Clifford Edward Conklin

May 14, 1921September 5, 2020

Lt. Col. Clifford E. Conklin May 14, 1921~September 5, 2020

Clifford Conklin grew up in upstate NY. He joined the US Army Air Corps in August 1942 and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1943. Cliff was a pilot and flew 25 missions over Germany in a B-17 during WWII where he became a member of “The Lucky Bastards Club”. He retired from the USAF in October 1963. He turned his favorite sport into a career when he earned his PGA card in 1965. He was Club Pro at Olathe River Oaks and Meadowbrook. He played his last round of golf at age 94.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and four sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet “Cubs”. They celebrated 77 years of marriage in 2020. He also leaves his four children, Christine (EJ) Klinges, Dunedin, FL, Clifford Jr. (Linda), Punta Gorda, FL, Craig (Laura), Chesterfield, MO and Casey (Joye), Belton, MO; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He said many times that he wanted to live to be 100. Even though he came up short, he had a great run. A celebration of his life will be held in May 2021.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Clifford Edward Conklin

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Susan Savago- Conklin

September 12, 2020

I was so glad UncleCliff got to come to New Paltz again a few years back. We all had the best time with family. Love you and miss you Uncle Cliff 💔❤️ Love, Susan

Kathy Muder

September 11, 2020

To Casey and Joye and all of the Conklin Clan,
What a run your dad had. His resume is quite impressive and I believe he and Cubs win the prize for most years married. What a pair. The have outlived most of their peers, part of the Greatest Generation, nothing like them. Wishing you all peace and comfort at this time. Thinking of you and sending prayers..
Kathy and Mark Muder

Lisa (Eastham) Songy

September 8, 2020

Our love and prayers go out to Joye, Casey, Cubs and your loving family. We are lifting each of you up in prayer every day.

With love,

Lisa (Eastham) Songy
Christopher, Michael & Jonathan Ortbals


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