We mourn the death but more importantly celebrate the life of Carl S. Kline, 84, of Enola, who passed away at home on March 1, 2017.
He leaves behind Ann J. Kline, his wife of 61 years, a younger sister Jane, brother Jack, three children, Randi, Duane, and Todd, four grandchildren, Eric, Ryan, Kellie and Emily, and two great-grandchildren, Owen and Asha.
He was born May 9, 1932, a son of Roy W. and Dorothy P. Kline in their Snyder County farm house.
Tall and thin, his friends nicknamed him Slim, a nickname which still followed him long after the gangly youth was left behind. In 1951, aged 19, he left home to volunteer for the Air Force during the Korean War. This was his first opportunity to travel but not his last. The Air Force took him to Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, and California during his four years of service.
Returning to Pennsylvania and Snyder County, he met and married Ann Zimmerman on Dec. 24, 1955.
Carl went to the Williamsport Area Community College on the G.I. Bill but early on, money was so scarce that when Ann went into labor with their second child, Carl had to hitchhike from Williamsport to Sunbury and still managed to almost beat Ann to the hospital.
Carl and Ann were avid dancers, loving Swing in the '50s and Disco in the '70s but they also experienced tragedy and loss, losing their son Brian at the age of two to Leukemia.
Carl was a person of diverse interests including wine making, organic gardening, camping, weekend jeep events, fishing on the Delaware Bay and woodworking. He and Ann crisscrossed the country several times, first with their kids and then with their grandchildren, making the day-long drive to Disney World on more than one occasion. They visited Europe and especially Germany several times both by themselves and with their daughter and their grandchildren. Carl was also an animal lover from his childhood pet Oscar the Goose to his last pet Dottie who will be a comfort to Ann now that Carl is gone. Carl and Ann retired to Delaware staying there for several years until Carl's declining health brought them back to Pennsylvania to be closer to their daughter. Carl was loving, well loved, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove where the funeral will follow at 2, with the Rev. Virgil Stewart officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow in the Zion Reformed Church Cemetery, Kratzerville.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Carl's honor with the Shriner's Hospitals for Children (http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/donate).
Published on March 2, 2017