Louis J. “Bozo” Wabunsee Obituary

July 23, 2016


TOPEKA- Louis Joseph “Bozo” Wabaunsee, 82, of Topeka, KS passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his home. He was born January 13, 1934 in Mayetta, KS the son of Louis Andrew and Catherine (Shoptese) Wabaunsee.

Louis graduated from Marty Indian School in South Dakota in 1951. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1956 – 1958. Louis lived most of his life in the Topeka area, working in drywall construction and carpentry. After retirement he visited family, friends and congregation members in the hospital. He also enjoyed coaching, fishing, bowling and followed various sports teams.

He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Topeka, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church of Mayetta and other various catholic churches in the area. Louis also attended Holy Hour Adoration at St. Joseph’s Mother Teresa. He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Louis also helped with bible study at Our Lady of the Snows.
On May 17, 1966, Louis married Judith Hale in Topeka. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Ursula Fish of Topeka; 4 grandchildren, Natalie Fish, Ishta Wabaunsee, Madison Wabaunsee and Amayah Wabaunsee and a sister, Anita Goslin of Mayetta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Louis Wabaunsee; 3 sisters, Angie Wabnum, Rita Matsapto and Norma Jean Evans and 2 brothers, Rapheal “Corky” Wabaunsee and Llewellyn Wabaunsee.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta, Kansas. Burial with military honors will follow at the Shipshee Cemetery. Rosary will be recited 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening with visitation to follow at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. A meal for friends and family will be served at the old Bingo Hall next to the Government Center following the burial. Memorials may be given to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit