Feryl Conklin

Nov. 2, 1962-Aug. 25, 2014

Feryl Lynn Conklin, 51, New Town, departed this life on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, leaving behind a devastated loving family and many friends.

Feryl was born in Stanley on Nov. 2, 1962, to Frieda and Leonard Conklin Sr. He was a fearless person and caused a commotion many times and made no apologies for it. On a whim he hitchhiked to California, in his earlier years, with just a prayer and a few dollars, much to the dismay of his family. He was an artistic and creative individual who loved art, loud rock ‘n’ roll music and playing basketball. He was very strong in his beliefs and had a strong sense of justice and doing the right thing. While doing the mundane, he attended New Town Schools, Flandreau Indian School and United Tribes Technical College where he studied art and carpentry. He worked at many jobs, but he was at his best when being a son, grandson, big brother, uncle and papa. He was a kind and generous soul who helped you as much as he could. He loved to tease his friends and nephews and was relentlessly funny with a good sense of humor and fast wit.

Feryl took care of his family. Without asking he made sure that everyone around him was taken care of too. He was a true family-oriented man and a true tribal member in that way and asked nothing in return. He was the person you could count on to drop anything he was doing to help you.

While he was not blessed with his own children, he was a papa to his companion’s grandchildren: Ameira Ten Bears, Dallas Ten Bears, Houston Ten Bears and Keegan Grady. Houston was his best bud and co-conspirator. Houston often accompanied Feryl to work to supervise the projects they worked on.

Feryl was an adopted member of the Awaxii Clan and a child of the Prairie Chicken Clan. His Indian name was “Comes Last.”

Feryl leaves behind: his companion of 25 years, Cheryl Matthews; stepchildren and grandchildren; his sisters, Ronita Giznsky, LouAnne Conklin, ElMarie Conklin, Dalphine Conklin and Loreen “Miss Gayle” Conklin; brothers, Leonard Conklin Jr., Terrance Conklin, Joseph Conklin, Jack Conklin and Robert Kraft; stepmother, Dona Conklin; and numerous other close relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents and grandmother, Agnes Yellow Wolfe.

Funeral: Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m., Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.

Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Wake: Today, Aug. 28, beginning at 5 p.m., in the memorial hall.

Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall, is handling arrangements.