Robert “Bob” Maki, age 66, of Gladstone passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013 at his home with his family by his side, shortly after being the Best Man at a bedside ceremony for his son’s wedding.
Bob was born March 29, 1947 in Escanaba. He was the first born of four children to Leslie and Grace Maki. He grew up in Rock and graduated from Rock High School in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966, serving for four years in Turkey and the Phillipines. He was honorably discharged in 1970. In 1972 he went to work for the United States Post Office in Gladstone where he worked until his retirement in 2002. He was united in marriage to Mary Roberts on January 6, 1973 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Rapid River. They enjoyed 40 joyful years together.
Bob wore many hats in his lifetime. He was a basketball official for 43 years for many of the local schools as well as the Special Olympics. He played on various softball teams, even playing last fall and bowled in various leagues for 40 years. He was a member and past Commander of the Rock American Legion Post 559. He also worked various side jobs following his retirment. He especially enjoyed going to camp and hunting with the guys.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Rhonda (Jamie) Lyle of Dowagiac, MI and Laura (Gary) Dahn of Wells; one son, Darrell (Michelle) Maki of Gladstone; five grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew and Justin Lyle and Corey and Morgan Dahn; two brothers, Jerry (Sharon) Maki of Rock and Curtis (Wanda) Maki of Bisbee, Arizona; one sister, Janice (James) Sczytko of Garden City, MI, many sister and brother-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Les and Grace and mother and father-in-law, Cloie and Floyd Roberts.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 8 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Memorial services will be on Thursday, May 9 at 11:00 AM at the Faith Lutheran Church in Rock with Pastor Kris Ertl officiating. A luncheon will be served following the services in the church fellowship hall. Committal services and Military Rites presented by the Rock American Legion Post 559 will follow the luncheon in the Rock Cemetery.