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The Telegram
  • William Conkling

  • William Conkling, age 75, of West Lake Street, passed away quietly on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Faxton-Saint Luke’s Medical Center, New Hartford. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.

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  • William Conkling, age 75, of West Lake Street, passed away quietly on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Faxton-Saint Luke’s Medical Center, New Hartford. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
    He was born on April 2, 1937, in the town of Russia, son of the late Gordon A. and Mary Bruno Conkling. Bill was raised and educated in Dolgeville. On May 20, 1954, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he proudly served until May 17, 1957, when he was honorably discharged, attaining the rank of Corporal. On June 25, 1955, he was united in marriage with the former Nancy Clements in Christ Episcopal Church, Herkimer. For 30 years, Mr. Conkling was employed as a heat treater at the Remington Arms Company in Ilion. He retired in 1995.
    Bill had a strong faith in God and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Herkimer, where he served as a Vestry person and warden. He was a member of the Tony R. George Post, Herkimer, where he was a past commander. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing and cheering for his favorite NFL team the Buffalo Bills. To all who knew him, Bill will be remembered as a loving, hardworking, Christian man who always put his family first. He was a friend to all who came in contact with him and will be truly missed.
    Surviving him are his devoted wife of 57 years, Nancy; one son, Gordon E. Conkling and his wife, Kay, of Erie, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Madison, of Herkimer; two granddaughters, Nancy Jones and her husband, Kurt, of Ilion, and Shelby Conkling, of Erie, Pa.; two grandsons, Eric Madison, of Herkimer, Adam Conkling and his wife, Chikae, of Utica; and five great-grandchildren, William and Madison Jones, Collin Madison, and Benny and Matthew Conkling. Bill was looking forward to another great-granddaughter in May. He is also survived by one sister, Mary MacDonald, of Georgia; a sister-in-law, Louise Ainsworth, of Herkimer; and many special nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, William Scott Conkling and Alvin Lewis Madison; two brothers, Gordon and Fred Conkling; and one sister, Sylvia Sweeney.
    Calling hours for Mr. Conkling will be in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service with Holy Eucharist will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. in Christ Episcopal Church, Herkimer. The Very Reverend Paul Bailey will officiate. Interment with military honors accorded by the United States Marine Corps will be later this spring in Mohawk Cemetery at a time to be announced.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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