Funeral services for 62-year old Ambrose “Babe” New Holy Jr are Sunday, Sept 26, 2021 at 10:00 at the New Holy residence, 29209 US Hwy 18, near Oglala, SD, with Sister Barb Bogenschutz officiating and traditional Lakota services by Joseph Shields and Sam Moves Camp
Burial is at the New Holy Family Cemetery in Little Grass Creek, SD
A two-night wake service starts Friday, Sept 24, at 2:00, also at the New Holy residence with evening services starting at 6:00 each night.
Ambrose Andrew “Babe” New Holy Jr “Peji Wakpa Hoksila” was born on June 23, 1959 in Pine Ridge to Ambrose New Holy Sr and Keva (Ghost) New Holy. Ambrose Jr made his journey to the Spirit World on September 17, 2021 at his home near Oglala, SD.
He was given the nickname “Babe” by his mother when he was a baby and now everyone knows him by that. He accepted the role as the Chief of “Little Grass Creek Tiospaye” and started a drum group known as “Medicine Hoop” with his good kola’s.
Babe was a driver for the OST Behavior Management Service and Prairie Wind Casino until his health started to fail.
He also worked at the federal prison as a liaison worker for Native Sister & Brotherhood in Ontario, Canada.
Babe loved to sing at pow-wows and other places where he could share all the songs that his family before him passed down. He was a traditional person and lived that way of life, no matter how hard it was.
Babe loved family gatherings and encouraged us to take care of each other. He was a father figure to many nephews, nieces, and grandchildren as he encouraged them to make good choices and live sober lives.
Babe is survived by his spouse, Betty Whiskeychin; daughters, Sammy Whiskeychin, JaSonya New Holy, and Tia Whiteface; son, Darrell Whiskeychin; hunka daughter, Jan Sparvier; hunka sons, Jimmy Wood and Russell Johnston; grandchildren, Colby Hunter, Nathan Hunter, Sarah Hunter, Pte San Thunder Horse, Deja, Creedence, Dayton, & Remington Tobacco, Alaia Brown, Michelle, Markus, Dean, Raven, & Adam; great grandchildren, Dior, Colten, Nolan, & Violet ;siblings, Nancy Marshall, Diane Iron Bird, Gary New Holy, Judy New Holy, Trudy New Holy, Charley New Holy, Wesley New Holy, Sr., Bernadine Ten Fingers, Evelyn “Pogo” Patton, Kathy Young, and Mary “Mouse” Little Hawk; hunka siblings, Paulette Poitra, Janie (Red Man) Four Horn, Jeff McDonald, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Lester Mianskun, Brad Fisher, and Lou “Bear” Henry.
Ambrose was preceded in death by his son, Corwin Black Bear; parents, Ambrose, Sr. and Keva (Ghost) New Holy; paternal grandparents, Joseph New Holy, Sr. and Julia Kills At Lodge; maternal grandparents, Frank Ghost and Julia (Jones) Ghost; siblings, Andrea New Holy, Eileen Moves Camp, Rev. Sharon Arrowchis, Raymond “Ringo” New Holy, Ruby New Holy, and Leca and Wakan New Holy; and hunka brother, Ralph “Magoo” Ashawasegai.
Pallbearers will be George Moore, John Moore, Lionel Yellow Hair, Thomas Running Horse, Patrick “Tubz” Clarke, Jr., Johnston “Roach” Bear Robe, TaSagye Moves Camp, Garrett “Wanach” Bene’, Akicita Marshall, and TaSina Moves Camp.
Honorary pallbearers will be Medicine Hoop Singers, Skylar & Shirley Dawn, Fred & Janet Stands, Son of the Oglala Drum Group, Ryan Busby, Joshua I’Atala, Harold Frazier, Louie “Tuwale” Moves Camp, Agnes Degarlis, Sparvier Family, Arthur Running Horse, Carol Johnston, Russell Johnston, Tawase Johnston, Brandon & Arthur Running Horse, Alex & Percy White Plume & Family, Mike Dorsey, Moore Family, Mike Wabano, Kirby & Lester Mianskun, Fran Sugar, Georgia Ward, Cliff Summers, Adam Edwards, John Welch, Jack “Dutch” DeWilde, Ryan Busey, Patsy, Bea, & Indy Erwin, Johnny in Toronto, Ashawasegai Family, Ben Smith, Ben Williams, Marshall Family, Bad Yellow Hair Family, Ghost Family, Twiss Family, Pipe On Head Family, Bear Robe Family, Bull Bear Family, Iron Horse Family, Moves Camp Family, The Winnes Brothers, Richard Broken Nose, Orville Looking Horse, Ivan Looking Horse, OST Ambulance Service, Cheyenne Eagle Butte First Responders, Officer Felix Nez, Officer Tiana Featherman, All Past & Present Prairie Wind Casino Employees, OST Dialysis Center, Dr. Kahn & Transplant Team, Dr. Raymond & Staff, Turtle Island Pow-wow Crew, James “Studly” Two Crow, Allan “Spud” Morin, Lisa Good Weasel, Harry Snowboy, Maggie Wounded, All Brothers & Sisters In Prayer, Turtle Island Pow-wow Circuit, and all friends & relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD