IRON RIVER - Bruce "Simon" Maki, 62, of Iron River, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, unexpectedly at Aurora BayCare Medical Center of Green Bay, Wis.
He was born April 13, 1949, in Stambaugh. He is the son of the late Simon and Elsie (Hautala) Maki. He attended the Iron River Schools, graduating from Iron River High School. Following graduation, he attended technical college for his diesel mechanic certification. Auto Value of Iron River employed him for the last nine years.
Simon married the former Jean Grant on Oct. 10, 1981, and the couple made their home in Iron River. Simon raised their son, Christopher to enjoy the outdoors. He especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and time together with family and his friends at the Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Simon was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Stambaugh Post 21, and senior vice president of VFW Men's Auxiliary Post 3134.
He is survived by his wife, Jean (Grant) of Iron River; granddaughter, Olivia Grant of Portsmouth, Va.; sister, Donna (Maki) Sayre of Iron River; mother-in-Law, Barbara (Bob) Goodman of Falls City, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Janet (Dale) Melstrom of Beechwood, Mich., JoAnne (Mark) Begres of Gaastra, and Kathy Grant of Iron River; brothers-in-law, Ed (Loretta) Grant of Phelps, Wis., Ken Grant (Shirley Hardes) of Iron River, Robert Grant of Chicago, and Mike (Mary Jo Popko) Grant of Negaunee.
He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Grant of Iron River; brother, Wade Maki of Iron River; and his parents, Simon and Elsie (Hautala) Maki of Iron River.
Simon was a Teddy bear and was beloved by all, especially his numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Iron River.
Memorial service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Howard Neider to officiate.
Interment will be held in the Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bruce "Simon" Maki online at jacobsfuneralhomeir.com
Funeral arrangements made by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.