Manuel Nelson Bettelyoun

Manuel “Yogi Bear” Nelson Bettelyoun, 52, of Batesland, S.D., passed away December 8, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his daughters, Laciana Bettelyoun, Pine Ridge, Katie Jo and Brandi Bettelyoun, Martin; stepson, Joe Poor Thunder, Rapid City; and stepdaughter, Esther DuBray, Pierre; sister, Sue Ann Bettelyoun, Rapid City; brothers, Joseph “Little Joe” Bettelyoun and Marlin Parmenter, Rapid City, Terry Bettelyoun, Martin, and Mike Parmenter, Batesland; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wake Services:  Two night wake services starting at 3:30 PM, Thursday December 13, 2012 at the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Batesland, SD.

Funeral Services: 10:00 AM Saturday December 15, 2012 at the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Batesland, SD

Traditional Lakota Services:  Mr. Sidney Has No Horse

Burial:  Knight’s Cemetery, Batesland, SD

Manuel “Yogi Bear” Nelson Bettelyoun was born on November 5, 1960, in Pine Ridge. He passed away on December 8, 2012 at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City. 

He grew up in Batesland. Manuel enlisted into the US Army where he served until March 10, 1986, and was given an Honorable Discharge.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Richards-Bettelyoun, his father, Joseph Bettelyoun Sr.; sisters, Judy Ann and Madonna Bettelyoun; uncles, Francis Richards and Louie Left Hurron.

Although he had vices he could not conquer, Yogi was a very caring person. He cared so much for his brothers and sister. He also loved all his nephews and nieces and their children. He helped so many people throughout his life. He was very giving.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.

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