Obituary of Kenneth F. Makinen
Vietnam War Veteran
KENNETH F. MAKINEN - of Woburn, suddenly while on vacation in Florida, February 15th, at sixty nine years of age. Beloved husband of Paula (Miele) Makinen. Devoted father of Colleen P. Abreu, her husband Alan of Woburn, William J. Makinen, his wife Christina of Woburn, Alison M. Shelales, her husband John of Marlboro. Brother of Carolyn Klug, her husband Charles of Muskegon, MI. Cherished "Bampy" of Jake, Ava, Sydney, Taylor, Michael and Joseph. Step-grandfather to Alyssa, Joshua and Jonathan. A Funeral will be held from Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, February 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m.. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours Tuesday, February 21st, from 3:00-7:00. Please at the request of the family, remembrances may be made in Ken's honor to the Friend's of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801
Kenneth F. “Ken” Makinen passed away suddenly early Wednesday morning, February 15th. The beloved husband of Paula (Miele) Makinen, he was just sixty - nine years of age.
Born in St. John’s, Michigan, Ken was the son of the late William and Alice (Docking) Makinen and brother to Carolyn (Klug). Raised on a farm in Michigan, Ken learned at an early age what it was to work from dawn to sunset. He worked closely with his dad on the farm, which started his impeccable work ethic that he carried throughout his life. Every year, Ken’s Dad gave him a tool for Christmas. He would teach Ken the use of the tool on the farm machines. Ken was educated in East Tawas, Michigan, and a graduate of East Tawas High School with the Class of 1966.
Following high school, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served for four years. He was stationed in the Boston area in 1968, where he and his friends met Paula Miele and her friends and in 1970 they married. They had three children and made a lovely home in Woburn.
After settling in Woburn, Ken began working for J.F. Duran with whom he has remained “working for” over the years. He had taken a position with Local 4, as a heavy equipment operator, which he maintained right up until his retirement in 2013. After retirement he enjoyed his part-time job at the Woburn Country Club working in their garage. He had a lifelong interest in tractors and heavy equipment and was a very proud member of the Northeast Rockbusters, an organization for antique and historical heavy equipment. If anything had a motor, Ken knew how to fix it. For anyone at any time he was there to help. He was honest, trustworthy, and you could always rely on him.
As the children were growing, summer vacations were spent at Twin Mountains, New Hampshire where the family camped with dear friends. Ken and his family also returned to his hometown of Tawas, Michigan, every year. He always enjoyed going back to the “homestead” to visit his mother and the small town on Lake Huron that was so endearing to him. For the past 20 years Ken and Paula enjoyed summers in Wells, Maine with another group of wonderful friends.
His grandchildren called him “Bampy” and what a grandfather he was. From the soccer, hockey, baseball and basketball games, to dance recitals and school fundraisers, “Bamps” was kept quite busy. He was just so very proud of them and they all loved him dearly.
When he wasn’t busy with the kids or work, he was enjoying breakfast at Cousins, hanging out at Ollie’s, or having dinner at The Restaurant. You couldn’t drive through Woburn center without seeing his big black truck.
Paula and Ken had spent forty- six wonderful years together. With the addition of their children, in-laws and grandchildren, his life was full of family, friends and love. Throughout his life, Ken did it his way.
Ken is survived by his wife Paula, his daughter Colleen Abreu and her husband Alan, his son William Makinen and his wife Christina, his daughter Alison Shelales and her husband John and his sister Carolyn Klug and her husband Charles as well as his six grandchildren Jake, Ava, Sydney, Taylor, Michael, Joseph and 3 step-grandchildren Alyssa, Joshua and Jonathan. Cherished brother-in-law and beloved Uncle to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
A Funeral will be held from Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, February 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m.. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours Tuesday, February 21st, from 3:00-7:00. Please at the request of the family, remembrances may be made in Ken's honor to the Friend's of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801