Floyd Harold “Cha ga be” LaClair Obituary

 March 11, 2014


Floyd Harold “Cha ga be” LaClair, 62, of Topeka, KS formerly of Mayetta, passed away March 9, 2014 at Midland Hospice House. He was born July 12, 1951 in Manhattan, the son of George James and Julia Gertrude (Eteeyan) LaClair.

Floyd attended Manhattan Grade School and graduated from Topeka High School and Kansas City Trade School. He retired from USD 501 School District after 20 years.

Floyd was a member of the Drum Religion and had attended Sullivan Methodist Indian Chapel in Topeka. He was a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, lifetime member of Shawnee County Allied Tribes, board member of Topeka NIA Hicrest, charter member of Native American Smithsonian in Washington D.C., honored member of Native American Girl Scouts and Native American Education. Floyd was arena director, drummer, singer and chair member of the Pow Wows.

He married Sara Slocum on September 12, 1981 in Topeka. She survives of the home. Other survivors include an honorary sister, Rae Wang of Topeka; a brother and many nieces and nephews.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and twin infant daughters, Clarissa Dawn and Creda Lynn LaClair.

Wake/Drum Services will be Thursday evening, March 13, 2014 at Nozhackum Brave Dance Building. Burial will be Friday morning, March 14, 2014 at Danceground Cemetery.

Floyd will lie in state at the Mercer Funeral Home until Thursday afternoon. Memorials may be given to the Floyd LaClair Memorial Fund (to be designated at a later date) c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

(Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes, Holton, Kan.)