In loving memory of Roger “Big RJ” Sylvan Bissonette, Jr. on Friday, July 27, 2018 had gone home to be with the Lord at the age of 45. RJ was born in the town of Webster, South Dakota in June 1, 1973. He is the son to Loretta and Roger Bissonette, Sr.
RJ loved to go horseback riding and breaking horses. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends and watching his sons play in baseball and basketball. He loved to make people laugh; he was known for his sense of humor and his big heart. But most of all RJ loved to spend time with his loving wife and their children and grandchildren.
RJ had many talents such as playing the drums, bass guitar and singing gospel at revivals and camp meetings.
RJ attended Solen High School in Solen, North Dakota. In his younger years he worked as a live stock laborer in Gering, Nebraska. In 1990-1992 at the age of 16 RJ was working with a sugar beets factory on Scottsbluff, Nebraska. At 17 he was a foreman and moved to Solen, North Dakota. In 1993 RJ started work as a mechanic at Cenex in Bismarck, North Dakota, later the next year he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He became a prep cook at Bistro in 1996.
In 2001 that’s when he met his best who later became his wife, Francine Follet-Bissonette. On May 4, 2002 RJ and Francine tied the knot and to this union they had 5 kids together, Abelene (23), Hezekiah (18), Roger III (16), Christian (13) and Sebastian (10). They later moved to Watertown, South Dakota and they lived there for 7 years. RJ started work there, as he called it on Facebook, the “Head Chef”. In 2012 they moved back to Wolf Point.
RJ is survived by his wife Francine Follet-Bissonette of 16 years and their 5 children; Abelene (Ron), Hezekiah, Roger III, Christian and Sebastian; grandchildren Zachariah, Kara, Aaron and one on the way; mother Loretta Bissonette; father Roger Bissonette, Sr.; sisters Tammy, Cheryl, and Bonnie; brothers Ronnie, Ricky, Rafaeld and Roy.
RJ was preceded in deth by paternal grandparents Eddy and Anguline Bissonette; siser Mercedes Bissonette; cousin Richard Bissonette; uncle Seth Bissonette; maternal grandparents Lena Hayes, Ed Seaboy; uncle Jake keeble and nephew Michael one Horn.
RJ was the kind of person who could light up someone’s day by the things he says and the jokes he would tell. An no matter what kind of mood you were in he would have you laughing y the time you are done visiting with him. He was loved by many that knew him and he will greatly missed by us all.
We love you RJ.