IRON MOUNTAIN - Allen Charles Maki, 86, of Iron Mountain, gently passsed away at home Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, with family and friends present.
He was born on July 19, 1927, in the family home in Kingsford Heights, the son of the late Charles and Lydia (Warlin) Maki.
After Allen graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1945, he got his "sea legs quickly." He served in the United States Navy during World War II, aboard the minesweeper-YMS6, equipped to locate and detonate mines. As motor machinist mate 3/C, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal.
He married Ruth Pintarelli on July 1, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
Allen had a passion for the Upper Peninsula's history and the Maki family played an important role in it. Following his Finnish tradition - and like his grandfather and father before him - Allen became a logger and owner of Maki Lumber Co. This path included a career of master carpenter.
In 2011, he donated his prized 1930 Model-A Ford Tudor to the World War II Glider and Military Museum for the education and enjoyment of generations to come. Sentimentally, this particular model was the same as the one Allen bought when he was in high school.
Allen is survived by his wife of 64 years, "Dear" Ruth; daughters, Roxanne (Bob Wallace) Maki and Paula Maki; sister, Verna (Daniel) Donaldson; aunt, Linda Swanson; and many dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice (Forest) Davis and Doris (Melvin) Anderson.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain. Deacon Michael LeBeau will officiate.
Memorials in Allen's name may be made to the Glider and Military Museum, P.O. Box 237, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, where they will be used to further enhance his exhibit.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.