John “Jack” Thorpe, born June 29, 1937, in Hawthorne, Calif., to James “Jim” and Freda Thorpe. He passed from this life to be with his creator Feb. 22, 2011, at the age of 73.
John “Jack” Thorpe, born June 29, 1937 in Hawthorne, Calif., to James “Jim” and Freda Thorpe. He passed from this life to be with his creator Feb. 22, 2011, at the age of 73.
Jack was survived by his wife, Matilda Thorpe; his three children, Gary, Mary and Jamie Thorpe; five grandchildren, Cyrus and Taj Thorpe, Hyram, Jordan and Jade Kaskaske; and two brothers, Richard and William “Bill” Thorpe.
Jack’s hobbies included golf, beading, straight dancer, gourd dancing, playing cards, dominoes, going for long rides and looking at the stars.
Jack’s school days were in Indian boarding schools. He attended grade school at Pawnee Indian School in Pawnee, Oklahoma and High School at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Ore. Jack also attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., before entering the U.S. Army. After returning to Oklahoma in 1970, he attended the University of Oklahoma for one year.
Jack started his career in Indian affairs in 1971 as a Councilman for the Sac and Fox Nation in Oklahoma. In 1980, Jack became the Principal Chief for the Sac and Fox, serving 7 years.
Over the years, Jack has served his tribal Housing Authority as a commissioner, counselor/trainer, and executive director. He has also been the director for the Kickapoo Housing Authority in McLoud, and executive director for the Kickapoo Tribal Housing in Horton, Kan. He had currently served at the Sac and Fox Housing Authority in Shawnee for the past four years. His services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at Temple Baptist Church located at the corner of Highland and Draper in Shawnee. Burial will follow at Garden Grove Cemetery.