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Howard Weldon Maki

August 12, 1940 ~ June 20, 2021 (age 80)


Howard Weldon Maki, age 80 of Alston, MI, was found dead on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in Laird
Twp. after being reported missing for several days as a result of dementia.

He was born August 12, 1940 in Alston, MI, son of Aake and Impie (Pirhonen) Maki. Howard
graduated from Baraga High School in 1958 and then attended NMU. He served in the U.S.
Army National Guard during the Detroit riots. In 1964 he purchased Yawkey's Service in Alston
and owned and operated it for 57 years.

He was a founding member of the Laird Twp Volunteer Fire Department. Howard enjoyed skiing,
hunting, antique tractor racing, and treasure hunting for copper.

Surviving are his children, Nyla Middleton (Brad) Nightingale of Plymouth, MN, Wayne Maki of
Keystone Heights, Florida, Bryan (Jodie) Maki of Maplewood, MN; sister Karen Larsen of
Shoreview, MN; grandchildren Peter (Regina) Middleton, Henry Middleton, Joshua Middleton,
Abigail Middleton, Caleb Maki, Silas Maki; great grandchildren, Esther and Sylvie Middleton.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 2nd from 4-7:00 p.m. at the Laird Twp. Fire Department in Alston. Burial will be in the Alston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Laird Twp Fire Department, c/o Maki Family, 11985 Hwy M38, Pelkie, MI 49958. Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may sign Howard's guest book or send condolences at

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July 2, 2021

4:00 PM
Laird Twp. Fire Department

Alston, MI


Laird Twp. Fire Department

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