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Albert Benais, Jr.

April 9, 1952 ~ January 23, 2018 (age 65)

Albert Benais, Jr., age 65, of Red Lake, Minnesota began his spiritual journey on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from the Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.  He began his earthly journey in Red Lake, MN on April 9, 1952, the son of Josephine (Wonzie) and Albert Benais, Sr.

Albert was a generous gentleman who was always willing to help friends and family.  He had many friends, which he made everywhere he traveled.  Albert had many adopted children, step-children and step grandchildren that he loved very much.  Junior loved being in nature, gathering medicines and supplies for his birch bark crafts.  He also enjoyed just walking.  Junior always had a friendly smile for everyone, a strong embrace and a very hearty laugh.  Junior was also known for his works of art.  He had various crafts he enjoyed doing, such as birch bark work, carving, drawing, leather work and painting, just to name a few.  Juniors journey through life touched many souls and he would tell us now not to cry because he is going home and to be happy for him.

Family that Albert is reunited with are his parents; Josephine and Albert Benais, Sr., sisters; Angeline Cutbank and Marion Smith, brother; Bob Benais, the love of his life; Reba Littlewolf and many more relatives.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are sons; Darcy (Donna) Benais, Sr., Derek Smith, Albert Benais III and Eli Benais, daughters; Anita (Skup) Benais, Amanda (Stephane) Thomas, Brittney Thomas, Sharon Smith, Theresa Smith, Ellenrose Benais and Alberta Benais, brother; Peter Benais, sisters; Delores Fineday, Jean Benais, Karen Lajuenesse and Shirley Barrett, many grandchildren, all his friends at the Peoples Church including Pastor Bob Kelly, Danielle White and Debbie Wind-Gleason, other family members and friends.

A wake for Albert will begin at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 26th and continue until his 3:00 p.m. funeral service on Sunday, January 28th all being held at the Old Little Rock Community Center in Little Rock, MN.  Father Jerry Rogers will officiate.  Pallbearers for Albert will be Randy Benais, Terry Benais, Luke Lajuenesse, Wesley Jones, Charles “Chuck” Headbird and Gary LaFontain, Jr.  His honorary pallbearers are all his friends and relatives.  Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery following his Sunday services.

Albert’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

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