Benedict T. Lovejoy, 79, of Fort Totten, ND, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Devils Lake, ND.
Benedict T. Lovejoy, 79, of Fort Totten, ND, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Devils Lake, ND. The Wake for Benedict will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Fort Totten Recreation Center beginning at 5 p.m. The procession to Fort Totten will leave on Thursday at 4 p.m. from the City Plaza in Devils Lake. Funeral Services for Benedict will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. also at the Fort Totten Recreation Center, with Greg Holy Bull officiating. Benedict will be laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Benedict T. Lovejoy of the Spirit Lake Nation was born on April 15, 1939, at St. Michael, ND, the son of Alfred and Lucy (Abraham) Lovejoy. Ben went to school at the Catholic School in the St. Michael area. Ben and his wife Della (Stricker) then lived and worked in Fort Totten. Ben was a well-known Men’s Traditional Dancer throughout the United States. Ben competed and traveled to Powwows throughout the United States and Canada. Ben also liked spending time with his family and friends. Ben was very special to us and we will miss him so very much. Benedict is survived by; his loving family; his only daughter, Joni BullBear, Kyle, South Dakota; also his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by; his wife, Della Stricker Lovejoy; brothers, Frank Lovejoy, Gerald ‘Porky’ Lovejoy, Jimmy ‘Skunk’ Lovejoy; parents, Alfred and Lucy Lovejoy; nephew, Terrance Guy; and great-grandson, Keelye Owen Delane Lovejoy. Pallbearers for Ben will be Joseph Jay Lovejoy, Ivan Lovejoy Jr., Charles ‘Chuck’ Lovejoy, Dustin Lovejoy, Jeff WhiteShield, Alvin WhiteShield, Lance Cavanaugh, and Philmore Jackson. Honorary Bearers will be Ben’s traveling powwow friends and family, adopted sister, Violet Thompson, Auntie Karen ‘Birdie’ Greyeyes, Duane and Elaine Guy, Sharon Brien, Freeman and Lea WhiteShield, Sheila Thompson, Myra Pearson, Bernadine WhiteShield, Mr. and Mrs. Phil St. John and Teresa Henry. If we forgot to name anyone it was not intentional. Ben loved you all.