Galen “Pak-nah-gaa” Wabaunsee Obituary

October 25, 2013

Galen ‘Pak-nah-gaa’ Wabaunsee
July 7, 1954 – September 29, 2013

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a great man. Galen ‘Pak-nah-gaa’ Wabaunsee crossed over peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, September 29th in his 59th year.

Galen was a proud member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the son of Chief James J. ‘Paxico’ Wabaunsee.

He is survived by wife Sandra, daughters, Nicole Wabaunsee and Danielle Riley, “son” Anthony Riley, and Galen’s adored grandchildren: granddaughter Lauren, and grand boys Ethan, Brendan, and Owen Riley. He loved them dearly, and they will greatly miss their “Mo”.

Galen also leaves five siblings Nathan Wabaunsee, Carol Everett, James Wabaunsee, Joseph Wabaunsee, and Doll Wabaunsee, and their beloved families.

He was greeted on the other side by his father and mother, James J. and Evelyn Keesis Wabaunsee, his Misho and Nokmes’, and his many ‘Furry Friends’.

Galen cherished the memories, laughter and love of those around him, both near and far. Many remember Galen by his bellowing, infectious laughter and his warm hugs. Often you could hear him telling jokes and laughing with those he loved. He was also remembered for his willingness to continually keep his family, friends, and neighbor’s cars on the road. Repairing and restoring old cars was a lifelong hobby for him. He also enjoyed camping, shooting guns, and fishing with loved ones.

He spent his final night at a Wabaunsee gathering where he enjoyed his favorite food, “Aunt Carol’s” famous Indian Fry Bread tacos.

We will all miss Galen dearly; but as we know: To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held Friday, October 4th at 3:00 pm at Faith Assembly 1800 N. Road 72, Pasco WA, 99301. Reception to follow.

Come prepared to laugh and love as Galen had requested.

The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at

(Courtesy of Mueller’s Tri Cities Funeral Home, Kennewick, Wash.)