Dale Benjamin Conklin

Birth: October 7th, 1931
Death: November 1st, 2018
Age: 87 years

Dale Benjamin Conklin, 87 of Midland, died Thursday evening, November 1, 2018 at MediLodge of Midland. He was born October 7, 1931 on the family farm in Merrill, son of the late Martin Edward and Marguerite (Tyron) Conklin.


Dale attended Merrill Schools and helped tend the farm. In 1952, he decided to proudly serve his country and enlisted in the Army. Dale was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War and helped build airfields and operated military equipment until his honorable discharge in 1954. He was a truck driver for Short Freight Lines for many years. In 1981, Dale married the former Gloria (McBurney) Schlamp in Midland. Together, the two enjoyed camping, traveling, and just being with each other. Dale loved to hunt and fish and spent much of his time outdoors. He truly treasured his family and was so proud of everything they did.


Dale is survived by his wife Gloria, children Lealand D. and Candi Conklin of Wallas, TX, Brenda and Mark Rose, Teresa Conklin and Ron Heilig all of Sanford, Carrie and Paul Lincoln, Kathy Krotzer, Trisha Boulis all of Midland, and Debbie King of New Port Ritchey, FL; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his sons-in-law Mike Krotzer, Ron Boulis, and Gary Ranney.


Funeral services for Dale will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler Street. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider MediLodge of Midland or the Midland Veterans of Foreign War. Military honors will be presented by the Midland Area Veterans and the United States Department of the Army.

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