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Wayne Conklin

Wayne E. Conklin, 88, a lifelong Ponsford area resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home near Ponsford, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010.

Wayne was born July 11, 1922, in Shell Lake Township, Becker County, to Pearl and Violet (Stewart) Conklin. As a boy he attended Shell Lake Country School near his home.

Upon completing his schooling, Wayne gained employment in the logging industry for a time. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving his country during World War II with the Seabees in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Shortly after his return to the Ponsford area, he met Doris Schurdevin. The young couple was united in marriage June 11, 1946, at The Toad Lake Lutheran Church near Height of Land. Their union was blessed with five children, Eldon, Arnold, Melvin, Terry and Carol.

Wayne provided for his family using his many varied skills. He worked as a carpenter for Forbes Building Improvement in Detroit Lakes as well as other various jobs through the years. He was a "jack of all trades" and could fix and refurbish just about anything.

Wayne loved going to auctions and discovering old treasures. He especially liked finding cream cans, copper boilers, or butter churns.

In 2005, he endured the loss of his dear wife of 59 years, Doris. He kept his tattered hands busy carving diamond willow canes and walking sticks that he gave to family and friends. Wayne kept his mind sharp, too. He was a wealth of information, never the loser at trivia games. Even after suffering a stroke in the spring of 2009, he hardly missed a step. He continued to make his rounds visiting people and fixing things. Only his garden got a little smaller. He loved spending time with family and friends, visiting over a cup of coffee. If you ever told him of your favorite special treat he would be sure to have it on hand.

Wayne will be dearly missed by his four sons, Eldon Conklin of Osage, Arnold Conklin, Melvin (Loretta) Conklin and Terry Conklin, all of the Detroit Lakes area; three granddaughters, April Atkisson of Nevis, Bonnie Robbins of Park Rapids and Cindy Colgrove of Parkers Prairie; five great-grandchildren, Tandra and Brennyn Robbins, Carolyn and Clayton Klebs and Hunter Brandenburg; brothers, Alvin (JoAnn) Conklin, Floyd (Norma) Conklin, and Donald Conklin; sister Joann (Robert) Eliassen; as well as many nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; daughter, Carol Holt; brothers, Clifford, Lester, Leon, Gordon, Orval and Marvin; and two sisters Vera and Alice.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, with Rev. Elmer Yliniemi officiating. Special music will be "What a Friend We Have In Jesus," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "It Is Well With My Soul."

Visitation is one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Casket bearers are Eldon Conklin, Arnold Conklin, Melvin Conklin, Terry Conklin, April Atkisson, Bonnie Robbins and Cindy Colgrove.

Interment is in Linnell Cemetery near Ponsford following the service.

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