Michael “Joe” Shobney Obituary


DELIA, KS – Michael Joe “Cha-na-go” Shobney, 74, of Delia, KS, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 29, 1944, in Holton, KS, the son of Donald P. and Margaret (Matsapto) Shobney.

Joe graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. He joined the United States Army National Guard in 1965, and proudly served for 30 years. Joe worked on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Common Land for Road and Bridge as a mechanic and truck driver for 20 years, retiring in 2016.

He was a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and We-ta-se Post 410.

He married Shirley Jean Russell on April 30, 1965, in Topeka; she preceded him in death on April 16, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Margaret Shobney; his sister, Mary Rogers; his brother, John Shobney; a step-son, Derek Douglas Denzler and a grandson, Joshua Hester.,

Joe married Sharon Sue Dicks on August 3, 1996, in Delia; she survives of the home. Other survivors include a son Michael Joe Shobney II of Delia, KS; a daughter, Angela D. Hester (Ronny) of Mayetta, KS; step-son, Jerry Leon Denzler, Jr. of Hoyt, KS; step-daughter, Heather Suzanne Nicholas (Cris) of Mayetta, KS; a sister, Carol Heimiller (Kevin) of Lecompton, KS; 13 grandchildren, Jacob, Russell, Tyler, Tanner, Austin, Robert, Ronny Jr., Lexi, Jimmy, Jeanie, Teryn, Michael III and Annabella and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Danceground Cemetery (on the Potawatomi Common Land). Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

  • Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes