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KLINE, James Edward 1938-2000


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 4/23/2009 at 22:02:34


ST. ANSGAR, IOWA - James Edward Kline, 61, of St. Ansgar, died on Thursday, June 1, 2000, at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, with the Rev. Edward Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery, with Military honors conducted by the Walter T. Enneberg Post No. 358 of the American Legion.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in St. Ansgar.

Jim was born on October 24, 1938, in Faribault, Minnesota, the son of William and Agnes (Trench) Kline. He graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army in February of 1960 and was honorably discharged in February of 1963. He also served in St. Ansgar as a dedicated volunteer fireman for 30 years.

Jim was a member of the Walter T. Enneberg Post No. 358 of the American Legion of St. Ansgar. For many years he worked very hard as custodian and volunteer for the First Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar. He worked for years at White Farm Equipment in Charles City and was presently employed at Neil Mahr Trucking in Lime Springs.

Jim was united in marriage to Donella Kofoot on November 11, 1967. To this union two children were born, William and Katherine. In addition to his children, he had one grandchild.

Jim and Donella celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in 1999. While driving truck, many times he would let you know he was in the area by a signature tap on the horn. For his community, friends and family, Jim was a continual source of strength and love. He could always be counted on no matter what and could make you laugh with a simple wink of an eye. He will truly be missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, William Kline; stepfather, Wilmer "Buddy" Heimer; father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Martha Kofoot; and one niece, Bethany Kofoot.

He is survived by his wife, Donella, of St. Ansgar; his son, William, of Burnsville, Minnesota and his fiancée, Jennifer Hohnke, of Big Lake, Minn.; his daughter, Katherine Jean Branstad and her husband, Jeff, of St. Ansgar; granddaughter, Morgan Branstad; his mother, Agnes Heimer; two brothers, Jack Kline and his wife, Carol, of Lyle, Minn. and Jerry Kline and his wife, Sue, of St. Ansgar; five sisters: Diane Zuehl and her husband, Roger, of Racine, Wis., Nancy Salisbury and her husband, Don, of Rudd, Janet Bruesewitz and her husband, Robert, of Rochester, Minnesota., Sonja Yahnke and her husband, Thomas, of Allen, Texas, and Linda Currans, of St. Ansgar; many brother and sisters-in-law; as well as 38 nieces, nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 736-4920.

According to the funeral folder, the funeral was held on June 4, 2000; casket bearers were: Brandon Kofoot, Erik Kline, Jason Kofoot, Monte Bruesewitz, Gene Liekweg, Gene Kline, Mark Zuehl, Brian Solberg and Doug Salsbury.

Honorary bearers were: Roger Gerlach, Keith Horgen, Neil Mahr, Roger Wilder, Roger Eberling, Jim Squier, Marly Kittleson, Ed Collier and Steve Libersky.


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