James Hale 1934-2019
James O. Hale, 85, Mayetta, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus in Topeka.
He was born May 16, 1934 on the Potawatomi Reservation at Mayetta, the son of James and Elizabeth Kegg Hale. He graduated from Chilocco Indian High School in Chilocco, Okla., in 1952. He also attended baking school at Haskell University in Lawrence.
Mr. Hale served in the U.S. Army 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 director of the Potawatomi Elder Center Meal Site.
He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Drum Religion and We-Ta-Se American Legion Post 410 at Mayetta.
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; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Spencer Hale and Robert Hale; and a sister, Thelma Wewenes.
Drum services and wake will be held this evening at the Danceground Building west of Mayetta. Burial will be held Tuesday afternoon in Matwe-Shobney Cemetery. Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of arrangements.