Paul James Conklin, of Chesaning, surrounded by family, died peacefully late Wednesday evening, October 25, 2000, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on May 5, 1915, to Roy and Emma (Zendler) Conklin in Hazelton Township. He grew up in the New Lothrop area. After graduation from New Lothrop High School, he attended Central Michigan University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Edson Raiders Battalion during World War II. He married Margaret Mary Riley on January 1, 1947, at St. Paul Churchin Owosso. Together they raised six children.
Paul began working as a barber in the Chesaning/New Lothrop area and retired in June of 1980 from the V-8 Engine Plant in Flint. Following his retirement he returned to barbering on a part-time basis. He will be remembered for the care, concern, and love he had for his family; for his sense of humor; and for his ability to go out of his way to help others, whenever he could.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Chesaning; two daughters and their spouses, Sue (Bernie) Uehlein of Chesaning, Anne (Bill) Winiarski of Linden; three sons and their spouses, Tom (Kathy) Conklin of Saginaw, Hugh (Sue) Conklin of Chesaning, and Don (Becky) Conklin of Ft. Defiance, Virginia; two sisters, Minnie Johnson of New Lothrop, and Leona McKone of Flushing; brother-in-law, Jim Rose of Saginaw; and an aunt, Doris Murphy of Flint. Survivors also include 27 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; a younger brother, Don; and his son, Ed.
Visitation will be held at the Misiuk Funeral Home, in Chesaning, today from 2 to 9 p.m., with a Scripture service at 6:30 p.m.; and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Chesaning, on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection, celebrating Paul’s life, will begin at 1 p.m. with Most Reverend Kenneth E. Untener, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, presiding. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in New Lothrop.
In accord with Paul’s wishes, those who would like to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial gift to the charity of their choice instead of sending flowers and plants.