Antoine “Nebs” Benedict Bissonette “Tate Khii’nyanka Ipa’tanpi” (Race Against Wind) was born September 20, 1958, to Melvin Bissonette and Annie (Chase in Morning)- Bissonette in Pine Ridge, S.D. Antoine, 61, of Pine Ridge, made his journey to the spirit world on December 7, 2019 at Regional Hospital in Rapid City.
An alumnus from Pine Ridge High School, Antoine was a proud Thorpe and his accomplishments spoke clearly of this. An all-around athlete, He ran cross country, track, played football and his love, basketball. His graduating year of 1977, he received the Jim Thorpe award. He went on to play basketball throughout the rest of his life, participating in many tournaments. The last time he played basketball, he was 60 years old.
The second youngest to 8 boys and one girl, Antoine is survived by his two sons, Antoine Bissonette Jr. and Beau Bissonette: Daughters, Samantha Bissonette and Jennilee Bissonette-Rooks (Damon Rooks); Brothers, Albert Whiting ( Minnesota), Douglas Bissonette (Pine Ridge, SD), Duane Bissonette (Vernida), Kirtland, NM; Grandchildren, Zintkala Anpo Win, Tingleska Win, Savannah, Antoine III, Tatanka Wicahca, Loki Jon, and Canku Ota.
Antoine was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Bissonette and Annie Chase in Morning-Bissonette; spouse, Eileen Eagle Elk: daughter, Kristi Bissonette; siblings, Dode Bissonette, Pat Bissonette, Mike Bissonette, Diego Bissonette and Carmen Whiting; granddaughter, Leah Bissonette.
Pall Bearers will be: Davey Two Two, Fred Two Two, Bill Morrison, Jeff Whalen, Howard Little Hawk, Reggie Black Elk, Bob Mills, Ron Morrison, Lucky Returns, and Herman White Whirlwind.
Honorary Pall Bearers: Duane Bissonette family, Doug Bissonette family, Albert Whiting family, Rayette Black Elk family, Little Hawk family, Veterans Post 1, Fred Two Two Family, Ed Cutgrass Family, OST Veterans Shelter, Paul Ecoffey Family, Damon Rooks Family, Dino Holy Eagle, Jimbo Colhoff, Tubby, Gene Tyon, Ramone Bear Runner, Marilyn Red Cloud family, Russel Whalen, Betty Bissonette family, Mildred Chochran family, Wayne Weston family, Red Feather family, Bagola family, Brings Him Back family, Janis family, Fawn Conroy family, Robin Tapio family, Red Cloud family, White Whirlwind family, Returns family, Violet Bissonette family, Dean Bissonette family, Mike Carlow & Family, Stuart Mousseau & Family, Tim Pacer family, Ozzy Pacer family, Lena Hart family, Robert Eagle Elk family, Dr Yung family, Shawnee Red Bear family, Cameron Lafferty family, Chris Whiting family, Tobacco family, Martin family, Nathan Black Elk family, Charlotte Black Elk family, Pete Pipe, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Pine Ridge High School Class of 77’, OST FAO Staff, all veterans, family and friends.
Wake services: One night wake starting at 5:00 PM, Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gym in Pine Ridge, SD with a prayer services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 11:00 AM, Saturday December 14, 2019 at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gym in Pine Ridge, SD.
Officiating: The Rev. Harold Eagle Bull
Traditional Services: Mr. Benedict Good Buffalo
Graveside Services: Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery, Pine Ridge, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD