Virgil John Colhoff was born on March 21, 1961 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to Verdell and Josephine (Bettelyoun) Colhoff. Virgil made his journey to the Spirit World on July 6, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. Virgil is survived by his boys, John-John and Tuffy Colhoff, his daughter, Jayde Bettelyoun; his godson Christopher Walking Eagle; and his goddaughter, Shianne Dillon. Virgil is also survived by his siblings, Russel Whalen Jr. (Donna), Marcie Whalen-Janis, Toni Colhoff-Richards, Cheryl White Rabbit and Krystyne Bettelyoun all of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and Tressee Colhoff of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents Verdell and Josephine Colhoff, his Grandparents, Edward and Vera (Red Shirt) Bettelyoun, Jim and Annie (Mesteth) Colhoff, and his Uncles Ira “Gus” Colhoff, Herbert (Bernadine) Colhoff, Vestana Colhoff, Sophie (Morgan) Colhoff, Bertha Yellow Hawk, Althea Janis, Delphine (Newton) Two Two, Carrie (Clifford) Twiss, and Robert Bettelyoun; his siblings Nathan Whalen, Wade Colhoff, Michelle Bettelyoun.
Virgil’s’ memory will be celebrated by his family and friends. His nieces and nephews- Dion, Quentin, Jesse, Russel III and Nathan Whalen; Waylon, Tanya and Heather Janis; Marissa Colhoff-Goings, Sheree Bagola, Ariel Richards, Paris Sullivan, Karissa and David Byington Jr. along with 20 grandchildren and numerous extended nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren will love and miss him always.
Virgil was a lover of life and traveled the world. He attended United Tribes in Bismarck, North Dakota and received his degree in Culinary Arts in 1984. He then left South Dakota to pursue his career as a chef. He lived in many places including Colorado, Utah, California, Washington State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii- where he worked as the Head Chef at the Hilton Hotel. When he was done traveling the country he moved home to be with his family, friends, nieces and nephews- who he loved dearly. At the time of his passing Virgil was a licensed advocate of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court where he helped many family and friends.
Virgil had an adventurous, compassionate and comical spirit. He made friends everywhere he went and was known for always laughing and joking. Most would describe him as the “life of the party”. He will be deeply missed and forever loved.
Pallbearers are Lisa Schrader, Jeannie High Wolf, DeeAnn Twiss-Jackson, Connie Morgan-Richards, Cherie Clifford, Gwen Colhoff, Lynette Red Hair, Aimee Ashton. The casket bearers for Virgil are Quentin and Nate Whalen, Waylon Janis, Herbie Colhoff-Goings, Coty Colhoff, Chris Walking Eagle, Jimbo Colhoff, and David Byington, III
We the family of Virgil know that he had many, many dear friends & relatives. We would like to have all his friends as honorary pallbearers as we are very grateful to you and the times spent with our beloved Virgil. We do not want to forget any of you and want all of you who loved him dearly to know that the memories you hold of him are special to not only us, but Virgil as well.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 3:00 PM, Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD with Rosary services starting at 7:00 PM, Thursday evening at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM, Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD.
Officiating: Father Edmund Yainao, S.J.
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Joseph Swift Bird
Burial Services: To Be Held At A Late Date
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD