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Raymond Lloyd Conklin

Murray, Kentucky

Aug 20, 1946 – May 1, 2018 (Age 71)


August 20, 1946
May 1, 2018
Murray, Kentucky


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J H Churchill Funeral Home Obituary

Renowned musician and educator, Prof. Raymond L. Conklin (born August 20, 1946) of Murray, KY, went to be with our Lord on May 1, 2018. He joined the Murray State University Music Faculty in 1973 where he taught for 45 years and held the rank of Emeritus Professor. Conklin served in...

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I was heart-broken to hear about Ray's passing. Soft-spoke, earnest, loving, totally supportive--that was the Ray that I knew. A true Christian gentleman. My prayers are with you Liz, Scott, and Sarah. As for Ray--the journey continues. There is no doubt in my mind that he was greeted with the words of the Savior--"Well done good and faithful servant." Rev. Larry J. Daniel former pastor

Dear Mrs. Conklin and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. I was only at MSU for two years 74-76 but my memories of him are great. He directed the jazz band and more importantly along with Bob Scribner launched the jazz program along with the spring festival that brought Jamie Aebersold and so many other great artists to the campus for years to come. I will be forever grateful to Ray for all he did for the university and for me...

A Tribute to Ray Conklin
Ray and I worked together at Murray State University for thirty years. Our offices were next door to each other. Many times we would chat; the conversations sometimes would last for hours. Ray and I had lots to talk about.
As a musician Ray was superb. I accompanied many of his students including senior and guest artist recitals. I always enjoyed working with Ray; I found that every time I worked with him I learned something new. His ideas and musical...

Liz, Scott and Sarah,
I am so sorry to hear about Ray's death. I pray that each of you will feel God's love and strength as you cope with your loss.

Dear Liz and family:

Ray's musicianship and professionalism were impeccable; his passion and good humour seemed unfailing; and he taught us lessons in word and action that transcended the world of music. But above all, he was one of the kindest persons I ever met. Scott and Sara, I was very moved by your comments and readings today. Our hearts go out to all of you in your loss. I feel that they remain with us, just in a different way. Much love.

Liz, Scott and Sarah -- I am so sorry for the passing of Ray. He touched many lives in the Murray community. For me, his gracious and loving nature was evidenced through Scott and Sarah. His values were their values; his work ethic was their work ethic; his love of learning was their love of learning. I valued his support of Scott and Sarah and my efforts to teach them His legacy lives on through them and through the lives of others that he touched. I will unable to be present at Ray's...

Ray was always a great colleague and good friend. Liz, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

Liz: I am so sorry to hear about Ray. My sincere condolences on your loss. Since our days at U of L we have kept in touch at the KMEA convention every year, exchanging memories from college and trombone talk. Wow he will be missed! He was a great musician, teacher and most of all a great guy.
Bob Spiegelhalter

Liz -I was so sorry to hear about Ray. He was a wonderful husband and father. My prayers are with you and the family. I miss our visits but know that you will be fine because you are such a strong and wonderful Christian. Love you and miss seeing you often.