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James Cline, 93 - November 05, 2008


James Max Cline, 93, formerly of Parks/Benkelman, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Hill Crest Nursing Home in McCook.
Services were held on Friday, Oct. 31, at the United Methodist Church of Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Cline was born on April 6, 1915, at Haddam, KS, the third of nine children born to Marty and Mayme (Strayer) Cline. As a small child, he moved with his family to Nebraska. He graduated from the eighth grade at Allston.
He farmed with his brother, John, for several years on a farm 20 miles north of Parks, and later bought a farm three miles north of Parks, where he farmed until his retirement in 1998.
On Feb. 19, 1941, he married Velma Jane Baney at Benkelman. To this union two daughters were born.
Cline was an active member of the Parks community and helped build the Parks Methodist Church. He served on the Parks School Board for 15 years and drove a school bus for many years. He later moved his membership to the Benkelman United Methodist Church where he was a member for nearly 50 years.
When he wasn’t busy with chores on the farm or serving his community, he enjoyed going fishing, according to family members. He was always willing to help someone in need.
Cline also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends as well as good conversation and company, said family members. He also spent time working on his motor home, and in later years, he became a John Deere enthusiast and had an extensive collection of memorabilia.
?He was preceded in death by: his parents, Marty and Mayme; brothers—Gerald Cline, Joseph “John” Cline and Carl “Bill” Cline; sisters— Geraldine “Dean” Mundt, Phyllis “Sally” Yehle and Joyce Miller.
Survivors include: his wife of more than 67 years, Velma Cline of McCook; his daughters—Merril Jane (Marvin) McMichael of Gothenburg, and Erlene Mae (Jim) Coghill of Ogallala; five grandchildren—Crystal “McMichael” (Mark) Rainforth of Grand Island, Gregg (Sherri) McMichael of Gothenburg, Andrea “McMichael” (Ted) Larsen of Lincoln, Bradley (Jenny) Coghill Whittier, CA, and Curt Coghill (fiancé Meggan Roeder) of Omaha; 11 great-grandchildren—Tiffany and Jared Whiting, Aaron McMichael, Branndon McMichael, Dillon McMichael, Jarred McMichael, Eliott McMichael, Chandler Rainforth, Conner Rainforth, Tanner Larsen, Tyler Larsen and Hannah Coghill; sister, Vira “Jeanne” Denny of California; brother, Laddie “Bud” Cline of Benkelman; numerous other relatives.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

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