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December 1, 1986 – Saturday, May 9, 2009

Service Information
The Enemy Swim Community Center in Wauba
Wednesday May 13, 2009

Visitation Information

Richard Edwin Bissonette age 22 journeyed into the spirit world early Saturday Morning, May 9th, 2009 . Richard recently moved from Stillwell Oklahoma to Enemy Swim, South Dakota where he lived with his sister Jolene Bissonette.

Richard was born December 1, 1986 to Sophie Cecila Bissonette (Bluedog) and Seth Ambrose Bissonette. Richard was a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux tribe and Enemy Swim District. Richard was also Oglala Sioux from his father’s side. Richard grew up in South Dakota but also lived in Oklahoma and Minnesota . Richard loved music; he mostly listened to rap music and loved to draw in his spare time. He also loved all his many nieces and nephews and they loved him, as soon as they seen him they would run to him and hug him. Richard also enjoyed riding horses and cruising and hanging out with his friends and family. Richard graduated from talking leaves Job Corp academy in Telaquah , OK specializing in business. Richard accepted the lord in his life on July 26, 2002 at Camp Custer SD youth camp. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sisseton, SD and was baptized there on August 4, 2002 . Richard worked various jobs through out his life and currently was employed by Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson ND .

Richard touched many lives in his short time with us. Including the families of Pam and Mark Keoke, Lenny Bernard and the Late Craig Dumarce, Lois Owens, Barbara and Milton Owen, Chris and Eileen Galcatcher and Ruth Daugherty.

Richard is survived by his mother Sophie Bissonette of Cass Lake, MN, His father Seth Bissonette of Roslyn, SD, His brother Elton Belt of Rapid City, Susie and Lance Demarrias of Sisseton, SD, Eddie and Marge Bissonette of Sisseton, SD, Tressa Bissonette of Cass Lake, MN, Eugene and Jennifer Bissonette of Enemy Swim, SD, Curtis Bissonette and Shanda Quinn of Sisseton, SD, Jolene Bissonette and Wilfred Fayant Jr. of Enemy Swim, SD, Tonia Bissonette of Cass Lake, MN, Mason Bissonette of Enemy Swim, SD, Faith Rose Bissonette of Cass Lake, MN and Allen Hardy of Cass Lake, MN.

Richard was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lena Hayes and Ernest Bluedog, paternal grandparents Eddie and Angeline Bissonette, his brother John Bissonette, his uncle Jacob Keeble and his cousins Josh Shepherd, Adrienne and Claudette Keeble. Good friends Courtney Owen and Luis Stevens.

Funeral services for Richard Bissonette will be held on Wednesday May 13, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at The Enemy Swim Community Center in Waubay, SD. Pastor Jimmy Muskratt and Father Les Campbell will officiate. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery in Waubay, SD. Music by Tammy Bissonette and Brothers. Traditional services by Mikey Peters & Tom Decoteau. Drum group High Trail Singers.

All night wakes will be held on Monday May 11, 2009 and Tuesday May 12, 2009 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Enemy Swim Community Center in Waubay, SD.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Lois Owens and Girls, Bobby and Milton Owen and Girls, Pam and Mark Keoke, Chris and Eileen Galcatcher, Ruth Daugherty and Girls, Toshina Akerman, Lenny Bernard and all of his Nieces and Nephews.

Casket Bearers will be Jesse Anderson, Steven One Horn, Corwin Bluedog, Justin Muskratt, Dillion Bluedog , Chad Soap, Joseph Brown and Ricky Bissonette.

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. alex ducheneaux

    richard lil bro,we will ALWAYS miss your humor,your smile and most of all you you will always be remembered up here in buck lake steve norma mick alex joe REST IN PEACE

  2. Hugh Grogan

    Seth, Sophie and Family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugh Grogan

  3. Rolin Buckner

    Richard and I rode to work together when he worked at Baldor while he lived in Stilwell, Oklahoma. he was a good friend, I will miss him a lot. To the Bissonette Family I am deeply sorry for your loss, Richard was one of those friend’s that are hard to come by. His loss is not only felt in your family, but in mine as well he will be greatly missed by the one’s who knew and loved him. I am sorry I couldn’t attend his service’s. The Bissonette Family will be in my thought’s and prayer’s.
    Rolin Buckner

  4. In Stilwell, Oklahoma

    I am very sorry about the loss.My thoughts and prayers go to Rich’s Family.

  5. In Stilwell, Oklahoma

    I am sorry for the loss.He was a GREAT FRIEND.My thoughts and prayers are with Rich’s Family in this time.

  6. Rebekah Lynn

    I’ll always miss my uncle. he was everything to us (his family). He showed me how to be a nicer person. He taught me that if you just chase your dreams you’ll get there soon. Never to give up and to always keep my head held high. I’ll always and forever, Uncle Richard. (iiLuhvNMyssYhu)

  7. Raeanne Lynn

    I love you and miss you so much, Uncle Rich. He was a very good person. He was always smiling and laughing. I miss his humor and his smile so much. You’re always in my heart, Uncle Rich. Love you and miss you.

  8. Anita Whitefeather

    It’s been almost 3 years since you have left me. But today and everyday I think about you. I am truely blessed to have met someone as great as you. Regardless of any situation, we were able to keep each other close. Distance didn’t mean a thing to us just as long as we were able to talk on the phone which was an everyday thing. I miss you sooooo much and I can’t wait for the day when I’m able to see your beautiful smile! Until we meet again. You will be forever missed and never forgotten! Reply

  9. Rebecca Lynn Shepherd

    Richard Edwin Bissonette
    I love and miss you so much uncle. I wish you were here to help me through all these things I’m going through. I can’t wait to be with you again Uncle. I love you with all my heart.

  10. Rebecca Lynn Smiley Afraid Of Hawk (Hernandez)

    been 5 years since you left now, uncle I miss you, everyone misses you. wrote you a letter, I wish I could see your face when you read it. uncle I love you, talk to you soon again, see you next Friday <3
    love always, Becky

  11. Faith Rose Bissonette- Ladeaux

    I miss you bro…I had a dream of you. It felt real. You came to see me and Lexi. You pulled up in my driveway in a blue car with a friend, you came in and gave me a hug and picked up Lexi, carried Lexi outside and we were talking and laughing. It was a sunny day and then you said you had to head back so I walked you back to the car. You gave me a hug and gave Lex a kiss told us you love us and that you will see us soon and said next time you would take me and Lexi with you for a ride. Well bro we are still waiting. lol Whenever you’re ready to come and see us again I know your Lexi’s guardian angel. I love you RiRi I love you. See you soon 😘😞😉


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