Mezina’iganag, Etaaged, Larry “Perry” Benjamin, 82-year-old resident of Onamia, Minnesota, passed away on August 10, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A funeral ceremony was held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation with Anton Treuer officiating. Interment was in the Vineland Burial Grounds. Visitation was on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Arrangements were with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
Larry “Pasco” Perry Benjamin is survived by his son, John Benjamin; daughters, LeAnn Benjamin and Mark Solis, Lorelei Boyd and her husband, Ernest; sisters, Pauline Benjamin, and Doris Kegg; grandson, Joseph Benjamin; granddaughters, Heather Benjamin-Dorr, Amber Benjamin-Dorr; and great-granddaughter, Nyah Benjamin; nieces and grandnieces, Dora Benjamin, Ivana Benjamin, Mary Jo Jennings, Paula Benjamin, Andrea Mitchell, Carmen Kegg, Missy Kegg, Jessica Benjamin, Samantha Benjamin, Hanna Benjamin, Ashley Pendegayosh, Joan Jennings; nephews and grand-nephews, Paul Benjamin, Manfred Kegg, Brian Moose, Robert Moose III, Michael Moose, Marty Jennings; wèeh, Dallas Jennings; and a good friend, Elmer Nayquonabe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hannah (Pindegayosh) Benjamin; son, Andre Benjamin; brothers, Fritz Benjamin, Oliver Benjamin, Delbert Benjamin, Gordon Benjamin; sisters, Louella Peel, and Susan Weyaus; grand-niece and -nephew, Babi Star Moose and Ricky Pendegayosh.
Mezina’iganag, Etaaged, Larry “Pasco” Perry Benjamin was born on March 24, 1937, in Vineland, Minn., to George and Hannah (Pindegayosh) Benjamin. He was very active with the Ojibwe Language and culture, where he was a singer at Big Drum ceremonies, and pow-wows, a Drum Keeper, and Mide. He also enjoyed ricing and playing the moccasin game. Pasco was a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Lynx, and Twins, and he always had a board going. He liked to spend his time at the casino, playing cards, cribbage, watching WWII documentaries on TV and listening to Elvis Presley songs. Pasco always had a smile and enjoyed making others laugh, he especially loved his family and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all.