Makela, Robert J.
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Robert J. Makela, 56, died October 20, 2013, in Lorraine, NY at his home where he had been under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County. There will be a celebration of life in his memory on Friday October 25, from 12-4PM at the Newfield Fire Hall, Newfield, NY. Born November 29, 1956 in Montour Falls, the son of Howard and Martha Huey Makela, he graduated from Newfield High School, following which he joined his father in operating the family farm which he eventually purchased. Mr. Makela retired in 1999 and moved to Lorraine. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying turkey and deer hunting, fishing and truck pulls. Bob was a member of the Meris Auxiliary at the South Jefferson V.F.W. Post, Adam, NY. Surviving are two sons, Robert H., Lorraine, and Anthony (Stephanie), Milliken, CO; a daughter, Mellisa, Cazenovia; a granddaughter, Ariana Rose Makela, Oswego; two sisters, Debby (Jim) Mickelson, Pilzer, SC and Bonnie (Chuck) Fear, Mystic, CT; nieces and nephews, and a very good friend and caregiver Hank Graham. He was predeceased by a sister, Kathy Ray.
Published in Ithaca Journal on Oct. 22, 2013