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August 10, 1973 – February 28, 2023

Buddy Jay Bird Sr, age 49 of Sisseton, South Dakota passed away on Tuesday, February 28. 2023 at Sanford West in Fargo, North Dakota.

Bud was born on August 10, 1973 is Sisseton, South Dakota, the son of Lincoln and Elena (Owen) Bird.  He attended both Sisseton and Tiospa Zina schools, later obtaining his GED in 2010 at SWO tribe.  He was joined in marriage on July 2, 1992 to Orvella LaBatte – Bird. From this union came Shennoah, Gabrielle, Buddy Jr., and Alexx.  They moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota where he joined the union Bricklayers in 1993 until 2020, this was the job he enjoyed the most.  Then he worked road construction with his daughters Nopes and GabsJae. In 2021, he worked in the maintenance department for the Dakota Magic Casino and Dakota Connection Casino up until his illness.

He was baptized in the name of Jesus and was a member of Dakota Alliance Church in Sisseton, South Dakota.  His father-in-law Orville introduced him to the life of Enduro Racing, where he built his own car in 1999 #56B.  After that he shared his car #40 with his daughters, Nopes and GabsJae.  He loved the Dallas Cowboys, Nascar, Dale Sr. and Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress.

Buddy liked making bets with his bro Tyse on football and Nascar, at one time he lost a bet and had to color his hair red.  He enjoyed classic movies and loved attending rock concerts. He liked to play pool with friends.  The Killer Hawgs took 3rd in the 2006 South Dakota Pool Tournament.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren: Bentley Orville Jay, the twins Florence Dawn and Eddelynn Jean. He liked taking care of his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife: RV; children and grandchildren; mother: Ruth; brother: Lincoln Jr. (Devola); sisters: Caroline, Frances and Lindy;  Sylvia and Mike Owen; mother-in-law: Bertha Greeley.  He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his Maternal and Paternal grandparents; father: Lincoln Sr., sister: Valerie, infant brother: Joseph; father-in-law: Orville; sister-in-law: Melissa Smith, his best friends: Danen St. John, Bruce Lahm, Glenn Wanna, Clayton Small and nephew: Oakley Seaboy.

An all-night visitation will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2023 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.

A funeral service for Buddy Bird Sr., will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Officiating will be James Bird

Special Music: Billy Kohl, Cynthia LaBatte, and David LaBatte

Drum group: Old Agency Singers

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Jason Bird, Wayne Heminger Sr., Michael Heminger, Carson LaBatte, Norelle Bird, Emerson Bird, Bertha Greeley, Dean Abraham Sr., Jacky White, Andrew Lefthand, Darwin Greeley, Marcus Hayes, Tyson Seaboy, David LaBatte, JoRae LaBattte, Karena Miller

Casket Bearers will be Buddy Bird Jr., Lincoln Bird Jr., Edward Bird, Tyson LaBatte Sr., Evan LaBatte, Cameron Seaboy, Jace Eastman, David Seaboy, Daniel LaBatte, Bentley Ryan, Jake Bellonger, Preston Fryer

Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sisseton, South Dakota.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  On-line condolences can be directed to

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joan Mahpiyasna

    Buddy , I’m going to miss you so much. Your hugs and happy news about grand babies. Maybe I didn’t see you much but I knew you were here. I will see you again. Love ❤️, Joni

  2. Eugene King Jr.

    Tanhanshi you are in the presence of Jesus and family it was a honor to know you and call you brother. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.. my sincere condolences to your family they are in my prayers. Doksa..

  3. Jason Bird

    I will miss you Bud!

  4. Marla Raffety

    Buddy Jay: going to miss you but will see you again. ❤️ Marla

  5. JoRae Labatte

    I miss you Uncle Bud you will forever be missed and I loved Hugging you Everytime I saw you I love you, see you soon!


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