James R. Kline, Jr., 76, died peacefully at his home in Healdsburg, CA. on Saturday, November 17, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Kay; son Dan (Tootie) Kline, daughter Mary (Dan) Echevarria, daughter Colly (Niel) Fischer; and his seven grandchildren, Tori, Peter, Cori, Riley, Bea, Nathan and Tess. Jim was predeceased by his sister Kay White. He is also survived by his nieces, Erin Neuberger and Colleen Wysong; and cousins Donald J. Kline, Sr., Keven Thompson and Colleen Haymaker. Jim was born in Denver, CO, to his father Ray Kline and mother, Helen (Reifsnyder). While growing up in Joplin, MO, he was a star athlete and competitor, playing both football and baseball during high school. Jim was an avid alumnus of Kansas University (KU Jayhawks) and during his college years he met Kay. The college sweethearts married on Flag Day, June 14, 1958. Jim and Kay moved westward and worked for Lockheed while completing his MBA at Santa Clara University. Jim eventually retired from Lockheed as CFO for the Lockheed Shuttle Operations Co. (LSOC) in Cape Canaveral, FL. After retiring from LSOC, he and Kay moved homeward to California, settling in Healdsburg. In Healdsburg, Jim became an active Rotarian and supporter of the local Catholic parish, St. John's. He also enjoyed travelling and visiting their many friends and relatives. Jim's competitive spirit was always engaged, as he always played "by the rules". This carried to all aspects of his life, including golf, bridge, football pools and baseball. Jim gave us many gifts, including integrity, a strong work ethic, unwavering honesty and a keen sense of humor. The family requests that we support Jim's favorite charity, Heifer, International. Tax deductible donations can be made at <A HREF=http://www.heifer.org/> http://www.heifer.org/ </A> A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Healdsburg on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. He will be interned in a private family service at San Carlos Catholic Cemetery in Monterey, CA .
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012