Virgil Bronson

Died: Sun., Mar. 18, 2018

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 21, 2018
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Virgil Bronson, 84, of Cayuse, Oregon died on March 18th, 2018. Virgil was born on June 5th, 1934 to Emery and Sara (Clark) Bronson. He was born, raised and attended school at Iskuulpa Creek, Oregon.

Virgil worked as a logger, a well driller, heavy equipment operator, a horse farrier and most famously a race horse trainer and jockey. He was a master horseman and lived his entire life raising and training some of the best horses.

Virgil met his wife of 63 years, Videll (Burke) at a wildhorse round up. Videll lovingly gave Virgil the handle “Cowboy” and that he was. The couple were married in 1955 and together they raised their five boys: Ronald, Richard, Wendell, Vern, Bryson and daughter Lawanda at their ranch in Cayuse, Oregon. Virgil and Videll raised their children to be horse people and horse racing was a family affair. He bred and raised thoroughbred and Quarter Horses. In November 1968, Northwest Ruralite featured the racing family in its November edition. Each of the Bronson kids were jockeys at one time or another and won some of the biggest races, at premier race tracks across the Northwest. As owner and trainer, Virgil and his family raced their horses at some of California’s most famous race tracks.

Virgil rode for many clubs and organizations in baton, relay and pony express horse races across the northwest winning champion buckles, jackets and horse blankets.

Not only did Virgil share his master horsemanship with his kids, he shared it with his grandkids, extended family and friends all over. Stories of Virgil saddling up a horse for an in-law or one of his grandkids are plenty. Advice on riding or doctoring a horse are abundant. Virgil was generous when it came to sharing his knowledge of horses and riding. His grandchildren treasure the knowledge he shared.

He liked to hunt and fish. Virgil played bingo with his wife and together they attended their grandkids’ basketball games.

His warm smile, kindness, love for his wife and children and grandchildren will be missed. Virgil had numerous friends and acquaintances in the horse racing community.

Virgil is survived by his wife Videll, his sisters Pat Johnson (Guymon, Oklahoma), Freida Boyles (Christmas Valley, Oregon), Charlotte Cesarano (Guymon, Oklahoma), his son Richard Bronson (Athena, Oregon), and his daughter Lawanda Bronson (Pendleton, Oregon), his 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His extended family and friends in the horse racing community.

Virgil was preceded in his death by his brothers Emery Bronson, Tillman “Ted” Bronson, James Bronson Sr., David Bronson, and his sister Juanita Phillips. His sons; Ronald, Wendell, Vern and Bryson Bronson, his stepdaughter Violet (Burke) McGuire and son-in-law Brian McGuire.


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Julia Broncheau
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
Prayers all for the remaining family.
At least now Willard H an him can
Tell story's.. even better with all the autwi's.. now
Again prayers with all..

Ronald Halfmoon
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
Sad to hear of Virgil's passing. The obituary says it well, that he was a horse guy. We saw the growing up of the kids and their passion for horse racing. The two, Virgil and Videll, were so devoted to each other, and passed on such legacy to their children. The Bronson name is legendary. We offer our prayers for the family in their grieving and for Videll,who is a dear friend of long standing. Peace, and Love. From Chet n Ron and family.

Jock Kinne
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
I was very sad to hear of Virgil's passing. I knew him and Vi as a boy and
relative of Marylyn and Henry Kupers. He was a great horse trainer from
whom we got Chico, returned him and got him back again. An all-time great horse.
The Kupers had great admiration and friendship for the Bronson's and
would agree that the loss of our neighbors and 'old-timers' is a burden,
but their memories a delight.

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