Raymond (Ray) W. Kline, 78, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, passed into eternity with his Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. He fought a short, but courageous battle with lung and brain cancer at his home and farm in Myersville, Md.
Born Jan. 31, 1934, in Chewsville, Md., he was the son of the late Raymond M. and Beulah Toms Kline.
He enlisted in the Army at an early age, trained as a paratrooper in North Carolina and served in Germany and Korea.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Constance (Connie) Kline; and the following children: daughters, Cathy I. Zokan-Saulig and husband, Tom, of Ephraim, Wis., Kristen Lawyer of Thurmont, Md., and Melanie Preston and husband, Troy, of Frederick, Md.; sons, Raymond M. Kline and wife, Carolyn, of Palmyra, Va., James T. Kline of Salisbury, Md., David R. Kline, and Kalley William Kline and wife, Bronwyn, all of Wolfsville, Md.; grandchildren, Rachel Kline and fiancé, Jeff Dawson, Kara and Cassidy Kline of Virginia, Tara Blaesing and husband, Scott, Jackie Zokan and Lauren Zokan, all of Wisconsin, Regan and Kalvin Kline, Taylor and Hunter Lawyer, Connor, Cassie, Cooper and Camdyn Preston, Kaleb and Hannah Kline, all of Frederick County, Md.; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son, John W. Kline; and brother, Glenn E. Kline.
He is also survived by brothers, Floyd R. Kline of Hagerstown, Wayne M. Kline of Boonsboro, Butch Kline, Clarence (Bo) Kline, Eric Kline, Evan Kline and Christopher Kline; and sisters, Darlene Kline Patmore of Colorado, Betty Melcher and Linda Neff.
Ray has long espoused his faith in Jesus Christ and has strongly encouraged his children, grandchildren and many loving friends to strengthen their faith.
Ray was well-known in two counties for his entrepreneurial efforts, political involvement, love of the land and his farming interests, his many Farmall tractors and his two Packards. Over the years, his farming included dairy cows, longhorn cattle, and raising sheep and Percheron horses.
His political involvement included being Washington County campaign chairman for George Wallace's presidential run in the 1970s; running himself for county commission and Maryland delegate; and also running for state Senate.
In the spring of 1975, Ray and his wife purchased The Maryland Theatre and Colonial Theater from RKO studios in New York City. They operated the Colonial Theater for the remainder of 1975, bringing in many old and up-and-coming country-music entertainers. The Maryland Theatre was sold privately and the Colonial Theater was sold to a local church and is still operated as such.
During his many years, he was a well-known local contractor, owning and operating Ray Kline Roofing and Siding in Washington County, and Kline Awning and Siding Co. in Frederick County. He also owned and operated both the Choo Choo Restaurant and Daylight Donuts in Hagerstown, and owned and operated Fountaindale Car Wash for 10 years and remained managing the car wash after he sold it.
For 10 years, Ray was the wagon master for the annual National Pike Days from Clear Spring to Boonsboro. He participated in many parades and events with his covered wagon and horses and mules. He made many lasting and cherished friends through these events. He was easily identified by his cowboy hat and western boots.
He was a member of Robinwood Church of God, American Legion FSK Post of Frederick, BPO Elks Lodge 378 of Hagerstown and the Packard Club.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, Wolfsville.
The family will receive friends Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Ricketts Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Myersville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Robinwood Church of God, 12030 Warrenfeltz Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick, MD 21701.
Raymond W. Kline, 78
JAN. 31, 1934-AUG. 24, 2012
Kline (August 25, 2012)