Russell G. Maki Sr., 68
July 1, 1946 -- Feb. 12, 2015

Russell Gary Maki Sr., 68, of the town of Kohlsville, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 1, 1946, in Stambaugh City, Michigan, the son of the late Tovio and Mayme (Laakaniemi) Maki. He was united in marriage to Gloria Miller on Oct. 7, 1988, in West Bend.

Russell was a proud Vietnam veteran and served his country in the Marine Corps from 1964-67. Russell drove truck and was an owner/operator for more than 40 years. He enjoyed traveling all around the country while driving for work. Russell often said, “Why would I want to go anywhere else, there is plenty to see in this country.”

He was also known for his love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and classic cars. Russell had a 1966 Ford Falcon that he enjoyed drag racing. He also enjoyed taking trips to ride ATVs and shooting trap at the West Bend Barton Sportsman’s Club where he was also a member.

Those Russell leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 26 years, Gloria; three children, Russell (Linette) Maki Jr. of Jackson, Richard (Ericka) Maki of Kewaskum and Ronald (Keri) Maki of Hartford; four stepchildren, Ronald (Ginger) Stone of Austin, Texas, Scott (Dana) Stone of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Brian (Laura Schroeder) Stone of Kewaskum and Laura Peterson of Holiday, Florida; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Soderbloom of Iron River, Michigan, and Dorothy Poehlman of Palm Springs, California; a sister-in-law, Marlene Chase of Muskego; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Toivo Maki and Mayme Bauer, Russell was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Maki, and a brother-in-law, Dick Chase.

Military honors for Russell will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 1 p.m. at West Bend Barton Sportsman’s Club in West Bend. The Maki family will be sharing stories and tributes from 11 a.m. until the time of honors. A luncheon will follow the military honors.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service in West Bend has been entrusted with Russell’s arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.