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Steve Spahrsspahr@examiner-enterprise.com

Paul Aloysius Wamego

With deep sadness, his family announces the passing of Paul Aloysius Wamego, 91, proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Mr. Wamego was born in the small town of Mayetta, KS, just east of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, on March 4, 1925. As a boy, he moved by wagon with his parents Charlotte Bruno Wamego and Harry Wamego, and his several siblings, to Pawhuska, OK.

Mr. Wamego enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18, and participated in World War II combat in New Guinea and the Philippines. His service earned him a Bronze Star, as well as other medals. He later served his country as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne.After the War, Mr. Wamego had a long career as a master welder. A member of the Boilermakers Union, he worked on complex construction projects, including nuclear power plants. His work allowed Mr. Wamego to indulge his wanderlust— he lived and worked in San Diego, CA, Pocatello, ID, and Phoenix, AZ, among other cities.

In his later years, Mr. Wamego returned to Pawhuska to be near his mother Charlotte, whom he adored, and the rest of his large family. In his 80s, Mr. Wamego moved to Haskell, OK (home of two of his children), where he became well known as he rode his 3-wheeled bicycle all over town.

Mr. Wamego is survived, and will be forever missed, by one sister, six children, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 10:00 am, at Pawhuska City Cemetery.