Jon D. Kline, 72


Jon D. Kline, 72, of Kinmundy, died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. 

Funeral services were held on Jan. 10, at the Kinmundy United Methodist Church with David Gilley officiating, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Crouse Funeral Home in Salem assisted the family.

The Rev. Kline was born on Dec. 1, 1949, in Salem, the son of Merle and Vivian “Peggy” Kline. He married Linda Elaine (Leidner) Kline on Dec. 7, 1969, in Pleasant Mound and she preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 2006. 

The Rev. Kline served as a United Methodist pastor for more than 20 years and attended the Kinmundy United Methodist Church. After his retirement from full time ministry, he served as a prison chaplain for many years, working at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro. He enjoyed traveling, pistol shooting at the range, at one time enjoyed raising bees and harvesting honey, and most importantly, spreading the gospel. He was a member of the Elks and had served in the United States Navy.

The Rev. Kline is survived by two sons, Jon Wesley (wife Fleshette) Kline of Arcola, and Stephen Calvin Blair (wife Connie) Kline of Lerna; grandchildren, Michael Stephen Kline, Amelia Elaine Kline and Kaitlyn Elizabeth Kline; two sisters, Gayle Clark of Neptune Beach, FL and Susan Smith of Kinmundy; two brothers, Brian (wife Tracey) Kline of Tucson, AZ and James Kline of Salem; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Kline and his wife, Barbara; and two brothers-in-law, Mel Clark and Keith Smith.

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