Robert E. Kline, age 90, of Norwalk, died Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in the Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, where he had been a resident for a year.
He was born August 22, 1921, in New Washington, Ohio, to Clara (Kanney) and John J. Kline. Bob graduated from St. Paul High School in 1939, and Officers Candidate School in Fort Trumbull, New London, Conn., in 1943, and married Mary Ruth Landoll August 28, 1946.
Bob loved connecting with people and sailing/seeing the world. He was a natural salesman, a hard worker and saver, always on the go. As a child, Bob sold newspapers and set pins in a bowling alley. As a teen, he lent his parents money for a new home. Bob’s career in the Merchant Marines began during World War II delivering troops, supplies and bombs; he also delivered supplies during the Viet Nam War and Desert Storm the year he turned 69.
Bob co-owned and operated the Side O’Hill Dairy Store with his brother-in-law, George Woodward for 21 years. He worked 16 years at New Departure Hyatt Bearings in Sandusky until he retired in 1983.
Never one to sit still long, Bob kept busy in his retirement, starting up several Knights of Columbus chapters, serving as district deputy, and selling thousands of K of C raffle tickets. Bob never met a stranger. He loved meeting new people. He traveled to Europe to explore his genealogy. He enjoyed playing cards regularly. He worked at the polls during elections. He always had a garden and spent hours in the woods.
Robert was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion, John Birch Society, and he served on St. Paul’s school board and parish council, and the Catholic War Veterans.
Robert is survived by his wife; 13 children, John (Joanna) Kline, Alpharetta, Ga., Chris Kline, Marietta, Ga., James Kline, Corvallis, Ore., Paula (Chuck) Hathaway, Coshocton, Ohio, Timothy (Dianne) Kline, Thomas Kline, Carolyn (David) Pigman, all of Norwalk, Matt (Gail) Kline, Warner Robins, Ga., Martin Kline, Rhinebeck, N.Y., Claudia (Mark) Ciancarelli, Fort Myers, Fla., Marianna (Rick) Minniear, North Fairfield, Ohio, Ellen (Bob) Burris, Overland Park, Kan., Barbara (Greg) Vaith, Berlin Heights; 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; sisters, Kathryn Woodward and Margaret (Egon) Weller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Donald; and a grandson, Charles Hathaway IV.
Friends may call 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk. His life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Kenneth Morman, associate pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to FCEDO-Norwalk Catholic Schools, 93 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857, Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or the Ohio Veterans Home, B-Unit Activities Fund, 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences to norwalkfuneral.com.