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Monroe John Skinaway, III

May 15, 1979 ~ July 1, 2021 (age 42)

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Monroe John Skinaway, III (Waawaasese Binesii), 42 of McGregor died Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin.  He was born May 15, 1979 in Aitkin to Clifford Monroe and Gloria Jean (Sayers) Skinaway, Sr.  He worked at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs for over 23 years, most recently as a Slot Services Supervisor. Monroe was kind to everyone he met.  He was very good at trivia games like Jeopardy.  He enjoyed working on cars, listening to music “Oldies” like the Beach Boys, and working alongside his co-workers.  He would practice playing video games on the X Box so he would be able to keep up with his 2 sons when they would play together.  Monroe loved his boys very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Gloria Skinaway, sister Emma Skinaway, and his niece Everleigh Fineday.

Monroe is survived by his 2 sons: Kenneth John Skinaway and Tyler Gene Skinaway both of Crosby; 

5 sisters: Sandra Skinaway of Duluth, Lorene Skinaway of Bemidji, Elizabeth (Chris) Skinaway of McGregor, Jean Skinaway-Lawrence of Bemidji, and Julie (Orlando) Skinaway of McGregor;

2 brothers: Clifford Skinaway, Jr. of McGregor and Ken (Vanessa) Skinaway of Cloquet;

His special brother Phil (Darcy) Sayers, Sr. of Red Lake

1 uncle Aaron Sayers of Red Lake

2 aunts: Lorraine Sayers of Red Lake and Linda (Skinaway) of Detroit Lakes;

Many special cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Visitation will begin at dusk on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the East Lake Community Center, East Lake near McGregor. Tribal Rights Ceremony will begin at 10AM Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the East Lake Community Center.  Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds, McGregor.  Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home & Cremation Services in McGregor.  Go to to leave a message of condolence.

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