OBITUARY: Alan Ross Conklin

Alan Ross Conklin

Alan Ross Conklin, 89, died peacefully on September 15, 2017, with family at his side. 
Alan was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Donald and Mertie Conklin on March 14, 1928.  He married Lillian Mae Filsinger on June 2,1951. 
Alan received his teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Masters from University of Michigan.  He worked at Chelsea High School, teaching biology and coaching football, basketball, baseball and track.  He later served as principal at Beach Middle School.  Alan enjoyed working with the youth, educators and administrators at Chelsea School District for 32 years.
Alan served in the Army unit 36AAA at both Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Meade in Maryland, as a sergeant working as an anti aircraft guns trainer.
Alan grew up in Milan, Michigan and enjoyed regaling family and friends with stories of escapades during his youth. He attended Methodist Church in Milan.
Alan and his family resided in Chelsea for many years.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the family’s cottage on North Lake. Alan also loved to golf and was a member of Inverness Country Club.  Alan enjoyed camping and showing his family the USA. 
In retirement, Alan and Lillian moved to Florida where he continued to enjoy golfing, fishing, family, travel and his community of Highlands Ridge in Avon Park. 
Alan was appreciative of the church, family, friends, fellow educators and communities that made living a joy.
Alan is survived by his children, David (Jane) Conklin of Lilburn, Georgia, Donald (Kathy) of Suwanee, Georgia and Deborah Conklin Pruet of Katy, Texas. Alan was blessed with 9 Grandchildren, Fr. Ronald Conklin, Ryan Conklin, Corina Conklin Montreuil, Ross Conklin, Elisabeth Conklin, Donald Conklin, Timothy Conklin,  Christopher Conklin, Michelle Conklin Forrester, Nicholas Pruet, Jonathan Pruet and Allison Pruet, and 10 great grandchildren. Alan was survived by his sister Jean Ann (Hank) Kremer of Florida
Alan was proceeded in death by the love of his life, Lillian Filsinger Conklin on November 15, 2014. They had been married 63 years.
After a recent reunion trip back to Chelsea, Alan expressed amazement that so many people would bother to come and see him.  Told it was because he had made a difference, was a role model and a man of integrity, Alan replied, “All I ever did was the next right thing”.
There will be a small family service to celebrate Alan’s life.  A life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to either,  Alan’s grandson in support of his ministry, Sacred Heart Apostolic School.
Fr. Ronald Conklin 5901 N 500 E, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371
or the Milan Alumni Scholarship Fund, GMACF, PO Box 204, Milan, Michigan 48160

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