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Robert John Makein

August 23, 1932 ~ October 11, 2022 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Robert J. ‘Bob’ Makein, 90, or ‘Dad,’ to us kids, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in Centralia, Washington. Bob was born August 23, 1932, in Queens, New York, to James W. and Dora (Westler) Makein.

He was a pipefitter by trade before enlisting with the US Air Force July 19, 1956. He relocated to the West Coast soon after, settling in Bremerton, Washington, and resuming his pipefitting career at Bremerton Naval Shipyard.

He married his sweetheart, Connie Valentine, August 19, 1978, and the couple remained happily married ‘til her passing January 8, 2020.

He was a great father: he had seven children from a previous marriage- six girls and one boy. Dad loved his family, fishing, and hunting. He was our John Wayne!

He is lovingly remembered by his son, Robert J. Makein, and his wife, Arlys; daughters, Robin Sutton and husband, Mike, Roxanne Freund and husband, Darryl, Liz Mayes, Becky Harrison, Jane Moore, and Jessica Lamb.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 PM Thursday, October 27, at Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary. Mass will begin at 11 AM Friday, October 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chehalis. Interment will take place at Claquato Cemetery in Chehalis.

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October 27, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Newell - Hoerling&rsquo!s Mortuary (West Pine Street, Centralia, WA)

Funeral Mass
October 28, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Joseph s Church (Chehalis, Claquato Cemetery)


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