William J. Kline, of Rootstown, passed away on September 20, 2016, at the age of 85. He was born to Sylvan Kline and Beatrice (Luli) Kline on August 25, 1931, in Rootstown, Ohio.
Bill married his high school sweetheart Barbara (Kline) Kline on May 10, 1952, at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, Ohio. They celebrated 64 wonderful years together. During those years, he devoted his life to his family and his faith.
His greatest legacy is his family. They have five children: Becky (Dan) Bailey of Deerfield, Beverly (Deral) White of Freedom, Bill (Chris) Kline, Kathy (Dave) DeSalvo and Janet Vair (Dale Mickley) all of Rootstown. He has 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom he treasured. Bill is also survived by his brother Richard (Ann) Kline of Rootstown and sister Thelma (Dale) Turner of Mantua.
From the time he graduated from Rootstown High School until he retired, Bill worked in the grocery industry. He worked at A&P who sold to Valu King, who later sold to Giant Eagle in Ravenna, where he retired after 43 years of service combined as produce manager. His infectious smile and personality greeted many people that he came to know from the area at a job he very much enjoyed.
Bill enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing cards, listening to polka music, and keeping an immaculate yard. He especially loved visiting with family and friends.
He served in the Ohio National Guard, was a member of St. Peter of the Fields Knights of Columbus, the Ravenna Elks, and a 24 year member of the Rootstown Fire Department.
Friends will be received Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church, 3487 Old Forge Rd., Rootstown, OH 44272. Friends may also call from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the church on Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Richard Pentello and Reverend David Misbrener following at 11:00 AM on Monday. Entombment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna.
We would like to thank the Rootstown Fire Department for their quick response to our call and University Hospital (Robinson Memorial) ICU staff and doctors who were so kind and treated Bill with such dignity.
Heaven truly gained an angel and earth was blessed with his presence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Peter of the Fields Church or the Rootstown Fire Department. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
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