Losing my father is like losing my best friend. When I look back I really never spent too much time away from him, living with him after college and spending every other day with him for the last 7 years when he helped care for my daughters Marisa and Liina between golf games. And on my free time when we golfed, talked and spent every holiday together. All the love, support and friends in his life is a testament to what a unique and superb person he was. I think about you and miss you every day dad. Love your daughter. Karin
Dear Conklin Family,
I have two strong memories of Mr. Conklin from many years ago. The first is when I went the Conklin home in Minnetonka as a young college student with Katie. I was introduced to Mr. Conklin as he was standing in the kitchen making what looked like a healthy and well-balanced lunch for the younger Conklin kids. If I remember right he was either wearing a towel or an apron. I remember he smoked cigars, but I don't think he had one while making this particular lunch. My first and lasting impression was that he was a kind, gentle soul who cared deeply for his family.
My second memory of Mr. Conklin was when Katie and I met up with him in London after Katie and I had spent two months backpacking around Europe. We flew home on his flight back to Minneapolis. I felt "in good hands" that I actually knew the captain of this airplane and he was my wonderful friend's father.
I'm so sorry for the passing of Mr. Conklin. I hope your good memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time. God's peace.
Elizabeth (Malin) Waldinger
I got to fly with Pete a time or two and enjoyed my outings with him. We shared a Marine Corps background so we immediately had a pleasant rapport.
I'm sorry to hear of his passing and I send thoughts, prayers, and condolences to his family.
I never knew Pete at NWA, he was way to senior and was on 'that other airplane" when I was on the DC-10. I first met him playing golf at Richfield Acres where I first heard "Ive seen enough" said after I was struggling with a 4 putt. I vowed the never to play with him again,but as time passed we became very good friends. He was both mentor and golf pro to me. We shared several of the good and not so good things in life, good cigars, decent wines,golf, and crossword puzzles to name a few.
Inside that gruff exterior was a big heart, a loyal friend and a softie when it came to his grand kids.
Pete, I miss you very much and will never again hear that hardy voice when I called saying "Paul Reyes the famous". Funny I still don't know what I was famous for.
What a great guy and dear friend. 30 plus years of friendship on and off the golf course. Summers playing golf with Pete in our group was the best. Always competitive,always fun, always there for you, always the gentleman and always a friend. Pete you were the best. There will not be a round of golf that there won't be thoughts of you and your contribution to our golfing group. My heart goes out to all of you Conklin kids. Your Dad was a super guy. Condolences.
Dear Conklin Family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
DEAR CONKLIN FAMILY, PETE AND I WERE HIRED BY NWA ABOUT THE SAME TIME. WE NEVER FLEW TOGETHER BECAUSE WE WERE TO CLOSE IN SENORITY. IN OUR SINGLE DAYS WE PARTIED TOGETHER AND WERE GOOD FRIENDS. HE WAS ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS ON THE AIRLINE AND I'LL MISS HIM. SEMPER FI TO A FORMER MARINE AND EXCELLENT PILOT.
Dear Conklin Family,
You were lucky to have Pete as a member of your family
We at Northwest Airlines were truly blessed to have Pete in our family.
I can only say AMEN to all the wonderful messages you have recived.
To the Conklin family, I am so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. He was a great golfing buddy of my Dad's, and I was fortunate to be witness to his engaging stories and sense of humor on several occasions. He's one I won't soon forget.
Pete was a joy to fly with and I had many wonderful trips with him and following that I played many a round of golf with him including the Blue Monster in Miami. Pete we will all miss you and I just hope they have a great golf course up there for you.
My heart hurts for all of you. What I remember about your Dad, the very most as a young kid visiting your home, is how kind and happy and loving your dad was to all who came by. There was a gentle kindness that he gave to all. Please know you are all in my prayers. I have a feeling that his beautiful spirit will flow through all of you....and continue on through each of your smiles.
I wish you all peace in your hearts at the time of loss.
Good guy and a great golfer. He will be missed!
Pete....I remember our tme flying together with great fondness. You will be missed.
To The Conklin Family -
With deep sadness, may God's blessings and prayerful sentiments, be of comfort to ALL of You, during this time of Pete's passing. As mentioned previous, from other NWA colleague's, Pete was a "great guy" to be acquainted with, providing many nice memories.
So long Pete. It was good knowing you.
What a delightful man. Pete gave me my initial operating experience during my initial checkout as captain on the 727. He was an excellent instructor and a very pleasant companion. We were honored to have him our midst.
I truly enjoyed working with Pete and he was a true gentleman and a great pilot. Hit em straight and long.
Pete was as good a man and as good a pilot as you could ever hope to meet. He seemed to go out of his way to befriend the junior pilots--like me. Thanks to the Conklin family for sharing him with the rest of us. God Bless you all.
One of the all time great guys!
It was always a joy to fly, or play golf with Pete. What a great sense of humor. He was a special man, and will be missed.
Wayne Anderson, former Northwest pilot instructor.
Our Deepest condolences to your Family
What a true gentleman and professional pilot and instructor. I feel very blessed to have been instructed by, flown with and worked with as an instructor Capt. Pete Conklin.l He has a special place in my memory of the NWA training department. Always requested S-1's during golf season!!! :):) Semper Fi Pete!!!
Pete was at the top of the list...one of the best guys I knew at NWA.
My most profound sympathies to Pete's family. He was a guy we ALL enjoyed be it in the cockpit, pilot's lounge, or the simulator.
Rog Moberg, another NWA B-747 instructor
Pete was always a true gentleman. It was my pleasure to know and work with him for over 30 years.
Dear Conklin kids: I am so sorry for the loss you are feeling. When I think of your dad, I can certainly picture him in his casual golf attire with a grin on his face---but more vivid than that is how sharp he looked in that Captain's uniform, standing tall, ready to go out the front door of your house on Breezy Point Road. All the memories I have of your dad,involves my own childhood and the great experiences shared with you guys. My love to all of you, from across the pond...
Two of the greatest gifts given to me by my father; the art of storytelling and the love of laughter. I utilize both of these on a daily basis and my life is better for it. Laughter is one of the first things we do as infants and, if we are lucky, one of the last things we do before we die…….my father was a lucky man. I love you deeply and feel a profound sense of loss with you gone. Rest in peace dad. Love, Katie
I remember Pete giving me several check rides. What a gentleman.
I played golf at least a dozen times against Pete. He always was the winner, and I had a pretty low handicap at the time. I will always remember a few memorial rounds with Pete.
Carl Simmons, another former Northwest B747 Instructor.
One of the good guys! . I will always remember the excitiement of him "flying" into our lives on and off while growing up, wearing a big smile and leaving a lasting chuckle and warmth in our hearts. He will be dearly missed. Love to you all, from the whole bunch of us in New England.
What a terrible loss. Pete, you will be sorely missed. A wonderful man, a great friend and a terrific golfer. He will now be "shooting his age forever" I can say unequivocally, playing golf for me will never be the same. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Conklin Clan. You have lost a wonderful father.