Ronald “Ron” Wilho MakiRonald “Ron” Wilho Maki, 76, of Esko, Minn., went home to be with his Lord and Savior following a battle with lung cancer.
Ronald “Ron” Wilho Maki, 76, of Esko, Minn., went home to be with his Lord and Savior following a battle with lung cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, Minn. Ron was born in Hibbing, Minn., in 1933 to Wilho and Lillian Maki.
Ron was united in marriage to Carol Bispala in 1957. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1951 and was chosen as one of five cadets to tour Europe in the summer of 1951 as a member of the Hibbing Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. He earned an associate degree from Hibbing Junior College and a degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1960. His accounting career began with the Oliver Iron Mining Division and he retired from the DM&IR in 1986. Following his retirement, Ron thoroughly enjoyed driving bus for LCS Coaches.
Ron was a member of the Cloquet Kiwanis, Trinity Lodge 282 and the Minnesota Via de Christo Community. He was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cloquet where he served as a deacon and as treasurer/bookkeeper for nearly 25 years. Ron enjoyed his weekly men’s bible study, traveling, especially yearly trips to Branson, Mo., making model airplanes and square dancing. He also enjoyed playing bridge with the same group of friends for 47 years and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Carol; daughters, Krisanne Roen of Minneapolis, Minn., Rhonda (Chris) Eastman of Duluth and Lynette Maki of Cloquet; a son, Carl (Julie) Maki of Elk River, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jesse, Daniel (Megan), Emerson, Ava and Isaac; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Teah; sisters, Carol Maki of Hibbing and Melinda (Dennis) Lloyd of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother-in-law, Charles (Virginia) Bispala of California; a sister-in-law, Sally (Reino) Wiinanen of Side Lake, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Doddridge Avenue, Cloquet.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or to your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet, 218-879-7184. To sign the guest book, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.
December 24, 2009 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.