Peter Lewis Wahwassuck, Sr.
August 29, 1934 – November 28, 2017
Taholah, WA – Peter Lewis Wahwassuck, Sr., 83 years of age and a longtime Taholah, Washington area resident, died on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. He was born on August 29, 1934, in Mayetta, Jackson County, Kansas to John Paul Wahwassuck and Josette P. (Nahgombe) Wahwassuck. He was an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
He was raised and attended school in the Mayetta area. Following his high school education he serviced with the United States Army and was a Korean War Veteran. Following his military discharge he came to Washington and attended Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon.
In the early 1960’s he married Mary Ann Boome in Sedro Woolley. She died in 1983.
Following college he worked as a logger in the Mount Vernon area. The couple then came to the harbor area and resided in Queets and Taholah.
Peter had been a fire fighter and was involved with the American Indian Movement. He volunteered and worked for the Quinault Indian Nation at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery for over 20 years.
His travels had taken him to ceremonials in Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan and California.
He enjoyed black power shooting, walking on the beaches, playing the banjo, harmonica and guitar; he also liked beading and spending time with his grandkids.
Peter L. Wahwassuck, Sr. is survived by his sons, Ron Wahwassuck of Mayetta, Trilby H. Wahwassuck of Aberdeen and Pete L. Wahwassuck, Jr. of Taholah; his daughters, Jeannie R. Wahwassuck-Underwood of Taholah, Juanita Wahwassuck of Tacoma, Tambi Pauline Wahwassuck of Vancouver, WA and Evelyn Wahwassuck of Minneapolis; his brothers, James O. Wahwassuck of Mayetta and Merriell V. Wahwassuck of Mayetta; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives.
Visitation will be at the family home in Taholah on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Interment in the Taholah Cemetery will precede the memorial funeral service.
A memorial funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Taholah Community Center with Guy Capoeman officiating. A dinner for family and friends will be held at the Taholah Community Center.
- Courtesy of Coleman Mortuary