Junior H. Cline
Springfield - Junior Harold Cline was born in Buffalo, Missouri to Oma Francis (Scott) and James Valentine (Vol) Cline on April 17, 1926. He passed from this earth on January 7, 2021 at the age of 94. Junior was the oldest of three children. He had two younger sisters: Betty (Journagan) and Patsy (Isabell).
Junior graduated from Buffalo High School in 1944 and then served in the US Navy for two years. After his naval service, he met Barbara Huston, the love of his life; and they were married in February of 1948. Junior and Barbara had three loving children: Randall, Diane and Teresa. Junior attended Southwest Missouri State College and then spent the next 40 years working at Heer's Department Store, including many years as the Operations Manager.
Junior was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was also a jokester, a poet, and ornery to the core. Junior worked hard all of his life and enjoyed farming and being outside. In high school, Junior enjoyed playing basketball and continued to enjoy watching his children and grandchildren play sports for the biggest part of his life. Junior was blessed with many wonderful friends he made through sports, school, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, the Northview Center, the Musgrave Foundation, and Heer's. A special thank you to the staff at The Manor at Elfindale for their support, love and care of Junior for the last few years.
While we are saddened and will miss him dearly, we take comfort in knowing that Junior and Barbara, married nearly 60 years, are united once again in heaven holding hands.
Junior is preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister, Patsy. Junior is survived by his children: Randall (and Patti) Cline of Springfield, Diane Cline of Springfield, and Teresa (and Ron) Hartman of Fair Grove. Six grandchildren: Jamie (and Travis) Fisher, Kyle Cline, Emily (and Pablo) Guimerá Cline, Matthew (and Kristin Rhodes) Hartman, Chad (and Emily) Hartman, Christin (and Drew) Gammill and four great grandchildren: Eliana, Jadwin, Harold and Ruby.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private family service is planned for Junior at this time. A public Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northview Center (Springfield Park Board), 301 E. Talmage, Springfield, MO 65803.