Michael Macki, age 64, of Tripoli, passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. He was born in Tomahawk on Sept. 21, 1953, to Melvin and Louise (Hebert) Macki of Tripoli.
Best known as MFM, he spent his life amongst the woods in the Willow Region of Tripoli. He attended Tripoli and Prentice high schools, as well as a year of technical college, before choosing to make his living as a logger. In 1974, Mike married Deborah (Pike) Macki. Together they have two daughters, Heather and Holly.
Not only was Mike a logger, but he built log homes, furniture, and crafts. Some have called him an artist, but he believed he was only doing what he could using the materials at hand. When he wasn’t working, he spent his time hunting with his dog, Shaky, fishing, or tending to his gardens. He always did what he could to live off the land.
Mike was a proud Finlander, leading his life on his own terms, and often choosing an adventure in the great outdoors rather than an event involving lots of people. 
He had hunted bear in northern Canada, spent weeks alone in the mountains of Idaho hunting elk, spent a week each year ice fishing in northern Minnesota with Deb, shot pheasants in the Dakotas and antelope in Wyoming, fished for bass in Texas, and caught alligators in the swamps of Louisiana. 
No matter where Mike went he always made friends. Some would attribute it to his “gift of gab,” but let’s be honest, it was a gift of B.S.ing, and he was one of the best!
Mike is survived by his mother, Louise (Hebert) Macki-Weidman; stepfather, Ralph “Shorty” Weidman; wife, Deborah (Pike) Macki; daughters, Heather (Jason) Sobacki, and Holly (Justin Jenson) Macki; four grandsons; sisters, Cindy (Steve) Johnson, and Irene (Bill) Severson.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Macki.
A Celebration of Life for Mike will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of St Urho, in Brantwood. The chapel is one of several structures Mike built for a Finnish settlement owned by Bill Hoffman.
Please have your favorite memories of Mike ready to share. There will not be a meal, as Mike isn’t here to cook it and we wouldn’t do it justice. But feel free to bring a drink or two, as MFM would be sharing a “Kessler and Ruby Red” with everyone if he could.
And, as Mike would say when he ended his hunting and fishing videos, “MFM, over and out!”