George W. Makela

HOUGHTON — George W. Makela, 90, a resident of Arbor Green in Houghton, and Toivola, passed away on May 25, 2020, at the Omega House.

He was born on October 28, 1929, in Pelkie, a son of the late Jacob and Selma (Routinen) Makela, and was a 1947 graduate of the Baraga High School.

George sailed the boats until he was drafted into the United States Army, serving from 1951-1953, during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Germany.

Following his discharge, George worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Ore in Negaunee.

George married the former Lorraine Mannila on November 14, 1953, in Negaunee.

He worked for F.W. Means Linen Service, retiring as a branch manager. The couple lived in Marquette for 33 years before retiring to Misery Bay.

George was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of South Range, Ranger Post 6165 VFW of South Range, and the Wyandotte Hills Golf Men’s Golf League. He enjoyed golfing, woodwork, gardening and wintered in Florida and Mississippi.

George is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Houghton; four sons, Michael (Cindi) of Marquette, Carl of Marquette, Jim (Kay) of Sault Ste. Marie, and Paul (Pennie) of Atlantic Mine; 11 grandchildren; five foster grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, both here and in Finland. Besides his parents, George was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ray, Howard and Lionel.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.