Mr. Jeffrey Jay Makus

  • Born: October 23, 1941
  • Died: December 11, 2012
  • Location: Thousand Palms, California

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Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Jeffrey Jay Makus passed away December 11th, 2012 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. The eldest of three siblings, he was born October 23, 1941 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin to Albert and Joyce Makus.

He attended Cheyenne (now Central) High School where he met Sharrie Miller. They married in 1960 and had two sons, Jon and Jim Makus. In 1962 they moved to Riverside, California. He worked for Stater Brothers Market as a meat cutter for 35 years.

In 1976 he married Sylvia Salazar and resided in Lake Arrowhead. He had a passion for golf and after retiring at the age of 55, he enjoyed golfing almost every day.

At the time of his death, he resided in Thousand Palms, California and attended Christ Lutheran Church in Desert Hot Springs, California. He enjoyed the outdoors, cooking and visiting with friends. People were attracted to his friendly personality and sense of humor.

Jeff is survived by his sister Cheryl Miller of Cheyenne, Wyoming, his two sons Jon and Jim Makus of Forest Grove, Oregon, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Joyce Makus and his brother Albert Makus, Jr.

A Memorial Service is planned for January 12th, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Christ Lutheran Church, 66290 Estrella Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, California 92240.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 669, Desert Hot Springs, California 92240 designated for their building program fund.


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

Gramps,
I'm so sad that I'm having to write this but I want all to know what an amazing man you were and a wonderful grandpa. I wish I would have had more time to cherish you, over the years we lost touch but you weren't and will not be forgotten. I have many memories that I will forever hold close to my heart. I love you and cant wait till' the day I get to see your smiling face again.

Love Always,
Rachel

Posted by Rachel Makus - Tillamook, OR - Grandaughter   August 30, 2013

We don't know very many people here in California. But if anyone would ask, we would bring up OUR FRIEND JEFF. When Ron took up Pickle-Ball, it was Jeff who loaned him a racket. When we had no where to go on Super Bowl Sunday, it was Jeff who had us over for the game & dinner. When we needed a bigger truck to move our trailer to a near-by park, it was Jeff right there to help with his truck. When Anne & Vicki wanted to have an old fashion Thanksgiving Dinner, it was Jeff who provided an oven big enough for the turkey. Even though he wasn't feeling well that day and we all got on him for not going to the Doctor, he opened his kitchen & his heart to accomDesZWmodate The Gang for a wonderful day.
We wil always remember his smile and hugs. Thank you ol' friend.
Ron & Vicki Putnam

Posted by Ron & Vicki Putnam - Long Beach, CA - Friends   January 12, 2013

We don't know very many people here in California. But if anyone would ask, we would bring up OUR FRIEND JEFF. When Ron took up Pickle-Ball, it was Jeff who loaned him a racket. When we had no where to go on Super Bowl Sunday, it was Jeff who had us over for the game & dinner. When we needed a bigger truck to move our trailer to a near-by park, it was Jeff right there to help with his truck. When Anne & I wanted to have an old fashion Thanksgiving Dinner, it was Jeff who provided an oven big enough for the turkey. Even though he wasn't feeling well that day and we all got on him for not going to the Doctor, he opened his kitchen & his heart to accomodate The Gang for a wonderful day.
We wil always remember his smile and hugs. Thank you ol' friend.
Ron & Vicki Putnam

Posted by Ron & Vicki Putnam - Long Beach, CA - Friends   January 12, 2013

Jeff, I am so glad that I got the chance to meet you a few years ago. What a wonderful and caring person you are. You have touch so many lives. I don't know you as well as most do but just the couple days you came to Oregon it was great to spend time with you and get to know you. Your family and friends will miss you dearly as will I.

Posted by Julie Hargis - Beaverton, OR   January 11, 2013

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HEY POPS, YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY "ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG" JUST WISH WE COULD HAVE A COUPLE MORE BEERS TOGETHER!! EVEN THOUGH WE CAN'T RIGHT NOW, WE WILL SOON. I KNOW YOU WILL KEEP THEM ICY COLD FOR ME. I LOVE YOU DAD AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. TILL WE MEET AT THE 19TH HOLE. YOUR LOVING SON, JIM

Posted by jim makus - forestgrove, OR - son   January 06, 2013

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Jeff,
I just can't take it in that you're gone. I'm so glad that we remained friends over the years. We had such fun - from the time we were 16 years old - then things weren't so good for a while. But I always knew that we loved each other and would forever. I always thought you would move to Oregon - not to heaven(at least not this soon)! I had no idea you were this sick, you should have told us. Till we see you again, Love always, Sharrie

Posted by Sharrie Van Dyke - CORNELIUS, OR - Friend - former wife   January 04, 2013

Dearest Jeff,
I don't know where to begin with the memories - we had tons of good times, and some not so good!! I am so glad that we remained friends and were able to talk fairly often. I just wish we would have known that you were this sick, we would have been there or at least talked. I was so happy for you when you finally had your house on the golf course. What a dream come true. Now, you are playing the big golf course in the sky!! The Lord needs good people too, and we will certainly see each other again. I always loved you and I know that you believed that. Love Always, Sharrie

Posted by Sharrie Van Dyke - CORNELIUS, OR - Friend - former wife   January 03, 2013

Dear Dad, We are going to miss you, you were always positive and smiling, and everyone loved you. I wish we could have done something to help, or been closer over the years, I know you loved me and were proud of me, and we loved you too. We will always think of you when we drive by a golf course, we will miss you, but will see you again in Heaven, We truly lost one of the good guys, keep smiling, Love always your son Jon.

Posted by Jon Makus - Forest Grove, OR - Son   January 03, 2013

My Dad and I were not as close as we could have been, we lived in separate States, But I know He loved me and was proud of me, I didN't realize he was that sick, Don't think you have tomorrow to be close to your loved ones, Do it today, give them a call, I wish I would have called my Dad more often, He was a heck of a Guy and always positive and quick witted, I loved him and he will be greatly missed, See you in Heaven big guy. Love your Son Jon

Posted by Jon Makus - Forest Grove, OR - Son   January 03, 2013

Jeff,
I am sorry we couldn't beat this thing. I hope you find a nice course to play.
There will be more of us coming along some day. I am finding out now how many friends you have. We had some good rounds of golf. We will have more some day.

Jim Ryan

Posted by Jim Ryan - Desert Hot Springs, CA - golf partner   January 03, 2013

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Jeffie............I didn't get to see you this year but you were on my mind. I knew you had been sick but thought you had rallied this past year.
I have such great memories of working with you at Stater Bros. You were a great meatcutter and no one could wrap up a pack of meat at the service counter faster than you.
I am so sorry you left us, but you are up there with our other fellow Stater Bros. employees who got there before you.
Save me a place next to you and I will bring you some Tangerine Twirl Lifesavers.

I Love You, Charlotte

Posted by Charlotte Newsome - Port Orchard, WA - Friend   January 03, 2013