June 11, 1940 ~ January 19, 2014
William “Wee Willie” Makovsky, 73, Moorhead, MN, died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at home with loving family surrounding him. William Arthur Makovsky was born on June 11, 1940 in Silver Lake, MN to William E. and Lucy (Wraspir) Makovsky. William attended and graduated from Silver Lake Public School in 1958. He served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. William was married to Agnes B. Mallak from 1961 to 1986 and they raised five children.
On November 24, 1988, William was joined in marriage to Ann Ruzicka, with whom he recently celebrated 25 years of matrimony.
William worked for Texgas/Suburban Propane in Fergus Falls, Wahpeton, Barnesville, and New Brighton from 1961 to 1995, at which time he retired.
But William’s true labor of love was with his music, acting as front man for The Wee Willie Band. Through the 55 years of entertaining, Wee Willie played all over the United States, as well as Austria, Germany, and Canada. He also recorded 22 albums. His accomplishments were recently recognized with inductions into the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, as well as being named the Minnesota Band of the Year in 2006.
William was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Sons of Norway, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
William made it his life’s mission to make people smile. His infectious positive attitude and joyful nature made him a person that all looked forward to seeing.
William is survived by his wife, Ann, Moorhead, MN; sons, Wayne (Sheila) Ruzicka, Rogers, MN, Rodney (Beth) Ruzicka, Fargo, ND, Mike (Amber) Makovsky, Fergus Falls, MN, Mike (Laura) Ruzicka, West Fargo, ND, Jim (Dawn) Makovsky, Mankato MN, and Charlie (Jana) Makovsky, Grand Forks, ND; daughters, Lori (Jim) Lee, West Fargo, ND, Joan Makovsky, Apple Valley, MN, and Jennifer Makovsky, Keller, TX; 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; brother, August (Irene) Makovsky, Glencoe, MN; sisters, Delores Vorlicek, Biscay, MN and Darlene Vorlicek, Hutchinson, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Junior Vorlicek and Stanley Vorlicek; and nephew, Fran Vorlicek.
Special thanks to Hospice of the Red River Valley for the guidance and care they provided during this difficult time.
Memorials preferred to the Fargo VA Hospital.