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Rev. Elmer Harvey Kline, age 92 of Clinton Township, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Church of Christ Care Center in Clinton Township, Michigan. He was born November 20, 1925 in East McKeesport, Pennsylvania, son of the late Elmer Maurice and the late Agnes (nee: Pratt) Kline.

With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Elmer for his service to our country during World War II. As a soldier in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946, Elmer served with pride and honor in answering the call of his country, with a willingness to stand in harm's way for the cause of freedom and the extension of the liberties we enjoy because he was there. We honor Elmer's bravery and patriotism, and extend our posthumous gratitude for his wearing the uniform with pride.

Just prior to enlisting in the war effort, Elmer took that proud walk of a high school graduate as he accepted his diploma at his hometown high school in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Following his military service, Elmer took the first step in preparing for his future by attending Nyack Missionary College in Nyack, New York. It was there that Elmer received the education and guidance that would propel him into the realm of ministry and his desire of becoming a Pastor. He attended the college from 1947 thru 1951.

After receiving his credentials from Nyack, Elmer made another life-changing decision when he shared those loving words, "I Do" with the light of his life, the beautiful Arline Ethel Strey. The two were married in Detroit on June 14, 1952, a memorable day that would be just the beginning of a blessed and happy life together building upon the comforts of home, raising a family, and growing deeper in love with each passing day.

As was his dream, the Reverend Elmer Kline became a pastor within the Christian & Missionary Alliance faith and was honored to pastor 6 churches in 6 different states, to include; Nyack, New York; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Richmond, Indiana; Bernie, Missouri; Toledo, Ohio; and Detroit, Michigan. He spent many years reaching out to his fellow man, ministering the promises of God, and being the spiritual leader that God had called him to be. In the process, Rev. Kline touched countless lives and made a wonderful difference in the hearts and souls of many.

When he found a little time to himself, you would often find Elmer immersed in his favorite book, The Bible. He loved reading God's word and being infused with its riches and encouragement. He also enjoyed biblical studies which helped to broaden his faith and gifts in teaching. Being a pastor, Elmer was always eager to learn more and become even greater equipped for the task at hand.

Like many guys out there, Elmer was also intrigued by the infamous two "C's"...Cars & Coins. It's never hard to enjoy the attraction of a great car, nor the wonder attached to an interesting coin. Both provided a glimpse into the past, and Elmer was just a bit of an historian,...especially with these two classics, old cars and old coins. Many will also remember that Elmer had a bit of an artistic flair to his character which took its form in the genres of glass art and gardening. With his delicate touch and painstaking detail, Elmer produced many gallery quality pieces over the years that spoke to the artist that lie within. As for his gardening, that was an entirely different kind of artist that embodied Elmer, which possessed an amazing green thumb that nurtured its growth with the tender-loving-care of a horticulturalist. From his gorgeous flower beds to his succulent fruit trees, Elmer's small parcel of land he had to work with was rife with a grand display of his handiwork and evidence of the passionate hours he poured into making the garden both a thing of beauty and a source of sustenance,...especially his favorite, those delicious peaches he harvested right there in the backyard.

Yet his greatest harvest of all was found in the loved ones entrusted to his care, and the blessings that God helped him welcome into the world from one generation to the next. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Elmer leaves behind an incredible legacy of love that spanned two families,...the one at church and the one at home, the latter of which is the one that never ceased to steal his heart. His loved ones meant the world to him and are the gifts that God gave him to unwrap each and every day. He was truly blessed,...was a blessing to all,...and now enjoys the blessings of Heaven, safe in the arms of God. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Mr. Kline was the beloved husband of the late Arline Ethel, and loving father of Faith (Brian) Woolley, Paul (Carol) Kline, and the late Lois Ruth Hatch. He was the devoted grandfather of Matthew Hatch, Eric Hatch, Ryan (Luziel) Hatch, Jennifer (Richard) Dowgill, Sara Woolley, Aaron (Emily) Woolley, Nathan Woolley, Tracy (John) Richards, Rachel Pariseau, Kayla (Matt) Kondziolka, and great-grandfather of Kendall & Hannah Richards, Alex & Ethan Dowgill, Christian Hatch, and Baby Boy Hatch. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Donald Thompson and son-in-law, William (Suzi) Hatch. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Maurice and Agnes (Pratt) Kline, and sister, Elaine Thompson.

Visitation for Elmer will be held Wednesday, July 18th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

His Funeral Service will be conducted Thursday, 10:30 am at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

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