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Jonathan Avery Parkhurst


Jonathan Avery Parkhurst

August 31, 1986 - May 11, 2022

Jonathan Avery Parkhurst, 34, Babaamaashi – “Circling High,” of Red Lake, MN started his spiritual journey to the Happy Hunting Grounds, while he was surrounded by his sisters and nephews, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at his home in Coon Rapids, MN.

Traditional funeral Services will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, May 17 , 2022 at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake. A wake will begin at 11:00am, Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Red Lake Community Center and will continue until the time of the service. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake, MN under the direction of the Cease Family

Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Jonathan was born August 31, 1986, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Nola Parkhurst and Gary Lussier of Red Lake, MN. He was raised by his mother Nola until March 6th, 2004, when Jonathan suffered a car accident which left him parapalegic. He then went on helping his mother and sisters. He was the best uncle to his nephews and nieces. He was very family orientated, loved being home with his siblings and their children. He mastered his games on the Xbox. He enjoyed watching sports, especially NBA games. He loved to make people laugh, and had a one of a kind personality.

He will be missed so much by his sisters;Fawnda (Percy) French of Mahnomen, MN,

Mariah (Bryan Sam) Graves of Red Lake, MN,

Brothers,Robin Lee May,

Timothy Stately,

Edward Fairbanks,

James Lussier, all of Red Lake, MN,

Father,Gary James (Bernadine) Lussier,

Many nieces and nephews,

His oldest nephew he helped raise; Shawn Avery Parkhurst,

Special nephews, Kevin Robertson, Nisiah Graves, Sylas Graves,

Joshua Graves,

Many aunties and uncles, Special Aunts Misty Smith, and Ivy May,

Paternal Grandmother Rhonda Morrison,

Favorite Uncle Rowdy May who was like a brother to him.

Those who are waiting for him; his mother Nola Parkhurst, niece Mercedes Rainey, Brother Brandon Johnson, Maternal Grandparents who also helped raise him Murphy and Mary Louise Parkhurst, Paternal Grandparents Chester and Mamie Morrison, Special Grandpa Donald “Dude” May, his Mother’s Dad “Grandpa Butch” Delbert Ryan, and his childhood best friend Daniel James Smith.

Honorary Casketbearers: Rowdy May, Joseph Cody Morrison, Robert Smith, Patrick Graves, Brandon Graves, Delwyn Brown, Ian Lussier, Bryan Pun Sumner, Cyrus King, Dylan Cook, Cody Cook, William Morrison Sr., Kristie Desjarlait, Anthony Morrison, Salina Jones, and James Parkhurst.

Active Casketbearers: Shawn Parkhurst, Kevin Robertson Jr., John Lussier, Robin May, Dave Dudley, Devin Beaulieu-Morgan, Randy Sayers, Vincent Graves, Matt Parkhurst, Avery White, and Charles Haukaas.

Condolences may be left at



Monday, May 16, 2022


Red Lake Community Center

Highway 1

Red Lake, MN 56671

The wake will continue until the time of the service.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022


Red Lake Community Center

Highway 1

Red Lake, MN 56671

Final Resting Place

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Red Lake

Highway 1, Box 189

Red Lake, MN 56671


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