James Hale Obituary


MAYETTA, KS – James O. Hale, 85, of Mayetta, died Friday, November 15, 2019, at the University of Kansas Health System, St. Francis Campus, in Topeka.

He was born May 16, 1934, on the Potawatomi Common Land at Mayetta, the son of James and Elizabeth Kegg Hale.  He graduated from Chilocco Indian High School in Chilocco, Oklahoma in 1952.  He also attended Baking School at Haskell University in Lawrence.

James was a U.S. Army veteran.  He served in Okinawa, Japan in the 1950s.

He had worked at the C. G. Grain Elevator in Topeka and was a Deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.  Before he retired he was the Director of the Potawatomi Elder Center Meal Site.

James was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Drum Religion, and We-Ta-Se American Legion Post No. 410 at Mayetta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Spencer Hale and Robert Hale, and one sister, Thelma Wewenes.

Survivors include two sons, Kabot Hale and wife Paula, and John John Hale, all of Mayetta;  two daughters, Jeanette Urista, Mayetta, and Rayne Ann Hale, Horton; two sisters, Judith Wabaunsee, Topeka and Rose Hale, Mayetta; six grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Drum Services and wake will be Monday evening, November 18th at the Dance Ground Building, west of Mayetta.  Burial will be Tuesday afternoon in the Matwe-Shobney Cemetery.  James will lie in state from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.  Online condolences may be made at