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Behm Funeral Homes, Inc.

1477 Jefferson Rd, Jefferson, PA

OBITUARY

Duane "Sonny" Makel

April 5, 1941January 18, 2020
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Duane G. “Sonny” Makel, 78 of Rices Landing, died on Saturday, January 18, 2020. He was born on April 5, 1941 in Fredericktown, a son of the late Frank and Alice Good Makel, Sonny was a 1959 graduate of Waynesburg High School, where he was a wrestling champion; and also graduated from Waynesburg College in 1963. He was coal miner at the former Clyde and Gateway Coal Mines. He had also worked as a math teacher in the Avella Area School District and during summers he would work as a roofer; as well as a sports writer for the former Democrat Messenger. Sonny played fast-pitch softball for 20 years, was a PIAA Wrestling referee, a youth wrestling coach for 15+ years and a youth baseball coach for 15+ years. He was an avid deer hunter and coon hunter for over 50 years and was a founding member of the Greene County Coon Hunters Club. On November 22, 1961 he married Charlotte Phillips, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Dave (Jenn) Makel of Carmichaels, Vaughn Makel (Ken Lantzy) of Blairsville, Jason (Olivia) Makel of Waynesburg, and Travis (Rachael) Makel of Waynesburg; grandchildren, Eli, Ava, Serena, Ellie, Evan, and Maya Makel; a brother, Delbert (Carol) Makel of West Columbia, SC; and a sister, Bonnie Smouse of Waynesburg. Deceased in addition to his mother and father is a daughter, Debbie. We will miss him, but he lives on in our memories!!! Friends will be received from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, and 2 to 4 pm on Wednesday (no visitation on Wednesday evening) in the Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Condolences may be expressed online at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Tracy L Smith

January 29, 2020

Dear Rachael and the entire Makel Family:

Please accept my condolences for your loss. I am so sad to hear of Sunny passing. Sending sympathy and comfort during this time of loss.

Tracy L Smith & Enrique G. Covarrubias

Tom Basey

January 24, 2020

Dear Jason, Travis and the entire Makel family. I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May God grant your family strength during this difficult time.

Penny Phillips

January 22, 2020

Sonny, you will be truly missed and the family reunions at my house will never be the same without you. I send my condolences and prayers to your beautiful family and to your loving wife, Charlotte. May God be with you and your family always.

Michael Gragan

January 21, 2020

Jason, Travis, and the entire Makel family:

Please accept our sincere condolences at your time of loss.

Michael, Paige and Emma Gragan

Joseph Francis

January 21, 2020

Dear Travis, Jason, Rachel, Olivia and Charlotte and the rest of the Makel family:
I am sorry to hear about the loss of Sonny. From the stories I remember that were told to me by Travis and Jason, it was clear that he was a man of many interests, talents and one who enjoyed his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Joey Francis

David Riley Sr

January 20, 2020

1973 Saint Vinsent College Jr. Wrestling States. All I can remember was I was scared to death. And you and dad were there to help me get past the size of the gym we were wrestling in. I will never forget . You helped me become a man. R I P Mr Makel

Joseph Dudas

January 20, 2020

Sincere sympathy to the Makel Family. Duane and I taught for several years together at Avella High School. We carpooled from Washington to Avella along with Barry Kubincanek and Ray Bazzoli. Duane was a great guy. I always appreciated his advice when I was a rookie teacher.

Russell Cruper

January 19, 2020

I have fond memories of Mr. Makel as my math teacher and my mentor with black & tan coonhounds. R.I.P. my friend.

Tom & Janet Beall

January 18, 2020

So very sorry Charlotte and family

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