LeROY — Harry Bert Kline, 88, of LeRoy, passed away Dec. 30, 2014, at Hope Hospice at Shell Point in Fort Myers, Fla.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be in early June at First United Presbyterian Church of LeRoy. Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church of LeRoy or to Hope Hospice of Fort Myers, Fla.
Harry was born Feb. 4, 1926, in LeRoy, a son of Byron D, and Irene Roop Kline. He married Barbara Fremouw on Dec. 4, 1948, in Midlothian.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children, Sandra (late Marvin) Rubin, LeRoy; Susan (late William) Miller, Fort Myers, Fla.; Roderick (Mary Fairfield), LeRoy; and Karen (Jon) Machula, Champaign; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Eleanor, San Diego, Calif.; and one brother, John (Betty), LeRoy.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert.
He graduated from LeRoy High School and was a member of various town softball teams, playing pitcher and first base. Beginning at a young age, he showed Hereford cattle at the McLean County Fair, Illinois State Fair, American Royal in Kansas City and Chicago International. He won the McLean County Fair Grand Champion Steer three times (1939, 1944 and 1946), earning him the travelling Loving Cup in 1946.
He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, a 4-H leader, a beef superintendent at county and state fairs and an officer in the Illinois Hereford Association. He was a lifelong livestock and grain farmer in LeRoy and earned several local, state and national awards for his Hereford cattle.
Harry was a world traveler who will be remembered as a loving husband, dad and grandpa as well as an ace poker player, a pool shark, a prolific vegetable gardener and chief caretaker of the Kline swimming pool for 44 years.