Jeffery T. Radigan

Jeffery T. Radigan Jeffrey Thomas Radigan of Vermillion, died on Nov. 28, 2008 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, after a long illness. He was 61. Jeff was born in Vermillion on June 24, 1947 to William Joseph and Mary Suzanne ("Susie") Albers Radigan, the third of 11 children.  He was a 1965 graduate of Vermillion High School and the owner of his first business in Vermillion at age 20, when he purchased The Varsity. He later began R-Pizza and part-owned The Prairie in Vermillion, and for 27 years owned and managed Whimp's Steakhouse in Burbank. With his son, he also designed and owned downtown Vermillion's Main Street Pub and, recently, the next-door business Maya Jane's. Jeff was not only a businessman but also a philanthropist, often donating anonymously to children's and other local causes. He enjoyed hosting USD sports teams for free annual dinners at Whimp's. He was a long-time member of the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Department. Jeff is loved and survived by his wife, the former Carron Cole Reddick; by his daughter Kristine (Troy) Gregoire and his son Todd (Molly) Radigan, both of Vermillion; by his five granddaughters – Shelby, Victoria, and Madison Gregoire, and Maya and Callie Radigan; by his former wife of 25 years, Bonnie Ellefson Radigan of Vermillion; by his step-children,  Richelle (Brett) Netzer of Omaha, NE, and Michael and Taylor Reddick of Vermillion; by his step-grandchildren Treyden and Kelsey; by his six brothers – William (Jane) of San Antonio, TX, Steven of Sioux Falls, Gregory (Diana) of Vermillion, Daniel (Melissa) of Sioux Falls, Kelly of Frisco, CO, and James of Immokalee, FL; by his three sisters – Suzanne Radigan and Laurie (Michael) Kruse of Vermillion, and Carol Radigan of Palmdale, CA; and by his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son Robert, by his parents, and by his Irish twin brother Randy. Jeff also is survived by a supportive community of transplant patients, whom those who loved him had prayed he would join; by his many Vermillion friends, especially his poker buddies at Whimp's, and by his second family there. An evening prayer service was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion on Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.; visitation preceded from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening. A funeral Mass was said at St. Agnes on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m, with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. For on-line condolences and this obituary, please visit

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