Rodger B. Conklin, 71, of Westfield, N.Y., formerly of Bradford, passed away Friday (Sept. 5, 2014) at his residence.
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Born April 29, 1943, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Alice Baldwin Conklin. He married Marcia Riggs McCormack, who survives.
Mr. Conklin attended Bradford area schools. In 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged in 1976.
He returned home and worked for Clark Brothers in Olean, N.Y., and Dresser Manufacturing in Bradford and for a delivery service.
Then in 1984, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was also honorably discharged in 1991.
He again returned to the area after his military career and in 1994 began working for the U.S. Postal Service in Bradford for 11 years, retiring in 2005. In his retirement, he moved to Arizona for seven years and then returned to settle in Westfield.
Mr. Conklin was a member and past president of the North Western Region of the Fleet Reserves Association #106 in Dewittville, N.Y., and the Penn York Branch 169 Reserve Association, as well as a member of the American Legion in Arizona. He was a lifetime member of the Zippo-Case Collectors Club and a member of the Westfield and Lewis Run Coin Collectors.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Melissa (Charles) Coffie of Berlin, N.Y., and Yvette Pinsonneault of Adams, Mass.; one son, Rodger B. Conklin II of Summerfield, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Lori Morgan and Janna Cobb; one stepson, Benjamin McCormack; three sisters, Connie Smith and Bonnie (Richard) France, both of Bradford, and Judy (Eldor) Brunmeier of Hazen, N.D.; nine grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Matt Blake, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Committal services and military honors will be accorded in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the
, 352 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16502.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
33 South Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16, 2014