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Harvey William “Harpo” Maki

03/05/1929 - 12/26/2021

Harvey William Maki (Harpo) died on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at The Waterview Woods in Eveleth, MN.   

Harpo was born in Buhl, MN on March 5, 1929 to Jack W. and Tynne Maki.

He graduated from Martin Hughes High School in Buhl and went on to attend and graduate from St. Cloud Teachers College in St. Cloud, MN where he also played football and was scheduled to go on to play professionally for the Detroit Lions, however he was drafted into the Korean War from 1951-1953, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Upon his return from Korea, Harpo taught high-school civics and social studies for four years before going on to work for Equifax Insurance Adjusters for 26 years, before finally retiring after serving as a credit and collections officer for the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Harpo was married to Nancy V. Maki (Dallago) for 67 years and they enjoyed 8 summers of retirement on their Island on Lake Vermilion.  He enjoyed time spent with family, being outdoors, fishing, saunas, and watching the Vikings, Timberwolves and MN Wild.

Harpo is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Bruce (Debbie) of Virginia and Brian (Lupe) of Eau Claire, WI; and dear brother, Raymond of Virginia.  Harpo was a “great” grandfather to all his grandchildren: Melissa, Samantha and Jacob and great grandchild Shea; and a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Harpo was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Walter, Jack and Kent (Kenny); and one sister, Laina.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

4 thoughts on “Harvey William “Harpo” Maki”


    Saddened to read of Harpo’s passing,
    During the 1953-54 school year at Buhl High School, brother Ken Maki and i were Mr Maki’s students in 9th grade General Business Class. We also prticipated in strength and conditioning in the Maki garage near the Creek and across from the Buhl Curling Club. Fond Memories…Rest in Peace, Sir, as you now join your sister and brothers and parents

  2. Floyd Korpi says:

    Ray, Sorry to hear the news about your brother.

    Floyd and Mary Ann

  3. Ron Lampinen and Marlene Pajunen says:

    With deepest sympathy during this time. Our thoughts are always with you. You are not alone during this time.

  4. Bill Lemieux says:

    Prayers and condolences to all the Maki family. I loved growing up around Uncle Harpo, especially at the island. He taught us all to love taking a sauna!

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