Harry W. Kline

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May 21, 2014

Harry Wagner Kline, 80, passed away peacefully at Compassionate Care Hospice (at St. Francis) on May 21.

Born in Coaldale, Oct. 17, 1933, he was a son of the late Harry Kline and Helen Kline Proctor.

He attended Mahanoy Township High School and graduated in 1952, where he was the fastest runner on the football team and was vice president of his senior class.

He served in the Air Force for eight years and was stationed in Harlingen Air Force Base, Harlingen, Texas, and also Olmsted Air Force Base. He was Air Police and a dog handler. While in Korea, he served with 547 Ammo Supply Squadron and 7th Motor Transportation Squadron in Ulsan, Korea. He then came back to the states and was stationed with the 648th Radion, Benton AFS. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged as staff sergeant in 1960.

He was a member of VFW Post 475, Newark, Del.

He worked for ICI Americas from 1961 to 1995, where he was a chemical operator in operations and then fork lift operator/central shipping. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at ICI-Atlas Point Plant, New Castle, Del.

Harry loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed traveling, especially cruising. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years.

He was very active in the Hershey Run community, where he lived for 17 1/2 years.

His gentle, caring spirit was very evident in his love of helping others. Over the years, he was very active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Kingswood United Methodist Church, Newark, Del., and for the past almost 18 years, he was a very active member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Stanton, Del. His faith in God was very evident in his eagerness to reach out to others.

He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and served on many committees over the years,

He will be remembered for his "wit" and his quiet, compassionate personality. He will be missed by so many … he touched many hearts throughout his life without even realizing the impact he had on them.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by a brother, George Kline; and sister, Kitty Riedel.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Kline, with whom he spent 39 years of marriage. He was Dad to Karen Knapp, Mahanoy City, Beverley Blew (Jack), Barnesville, and Diane Kline, Mahanoy City. He was Daddy to Sherry Gerhart (Dennis), Newark, Del., and PopPop to Laura Weston (Andy), Weatherly, John Blew, Barnesville, Lauren Gerhart (fiance, Brian Clarke), Megan Gerhart, Kyle Gerhart and Ryan Gerhart, all of Newark. He is also survived by sister-in law, Evalyn Kline, Newark; and brother-in-law, Lewis Polk (Betty), Vero Beach, Fla. He was godfather to Stephanie Forester, Wilmington, Del., Cheryl Walawender, Mahanoy City, and Erik Lind, California. He will be remembered by many special nieces and nephews and dear friends.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, Wilmington, DE 19808. Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 1700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19804. Military graveside services will take place at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, Del., immediately following the service.

Contributions may be made in Harry's memory to St. Mark's United Methodist Church Music Fund or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 405 E. Marsh Lane, Suite 4, Newport, DE 19804. To offer online condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com.

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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 999-8277
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Published in Republican & Herald on May 28, 2014
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