Lt. Colonel Philip W. Conklin, PHD,
October 23, 1929 – February 13, 2016
Philip W. Conklin of Harwich, died peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Saturday, February 13th, after a long illness.
Phil grew up in Marquette, Iowa and joined the United States Air Force after college. His military career took him all over the world. Most notably, during his time in the Air Force he was a B-52 pilot during the Korean War and retired as a Lt. Colonel while assigned to the Pentagon. Always valuing education, he began his second career teaching in a local high school and later at Springfield College as a Professor of Business Management. Phil was a lifelong learner and received a Bachelor's degree, two Master's degrees and a Doctorate in Education.
After his military career, Phil settled on Cape Cod in 1973 to raise his family. He enjoyed the outdoors and gardening and he spent much time on the Cape Cod Rail Trail bicycling with his family. He also loved boating, fishing and waterskiing on Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod Bay and Long Pond. Phil enjoyed life and all that the Cape offered him and his family.
Phil is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Anna M. Conklin (Youell); his son Mark and his wife Kathleen and their two children, Anna and Carolyn; and his daughter Debra Coccoro and her husband Anthony and their two children Madeleine and Ella. The family is very grateful to all of Phil’s caregivers for their kindness and dedication to his care.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 17th, from 9-10 AM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 Route 137, in Harwich. A celebration service will be held after the visitation. Services will conclude with burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Harwich.
Flowers may be sent to, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, In Memory of Philip Conklin, 310 Route 137, Harwich, MA 02645