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Bruce F. Vigue


1934 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Bruce F. Vigue Obituary
BRUCE F. VIGUE Bruce F. Vigue entered eternal life on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Redlands, CA at the age of 79. He was born in Skowhegan, Maine on August 19, 1934 to Francis C. and Marion E. (Raynes) Vigue. Bruce was a graduate of Skowhegan High School, class of 1952. He has been a resident in Riverside County in California since 1971. TSGT Vigue served in the Korean & Vietnam wars. Stationed at various bases in Colorado, Alaska, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, California, Guam, Okinawa, Thailand and ending his Air Force career at Kincheloe AFB in Michigan with 21 years 8 months and 24 days of service. TSGT Vigue was a recipient of the Bombardier Award and the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf clusters for Meritorious flight achievements. TSGT Vigue is a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots association for successfully striking targets located in Red River Valley of North Vietnam facing MIG's, Sam's & Guns defending those targets. Because of TSGT Vigue's professional actions as a B-52 Tail Gunner, while at U-Tapao Thailand, TSGT Vigue shall forever be known as a "Bonus Dealer", having dealt "Charlie" a Bad Hand!!! During TDY assignments to Guam, Okinawa and Thailand, TSGT Vigue completed two hundred ninety seven Southeast Asia B-52 combat missions. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Bruce was employed with the US Postal Service at the San Bernardino service center as a Dock Supervisor for twenty two years. He was very proud to refer himself as a "Double Dipper". Bruce had many hobbies that included, deep sea fishing, target shooting (making special reloads for himself and his "shooting buddies"), prairie dog and wild pig hunting, Harley riding with his son, Rodney to Missouri, Death Valley and Arizona. He also went on several vacations where he would walk down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to camp for a week. Most of all Pops enjoyed his camp and cruising Lake Wesserunsett on his Pontoon Boat. From his cabin he would sit in his chair and watch the fish jump while he waited for Louie & Madelyn (Loons) to paddle around and dive in the rain or shine. Bruce was a member of the American Legion Post 0426 in Yucaipa, CA, VFW Post 7865 in Madison, Maine and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter # 0047. Bruce (Pops) was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of 52 years; son, Rodney K. (wife Pamela) of Bermuda Dunes, CA; daughter, Tina L. (husband Alan Meservey) of Lake Havasu City, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Cody, Bret, Kala Meservey and Chase Vigue; 1 great granddaughter; brother, Joel Vigue of Pennsylvania; and a very special brother-in-law, Everett Salsbury of Canaan, Maine. A graveside service is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA, staging area #3. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the in his memory or get together with a friend and give a toast to "Pops". Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, CA 951-845-1141 To leave condolences or sign the online guest book, please visitwww.weaver- mortuary.com
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2014
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