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July 15, 1953 – Monday, June 2, 2013

Service Information
All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission, Minneapolis,
Thursday, June 13, 2013
11:30 AM

Visitation Information

Donald Jay “DJ” Bissonette, age 59, of Hopkins, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World surrounded by family and loved ones on Sunday June 2nd, 2013 at The Methodist Hospital.

He was born and raised in Kyle, SD and was an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He served in the Army from 1973-1978. He later became a long-time resident of Minneapolis, MN where he was a fifteen-year employee at Catholic Charities helping homeless people. DJ has been a Sun dancer for eight years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jackson Sr. and Sylvia; brothers: Jackson Jr., Clement and Steven.

He is survived by wife: Karen; daughters: Lacy, Angelique, Jacqueline, Cante, Lorina and Tianna; sisters Patricia, Janelle, and Genevieve; brothers Michael, James and John; and six grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kyle, SD in the afternoon on Sunday June 9, 2013 at 1:00 P.M.

Funeral services for “DJ” Bissonette will be held at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, June 13 at 11:30 A.M. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery following the funeral service. A reception will take place at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission after the interment.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be John Bissonette, James Bissonette, Michael Bissonette, Roger Rednest, Bill Wright, Benny Roybal, Joseph Dinkins, all Sundancers and all friends he did Inipi with.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Doyla (UnderBaggage) Lundstrom

    To the whole family of DJ:
    My deepest condolences to your family. It is always hard to lose a loved family member. Praying for all of you.
    Toksa, you will all see him again <3

  2. Sandra (Weston) Lone Elk

    My condolences go out to DJ’s family. I know that he will be missed by you and that he was loved.I wished that I could have been there to say good-by to a wonderful and caring cousin.

  3. Angela(White Dress)  .Pohawpatchoko

    My condolences to the family.So sad to hear of D.J. passing on. He was kind and I will miss him very much. When we talked it was always about how his girls were doing and how my boys were doing. We are cousins, I am praying that God will comfort your hearts. Until we meet again, cousin.
    Angela Pohawpatchoko

  4. Lori Jo Firesteel

    Donald will always be remembered for the love that he had for our children (Lacy, Angelique & Jacqueline) and step-children (Joseph & Lorina.)

    He was also a proud Grandfather to Junior Francis, Elyssia Lysette, Joey Zoe, Alessandra Giselle, Gyssenia Krysteen and Kai Zintgala.

    Our relationship was short lived but we remained friends.

    He was a gentleman with a quiet, humble respect for life. He had a brilliant mind, an intellect that made people gravitate toward him. He also had a great love for his Lakota people, always reciting oral history as told to him by his Elders and many, many stories of his life growing up in Kyle, his community Pejuta Haka on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved laughing and making people laugh. Donald’s life was suddenly cut short prematurely by some on-going medical issues. His pain and suffering are no more. Our hearts are filled with sadness, he will be terribly missed by all who loved him, especially his Beautiful Cunksi’s and Takoza’s.

    Mitakuye Oyasin! (All My Relatives!)

  5. craig t. Lone Tree

    I have lost a good friend in the shadow world, but only temporarily. We will see him again, in the spirit world along with many relatives and our creator.


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