January 17, 2022 –
George “Sha-Na-Ska” Wahquahboshkuk
April 14, 1949 – January 16, 2022
George “Sha-Na-Ska” Wahquahboshkuk, 72, of Mayetta, KS, peacefully passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 14, 1949 in Holton, KS, the son of Levi Richard and Marie (Wishteyah) Wahquahboshkuk.
George proudly served in the United States Marines Corps from 1966-1969. He enlisted at the age of 17 and earned his GED while serving as an Infantryman. He earned the rank of Corporal and was Honorably Discharged. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm, Civil Actions Medal and First Class Color with Palm).
George was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Tribal Chairman for 12 years; VP of the Board of Regents at Haskell for 8 years, Potawatomi Child Welfare Judge for 9 years and the American Legion WE-TA-SE- Post #410.
Survivors include his 7 children, Sheila Wahquahboshkuk (Toby) of Topeka, KS, Samantha Howerton (Danny) of Mayetta, KS, Georgia Smith (Robert) of Topeka, KS, Noah Wahquahboshkuk of Mayetta, KS, Levi Wahquahboshkuk (Kristina) of Mayetta, KS, Michelle Decker (Kevin) of Mayetta, KS, Marcus Wahquahboskuk of Mayetta, KS; 3 brothers, Roy, Pete and Gonzalo “Gunzy” Wahquahboshkuk all of Mayetta, KS; step-brother, William Jurey; 17 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.
George was preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Christine Cruz, Elizabeth Vanderblomen, Ada Vanderblomen and Alice Vanderblomen; 2 brothers, Leonard & Wallace Wahquahboshkuk; grandson, Harvey Lasley Wahquahboshkuk.
Graveside Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the Wahquahboshkuk Cemetery (10130 174th Road) with Military Honors. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com
(Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes – Holton, KS)