James L. “Wasko Nebi” Wabaunsee Obituary

December 30, 2015

James Louis “ Wasko Nebi” Wabaunsee, 45, of Topeka, KS passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Kansas City, KS. He was born September 29, 1970 in Topeka, KS the son of Louis and Judith (Hale) Wabaunsee.

James graduated from Seaman High School in 1989 and graduated from The University of Kansas School of Education in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. James received his Master of Physical Therapy in 1995 at Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences in Rochester, MN and he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy at The University of Kansas School of Allied Health in 2010.

He worked for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and was instrumental in forming vocational rehabilitation at Prairie Band Social Services. James also worked for St. Francis Rehabilitation and Holton Community Hospital Rehabilitation.

James was a member of Drum Religion and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He had served one term on Tribal Council. James enjoyed all sports; including KU Basketball and Kansas City Royals.

He married Natalie Jefferson on August 26, 2005 in Topeka. She survives of the home. Other survivors include 3 daughters, Ishta, Madison and Amyah all of the home; his parents, Louis and Judith Wabaunsee of Topeka and his sister, Ursula Fish of Topeka.

Drum Services will be Saturday evening, January 2, 2016 at the Danceground Building west of Mayetta. Burial will be Sunday afternoon in the Matwe-Shobney Cemetery. James will lie in state at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton beginning Thursday afternoon, December 31, 2015.

Memorials may be given to the James Wabaunsee Memorials Fund to be designated at a later date c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436