THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Raymond J. Maki
Issue Date: March 22, 2018
Raymond Jacob Maki, 79, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at his camp in Menominee County.
Born Dec. 10, 1938, to a Finnish-speaking family in the Upper Peninsula, he spent his early years on a farm, not learning to speak English until he started school. He graduated from Champion High School and earned a Master's degree from Northern Michigan University. He married Hazel Hofer in 1966 and they spent 52 years together.
He was a teacher at Menominee Middle School for 38 years, where he taught math, printing and drafting and spent many summers teaching drivers' training.
He retired from teaching as his grandchildren came along, forming a strong bond with each of them. He spent time with his grandchildren fishing from the lighthouse pier, driving balls along the golf course and hunting deer at his camp, known as "Walter's", where he enjoyed many evenings with his extended family around the campfire.
A devoted Menominee Maroons sports fan, he traveled with his wife to support his grandsons academic, musical and sporting events.
He had many great friends and family members, with whom he worked and worshipped, camped, played cribbage and shared good times.
He loved a good sauna and it was his last wish to go to Walter's and take a sauna with his family.
He enjoyed fishing, cross-country skiing, was a regular at the Menominee YMCA and loved to golf, getting his moneys worth out of his membership at North Shore Golf Club.
A longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church, he served as treasurer on the church council for 44 years. Upon his retirement, the church honored him by naming their library after him. He also served on various boards at Northland Luther Home.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel; a son, Todd (Tammy); two daughters, Sharon Maki and Linda Maki-Griffis (her husband, Randy Griffis); six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Dorothy Knopp and Karen Wilkins; a brother, Jim (Lynn) Maki and his large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Gertrude (Luoma) Maki.
Family will receive friends at Bethel Lutheran Church on Saturday March 24 from 3:30 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 5 p.m., with Rev. Scott Ehle officiating. Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery. Anderson Kell Funeral Home of Menominee is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Barb Palzewic Hope Memorial Relay or Bethel Lutheran Church.