Henry Duane “Wah-wak-sum” Pahmahmie Obituary

December 08, 2009 –


MAYETTA- Henry Duane “Wah-wak-sum” Pahmahmie, 59, of Mayetta, KS passed away Sunday, December 6, 2009 at his home. He was born August 10, 1950 in Holton, KS the son of Richard “Dick” and Josie Wamego Pahmahmie. He graduated from Mayetta High School in 1968.

Henry served in the U.S. Army for 2 tours during the Vietnam War. He worked for Goodyear Tire in Topeka for several years and was currently working for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Road and Bridge Department. He had worked for Road and Bridge for over 20 years. Henry was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Drum Religion. Henry loved sports and playing softball. He played for the Big Red Machine softball team for many years. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, playing horseshoes and cards.

He was married to Joan Adame on July 4, 1981 in Mayetta, KS. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his sons, Willie Potts and Andrew Pahmahmie both of Mayetta, KS; his daughters, Josie and Erin Pahmahmie also of Mayetta, KS; his sisters, Phyllis Dunn of Matamoras, PA and Dolly Richard and Anita Evans both of Mayetta, KS; his brothers, Richard Pahmahmie, Jr., Lawrence Pahmahmie and Alan Pahmahmie all of Mayetta, KS and his grandchildren, Rusty, Hunter, Tesla, Kno Wee, Patch, KJ, Jordan and Mason. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Merle (1995), Roy (2001) and Albert (2009).

Drum services will be Thursday evening and Friday at the Danceground Building west of Mayetta. Burial will be in Wah-wak-sum Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. To leave a special message for the family, visit

(Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Home-Holton, Kan.)