June 21, 2010 –
Honnell Dale “Nowaten” Thomas passed away on Thursday June 17, 2010. He was a spiritual leader of the community and he loved the people. He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi from Mayetta, Kansas and served as a paratrooper during the Korean War. Dale always kept himself busy, one of his favorite things to do was tend his garden. He also enjoyed hitting the pow wow trail where he would dance and share stories that taught lessons and made people laugh. He had a gentle caring way about him and every person he met was made to feel welcome. Dale loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. When it came to cooking fry bread and soup, he was the “best in the west”.
SURVIVED BY: Wife Cindy Thomas;Children Liz Aitkens, Mary Jane Thomas, Shelly Morgan, Mukwazit Teeple, John Wintu, Mzzhickkekahbah Thomas, Kiwadenokwe Thomas, Sospi Waubwa Thomas; Sister Laveda Wahweotten; Brothers Bob Hubbard, Ralph Tecumseh, John Pewamo, DonDon LeClere; Many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren; Adopted Father Andrew Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews.
PREDECEASED BY: His Parents-Charles and Lillian Thomas; Siblings- Alex Thomas, Laverne Thomas, Melvin Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, Marlin Thomas, Ethylene Chenault, Charles Thomas, and Adopted Mother Erma Pewamo.
Visitation will begin 6:00 p.m. on Friday June 18, 2010 at the Niigaanaagiizhik Ceremonial Building with Pipe Ceremonies being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday all at 7:00pm.
Traditional Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. on Monday June 21, 2010 at the Niigaanaagiizhik Ceremonial Building with burial following at the Wil-Walk Cemetery Sugar Island, Michigan. Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Courtesy of Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home-Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)