Tommy “Tom” “Ki sheh meh” Gene Shane

Tommy “Tom” “Ki sheh meh” Gene Shane, 82, of Mayetta, KS, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born April 20, 1940 in Horton, KS, the son of Sofie Lillie Shane (Keesis) and Bobby. Tom was raised by his grandparents, Dora and Jessie Keesis, until he was 5 years old.

Tom graduated from Haskell High School in 1957 and earned 50 hours of college “on the job training.”

He worked from age 10 to 34 for Mt. Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah, IA and for 27 years at Eaton Corp in Quality Control, building transmissions, also in Shenandoah, IA. After moving back to Kansas, Tom worked for 3 years at Prairie Band Casino.

He was a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Tom loved the Lord and was a born-again Christian. He believed in the Holy Trinity. The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.
Tom’s passion in life was training and hunting dogs. And he loved and respected women.
He married Jo Ellen King; they later divorced. To this union 5 children were born. Tom adopted his son, Eli, in 2000. Tom was very proud of all 6 of his kids. He knows that the Lord will look out for them.

Survivors include his 6 children, Michael T. Shane of Holton, KS, Timothy J. Shane (Joei) of Silver Lake, KS, Donald ‘Jim” Shane (Ronda) of Mayetta, KS, Lisa M. Green (Aaron) of Shenandoah, IA, Shelly A. Shane of Council Bluffs, IA and Eli W. Shane of Mayetta, KS; 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sofie and Bobby and his grandson, Dylan.
Graveside Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2022 at the Mason Cemetery on the Kickapoo Reservation. Tom will lie in state from Wednesday afternoon until Friday with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Friday at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. To leave a special message for the family, please visit