Raymond J. Benton-Banai, 50, of Lac Courte Oreilles died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Duluth.
Raymond Judson Benton-Banai was born Feb. 28, 1969, in St. Paul, the son of Edward J. Benton 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 an 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; sons, 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 and Sherrole Benton; numerous adopted sisters; sister-in-law, Danielle Benton; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Ray was preceded in death by brother, Spirit Bird Benton, and sister, Nancy Benton.
Midewiwin Funeral Rites were held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Three Fires Lodge Mide School in Cedar, Wisconsin, with Three Fires Society officiating. Burial was in Historyland Cemetery. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Three Fires Lodge.
Casket bearers were Bird Benton, Ken Cloud, Beendige Deleary, Shkaabewis Deleary, Jason Henry and Chuck Petahtegoose.
Online condolences may be shared at pineviewfuneralservice.com.