Charles C. Conklin
1931 - 2021
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Charles C. Conklin

July 4, 1931 - January 6, 2021

Charles was born on July 4th, 1931 and died peacefully in Toledo, Ohio where he had lived for the past two years. Charles attended St. Theresa Parish for elementary school and then attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He graduated from college at the University of Detroit, where he also completed his law degree. He served as an attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office before transitioning into private practice. He completed his legal career as a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge. He deeply valued and respected his law colleagues and formed treasured friendships with them.

Charles married the love of his life, Sheila Moore, on August 27th, 1955. In their 61 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling and entertaining their many lifelong friends at their beautiful home. Most of all, they enjoyed spending time with their beloved "Potluck Group" and friends from their St. Regis Parish in Birmingham, MI, where they attended Mass regularly.

Charles is survived by his three children, Charles Conklin III (Karen Conklin), Dr. Anne Conklin Reynolds (Joe Reynolds), and Bill Conklin (Kim Conklin), his four grandchildren, Kevin McQuillan (Kaitlyn Cramer McQuillan), Dr. Maureen McQuillan (T.J. Martinson), Michael Conklin, and Michelle Conklin, his three nieces, Kitty Conklin (Jeff Limberg), Patty Conklin, and Josie Connolly (Bill Connolly), and his two grand nieces, Mary Connolly (Terry Darnell) and Claire Connolly. He was especially fond of his great grandniece, Maire Darnell, and he was very proud that two of his grandchildren, Kevin and Michelle, have chosen to pursue legal careers, following his legacy. Charles will be missed and forever remembered for his intellectual curiosity, his deep faith, and his love of the University of Notre Dame.

A private funeral took place on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at 11 AM. Charles is interred at St. Augustine Cemetery in Fenton, MI. Donations can be made in honor of Charles at either Camp Sancta Maria in Gaylord, MI, the beloved camp that he and his son attended, or at the All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Detroit, Michigan, which is managed by Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Online donations can be made at either or at

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from Jan. 12 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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February 11, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have many found memories of Charles and Sheila and their many visits to the McGuinness Family Reunions. Charles and my mother Nell Oliver Mc Guinness were cousins and spent their early childhood together since they were close in age. Charles is God Father to my brother Irwin. I remember visiting his mother Great Aunt Mary many times as a child. Thank you for letting us know of his passing. He was a great person. God bless you all.
Karen Oliver Grobbel
January 17, 2021
Charles was my cousin and a very fine man.
Larry Pienta
January 15, 2021
So sorry for your loss, May the God of all comfort and hope bring the family peace and love
January 14, 2021
I never met Mr. Charles Conklin, but I have heard his son Chicky speak lovingly about this father and their shared connection to camp Sancta Maria. May his memory be eternally alive in your hearts my sincere sympathy for your loss (especially on your birthday Chick)-
Patti Kefalas Dudek
January 14, 2021
Chuck was our neighbor on Birchcrest Dr in Detroit in the 1970s. Wonderful friendly and cheerful person. May he Rest In Peace.
Bob Revitte
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