Daniel E. Kline, 80, of Colonial Park, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 surrounded by his loving family.
He was a graduate of Penn State University, where he played football and was a member of SAE Fraternity.
He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He had taught at Edison Junior High School for 20 years and retired after 15 years as a teacher and coach from Susquehanna Township High School.
Dan was an enthusiastic environmentalist and outdoorsman; he was a member of the Audubon Society and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association.
He was a member of CrossPoint Church (formerly Colonial Park United Methodist Church), Harrisburg.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth (Douglas) Kline; 2 daughters, Danelle Malesic and her husband, Joseph of Charlotte, NC, and Shelly Lynn Weaver of Colonial Park; 2 brothers, W. Boyd "Chub" Kline of Harrisburg, and Jack E. Kline; 2 grandchildren, Scotty and Danielle Weaver; niece, Carol Hubal and her husband, Jim and their daughters, Michelle and Cheryl; and a large extended family.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 in CrossPoint Church, 430 Colonial Road, Harrisburg, with Rev. David D. Biser and Pastor John Douglas (nephew of Mr. Kline) officiating. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m., on Wednesday in the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the Hetrick Funeral Home, 3125 Walnut Street, Susquehanna Township. To send condolences please go to www. hetrickfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529 or CrossPoint Church, 430 Colonial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112 (Phone # 717-545-1911). Hetrick
|Published in the Patriot-News on 4/7/2007.|
1942-43 Susquehanna Twp. High School basketball team won 10 games and lost 6, a
tall willowy Sophomore Dan Kline scored 116 points that year, the most by a
Susquehanna Twp. Sophomore at the time, The next year, the 1943-44 team went 18
and 1, a great season and Dan Kline scored 261 points as a Junior, a school
record that lasted for twenty years. That meant that Susquehanna Twp. was poised
for a great 1944-45 season with the 6'4" Dan Kline returning for his senior
But suddenly the world changed, the Japanese attacked American forces at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941! Danny Kline's brother was blown off a ship in that attack, fortunately he survived, but 2,343 other Americans died on that day.
In the next few days, one third of the young men in the Susquehanna Twp. Senior Class left school and signed up to defend their country, that included one of the best athletes in the state, Dan Kline. He gave up his senior year to serve his country!
Kline survived, and like thousands of other American servicemen, he returned to take advantage of the G. I. Bill and enrolled at Penn State University. He didn't play basketball, but he did play football. Again fate stepped in, and an injury sidelined Dan for the 1947 Cotton Bowl Game (Penn State and SMU played to a 13-13 tie in that game).
Dan later coached both basketball and football at Edison Junior High in Harrisburg. He finished his teaching career at his alma mater, Susquehanna Twp.