ISHPEMING, MI - Raymond Henry Maki, age 86, of 520 Vine St., Ishpeming passed away on Thursday morning, November 8, 2012 at the Bell Hospital in Ishpeming.
Raymond was born September 17, 1926 in National Mine the son of the late John Oscar & Naima Sofia (Baslo) Maki. He grew up in National Mine, graduating from the National Mine High School, Class of 1944. Raymond served in the United States Navy toward the end of World War II, as a Yeoman 2nd class, stationed in Shoemaker, California for possible deployment and was honorably discharged on August 23, 1946. Following his service time he returned to this area and began to work as a carpenter for Eli Hecko, building several area homes. Ray had also worked at the Hercules Powder Mill. His main employment was with the L.S. & I. Railroad, working as a switchman and conductor for 28 years prior to his retirement. Raymond married Nancy Leinonen in 1954, to whom he was married for 27 years.
Raymond was a very intelligent and creative man who loved the challenge of repairing something into working order. He enjoyed woodworking and was able to design and build his own cabinetry. Raymond was a true nature lover and outdoorsman, and was content spending an afternoon trout fishing, tending to his vegetable garden, or feeding and watching the birds. In his younger years he participated in fastpitch softball, and was a great figure 8 pitcher. Most recently, Raymond's greatest passion was to drive around and reminisce about National Mine, always with his dog by his side.
Raymond Henry Maki
Survivors include his daughter Mary Rae Maki of Ishpeming, friend Michelle Harrison a sister-in-law Betty Maki of National Mine, nephews Alan (Cheryl) and Leon (Sue) Lampi, Peter Jon (Julie) Piatti, Myles (Kathy) Marietti, Brian Maki and niece Melissa (fiance Ken Rajala) Maki, and dear caregivers who brightened Dad's life with smiles, songs, and companionship, while tending to his daily needs. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers William and Charles Maki and 2 sisters Elsie Piatti and Helen Marietti.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Lauri O. Maki to officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #380.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 10am 11am on Monday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens.
Raymond's complete obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.