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Paul Maki

April 9, 1946 ~ December 15, 2020 (age 74)


Paul Edward Maki was born on April 9, 1946 in Wadena, Minnesota.  His parents were the late Uno August and Florence Edla (Ojala) Maki.

Paul graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1964.  After graduation he attended Fergus Falls Community College, then Bemidji State College and received and Associates Degree in Accounting.  Paul made his home in St. Paul where he was employed with Burlington Northern Railroad and then International Harvester as a payroll clerk.

On August 25, 1979 Paul was united in marriage to Suzanne Thrasher at the United Methodist Church in Wadena, Minnesota.  They made their home in St. Anthony as their marriage was blessed with three children.

Paul was employed with Pillsbury in St. Paul as a security guard and later moved to Wadena in 1985.  Paul was employed with Tuffy’s in Perham until 1991 and then with Lund Boats in New York Mills and the Mid-State Auto Auction.   Slowing down due to health reasons in 2015 Paul enjoyed part time employment at ITOW in Perham.

On December 15, 2020 Paul passed away at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota at 74 years of age.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Preceding Paul in death were his parents, Uno and Florence;  an infant brother, David; and an uncle, Edward Ojala.

Paul is survived by his daughters: Jessie Thrasher of Bertha; Heather Maki of Brainerd; and Sheri (Steve) Schmitz of Verndale; 8 grandchildren: Aaron, Anniah, Jack, Emily, Ben, Madison, Connor and Shawn; great-granddaughter, Ellie; brother, Cliff Maki of Phoenix, Arizona; many other relatives and a host of friends.


In lieu of flowers Paul's family suggests making donations to the Shriner's Hospital in the Twin Cities.




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 Service Program


December 22, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Karvonen Funeral Home ~ Wadena
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482

Memorial Service
December 22, 2020

11:00 AM
Karvonen Funeral Home ~ Wadena
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482

Video is available for this event


Shriners Hospitals for Children - Twin Cities
215 Radio Drive, Woodbury MN 55125
Tel: 1-612-596-6100

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