James M. Waupoose Sr.

James M. “Chum” Waupoose Sr., 63, of Keshena, started his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2017, at Evergreen Care Center in Shawano, where he had been a resident for five days.

Chum was born on June 14, 1953, in Keshena, a son of the late Mitchell and Charlotte (Tepiew) Waupoose. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Following school, he went to work as a logger. On July 19, 2003, he was united in marriage to the former Rose Pyatskowit in Keshena. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena.

Chum was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed woodworking and was pretty handy at fixing things. He never did much without a good chew of snuff. He was a fan of boxing.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, of Keshena; his children, Angel Waupoose, James (Christine Tourtillott) Waupoose Jr., Amy Hernandez, Kristy (Space) Wilber, Sharon (Mark) Lyons, Diane Nacotee, Eliott (Jessie Warrington) Nacotee and Erin (Robert Caldwell); grandchildren, Michael, Meranda, Trevon, James, Mitchell, Hunter, Tasheena, David, Damon, Nelson Jr., Shawntae, Kyle, Tyler, D.J., Mark Jr., Maurice, Mariano, Merissa, Mareya, Allyn, Ayesha, Autumn, Ashlyn, Anthony, Summer, Cruz, Nayana and Cameron; great-grandchildren, Jesenia, Ofelia, Matthias, Mya, Braylon and Landon.

He is further survived by his sisters, Charlotte (Snuffy) Shawanokasic, Michelle (Heath) Rindt, Mary (Chuck) Kaminecki, Eleanore Waupoose, Elaine Barker and Charlene Lyons; brothers, William (Lori) Waupoose and David Waupoose; and many nieces and nephews.

Chum was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Angie Wapoose Merino; his sisters, Viola Meyer, Niki Lyons, Beatrice Waupoose, Rosella Delacruz and Peanut Waupoose; and his brothers, Gary, Chud, Jimmy and Putzer Lyons, Jake Waupoose and Carl Phillipi.

A Funeral Mass for James “Chum” Waupoose will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. The Rev. Joel Jores will be the celebrant. Relatives and friends may call at the South Branch Community Center until 10 a.m. Thursday, when the procession leaves for church.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

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