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Harry W. Makoutz

July 13, 1929 — June 2, 2024

Oostburg

Harry W. Makoutz

Harry W. Makoutz passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years old.

 

Harry was born July 13, 1929 in Milwaukee, the son of John and Verna (Kowalosk) Makoutz.

 

On February 7, 1948, he was united in marriage with Patricia Filz in Milwaukee, and they were “lovers always.” He loved Patricia dearly, and he was “her handsome Harry”.

 

Harry began working as a draftsman for Harley Davidson from 1944-1953. In 1953, he began his career in law enforcement with the Milwaukee Police Department. He worked up to the position of detective and retired after 31 years. He was hired by the Milwaukee County District Attorney as the Chief Investigator for the DA from 1984-1990. He was full of police stories and remembered names, dates and incidents remarkably. His home has a wall dedicated to the history of both the Milwaukee Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, as well as a box full of newspaper articles written regarding many of those stories. He was a very proud police officer and lived his life honoring the badge and what it stood for.

 

A lifetime member of the Catholic Church, Harry was involved with various church activities and memberships. He also was active with St. Vincent de Paul, the Milwaukee Police Association’s baseball team and served as a Boy Scout Leader and Little League Coach.

 

A long-standing annual family tradition, Harry and his family looked forward to hunting in MN on his son Dennis and Julie’s land. He enjoyed spotting deer, fishing, coin collecting, bird watching, squirrel feeding, growing tomatoes, mushroom picking, watching parades, playing cards with family (where he shamelessly won all their quarters!) and playing sheepshead at the Port Washington Senior Center. Armed with a strong financial instinct, Harry loved following and playing the stock market daily for many years. An avid sports fan, Harry looked forward to Brewer’s Opening Day, and tailgate parties for Brewers and Packers. Harry’s retirement years found him wintering in Florida, traveling to visit family in MN and NV, and spending his days on Pretty Lake, WI where he loved all lake life offered and leading the 4th of July parades on his lawnmower down Pretty Lane.

 

A handyman who fixed most things himself, Harry always offered to help; everyone could count on him. He seldom complained and was always thankful and appreciated everything and everyone. He treasured his beloved family and was an outstanding role model. He was present and enjoyed family gatherings, holidays and life celebrations. Some of his infamous sayings were: I’m wonderful, I received my 6 month warranty, God has been so kind and merciful to me, God bless you.

 

Harry is survived by his daughters Kathy (Ron) Hansen of Oostburg, WI and Karen Makoutz of Belgium WI; sons Glenn (Remy) Makoutz of Saukville, WI, Dennis (Julie) of Millville, MN, and Jeff (Terri) of Reno, NV; 33 grandchildren: Gemma, Bob (Leslie), Paul (Ania), Cher (Jake), Alicia (Brian), Mark, Jon (Kelsey), Michelle, Noreen, Joe (Jess), Chris(Alicia), Heidi (Nick), Gayle (David), Josh (Jill), Jason (Ali), Drew (Alex), Luke (Mandy), Anna (Jimmy) and Daniel; 36 great grandchildren: Niya, Preston, Nolan, Elaina, Dyton, Kaylee, Ethan, Lilly, Amber, Enzo, Austin, Holden, Clark, Isabelle, Mya, Oliver, Edison, Anola, Lana, Hudson, Grace, Zoe, Ruby, Dylan, Sawyer, Prairie, Lily, Addie, Lucy, Max, Sam, Bodi, Hunter, Nolan, Hazel and Emory; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

Harry was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Patricia, his son-in-law Mike Rowe, one sister Marion Makoutz and two brothers Robert (Marie) Makoutz and John (Caroline) Makoutz.

 

A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:30PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 Green Tree Road in Kohler. All are welcome to view a livestream of the service on Harry’s obituary page at www.wenigfh.com .  The family will receive visitors at the church on Tuesday from 1:00-2:30PM.

 

He and Patricia will be laid to rest together at Oostburg Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

 

Wenig Funeral Home – Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.wenigfh.com for more information.

 

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Visitation

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

1:00 - 2:30 pm (Central time)

St John Evangelist Catholic Church

600 Green Tree Rd, Kohler, WI 53044

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Mass

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Central time)

St John Evangelist Catholic Church

600 Green Tree Rd, Kohler, WI 53044

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