MUSCATINE, Iowa – Richard L. Conklin, 77, of Muscatine, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Big Meadows, Savanna, Illinois.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at the funeral home. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Richard was born on December 1, 1944, in Muscatine, the son of Merritt and Evelyn Fry Conklin. He married Sharon Kemper on June 5, 1965, in Muscatine.
He graduated from Wilton High School and was a plumber through the Local Union 25 Plumbers and Pipefitters for 35 years. He was a 50-year member of the Moose Lodge, and an honorary member of the Muscatine American Legion Post 27. Richard loved fishing, hunting, and was an avid bowler. He enjoyed camping and visiting Las Vegas 57 times.
Richard is survived by his wife, Sharon Conklin of Muscatine; two sons, Travis Conklin of Elizabeth, Illinois, and Shane Conklin of Muscatine; five grandchildren, Kayla McHugh, Logen Conklin, Kara Conklin, Kari Conklin, and Avery Conklin-Ryan; two siblings, Pat Lane and husband, Roger, and Larry Conklin, of Muscatine; niece, Thresa Lane of Muscatine; nephew, Larry Conklin Jr. of Des Moines; and sisters-in-law, Ruby Culbertson and late husband, Dale, of Moline, Illinois and children, Michael Culbertson and Jana Mckinney, and Iona Reid and husband, Tom, of West branch, and children Lane, Rodney, and Pat Reid.
He is preceded in death by his father, Merritt Roy Conklin on January 16, 2013; mother, Evelyn May Fry Conklin on November 11, 2014; father-in-law, Theodore R. Kemper on May 30, 1999; mother-in-law, Mae I. Fix Kemper on January 12, 2001; and nephew, Tim Lane on May 25, 2014.