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Arlen Dean Maki

May 23, 1949 — November 25, 2021

Visitation for Arlen Dean Maki, 72, of Makinen, will be 4-6pm Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.  Private family burial will take place in the Markham Cemetery in Colvin Township.

Arlen died Thursday, November 25, 2021 at Essentia – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

He was born May 23, 1949 in Biwabik, Minnesota to Howard and Alice (Finnila) Maki.  Arlen was a graduate of Aurora High School and later attended Wisconsin VoTech.  He began working for Erie Mining Company as a millwright and remained there until its closure. 

On March 10, 1972 he married Katherine Bukal in Aurora.  Following the closure of LTV, he worked for Ken Waschke Auto as a general maintenance mechanic.

Arlen was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and photography.  Taking time traveling with his wife or spending quality time with the grandchildren were special times for him.  He was a jack of all trades and had a passion for tinkering and fixing vehicles.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine; mother, Alice; children: Yvonne (Dan) Maki, Allison (Jerry) Pellinen, Deanne (Steve) Ceglar and Nathan (Emily) Maki; grandchildren: Kirk, Nicholas, Katie, Dominic, Makayla, Gene, Shawn, Trista, Evan and Cloe; great grandchildren: Emery, Jax, Eli, Skylar, Mikko, Marianna and Rami; siblings: Lori, Carol, Michael and Ronald.

He is preceded in death by his father, Howard.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home-Aurora

402 W 3rd Ave N, Aurora, MN 55705

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