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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Benjamin Lawrence Youngbear
March 9, 1966 - June 4, 2022

Place of Birth: Watford City, North Dakota
Residence: Redby, Minnesota
Age: 56

Benjamin Lawrence Youngbear, Jr., “Raven” (Béericga), left this earthly life on June 4, 2022 at Red Lake IHS, Red Lake, MN.

Benjamin or “Ben” as many knew him by, was born on March 9, 1966 in Watford City, ND to Benjamin and Joyce (Beston) Lovan. He attended in school in Mandaree and received and his GED. Ben was an avid basketball player from his younger years all the way to his later years. His talented ability led him to travel all over the United States and Canada, playing in many basketball tournaments & putting on basketball camps with the ND Warriors. During his many road trips, he made forever brother relationships with those he was still in contact with today. He was well known for “Dine n Dash” and had that down to a T. Ben also had many aliases, just to name a few, Ben Lovins, Ben Strait, Ben Half, Ben Jammin, and many more…

Ben met the love of his life, Kay Pemberton and spent 32 years together until his passing. They made their home in Red Lake, MN. He was a father to Ben III, Mitchell and Nyleen. He loved both his ND and MN families.

Ben was employed by the Red Lake Independent School District for 28 years; he worked as a security guard for 14 years and 14 years as a custodian.

One of Ben’s favorite hobbies was quilting. He started off with a pocket sewing machine and made his first star quilt. Ben never went by a certain template, once he started sewing, he just went with it. One of his creations can be found in Michigan with a great story behind it as he was very proud of it. He also enjoyed watching cooking shows, NBA and NFL games; his favorite football team was the Pittsburg Steelers. He loved watching his little Hidatsa buddies, Mickaylee and Randy, Jr. play hockey. He was so proud of them.

Ben will deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. We will miss his laughter and jokes.
He is survived by his life companion, wife, Kay Pemberton; children, Ben (Jordan) Lovan III, Mitchell Lovan and Nyleen Lovan (Lewis); His pets, Hickory, Oscar and Oreo; brothers, Wilburt Bullsnake and Kenton Youngbear; sisters, Donita (James) Hale, and Nancy Lovan; 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Joyce and Benjamin Lovan, Sr.; brothers, Randall and Arlie; sister, Evelyn; nephew, Houston and grandson, Quintin.

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Carmen Two Bears
Jun 7, 2022
condolences to the family, Ben was a great friend to
my husband Don, sending prayers
Linda Johnson (Bemidji, Mn)
Jun 8, 2022
Ben was a wonderful man, kind to everyone. It was an honor to work with him at Red Lake High School. My condolences to all that loved him.
Kevin Finley (New Town, ND)
Jun 8, 2022
Ben said this was the real “Dream Team!” : ) You go big 4-0!!
Ben and I went to grade school together in Mandaree, we did everything together as young boys, when our family moved to New Town we were always friends, then we became college basketball teammates at United Tribes Technical College, we even dated sisters! Ha Ha! If it weren’t for Ben I wouldn’t have met my beautiful wife of 27 years Edith Long-Finley. Thank you Ben for sharing your life with me for well over 50 years, our late night and every other day convos will be a lasting memory. The gift you gave me of unconditional friendship is something I’ll cherish, rest assured I’ll pay it forward. Go rest high Ben Young Bear! : (
Kent S Moran (Poplar, MT)
Jun 9, 2022
RIP benny played a few games together and against each other. Say hello to Spread and ida Condolences to all of his family
Arlette Abrahamson (Holt, MN)
Jun 9, 2022
Sending hugs and prayers to my sister Kay through this trying time, and to the rest of the family, rest in peace Ben, you will be missed by many.
Vincent White Sr (Red Lake , Mn)
Jun 9, 2022
Sending my condolences to the family, Big Ben had a huge impact on me while I was in high school from 96-00, he was always there to talk to when I needed someone, he also let me get away with a thing or 2 throughout the years lol, great security guard but a better friend R.I.P Bud
Willy Strong (Redby, Minnesota )
Jun 9, 2022
My condolences and sympathy to all you. I knew Ben all his years here with us in the Red Lake Nation. He was a fine gentleman and well liked. He will be greatly missed by all! Be strong at this sad time and days to come.
Michelle Cobenais (Red Lake, MN)
Jun 9, 2022
With our deepest sympathies to Kay & Ben’s family. Ben was the nicest, gentle, caring person we ever met. Ben became a Red Laker 32 years ago and was a huge asset to the Red Lake Nation & Red Lake School District. He will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him and everyone he worked with. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memories you made, your love for life, everything that made you, will forever live in our hearts and in the minds of everyone that knew you. Fly high, my friend and Rest In Paradise.
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