The Daily Item
McCLURE — Joe Henry Kline, 94, of McClure, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Lebanon Valley Home in Annville.
He was born June 17, 1919, in Bannerville, the son of the late Lester D. and Tudy (Peters) Kline. On Aug. 23, 1945, he married Betty (Smith) Kline in Cairo, Egypt, while they were both serving in the Army. His wife preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2005.
Joe Henry, as he was known by most, was a 1938 graduate of McClure High School.
Upon high school graduation, he worked at American Viscose Corp., Lewistown, until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. After his Army discharge in 1946, he was employed at his family’s business, Kline’s Supermarket, retiring in 1980.
Joe Henry was a member of Mount Bethel Church, McClure.
In his spare time, he enjoyed model railroading and was recognized by his peers as being an expert at building railroad structures and rolling stock, some of which were featured in model magazines. He was once commissioned by a local modular home manufacturer to build a prototype home that was provided to the president of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Africa. Joe Henry also served eight years as the foreman of the restoration committee for the refurbishment of the Lewistown Railroad Station, which is owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. For many years, he was the borough manager in McClure and dedicated much time to maintenance of the borough roads. He also took great pride in caring for the McClure Little League field, having been involved in the original building and subsequent maintenance for some 44 years.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Arthur and Jennifer (Brown) Kline and Rob Kline and companion Susan Crotty; three grandchildren, Laura Kline and her husband, Matthew Mallay, Timothy Kline and wife KC and Carolyn Kline; and two great-granddaughters, Remy and Addy.
In addition to his wife and parents, Joe Henry was preceded in death by one son, Peter, in infancy.
Friends and family will be received from 11 to noon Saturday at Mount Bethel Church, McClure, where the funeral will follow at noon with Pastor Donald Wise officiating.
Burial with military honors accorded by the Middle West Veterans will follow in McClure Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Bethel Church, 205 W. Specht St., McClure, PA 17841.
Arrangements are by the Pheasant Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown.