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James William Kline
September 7, 1951 ~ June 24, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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James William Kline, age 71, of Chippewa Falls, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from this earthly world to a heavenly one, after a nine-month battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family at Bloomer Mayo.
Jim was born September 7th ,1951 to Norman and Katherine Bernice (Burback) Kline in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, where he grew up with his two brothers, William (Joanne), Thomas (Diane), and Kathy (the late Carey).
After graduating high school, Jim attended college at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He then met what would become the love of his life at a dance hall named Little Switzerland just outside Menomonee Falls, WI. Cheryl was no easy catch but with Jim’s persistence, he finally convinced her to go on a date with him the following weekend.
They fell in love and were married on May 20th, 1972. Jim then accepted a full-time position at Peerless Gear as a purchasing agent. In 1977, they moved to Eau Claire, Wi. The Eau Claire area offered a better area where they could raise their children: Tim (Kalina), Mike (Alison), and Chris (SamanthaSue White).
Once in Eau Claire, Jim took a human resource position at Wisconsin Beef Industries. Later in Jim’s career path, he pursued a position in sales where he succeeded in helping grow a small local business into a nationwide competitor in mobile HVAC and lastly as a sales manager for Gateway Truck & Refrigeration. Jim enjoyed talking and joking with people, so a career in sales was a natural fit for him, creating many lifelong relationships with customers of his.
Jim was an amazing father and devoted husband. He coached and was involved in his boys’ baseball teams. He also helped all three of them develop a love for the great outdoors. Whether it be annual hunting trips, camping, fishing, and the many ATV trips, none of which will ever be forgotten. When his sons married, he treated his new daughters-in- law like they were his own. Though all these accomplishments and hobbies were very important to him,
Jim’s absolute pride and joy were his eight grandchildren: Emmalia, Makayla, Chase, Brody, Reece, Kaydence, Kyleigh, and Lainee. He was very proud and an incredible “Papa” to them. If you were having a conversation with him, you were most likely to hear about any one of them.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Norman &; Katherine, and his sister, Kathy Szybski.
Funeral services will be held at Noon on Thursday, June 29 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 810 Pearl Street in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services at Noon on Thursday, June 29 at the church.
AFTER SERVICE NOTICE:
Funeral services for James W. Kline were held at Noon on Thursday, June 29 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls.
Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman was celebrant of the funeral Mass assisted by Mass servers, Matt Amundson and Peter Murphy. interment was in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Music during the Mass was provided by Abigail Lynch and the St. Charles Funeral Choir. Readings were given by Bill and Emmalia Kline. Gift bearers were Kaydence, Kyleigh and Reese Kline.
Casket bearers were Bill, Brody, Chase, Chris, Emmalia, Makayla, Mike, Steve and Tim Kline.