John Pete “Na-gon-ko-uk” Matchie obituary

 December 19, 2012


MAYETTA- John Pete “Na-gon-ko-uk” Matchie, 71 of Mayetta, KS passed away December 18, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. He was born June 7, 1941 in Mayetta the son of Peter Paul and Blanche (Masquat) Matchie. He was known as “Uncle John” to many children.

John graduated from Mayetta High School and was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He was a certified welder and heavy equipment operator for various contractors in the area. John was a video operator for Thunderhill Speedway for over 15 years; he loved to tinker with video equipment and also loved attending stock car races.

Survivors include a daughter, Crystal Diane Chavez of Oklahoma; 4 sisters, Tutti Kern and Myra Matchie both of Mayetta, Hedy Noland and her husband Junior of Holton and Betty Jean Rice of Topeka; 2 brothers, Roland Matchie and his wife Janis of Holton and Lester Sumner of Hoyt; 2 grandchildren, Emilio and Leticia and many nieces, nephews and friends.

John was preceded in death by a sister, Edwina Dickinson and a granddaughter, McKayla.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in the Pa-ko-kwan (Son of God) Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the John Matchie Memorial Fund c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit