A faithful warrior goes to his reward

H. Thomas ‘Sonny’ Claus passes away at the age of 83 after a life dedicated to his people


Last updated 5/25/2013 at 10:28am


H. Thomas “Sonny” Claus (1929-2013), known to his many friends as Tom Claus, was an enrolled member of the Mohawk of the Six Nations on the Grand River, Ohsweken, Ontario,Canada. He was from the Turtle Clan. He was also from the Tuscarora Indian Nation.

PHOENIX, AZ (ANS)—A mighty warrior to his Native American people, H. Thomas “Sonny” Claus, 83, passed into the presence of the Lord surrounded by his family, on Friday, March 8, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was described by his close friend, Dr. Dale Kietzman, who helped him found his ministry, CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship), as “a truly great man whose leadership among Native American believers will be sorely missed.”

Also known to his many friends as Tom Claus, he was born December 26, 1929, in Niagara Falls, New York, to Huron James and...

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