Raymond Lee Conklin, 73, of Grandview passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at his home.

Ray was born Aug. 12, 1937 in Spirit Lake, Idaho, the son of Cyrus Albertis and Elizabeth Emily (Nylander) Conklin.

Ray received his early education in Richland, and his family moved to Grandview, where Ray attended school and graduated with the high school class of 1956. Following high school Ray served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years.

On July 9, 1965 he married JoAnn Elliott in Seattle. Ray and JoAnn made their home in Grandview, where Ray worked as a carpenter in the family business, Bert Conklin and Sons. He also was a cherry and apple orchardist. He later started his own business Conklin Construction, working and building mainly in the Lower Valley. Ray retired from his construction work, but never completely from being a farmer.

On Oct. 20, 1990 he married Norma Meeks in Grandview. Ray and Norma lived in Grandview until Norma passed away on Oct. 2, 2010.

Ray enjoyed working, being with family, eating out and an occasional visit to the casino.

He is survived by one son, Rick Conklin of Prosser; one daughter, Cheryl Isakson of Kennewick; two grandchildren, Stevan Raymond Conklin and Nicholas Raymond Isakson; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Mary Ann (Sam) Maggi of Roseville, Calif.; and one brother, Bob (Bernadette) Conklin of Grandview.

He was preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Norma Jean Conklin; and one brother, Jim Conklin.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2011, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Ray's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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