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In Memory of Raymond Benton-Banai


February 28, 1969 - November 14, 2019

Raymond J. Benton-Banai, age 50, of Lac Courte Oreilles, WI died Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Duluth, MN.

Raymond Judson Benton-Banai was born February 28, 1969 in St. Paul, MN the son of Edward J. Sr. and Delma M. Arrow. He was of the bullhead clan, 4th degree Midewiwin. Ray was an amazing singer and dancer who loved ceremonies and powwows. He was a great story teller and sweat conductor and was great with the kids and was a awesome teacher to the youth. Ray will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

He is survived by his father Edward Benton Sr.; mother Delma Arrow; son Austin Benton, Cody Belisle, Oha Benton and Oday Irvine; daughters Ramona Benton, Charleigh Clause, Trinity Benton, Harmony Benton and Savon; brother John Edward Benton, Eddie J. Benton, numerous adopted brothers; sisters Linzy Lasley, Nathalie Benton, Sherrole Benton, numerous adopted sisters; sister-in-law Danielle Benton; many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ray was preceded in death by brother Spirit Bird Benton and sister Nancy Benton.

Midewiwin Funeral Rites will be held at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Three Fires Lodge Mide School in Cedar, WI. Three Fires Society will officiate. Burial will be in Historyland Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16th at Three Fires Lodge.

Casket bearers will be Bird Benton, Ken Cloud, Beendige Deleary, Shkaabewis Deleary, Jason Henry and Chuck Petahtegoose.


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