Charles Chuck Buddy Wahpepah
”1955 - 20230”

    Charles Chuck Buddy Wahpepah

    I cannot say and I will not say
    That he is dead, he is just away.
    With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
    He has wandered into an unknown land;
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    Its needs must be, since he lingers there.
    And you — oh you, who the wildest yearn
    From the old-time step and the glad return —
    Think of him faring on, as dear
    In the love of there, as the love of here
    Think of him still the same way, I say;
    He is not dead, he is just away.
      James Whitcomb Riley

      Charles Chuck Buddy Wahpepah
      of Qupaw, OK passed from this life November 4, 2023 at Integris Miami Hospital in Miami, OK. He was 68.
      Chuck was born September 22, 1955 in Pawnee, OK to Billy Joe and Monta Lee (Rogers) Wahpepah.
      He had lived in Quapaw most of his life and served in the U.S. Army. He had worked construction and for Carter’s Fiberglass in Quapaw. He was a member of Seneca – Cayuga Tribe, Peoria Tribe, Shawnee Tribe, Sac Fox Tribe and Kickapoo Tribe.
      He was preceded by a daughter, Kela Wahepah and his parents.
      Chuck is survived by 1 son, Chance Levi Wahpepah of MO, 4 daughters, Tisha Wahpepah of Baxter Springs, KS, Tara Wilson of TX, Misty Frediu of LA and Lori Beaty of Grove, OK, 4 brothers, David Davis of Quapaw, OK, Troy Wahpepah of Carson City, NV, Dallas Rencho Wahpepah of Oakland, CA and Sandino Chocko Wahpepah of Oakland, CA, 3 sisters, Billye Conrad and husband David of Commerce, OK, Kim Meeks and husanad Wayne of Miami, OK and DeAnn Wahpepah of Carson City, NV, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
      Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at Quapaw Tribal Building, southeast of Quapaw, OK. Rev. Geoff Buffalo will officiate. Jeremy Olsen will conduct Native American Rites. Interment will be in Peoria Tribal Cemetery, southeast of Quapaw, OK. Kobe Davis, Shawn Franklin, Adam Conrad, Nathan LaFalier, David Conrad and Raymond Sharp will serve as pallbearers. Matt Layman, Pepe Sharp, Charlie Abernathy and Harel Bringinggood will serve as honorary pallbearers.
      Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post # 147 Funeral Detail. Chuck will lie in state beginning at 5:00 p.m. Monday at the Quapaw Tribal Building. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at

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