Marquette, MI. Martin H. Maki, age 93, longtime Republic and Ishpeming resident passed away on Wednesday August 8, 2012 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had resided for the past 3 years.
Martin was born October 17, 1918 in Republic the son of the late Manes and Julia (Majanen) Maki. He first worked with his brothers building Log Cabins, he moved on to work as a deckhand and wheelsman on the Great Lakes Freighters. While working on the freighters, Martin was called to serve his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He served with the Armed Guard on the gun crew on merchant marine fuel tankers in the South Pacific as a Seaman First Class. Martin finished his working career as a union construction laborer, member of local #1329, retiring in 1980.
Martin lived most of his life in Republic and Ishpeming, with many winters spent in Lake Worth, FL. He was a member of the Republic Apostolic Lutheran Church and had served as chairman of the church council. He was a member of the Republic VFW, Post #5014.
Martin H. Maki
Martin enjoyed spending time at his camp on Arfelin Lake, bird hunting, walking, being outdoors, having coffee with the guys, and the company of family and friends. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and loved to speak "Finn" with anyone who knew the language. He enjoyed sharing jokes and having a good laugh.
Survivors include his son Paul (Julie Bjorne) Maki of Ishpeming, a granddaughter Jamie Maki of Marquette, a great grandson Aaron James Roper of Marquette, nieces Julie (Jon) Neisius of Escanaba and Kathleen Dawson of Republic, great nephews Josh and Jay Neisius, a special "daughter and son" Virginia and Tony Tippett of Ishpeming and grandson Andrew Tippett and granddaughter Joanna (Steve) Troyer also of Ishpeming, along with family in Finland. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son James Maki, brothers Carlo, Carl, Arne and George Maki, sisters Marian Fredrickson and Jennie Grigg, a nephew Jack Grigg and a niece Jill Neisius Collins.
A private memorial service will be held for Martin with inurnment to take place at the Republic Cemetery.
Martin's family would like to thank the staff and management of the D J Jacobetti Home for Veterans for their wonderful care and friendships. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Recreational Fund, 425 Fisher St., Marquette, MI 49855 in Martin's memory.
Martin's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.