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Samuel Ira Conklin

August 1, 1947 - April 30, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

Funeral Home James Wilson Funeral Home

Due to the current health crisis, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Samuel Ira Conklin, 72, of Lake Ariel passed away suddenly on April 30, 2020 following an accident at his home.
He was born on August 1, 1947, the son of the late Gerald and Gertrude (Jaggars) Conklin of Lake Ariel.
Sam worked at several local jobs before spending four years in the U S Coast Guard. He then worked for 30 years on the railroad in many capacities including bridge work, wood tie inspection and machinist. He was a past member of the Northeast Maple Producers, the Wayne County Beekeepers Association, and both a member and a past president of the Lake Ariel Fire Company. He was also a volunteer for many years at the Howetown Farm Show in Sterling.
Sam had many hobbies and interests, but the most important thing in his life was always his family and many friends. He loved reading about local and Civil War history and also researching his family ancestry. He was passionate about antique farm equipment, especially gas-powered hit and miss engines, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to other gas engine owners. He was well known throughout the area for his home-made ice cream that he churned using one of his favorite antique engines.
He had a great love of the outdoors, and spent many days in his woods hunting, cutting firewood and just enjoying the peace and quiet. He also enjoyed fishing, and had recently started making his own lures.
Sam is survived by his daughter, Wendy Conklin of Scranton; a sister, Nancy Schweinsburg and husband Fred of South Canaan; a niece, Robyn Klein, husband Joe and son Joey of Maplewood; a nephew, Carl Schweinsburg and wife Lorie of Carbondale; an uncle, Earl Conklin of Honesdale; his longtime girlfriend, Luanne Bailey, of Cresco; and many cousins.
Due to the current health crisis, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the James Wilson Funeral Home, Lake Ariel.
To share a memory or to express your condolences please visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.

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