JOSEPH P. JR., 92, of Brigan-tine, loving and respected husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully Wednesday January 8, 2014. He leaves his wife of 68 years, Vanetta E (Hiltner) Kline and two sons, Ronald M. Kline (Carlene), and Mark L. Kline (Kathleen), six grandchildren Kristin (Thomas), Michael, Mark, Matthew, Jennifer (Jason), Joe, and four great grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his son, Rt. Rev. Francis (Joseph P. III) OCSO Abbot of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist Monastery in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, his parents, Joseph P. and Anna Mae (Smith) Kline and siblings George, Anna Cantwell, Mildred Gordon, Ruth Keating and Thelma Berryman.
Mr. Kline retired from Frankford Arsenal in 1974 after 33 years of Government service. He was director of Management Information Systems. Mr. Kline was selected by the department of the Army on numerous occasions to assist other Army installations. He led command action teams throughout the U.S., Germany, Japan, and other Pacific locations with installations and trouble shooting for which he received numerous citations and awards.
After retirement from the Frankford Arsenal in 1974, Mr. Kline was recruited by the City of Philadelphia to lead the data processing unit of the Board of Revision of Taxes. He was directly responsible for upgrading the City's computer system that maintained all real estate records for the City. He retired from the City of Philadelphia in 1984.
In addition to his career accomplishments, Mr. Kline was a skilled athlete. In his youth he was an accomplished soccer player. He played varsity soccer at North Catholic High School and was starting center fullback in 1938 when North Catholic won the City title. He also played for several club teams throughout the City. Mr. Kline was also a top notch fast pitch softball pitcher, playing for industrial, tavern and club teams. He is credited with 10 no-hit, no run games throughout his career and was inducted into the Philadelphia Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1984.
Being raised in the Port Richmond section, he graduated from Nativity B.V.M. grammar school in 1935 and from North Catholic High School in 1939. After being discharged from the Air force he attended LaSalle college. Mr. Kline lived in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia for 60 years and was a member of Nativity B.V.M. parish. After his retirement, he and his wife, Vanetta moved to Brigantine, NJ and became members of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Brigantine.
Mr. Kline was a WWII veteran. He enlisted in the Air Force and served three years, two of which were in the Pacific theater as part of the 312th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Squadron, Fifth Air Force.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Joseph's Life Celebration on Monday January 13, 2014 from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. at St Thomas Church, 331 8th Street, South Brigantine NJ 08203. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 A.M. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to St. Thomas Church at the above address or Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461.
Family services by KEATES-PLUM FUNERAL HOME, Brigantine. To share your fondest memory of Joseph please visit
Published on Philly.com on Jan. 10, 2014