November 4, 1946 – November 16, 2020
Robert Vigil arrived into this world on November 4, 1946. He came in loudly and left us quietly. His mother, Erminia and father, Audenago welcomed him along with 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Bob, as he would come to be known, was number 11. After him would follow 4 more brothers and 4 more sisters for a total of 19 children.
Bob grew up in Berthoud, Colorado, graduated from Berthoud High School and was drafted into the Army. While in the service he did a year tour in Vietnam and achieved the rank of Sargent. Once out of the military, he met the love of his life, JoAnn. They were married and blessed with two children, Heidi and Robert. Years later, they were blessed with 2 granddaughters, Hayley and Kyley.
Bob loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He wasn’t able to do things in recent years, but he could relive the memories.
Bob worked at Hewlett-Packard for 25 ½ years doing a job he loved. He enjoyed working with his hands making parts and repairing things. So in facility maintenance, he found his cup of tea.
At the age of 33, in 1979 he was hit by a drunk driver while on his way to work riding his motorcycle. With these serious injuries, he was plagued with chronic pain for the rest of his life. He returned to work after the accident, but years later left his dream job to pursue the ministry.
He became a pastor with a congregation in Berthoud. He had a love for his God, his family, friends and country. He left this world headed for glory quietly and peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, November 16, 2020.
He is preceded in death by this parents Audenago and Erminia, brothers, Nick, Thomas, Derald, Juan, David, Alex, Ben, and sisters Dolores and Mary.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, JoAnn, his daughter, Heidi Leatherwood, his son, Robert, granddaughters, Hayley and Kyley, brothers, Bill Vigil (Viola) and Gilbert Vigil (Roxanne), sisters, Esther Brown, Becky Allen (Ken), Carol Scott (Warren), Sarah Chamberlain (Dana), Ruth Clark, Deborah Vigil, Lorraine Snowden (Khris), sisters-in-law, Eleanor Vigil, Isabelle Vigil, Marie Vigil, Linda Vigil, Gail Vigil, Janae Gilson (Ted), Joyce Clawson (Randy), Janet Hargis (Dave) and Julie Blakey (Lynn) and brother-in-law Jim Rhodes (Barbara), Aunt Eddie LaFuente, Goddaughter, Jessica Vigil, Godson Robert Flores, many cousins, nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 am at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 8426 S. Highway 287; Fort Collins, Colorado 80525.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
November 18, 2020
I was maybe 2 years old when we made a trip to Colorado. You had the coolest metal swing that a little girl could imagine. I remember saying “higher” and “I won’t fall” well, a hour into the trip and a little higher, I fell and had my first broken arm. A few years later, we moved from California to Colorado and you welcomed us with open arms.
My first trip with you solo was in Loveland to a hardware store. I remember it as it was just yesterday we went for that drive. The big snow storm of 1983 where we all packed in yours and aunties house, playing aggravation, and watching movies.
And let’s not forget the big black truck, we all called dips riding in the back (when it was legal to ride in the back) to go swimming at Carter Lake, or fishing.
Sleeping on the trampoline and you coming to window telling all of us to be quiet.
Your faith carried you through all the ups and downs that life threw at you. Playing my flute in are little band we had. Picking dates to get up and give a little word of encouragement, and how God has helped each of us out. You pushed me to be better and you never gave up on me.
My favorite memory of all, was my 8th birthday, dinner, and Auntie JoAnn taking me into Target in Fort Collins to pick out a Cabbage Patch Kid, and off to the movies to see The Color Purple. Which to date is my favorite movie.
I have many more memories I could share, but I wanted to Thank you for all of them. Thank you for you unconditional love, support and open arms. Most of all, for never giving up and believing in me.
Love you alway Uncle❤️
November 18, 2020
Celebrating A Life & Legacy:
My memories of my favorite Uncle is his smile and laughter, innumerable family vacations together. Uncle Bob, made time for us by teaching us city kids how to fish, bait a worm and when to reel it in. He often took us to Carter Lake, Camping, and warned us about ticks and to be careful. He held Church Services where I got the opportunity to minister, learn the books of the Bible and became a great mentor in my life. Today, I carry the mantel of ministry and he has a part of that as well as a Special place in my heart.
I remember his Cherry tree in the backyard. The wood we stacked up for him for the winter seasons and A&W Root Beer, The Dairy Queen, Estes Park as well as this restaurant where we ate while watching divers dive off a high rock and make a splash. Uncle Bob was very giving of his time, generous and thoughtful towards each of us. He never let me forget about the day, I thought I was Superman and took a running leap and jumped on him. He laughed, as I made a lasting impression on him because in his words, I knocked his lights out. We still laughed about it on November 4th 2020, as I called him on his birthday, to honor him.
Yet, Uncle Bob's most remarkable legacy to me is his personal testimony. He struggled in this life through his motorcycle accident many years ago. As I reflect, I see the mercies of God as he spared his life the day Heidi asked him to wear his helmet. In the goodness of God he had a nurse on the scene to aid him that faithful day.
We don't always know God's plan. Yet, we can be certain we have a appointed time with God. In his obedience, it brought forth salvation to his entire family. It forever changed the course of their lives. We are to work out our own soul salvation. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
I Love You,
November 17, 2020
Dear Jo Ann and Family -
Gwyn and I are saddened to learn of Bob's passing. I really enjoyed getting to know him and fishing (catching). I know he is at rest and pain free. You are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and remembering all the good times together. Blessings and love your way.
Darrel and Gwyn Dominick