Thomas John Conklin

FRANKFORD - Thomas John Conklin, 72, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, due to complications from multiple sclerosis, which he had endured for more than 35 years. He had been a resident of The Homestead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Frankford for the past 13 years.

The son of the late John and June Conklin, Thomas was raised in Wanaque and graduated from Lakeland Regional High School. He served in the Air Force from 1959-1963, attaining the rank of A1C and serving as a fighter jet mechanic. He worked for UPS for many years before retiring due to his illness.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Hunter-Conklin, also of The Homestead; four sons living in North Carolina, Steven and his wife, Darenda; Thomas, who is in the Marine Reserves, having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his wife, Maria; Sean; and Michael and his wife, Alicia; two daughters, Wendy Hunter VanderMaas, of Andover, and Julie Hunter Presher, of Sparta; four brothers, John and his wife, Johanna, of Dalton, Pa., and William and his wife, Yvonne, of Hobe Sound, Fla., Donald and his wife, Pam, of Baton Rouge, La., and Bruce and his wife, Patricia, of Ringwood; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at The Homestead. Private services have been entrusted to Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toward Tom's everlasting memorial remembrance tree and plaque to be dedicated on the grounds at The Homestead.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Funeral Home

Pinkel Funeral Home
31 Bank Street Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-3272

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 10, 2014