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Published on June 13, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on June 13, 2018 8:24AM

Melvin Maki

Melvin Maki


May 11, 1940 — June 4, 2018

We are sad to announce the passing of our twinkle-eyed, fun-loving father, Melvin N. Maki, 78, who was born to Arvid E. and Gertrude M. Maki (Sotka) on May 11, 1940.

Mel loved his Finnish heritage, and was a proud graduate of Astoria High School in 1958. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and a master’s degree from Portland State University in business and engineering. He was a master of numbers.

Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (dredging), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (ocean floor surveying), had him traveling all over the U.S. and out on the ocean, which he loved dearly.

He is survived by his adoring family in Portland, Helvetia and Clackamas, Oregon.

A loving service will be held at 2 p.m, Friday, June 15, 2018, at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary, 576 12th St. in Astoria. A graveside service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Astoria. All are invited.

In lieu of flowers, because of our father’s love of the ocean, remembrances may be made to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. “In memory of Melvin N. Maki.”

Please visit our website, to sign the online guest book.


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