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John Kline

1952 - 2020
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John Kline

Strawberry Point - Dr. John William Kline, age 67, of Strawberry Point, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020, at the Regional Medical Center, in Manchester. A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating. The family will be available for visitation from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, in the St. Patrick's Parish Hall. A burial will be held at a later date in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, is assisting the family with arrangements.

John is survived by his mother Marcena Kline, of Brooklyn; seven siblings, Michael (Kim) Kline, of Port Charlotte, FL, Thomas Kline (Kim Hoover), of Ames, Susan (Erik) Winberg, of Brookfield, WI, Catherine McConnell, of Ankeny, Linda (Tom) Law, of Brooklyn, Dolores (David) McClenathan, of Montezuma and Edward (Diana) Kline, of Brooklyn; a sister-in-law Sandra Kline, of Monticello, IL; a brother-in-law Robert Parker, of Indian Trail, NC; 50 nieces and nephews; 46 great nieces and nephews; numerous other relatives, friends, and a special friend Yvonne Gaudes. He was preceded in death by his father William in 1978, two sisters Jane Kline in 2007 and Barbara Parker in 2012, and a brother Joseph Kline in 2017.

John was born July 17, 1952, in Grinnell, the son of William and Marcena (Zeller) Kline. He grew up north of Brooklyn and graduated from the Brooklyn Community High School. At age 8, John stated he wanted to be a veterinarian and never strayed from that. John continued his education at Iowa State University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. He opened a general mixed animal practice in Colo, Iowa. He married Ginger Horak in May of 1975. The couple later divorced. In 1985, John moved to Strawberry Point and established a relief veterinary practice. He was a relief veterinarian and traveled extensively to serve other veterinarians (many of whom were friends) in Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. John was an avid reader. He loved golfing, photography, gardening, astronomy and jazz music. He was involved in community theatre. John was proud to have played a sheriff in a movie shot in Iowa City. He was involved in local politics as a lifelong democrat and served as a trustee in Jefferson Township. He also enjoyed making fudge, working on computers, and playing cards.

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Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2020
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