Date of Death: January 26, 2019
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Monsieur Mike Hazard officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, MI.
William “Bill” Allen Kline, age 69, of Three Rivers, passed away on January 26, 2019 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital following a very brief illness. He was born on July 28, 1949 in Three Rivers, MI., the son of the late Charles and Geraldine (Fitch) Kline.
Bill graduated from Three Rivers High School and furthered his education at Glen Oaks and later Michigan Technological University. Bill was a regional sales manager for the Johnson Corp., now Kadant Johnson and most recently was a co-owner of Steam Systems Corp out of Ohio.
Bill was an avid member briefly serving as a trustee of the Three Rivers B.P.O.E. #1248, the Three Rivers Eagles #2303 and a Past President of the Jaycee’s. He coached several years with T.R. Little League and Rocket Football and served years ago on the TR Posse. In his youth, he was an active member of 4-H in St. Joe County. Bill was a jack of all trades. He loved working with wood, fishing, cooking meals for family and friends and generally helping anyone he could. He was an excellent photographer. His true love and passion was family, especially his grandchildren, whom he adored.
Mr. Kline was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jason Kline, one sister, Susan Kline and first wife Patricia (Gilchrist) Kline.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife Colleen (Gilchrist) Kline; one daughter, Kim (Micah) Peet, of Centreville, MI.; one brother, Tom (Pat) Kline, of Kalamazoo, MI.; six beloved grandchildren, Gaily, Hannah, Meghan, Joshua, Emma, and Adelaide. Many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be donated to the Pathfinder Center or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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Dear Coleen and Kimberly,
Del and I are so sorry for your loss. Bill was someone special, a friend to everyone, especially remembered by a shy new girl at Park Community school, and Bill was her best friend for many adventures, on horseback, in
4-H, and for Del a collegue at work, Bill will be missed by all those who knew him.
Colleen, Kim and family our hearts are breaking for you. Bill was an amazing guy and we have so many wonderful memories of him from Pine Lake. He made us feel like family whenever we were around him. Our girls absolutely adored him and we prayed for him faithfully for the last few years as he went through tough times and when Dave and I would forget the girls would remind us that we needed to pray for “Uncle Bill”. They constantly asked us how he was doing and if we were going to get to see him this year. Pine Lake will never be the same. We always waited for Bill and Colleen to pull into Cabin 1 and all of us would be so excited to see you. We will continue praying for all of you in the days, months, weeks, and years ahead. Please let us know if you ever need anything.
What a joy to be around! Bill always made you feel better! He will be missed but it goes without saying HEAVEN’s a better place with him in it! Colleen and Kimberly, we’re so sorry we won’t be able to attend Bill’s celebration of life but please know you are in our prayers and will be hugging you in spirit! GOD will bless you and help you through this! All our LOVE! FAMILY FOREVER!
There are no words to describe the feeling of loss we all feel. Sales trips, fishing vacations, wine tastings on Old Mission Peninsula, camp fires on Pine Lake. “One more one more”. CC Manhattan on the rock. RIP.
Didn’t know the deceased went to college in the dark ages with brother Tom at FSU. My condolences to the entire family. Lost a brother and my wife recently myself. Life doesn’t get easier as we get older. All of my best.
Bill’s tremendous love for his family was always evident, even when it was encapsulated in a humorous story. He will be missed by all that had the pleasure to know him, and especially by those closest to him, his beloved family. My deepest condolences to all of you. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life with you on Monday. We will be toasting him here in Naples FL.
I and my family would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences at the untimely loss of such a beloved family member. Many memories of his comedic genius, witty humor, and tasty appetizers will be with me always.
One of the BEST.. Friend, Mentor ( sometimes included Canadian Club),and all around good guy… he was there for me when I needed someone to listen… I’m sure somewhere above, he’s delivering a good time.. BNUG
Hard to put into words how painful this is. The nicest tough guy who ever lived. The best friend I forgot I had. I always planned on getting back to TR and reconnecting. Now just a huge missed opportunity. Well Willie, I know you know my heart breaks and I still give you credit for the million one liners I stole from you. I only hope you can forgive me. RIP my brother.
Colleen so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Bill taught me important things about heat transfer (which may or may not be related to beer), the right way to make a Manhattan, and the funniest one-liners known to midwestern boys… he was an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable professional who inspired me to be my best, and a wise caring friend. Memories of time spent with him will always be cherished. Farewell.
A great guy and lots of good memories.
Gerald and Jeanne DeVisser
Colleen and Kimberly: We are at a loss for words…..our prayers and love are with you during this very, very sad time. I worked with Bill for many, many years at The Johnson Corporation and considered Bill a very good friend. We had many laughs and also shared sorrows throughout the years. May God surround you both with His love, comfort and peace. I am so sorry to hear this news. It is hard living so far away and being away from friends and family especially at a time like this. Judy (Gilchrist) Mohney and John Mohney of Stayton, Oregon.