Service


Date:

July 28, 2018

Start Time:

10 a.m.

Location:

Zion Lutheran Church

Address:

4300 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Arrangements By:

Merle Hay Funeral Home

Visitation


Date:

July 28, 2018

Start Time:

9-10 a.m.

Location:

Zion Lutheran Church

Address:

4300 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Gerald C. Kline

The Rev. Gerald C. Kline passed into eternal glory through the grace of Jesus of Christ on July 22, asleep, in the arms of Suzanne, his wife of 54 years.

 

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 4300 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, Rev. Dr. Brad Miller presiding.  Visitation will be the same day at 9:00 a.m. also at the church.  Interment will be 11:00 on Saturday, August 4, at Oakdale Cemetery in Freeport.

 

Jerry was born in German Valley, IL, in 1935 by the wood stove in the kitchen of a house without electricity or running water and attended Wessel School, a one room school house for his first years of education.  A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, he went on to graduate from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA.  He attended Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary in Maywood, IL and was ordained a pastor in 1959.

 

Pastor Kline was called to Home Missions by the United Lutheran Church and planted Christ the Mediator, a multi-ethnic church, which was revolutionary for it’s time, in Southeast Chicago. Then he served as pastor at Christ Church in Hammond, IN, St. Philip in Littleton, CO, (where he built a new church building)  and finally he planted Tree of Life in Conroe, Texas.

 

Jerry had many interests in life which provided connection points with other people and made him an interesting person.  He wrote a regular religion column for the Conroe Courier in Conroe, TX.  He was a referee and a judge for the USA Amateur Boxing Association and often used boxing as a way to connect with youth who had gone astray.  He was a Numismatic and a Philatelist.  An old debater from High School, he loved good conversation and the sharing of ideas.  He loved to travel with his family, especially by train.  Jerry was an avid Opera fan, and his favorite was anything by Puccini.

 

He retired from full time ministry on April 30, 2003, after 44 years of preaching the gospel.  Jerry later moved to Des Moines to be a righteous influence in the lives of his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Sue, sister Joyce, son John (Grace) and grandchildren, Verity and Beata.  One day, in the Kingdom of God, we’ll be together again forever.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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