At age 16, he began his butchering career at Davidson’s Processing in Bottineau, ND. From there, he opened his own butcher shop in Towner, ND until a flood forced its closure. In 1976, Emery moved his family to Arnegard, ND and continued his butchering career at the Piggly Wiggly in Watford City. In 1980 the family moved to Alexander and Emery opened another Butcher Shop, Prairie Meats, where he provided custom cutting and butchering until he retired in 2000.

Emery was a devout Christian, deeply rooted in his faith, he cherished his family and all that the Lord blessed him with. He was very proud of his heritage and Norwegian upbringing, instilling those traditions in his own family. He had a gift of yodeling that was unforgettable to anyone fortunate enough to have heard it.

Emery is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan. His children: Bernadette (Mike) Barbula, Jody (Kate) Vigness, Jeff Vigness, James Vigness, Jerald Vigness, Lynette (Reyburn) Johnston, John Vigness, Vicki LaPierre, Jarrod (Heidi) Vigness, Mariann Clark, Jason (Sylvia) Vigness, Wayne (Tiffaney) Vigness, Michelle (Justin) Tyler, Veronica (Guy) Melby, Curtis Vigness, Chris (Kelly) Vigness, and Danielle (Dan) Lessen, 34 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren, and his sister Agnes Sund.

Emery was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law.

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John and Rosie Ough (Watford City , ND)
Jun 12, 2021
Lynette and Family ,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all . May Almighty God bring you peace and comfort
Jack Buck and family (Greeley, Colorado )
Jun 13, 2021
From our family to yours we extend the greatest of condolences, so sorry for your loss.

Jan Huisman (Wibaux, Mt)
Jun 14, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless you and bring you peace.
Lonnie & Debby Vigness (Mesa, Az)
Jun 14, 2021
We are saddened to hear about Emery, our family will be keeping you in our thoughts
Troy and Claudia Vignes (Gilbert, Arizona)
Jun 14, 2021
We are sorry to here of Emerys passing Our thoughts are with his family
bobbi jo vigness
Jun 14, 2021
im so sorry for your loss Vigness family, prayers and sympathy for all
Kim Herz (Williston , ND)
Jun 14, 2021
Joan and family,
I was very sad to hear of your loss of Emery. Sending my heartfelt condolences to you and all of your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Ken and Emily Hoff (Sidney, Montana)
Jun 15, 2021
Bernie, we are so sorry for the loss of you Dad, to all the family, our heartfelt sympathy. We had the pleasure of meeting Emery years ago and always enjoyed our visits with him. Your lives will be forever changed, hold on to the memories. God bless you all.
Leone Heller (Williston, ND)
Jun 15, 2021
I knew Emery when he worked with my sister at F&F Sprinklers. He was such a beautiful, kind soul. My prayers for healing to all of you... Leone Heller
Luanna Fisketjon ( Hazen, ND )
Jun 15, 2021
Emery’s family, Dave and I are sorry for your deep loss. Emery was good hard working man, who could always be counted on. Our thoughts are with all of you as your hearts absorb his passing.
Jerry and Raynette Samuelson (Watford City , ND)
Jun 15, 2021
Lynette and family,
Sorry for the loss of your Dad. May the Good Lord comfort all of you. Prayers
Jerry and Raynette
Tracy Vigness Kolb and Mike Kolb (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Jun 15, 2021
We are sorry to hear of Emery’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Shirley Neal (Bucklin, Ks)
Jun 16, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you at this time.
Linda Eggum Heen (Alexander , ND)
Jun 17, 2021
So sorry for the loss of your father ! I actually met or should say got to know your father at the Alex cemetery after the death of my youngest daughter! I will miss his hand and hug after communion on Sundays as he always greeted me by name with a hug of peace . Prayers of peace to your family
Diane (McCann) Anderson & June(Gagner) Arthur (Bremerton , Wa)
Jun 17, 2021
Joan, we're so sorry for your loss. Your children truly are a testimony of your love for one another. We pray you find peace in one another at this time.
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