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Walter Ross Conklin

Conklin - Walter Ross, 85, Davidsville, died September 21, 2018. Born on June 15, 1933, in Cornwall, NY, son of Robert Ira and Olive Irene (Culver) Conklin. Survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Ann (Boyer) Conklin; children: Janis Coltin (William Coltin), John Conklin (Maria Esposito) and Gary Conklin (Janet Hanson); and grandchildren: Jessica, Brian, Blayne, Michael, Darian, Mary, Kali, Kathryn, and John. Ross graduated from Lehigh University in 1955 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He began his professional career at Bethlehem Steel-Johnstown where he held various positions including Manager of Industrial Engineering, Manager of Human Resources, and Manager of Personnel Services. Ross served in the National Guard, US Army, and Army Reserves where he was honorably discharged with the rank of E-5. He retired from Bethlehem Steel-Sparrows Point after 31 years of service. He then worked as Chief Engineer for Lehigh Press (10 years) and Camden Iron and Metal (3 years). He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (Registered Professional Engineer-PA) and lifetime member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (President of the Baltimore Chapter). After retirement, Ross was active with the Korean Service Veterans Association Honor Guard, Post #1 and enjoyed golfing with his friends at Oakbrook Country Club and the GTE Retirees golf league. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of Memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, with Pastor Jeffrey Bassette officiating. Military rites accorded by the Korean Service Veterans Association Honor Guard, Post #1 prior to the Memorial service at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. Donations may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.


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Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Walt's son, John, is a very dear friend and professional peer - admired by those in our field. I can "see" John is the picture of Walt and assume that many of John's traits were also inherited from his Dad. I regret that I never met Walt, but John is a highly respected professional, capable leader, and a trusted confidant. May your memories allow you to always feel everlasting love from one another.

Lanita Lloyd Sep 25 2018 12:00 AM

A GARDEN PATH was ordered on September 24, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Sep 24 2018 12:00 AM

We played golf today at Somerset CC and held a moment of silence for Walt. I believe it was two years ago that Walt and myself rode the same cart and played golf together at this very club. I just looked it up in my records and true enough it was 9-26-16 that we played together and won the top prize on that day. Walt and I always enjoyed each others company and always had a good time. I often inquired about Walt thru Ken Reen and I hope he relayed my hello to him on many occasions. I was so sorry to hear of his passing and to let you know that he will be missed by myself and many others in the GTE golf league. Sincerely Bruce Douty

Bruce Douty Sep 24 2018 12:00 AM

My Heartfelt Sympathies and Prayers for the Family at this time of Remembrance!!

Sterling Maystorovich Sep 24 2018 12:00 AM