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“I dated Rich's niece in high school. On the several occasions that I met him, Rich was a real gentleman and quality person. He and Don were role...Read More »
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“The Bowen Branch would like to send deepest condolences to the family of an outstanding man who dedicated his time and efforts in helping others in...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Margarita Ortiz

“Mr. McConkie was a very special person to me and to Pro-Literacy Detroit. We will miss him, dearly and may God continue to bless his family....Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Deborah Washington

“To my dear father who named me! You are one of the all time greats! Love from your daughter, Merry ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Merry Lynn (McConkie) Marcucci

“Jo , Our deepest sympathy is with you. WE love you and Rick. Linda and Tom ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Tom and Linda Hubbard

“Rick will be missed. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce and Sharon

“Dad McConkie , father of my dearest friend, Claudia -an amazing, endearing individual who could ride a Unicycle and whose wit and intelligence made...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Chris Clarey

“Rick's voice was always the sound of summer and of fun to me as I was growing up. He gave to me and my brother a love of sailing that we share to...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Paco Moore

“I shall always remember Rick for his unfailing kindness and good humor. He was my brother Don's close friend and his golfing buddy since they were...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Lane Moore

“Rick was my beloved uncle. I will miss his laugh and dry wit every time I am on a golf course or at the Fife Lake cottage. I know that he knew how...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: M, Keith Moore

“Sadly missed by the three bears. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Bob, Joyce and Ben

“What a great guy and what a great life! Tom and Mary Ann ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Thomas Cookerly

Richard Paul McConkie RICK Age 79, passed away December 21, 2006, at his home in Allen Park, MI. He was born March 12, 1927, to Claudia Belle (Wilson) and James Paul McConkie, M.D. in Pontiac, MI. His childhood was spent in Birmingham, Michigan, with his late dearly loved brother, Donald Ralph McConkie. Rick served his country during World War ll as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, earned the rank of Sergeant and recieved the Army Commendation medal in August 1946. He received his Bachelors degree at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1950 where he met his best friend and dearly loved wife of 59 years, Josephine Christine (Reitano) McConkie. He earned his Master's degree in Psychology and Education at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1951. He began his career for the Detroit Sulphite Pulp and Paper Company in Detroit, then as Personnel Director with Scott Paper Company, and retired at the age of 62 from their successor company, Port Huron Paper Company. During his retirement, Rick served as a volunteer instructor for the Literacy Volunteers of America-Detroit and the Southgate Adult Education Downriver Literacy Council teaching many people to learn to read. In 1993, he was honored as the LVA-Detroit Tutor of the Year concerned Citizens Award sponsored by Citizens Insurance Company. Rick is survived by his wife, Josie, his two daughters Claudia Jo Jones and Merry Lynn Marcucci, Merry's husband Lawrence III, his son Robert Scott McConkie, and Bob's wife Peggy Jane (Burke). He is grandfather to Christine Brown Velasco, Gina Marcucci, Larry Marcucci IV, and step-grandsons, Brian Jones and Steven Jones. A memorial outing for family and friends will be held at Tanglewood Golf Course when the links are ready.