Allen E. Conklin, 89, of 1536 State Route 602, Galion, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at his home. He had been ill for the past eight years.
Allen was born in Dixonville on December 17, 1923 to the late Homer H. and Erma M. (Betts) Conklin. He married Mary Marie Eichhorn on October 27, 1946 and she survives him.
Allen served in the Army
during World War II
in both Italy and Africa. After returning from the war, he worked at the Crucible Steel Mill, Midland PA. Allen moved to Galion in 1956 coming from East Liverpool. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Galion, where he taught Sunday School for 30 years. Allen was employed by the Crawford County Highway Dept. for thirty years, retiring in 1987. Allen and his wife were foster parents for ten years while raising their own family. He loved music, especially the singing of Charlie Pride and Kate Smith. He loved to sing and was part of the choir at church and the chorus of local Minstrel shows. He also sang with the chorus of Crucible Steel. Square dancing was something Allen and Mary Marie enjoyed together for many years. He adored his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his two sons and three daughters; Brian and Katie Conklin, Westerville, Twila and Dan Hiatt, Galion, Teresa and Jim Perkey, Allen, TX, Trudy and Rich DeWitt, Lexington, TN, Doug and Cathy Conklin, Galion, eight grandchildren; Brendan Conklin, Don and Julie Hiatt, Jon Hiatt and Liz Hayes, Jason and Ellen Perkey, Chris and Rachel Perkey, Krystal DeWitt, Glenn DeWitt, Brian Conklin, eight great-grandchildren; Asher Conklin, Kaylee Hiatt, Tyler Hiatt, Dylan Hiatt, Reese Perkey, Harper Perkey, Danielle Perkey, Bethany Perkey, one great great grandson, James Hiatt-Price, his brother Albert Conklin, Massillon, and his sister, Norma Welch, East Liverpool.
Friends may call Friday April 26, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion, with Pastor Brad Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Galion. Full military honors will be presented at the graveside by the Galion/Crestline veteran's organizations.
Memorial contributions may be made to the HomeCare Matters and Hospice or the First United Church of Christ Sunday School Fund in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com