William Marion 'Bill' Makinen, 87
William Marion 'Bill' Makinen (August 5, 2013)
A lifelong Michigander, Bill was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Kaleva, the 10th child of John Victor and Kathryn Elizabeth Makinen.
He is survived by wife, Emma Skinner Makinen (married Dec. 30, 1946); daughter, Kitty Janowiak (Lake Stevens, Wash.); and sons, Marty (Bethesda, Md.), Jerry (South Bend, Ind.), and Alan (Richfield, Minn.); seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Family and friends already miss him greatly.
Bill graduated from Manistee High (1943) and earned a bachelor's degree (cum laude) from Central Michigan College (1949) and a master's from the University of Detroit (1953).
He became a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces 1943-46.
Bill's career in personnel management at Ford Motor Company spanned 29 years and let him travel extensively.
In retirement since 1984, he and Emma wintered in Farmington Hills and watched summer sunsets on Walloon Lake. They participated in elderhostels to continue life-long learning.
Bill loved crosswords and taught himself piano. He was an avid reader, birdwatcher, sports fan (Tigers, Lions, Pistons, etc.), and sports participant (golf, tennis, sailing). Bill was active in nature conservation, family genealogy, home repair and carpentry and he enjoyed jazz and Saturday-night saunas
He organized the Walloon Lake Forest Lane sewer system, co-authored the goals statement of the Walloon Lake Association, and was a leader in creating the Wildwood Harbor Preserve. Bill was recognized for efforts on water quality and wilderness preservation, and earned the Walloon Lake Association's President's Award.
A memorial will be scheduled at a later date.
Contributions in Bill Makinen's remembrance can be made to: Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy, P.O. Box 621, Petoskey, MI 49770; Little Traverse Conservancy, http://www.landtrust.org/Donations/memorialpaychoiceTABLE.htm; or Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, 16914 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 46768.
Stackus Funeral Home of Boyne City is serving the family.
Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory can do so online at www.stonfuneralhomeinc.com.