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John Wilson Cline, son of Wilson Ewing & Grace V (Hill) Cline, was born November 15, 1929 on the century family farm near Export, Pennsylvania. John grew up on the farm and loved being a 3 generation caretaker of the land. John graduated from Franklin Township High School with the class of 1948. John farmed with his father before being drafted into the U.S. Army on December 30, 1954. John was honorably discharged on June 10, 1955 served the next 3 years in the Army Reserves.
John met Margaret Louise Moore at a square dance and they were married in September 1957. To this marriage was born three sons: Dale in 1958, Darwin in 1961, and Dwight in 1963. John continued farming and in addition, he worked at Gibson Electric Machine Shop in Delmont for several years. John began as a postal carrier sub and eventually became a full time city carrier for the US Postal Department.
Louise passed away on March 16, 2004 and John moved to Tingley, Iowa where he resided for the remainder of his life.
John was a quiet, humble man that loved his family and his country. He was proud of his time in the Army and a highlight of his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington DC. He was an active member of the Ringgold Post #172, American Legion, in Mount Ayr., He loved dancing and attending the dances at the legion. John enjoyed restoring antique tractors, or as he would call it, “putts-in”! John was an avid hunter in his younger years and always had an interest in guns, Lionel trains, and certain coins.
John passed away November 22, 2021 at Greater Regional Health in Creston, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Louise; grandson Joey Cline; daughter-in-law Brenda (Pratt) Cline; grandson-in-law Sean Glew; sisters Sylvia Cline in childhood, Ethel (Bob) Cline of West Union, IL and Betty (Joe) Sauer of Verona, PA.
Survivors include his sons Dale (Sharon) Cline of Kent, IA, Darwin Cline of Saltsburg, PA, Dwight (Judy) Cline of Saltsburg, PA; grandchildren Shiloh (Anthony) Gennaro of Afton, IA, Cassie (Chris) Elyes of McKeesport, PA, Dallan Cline of McKeesport, PA, Jessica Glew of Delmont, PA; numerous great grandchildren; special friend Leota “Pinky” Collins of Creston, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials are to the Tingley Meal Site and Ringgold Post #172, American Legion.
John Thank you for you service. John was a very nice person, always friendly and caring in looking after his friend Pinky. He will be missed and also missed seeing him walking around in Tingley.
Connie Eason Nov 29 2021 7:50 PM
Would see John at the Legion in Mt Ayr at breakfasts and at the dances with Pinky, helping out the Legion by taking the money. He was a friendly man who enjoyed visiting and was caring in the way he looked after Pinky. John will be missed by those who knew him.
Lyle & Janet Hogue Nov 23 2021 8:34 PM
John: Thank you for your service!
Louise Frost Nov 23 2021 12:09 PM