Virgil “Tonto” Bede, age 61, of Milwaukee, passed away with his family around him on Friday, August 6, 2010 at the St. Josephs Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee. He was born September 25, 1948 in Odanah, the son of Joseph & Cecelia (Cloud) Bede.
Virgil is a member of the Bad River Tribe. He loved many things in his life such as Pow-Wows, drumming, singing, beading, card games and spending time with his fiancée and her children.
He is survived by 2 sisters, Joanne (Tony) Redbird – Black River Falls & Ramona Stone – Ashland, numerous nieces and nephews, his fiancée, Darlene Gregory and her children, Ken (Barb), Dennis (Ma), Linda (Charles) and grandchildren, Brandon, Charles, Elijah, Ashlee, Kaytty, Allan, Christian, Austin & Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Margaret Bede, Cynthia Guinn, Lucille Benton, Elizabeth Jewell, brothers, Bernard Guinn, John Guinn, Raymond Guinn, special aunt, Lucille Salawater and a special uncle, Jerry Cloud.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12 noon on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the Bad River Wake House. Burial will follow in the Odanah Cemetery. The Frost Home For Funerals is handling the arrangements.