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Robert M. Makela
November 10, 1940 ~ September 13, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Robert “Bob” M. Makela, 82, of Elkhart, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at his home. He was born on November 10, 1940, in DeKalb, IL, to the late Toimi and Mayme (Saksa) Makela. On January 25, 1971, Bob married the love of his life, Mary J. Hintzsche, in Elkhart. She passed away in 2016 after 45 years of marriage.
Bob is survived by his loving son, John, plus a number of nieces and nephews as well as his two, faithful canine companions, Clancy and Zoey. In addition to his wife and parents, Bob’s siblings preceded him in death. He had 2 brothers and 1 sister.
In accordance with the family’s wishes, cremation has been chosen and a celebration of life will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2023, from noon to 2 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart.
Bob was a caring, humble, and kind man who often kept to himself but enjoyed a good conversation with those close to him. He worked at Forest River as an office manager for over 20 years and served in the United States Navy. Bob had a sharp memory and told many stories about his past in vivid detail. He also had a good sense of humor that at times would catch his friends and family off guard. Bob would often begin with what seemed to be another story but would surprise you by the end of it when you realized he was telling a joke.
In his spare time, Bob enjoyed going fishing, playing golf, educating himself on military history of the world, cheering on the Chicago Bears, and taking pictures. He also enjoyed going to the casino, doing scratch off tickets, and playing the lottery. He loved to play the keyboard and the piano. He liked to help friends out by tuning their pianos in the process. He also loved to tinker in the garage from time to time where he would keep himself busy. Family meant the world to Bob, and he made sure to always put his family first. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.