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Dick E. Kline
Dick E. Kline, 94, of Rimersburg, PA, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019, at his home.
He was born June 19, 1924 in Rimersburg, son of the late Frederick E. and Mary C. (Rugh) Kline.
Dick will be remembered with love by his daughters, Cathy J. Carmichael and husband, Bob, and Mary G. Kline, all of Rimersburg; granddaughters, Rachel Kindel and husband, Scott, Rebekah Nellis and husband, Jason, and Sarah Meals and husband, Mike; and seven great-grandchildren, Grace and Micah Kindel, Caleb and Kyle Nellis, Erika and Brooke Meals, and Valerie Anthony and husband Travis; and great-great-granddaughter, Ellison Anthony; and niece, Paula Lojak.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Rosalyn Jean "Rosie" Kline, whom he married June 28, 1948 and who passed away December 9, 2015, his daughter, Martha J. Kline, who passed away April 5, 2017; and a brother, Fred Kline.
In high school, Dick worked at Cooks Market for Chuck and Stella Cook. He would sometimes drive a truck to the Strip District in Pittsburgh to pick up produce for the market.
Dick is a World War II Navy veteran. He was a corpsman on the hospital ship USS Tranquility. On August 3, 1945 the Tranquility was dispatched to the Palau Islands to receive the survivors from the USS Indianapolis and transport them to Guam. Dick was a member of the VFW Post 7132 and the American Legion Shearer-Shick post 454. In 2014 on Memorial Day, Dick received an award from these organizations "for his service to his country and in appreciation for his 68 years of service to the Rimersburg Veterans of Foreign Wars and his 35 years of service to the Rimersburg American Legion and in recognition of his service to the community of Rimersburg." He was also a member of the Rimersburg American Legion Honor Guard.
Dick and his wife, Rosie, completed their study at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After receiving his funeral director's license, he joined his father-in-law, Ronald Moore, in the Moore Funeral Home. As the years went by, it became the Moore-Kline Funeral Home. When Ron passed away, the funeral home became Kline Funeral Home and Dick and Rosie operated it until they sold the business in 1990 and retired.
Dick was also the secretary of Rimersburg Boro. He worked with some great councilmen and councilwomen over the years. He retired in December 2013 after 55 years of service to his community. In 1999, Dick received the Citizen of the Year award for his commitment to the town that he loved. He was a long standing member of the Rimersburg Lions Club and the Community Club.
Dick was a member of the Rimersburg United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He also attended the Fidelis Sunday School Class. Dick had a wonderful church family and enjoyed joining them in praising God.
One of Dick's favorite past times was playing golf with his buddies Mark, Stem, Dick, and Barry. He also loved watching his family participate in all of their various activities and was very proud of their accomplishments.
Relatives and friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 758 Main Street, Rimersburg.
Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Rimersburg United Methodist Church, 399 Main St., Rimersburg, PA, with the Rev. John Bargar officiating.
Burial will be in Rimersburg Cemetery, Rimersburg, PA, where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post #454 and VFW Post #7132.
Contributions may be made in Dick's honor to Clarion Forest VNA Hospice, 271 Perkins Rd., Clarion, PA 16214 or Rimersburg United Methodist Church, 399 Main St.,
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