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Larry John Makimaa,

1945-2013

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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:59 pm | Updated: 3:03 pm, Tue Dec 3, 2013.

Larry John Makimaa - born November 19, 1945, passed away Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2013 in Naples, Florida, after a long and courageous journey with cancer and illness. He was surrounded by family and close friends. Larry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, businessman and community leader. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Lynne Makimaa and adult children Kelly (husband Steve), Brad (wife Renee) and Holly – as well as his sister Violet. Larry leaves behind 4 grandchildren who were the absolute light of his life in his last years. He has numerous nieces and nephews who he adored and loved to spend time with throughout his life. Larry was a business owner in the Flint area for over 30 years and was an active member of multiple community organizations in Michigan throughout his life. He volunteered in numerous ways to support activities at Lake Fenton High school where his children went to school and at St John’s Parish in Fenton where his family attended church. In Florida, Larry was an active member of the golf community. A multi-talented athlete, Larry passed on his love of sports to many through coaching youth, mentoring young athletes and enjoying every sporting event possible with friends and family. He was known for creating golfing events, tailgating parties, charity fundraisers and opportunities for people to come together throughout his life to celebrate. Anyone who knew him would say he was a passionate man who lived life large with determination or Finnish “Sisu.” Larry was raised in the Upper Peninsula in Ontonagon and was a small town man at heart who believed in giving back to one’s community whether it was in Fenton, Michigan, or Naples, Florida, or wherever he visited. Larry was known for making friends wherever he went. He was joking with and expressing appreciation to the nursing staff that cared for him up to the last minutes of his life. He did not want people to be sad but rather to live life fully appreciating the gift that life is and the people who are part of it. Larry used his gifts and talents to mentor and help others wherever he could. When thanked for the good he offered, his clear response was just “pay it forward” to others. So, in lieu of flowers, his request was for all his family and friends to use their talents, resources and gifts to pay it forward to others in need that they may rise to be their best in life. Sharp Funeral Homes.

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