Norman E. Kline


Norman Ellsworth Kline, 91, of Selinsgrove, formerly of McClure, died peacefully at his home on March 17, 2019, with his devoted wife by his side.
He was born Jan. 4, 1928, in McClure, a son of the late Vera (Weader) Kline Clare and Claire David Kline. On Nov. 27, 1954, he married the former Myrletta McGlaughlin, the love of his life, who survives.
He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.

Norman was a 1946 graduate of McClure High School where he obtained the status of salutatorian. While in high school, he participated in basketball, soccer, baseball, band, chorus, mixed chorus and was a member of a male quartet. He held leads in the high school plays during his junior and senior years. After his graduation in 1946, upon the advice of his revered brothers after their return from World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army. During his service, he was stationed in Tokyo, Japan where he played the coronet, having been chosen as part of General Douglas McArthur's military headquarters band. He was honorably discharged in October, 1947.
Upon his discharge from the military, he was blessed to utilize the GI Bill to pursue furthering his education at Bloomsburg University in January of 1948. Although the GI Bill payments were to be equal to the number of months served, Norman received an additional check beyond his due. Always a man of honesty and integrity, he attempted to return the check. Upon discovering that he was making the deans list and excelling in college, the Army told him to keep the check and he would continue to receive payments until earning his degree, as he was a testament to what the GI Bill can help those who deserve it accomplish. Not one to disappoint, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Science and Math in just three years, graduating in January of 1951. He proudly performed in a three-man song and dance group, the Andy Mack Trio, during his time at Bloomsburg.
After earning his degree, he began working in the engineering department at Standard Steel in Burnham. However, he was an educator at heart. His first teaching job began in September of 1951, where he taught math and biology at Burnham High School. While teaching, he also started a soccer program at the school. In 1952, he received a phone call from a future mentor, Sherman E. Good, recruiting him to teach math and science at the McClure High School. During his tenure there, Norman coached little league baseball, soccer and basketball. In February of 1956, a new school, West Snyder High School was opened and Norman was sought out and accepted the position of guidance counselor. Three short years later, in 1959, he became the principal of West Snyder High School, where he would spend the rest of his career dedicated to students and his staff until his retirement in 1982. During that time, he also furthered his career at Bucknell University, obtaining his Masters Degree in Guidance and Administration in 1957. He had a passion for learning and educating others and touched countless lives throughout his career. He was a teacher of all things. His method was simple. He taught by example.
He was a lifetime member of the Mount Bethel Church in McClure where he served many roles including junior choir director, senior choir member, men's quartet, Sunday school superintendent, church council, search committee for ministers, and taught Sunday school for 50 years. Ever a man of faith, he loved sharing his passion for Jesus Christ with others.
Norman was a member of the Middleburg Masonic Lodge since 1954. He was also a member of the men's Christmas caroler group led by Wilson and Michael Dodd from 1954-2016.
When asked what he considered his greatest accomplishment in life, with a twinkle in his eye and his memorable smile, he proudly stated, "Four women - my wife and three daughters." He enjoyed family, his swimming pool, camping, traveling the globe, and attending his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's events.
Norman and Myrletta were blessed with a large and loving family. They raised their children with love, patience, discipline and humility.

In addition to his adoring wife, Norman is survived by three daughters, Dayna J. Bickhart and husband David, Kim L. Rigel and husband Duane, and Tamra L. Mills and husband Ron, 10 grandchildren, Jodi Mee (Tim), Denise Hosterman (Jeff), Jennifer Love (Brian), Kara Taylor (Jason), Brandon Rigel (Asten), Taryn Botts (Ian), Mackenzie Seiler (David), Justice Mills, Carter Mills and Conor Mills; and 17 great-grandchildren, Emily, Jonathan, Mason, Luke and Alex Mee, Preston and Paige Hosterman, Olivia and Julia Love, Gavin and Grayson Taylor, Camden and Carson Rigel, Avery and Rowen Botts, and Ayden and Colby Seiler.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his five siblings, Glenn Elder Kline, Richard Eldon Kline, Edgar Michael Kline, Erma Mae Goss, and Gladys Eldora Schaline.
Never will you meet a man who more faithfully lived his values. He was kind, humble and soft-spoken, and always had time to listen, help others, and give of himself. He influenced countless lives, yet never wanted any credit for his tremendous impact on anyone. He was a true gentleman and to his dying day, a gentle man. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.
As per their marriage vows, Norman's only request of his family was to remain with his loving wife until death did they part. This was possible due to the love and dedication of family members in addition to the special Evangelical Hospice angels, Lori, Emily, Leslie, Hazel, Cindy and night time caregivers Jamie and Lori.

Friends and family will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the funeral at 11, at Mount Bethel Church, McClure, with the Rev. Robert Nash officiating, assisted by the Rev. Donald Wise and the Rev. Dietmar Plajer.
Burial with military honors will follow in McClure Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman's memory can be made to Evangelical Hospice program, Breast Cancer Awareness, Alzheimer's Association or the National Autism Association.

Arrangements are by the Pheasant Funeral Home, 130 S. Zechman St., Beavertown.
Published on March 18, 2019
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11 posts

Alan Yeater
Mar 27, 2019
Norman Kline was a great person, who was one of the best in whatever he did, especially in his teaching career. McClure has lost one of its most outstanding citizens. Everybody who knew him, will never forget him.
Joyce Pawling Wirpsza
Mar 23, 2019
Jody & Karen Davis
Mar 22, 2019
So sorry for your lost Dayna our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you peace during this time
Jim and Karen Plummer
Mar 22, 2019
May God be with you at this time as you grieve the loss of your family member and friend,Our hearts go out to all of you.
Mary Jo Zajac
Mar 21, 2019
Having Dayna as a best friend during my younger years allowed me the blessing of being part of the Kline family that I will always cherish. I was a better person for having had Norman in my life. I will always remember the road trip through the New England states.
Tricia Gonzalez
Mar 21, 2019
Uncle Norman was an angel on Earth and now he is flying with the Angels in Heaven. I love you Uncle Norman. You will be missed, but I am glad you are with Pa Kline now. Give him a hug from me.
Annie Elliott
Mar 21, 2019
I send my love and condolences to Kim and all her family.I worked under Kim for Tressler/Diakon several years ago.. Reading about her dad was a real pleasure, .A real model for those who knew him.
Chris Hallowell
Mar 21, 2019
Kim and family what a beautiful testament to your dad!! Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all over the coming days, months and years!!!
Michael Aumiller
Mar 20, 2019
Norman, or should I say Mr. Kline, was such a gentleman and always showed great respect to everyone he encountered. What an outstanding educator and administrator. He will be missed by so many people and his community. The best way to sum up his life, in my opinion, is to say he was a “class act” in everything he did and touched. My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Nyle Coleman
Mar 20, 2019
In my years at West Snyder, a trip to the dreaded "green bench" was a fearsome thing. Many made that walk (including me, believe it or not), but they always found a man of quiet dignity who treated them respectfully while still maintaining a quiet firmness. I very much value the example he set of how to relate to people. His gentle demeanor always struck me harder than any stick. Thank you, Mr. Kline and condolences to family and friends. May we all continue to follow that good example as well.
Kenneth Zieber
Mar 19, 2019
What a wonderful man. Loved by everyone. If not for his guidance, I would not have had a career in education. I owe my career to this great man. Thank you, Mr. Kline.