William Ervin Makinster
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Robert Ervin "Bob" Makinster


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Robert Ervin "Bob" Makinster

  • Born: 25 Jan 1927, Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska
  • Marriage: Norma Fern Deselms on 15 Jul 1946 in Bird City, Cheyenne County, Kansas
  • Died: 4 Oct 2004, Klamath Falls, Flamath County, Oregon at age 77
  • Buried: Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

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Social Security Death Index, 4 Oct 2004, Klamath Falls, Flamath County, Oregon.

Name: Robert E. Makinster
Last Residence: 97601 Klamath Falls, Klamath, Oregon, United States of America
Born: 25 Jan 1927
Died: 4 Oct 2004
State (Year) SSN issued: Nebraska (Before

Obituary, 8 Oct 2004, Klamath Falls Herald and News. Robert Ervin Makinster

Robert Ervin "Bob" Makinster, 77, died Oct. 4, 2004, of natural causes in Klamath Falls.

A gathering of family members and friends will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2036 Orchard Ave. Cremation will be by Klamath Cremation Service. A memorial service and inurnment will be held later in Colorado. O'Hair & Riggs Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Makinster was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Grant, Neb., to William Ervin and Nellie Margaret (Edwards) Makinster.

He attended schools in Nebraska and graduated from Imperial High School, where he was involved in Future Farmers of America.

On March 8, 1945, he enlisted in the Navy, serving at the end of World War II. He was a coxswain at Guam.

He married the girl next door, Norma Fern Deselms, on July 15, 1946, in Bird City, Kan.

They made their home in Estes Park, Colo. He built their home and worked as a rancher, farmer and wrangler and was a carpenter, an accomplished cabinet maker, and a certified stone mason.

Mr. Makinster received a college degree in agriculture in 1954 before working as a dude wrangler at the Blue Ribbon Stables.

In the mid-1960s, he went into partnership in the ownership of Parker-Makinster Trash Service with contracts with state beaches and parks as well as residential trash removal.

He moved to Long Prairie, Minn., in 1972 and owned and operated the Bar Running M Ranch, raising beef cattle. After selling the ranch in 1979, he moved to Little Falls, Minn., where he and his wife owned and operated numerous town houses.

His wife preceded him in death in 1983 and he moved in 1986 back to Nebraska to do home repairs for his sister and mother.

He became reacquainted with an old friend, Helen Duffey, and they were married in her mother's home in Eureka, Calif., on Sept. 24, 1988.

They began traveling and moved to Camp Verde, Ariz., living there from 1989 until moving to Little Falls in 1999. They moved to Klamath Falls in September 2003.

Mr. Makinster was a member of the American Legion in Estes Park, the Estes Park Community Church for which he served as lay minister and elder, and the United Methodist Church in Little Falls.

He was also a Boy Scout pack leader and instrumental in bringing Little League baseball to Estes Park, where he helped build the baseball field and purchase equipment and coached his son's Little League team.

Among his interests were fly fishing, ice fishing in Minnesota, reading western novels, especially those by Louis L'Amour, working outdoors, planting roses and trees, doing yard work, and traveling, especially after his retirement.

He was a captivating storyteller.

He loved nature, camping, and hiking. He taught his children to hunt, fish and ice skate, as a young man, he enjoyed pheasant hunting. He also showed them how to build and how to be survivors when camping in the woods.
Before the government started stocking lakes in national forests, he packed in fish to stock the lakes. He was an authentic cowboy and liked breaking and riding horses.

Survivors include his wife Helen Makinster of Klamath Falls; son and daughter-in-law Chuck and Cynthia Kay Makinster of Denver; daughters Jody Ballard of Longmont, Colo., Linda Morales and her husband Raul of Potter Valley, Calif., Christie Chalton and her husband Walter of Fortuna, Calif., Donna Marie Watson of Sacramento, Shelly Dane of Camp Verde, and Carolea Goodwin of Laytonville, Calif.; sisters and brothers-in-law Marjorie and Duane Gladue of Lamar, Neb., and Shirley and Sidney Tallman of Pawnee City, Neb.; sister Eula Briggs of Imperial, Neb.; brothers-in-law Larry Duffey and his wife Charolotte Santa Rosa, Calif.; Howard Duffey of Klamath Falls; grandchildren Nicole Makinster, Dan, Cameron, Becky and Charles Shannon Ballard, Buffy McCain, Eric and Rodney Wright, Rachael Trump, Aimee Swanson, Janell Perkins, John Silva, Kelly Goodwin, and Joey Soto; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law Lila Bertino of Klamath Falls.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Verne Duffey, and a daughter, Connie Makinster.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 380 S.E. Spokane St., Suite 110, Portland, OR 97202.


Robert married Norma Fern Deselms, daughter of George Bennett Deselms and Jessie Fern Fuqua, on 15 Jul 1946 in Bird City, Cheyenne County, Kansas. (Norma Fern Deselms was born on 2 Jun 1927 in Lamar, Chase County, Nebraska, died on 19 Feb 1983 in Little Falls, Morrison County, Minnesota and was buried in Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado.)

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