McCLURE - Joe Henry Kline, 94, of McClure, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Lebanon Valley Home in Annville.
He was born on June 17, 1919, in Bannerville, a son of the late Lester D. and Tudy (Peters) Kline. On Aug. 23, 1945, he married Betty (Smith) Kline in Cairo, Egypt, while they were both serving in the U. S. Army. His wife preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2005.
Joe Henry, as he was known to most, was a 1938 graduate of McClure High School. Upon graduation, he worked at American Viscose Corporation in Lewistown until 1942 when he was drafted into the U. S. Army. After his Army discharge in 1946, he was employed at his family's business, Kline's Supermarket, until retiring in 1980.
Joe Henry was a member of Mount Bethel Church in McClure.
In his spare time, he enjoyed model railroading and was recognized by his peers as being an expert at building railroad structures and rolling stock, some of which were featured in model magazines. He was once commissioned by a local modular home manufacturer to build a prototype home that was provided to the president of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Africa.
Joe Henry also served eight years as the foreman of the restoration committee for the refurbishment of the Lewistown Railroad Station that is owned by Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society.
For many years he was the borough manager in McClure and dedicated much time to maintenance of the borough roads. He also took great pride in caring for the McClure Little League field, having been involved in the original building and subsequent maintenance for some 44 years.
Surviving are: two sons and one daughter-in-law, Arthur and Jennifer (Brown) Kline and Rob Kline and companion, Susan Crotty; three grandchildren, Laura Kline and her husband, Matthew Mallay, Timothy Kline and wife, KC, and Carolyn Kline; and two great-granddaughters, Remy and Addy.
In addition to his parents and wife, Joe Henry was preceded in death by an infant son, Peter.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, at Mount Bethel Church, McClure, with Pastor Donald Wise officiating. Burial with military honors accorded by the Middle West Veterans will follow in McClure Union Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Bethel Church, 205 W. Specht St., McClure, PA 17841.
Arrangements are by Pheasant Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown.