Gary Buskirk, Sr. Obituary

MAYETTA, KS – Gary Wayne “Sosah” Buskirk, Sr., 67, of Mayetta, KS passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Rossville Manor. He was born October 4, 1950 in Claremore, Oklahoma. The son of Ada Levier (Mahkuk) and Eugene Buskirk.

Gary attended Haskell Institute and Washburn Vocation School. He worked at Allischalmers, Goodyear, PBPN Maintenance and Hamms Construction.

He was a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Native American Church Mayetta Chapter One.

Survivors include 3 daughters; Ella Mzhickteno (Buskirk) of Mayetta, Fawn Buskirk of Holton and Sheena Buskirk of Ottawa; 6 sons, Caine (Tucker) Buskirk of Holton, Wayne Russel of Missouri, Lance Buskirk of Rossville, Gary Buskirk, JR., James Buskirk and Matthew Buskirk of Mayetta; a brother, Mike Odell of Montana; a sister Margret Mahkuk of Mayetta; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gary was preceded in death by a daughter Lahoma Buskirk; his mother Ada Levier; his father, Eugene Buskirk; a brother, Edgar Levier; step-father Bernard Fogg and ex-wife Joy Buskirk.

Gary will always be remembered by selflessness, sense of humor, creativity, love for his family, love for hunting and fish and a loving brother and father to all. He will be forever in our hearts, left us all with treasured memories.

Native American Church services will be Tuesday evening, December 31, 2019, at the Nozhackum Hall, 8362 158th RD. Mayetta. Burial will be Wednesday morning, January 1, 2020, at the Mahkuk Cemetery. Mercer Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of the arrangements.  To leave a special message for the family, please visit

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