Kenneth F. Makinen

February 15, 2017

Kenneth F. Makinen
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

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

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  1. Paula,I am so sorry for your loss. I may not have met or known Ken personally but as a Vietnam Veteran he was a brother to me. I wish I could have met him last year he sounds like a great person. Prayer for you and your family

    Henry (Hank) Valentine

    James Street

  2. Paula, I am terribly sorry to learn about your husband’s passing. Please know that I will keep him and you and your Family in my prayers. Pat(Lucas) Padden

  3. Dear Colleen, Al & Family,

    Words alone can not express our heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Cousin
    Nancy & Wayne Humphrey

  4. Makinen family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within your hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  5. You have our deepest condolences at this time.it is our hope that the cherished memories carry you and your family through your time of sorrow

    Stevie and Alicia

  6. Mike and Mal McDonough … It was a privilege to know Ken. He will be missed in our community, but will be remembered as someone special and wonderful to family and friends. Our love to Paula and family.

  7. Paula, and family.
    Please accept our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Words cannot adequately express our sympathy. Ken was a great husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all. Let your memories and strong faith carry you through this difficult time.
    Thinking of you,
    Jan & Anthony Pandolph and family

  8. From one Veteran to another, you will be missed by your loving family and all who knew you. I knew you through the great son you raised and opened your home up to us when we were in the Marine Corps. You have an unbelievable family and that is all a direct reflection of you. Semper Fi

  9. I loved you as my brother and always wanted to see you again. Will remember our last trip to Woburn and had always hoped you come to Muskegon as Chuck couldn’t travel anymore and with surgery 3 years in a row it was hard for me. Hard to believe you are now with mom and dad so soon. RIP Love Chuck & Carolyn

  10. Dennis & Joannie

    Will miss (our other brother), always there to lend a helping hand to everyone in the family,as well as his many friends, lots of great memories over the the past 50 years,leaving a big void that will never be filled but as the “Big Guy” would say, “stop your blubbering”

    God Bless and keep you safe in his arms, your pain is gone, Love Dennis & Joannie

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