Eugene Vincent Conklin, M.D. of Dubuque, Iowa died Tuesday, May 15 at Bethany Home.
Services were held at St Lukes Methodist Church Saturday, Dubuque, Iowa on May 19. The at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Conklin was born Dec. 4, 1923 in Chanute, Kan., son of Marie (Sewell) and Eugene V. Conklin. He married Marilyn Steinert on Nov. 21, 1950 and they were blessed to share each other’s love and friendship for 61 years.
Dr. Conklin served his country as a naval aviator in WWII. He was a member of Air Group 16 during the Pacific Conflict and participated in the Marianas Turkey Shoot. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Dr. Conklin graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with a specialty in Pediatrics. He was a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practiced Pediatrics in Dubuque for 45 years at Medical Associates. While attending Kansas University and Medical School, Dr. Conklin was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Nu Sigma Nu Medical Fraternity. He was a member of the Tri State Fliers, Dubuque Medical Society and AA. He served on the Board of Directors for the Gannon Mental Health Center, Dubuque Association of Children with Learning with Learning Disabilities and was a participant in The Big Brother’s Program. Dr. Conklin was an active member of St Lukes Methodist Church, serving on several boards, and was a volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum and the Mines of Spain.
Dr. Conklin’s many hobbies included sailing (he and his son Michael won the first Greater Mississippi River Sailboat Race from Dubuque to Bellevue), boating, flying, soaring, skiing, biking, woodworking, traveling, birding, cooking and painting. He especially loved being with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Marilyn, a daughter Linda Brack, a son Michael (Julie) Conklin, 10 grandchildren: Joshua (Sharon)Brack, Adam (Elizabeth ) Brack, Bo Brack, Tim Conklin, Bryan Conklin, Molly Conklin, Spencer Conklin, Winston Conklin, Alex Klein and Kendra Klein, and 4 great grandchildren, Finley Brack, Jackson Brack, Dylan Rose Brack, and Connor Brack. Dr. Conklin was preceded in death by his parents and his son, John.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mercy Hospital, Hospice, Friends of the Mines of Spain, Dubuque Arboretum or a charity of your choice.
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