LERMA 'JUNIOR' CLINE, 82 LOVES PARK - Lerma "Junior" Cline, 82 of Loves Park passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family. Born April 14, 1932, in Exline, IA, he was the son of Lerma and Alpha (Sumpter) Cline. He married Mary Ellen Emerson December 1, 1951, in Rockford. A United States Army Veteran, Junior was part-owner and operator of Rockford Bandage & Tire Company. He was also a volunteer for the Loves Park Fire Department for 11 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and most of all spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Cline; sons, James (Carla) and Joseph Lerma Cline; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Lerma and Alpha Cline; and his great-granddaughter, Payton Smallwood. The family wishes to give special thanks to the OSF Cancer Center nurses and the Ambulatory Center of OSF St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday June 27, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, with Pastor Bobby Sheet officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, or
. Online condolences may be submitted at sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from June 25 to June 26, 2014