Dillon LeRoy Kline
Dillon LeRoy Kline, 84, of Yuma, Ariz.; formerly of Braham, Minn., passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Dillon was born Nov. 3, 1926 to parents Dillon and Ethel (Nelson) Kline in St. Paul, Minn. The family moved to the Braham area when Dillon was young where he attended and graduated from the Braham High School in 1944. Even before graduation, Dillon enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a gunner’s mate on a sub-chaser in the Philippines during WWII. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Braham where he farmed.
On March 5, 1948, he was united in marriage to Shirley Studt in Ogilvie, Minn. Together they had one daughter Kathryn. While farming, Dillon also drove a delivery truck for Nabisco for several years. In 1952 Dillon began working as the Shell Oil Jobber for the Braham Area. After 22 years he sold the Kline Oil business and returned to farming until 1994. Dillon spent the next four years driving the Heartland Bus in and around Isanti County. In September of 1998, after declining health, Shirley passed away.
On June 20, 1999, Dillon was united in marriage to Barbara Harder at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Braham. Together they would spend winters in Yuma, Ariz., until 2006 when they purchased a home and became permanent residents.
During his life, Dillon was very active in the Braham Community. He spent over 25 years as a volunteer fireman for Braham. He served on the Braham Chamber of Commerce, which he referred to as the “commercial club.” During the holiday’s he volunteered to play Santa Claus for the children. He was an active member of the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham, and Calvary Lutheran Church in Yuma. On and off throughout his life he would drive bus for the Braham schools. And he was a lifetime member of the Rush City VFW. Dillon enjoyed hunting pheasant and deer, golfing, and the bowling leagues in Braham. He also loved his time flying as a licensed private pilot. The only thing Dillon liked more than hearing a good story was telling one. He will be missed.
Dillon is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Shirley, and brother Willard “Bill” Kline.
Dillon is survived by his wife Barbara of Sartell; daughter Kathryn (Raymond Scott) Gay of Braham; step-daughters Deborah Nied of St. Cloud, and JoAnn (Paul) Gunderson of Elk River; sister Lois Vivian Nelson of Richfield; grandchildren Heather Jentsch (fiancé Patrick O’Conner), Raell (Danny) Richardson, Anna Nied (Fiancé Tim Fuller), and Josef Nied; great grandchildren Isabella, Josephine, and Raymond Richardson; plus many other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service was held March 5 at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Braham with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Music was provided by Carol Schmakel and John Scheele. Casket Bearers were David Nelson, Porter Huddleson, Rodger Studt, Heather Jentsch, Raell Richardson, and Anna Nied. Honorary Casket Bearers were Eugene Studt, Carl Larson, and Kenny Evenson. Military Honors were provided by the Rush City VFW Post 6692. Interment was in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.