Our family unexpectedly lost a kind soul in the recent death of David Grant Kline, 55, of Mifflin Township, Ohio on June 21, 2020. He was born on September 8, 1964 at Mansfield General Hospital to Caryl “Kirby” Eugene Kline and Sharon Mae Kline – nee Shoultz.
David was a 1981 graduate of Madison High School. He attended The OSU Branch while still 17 years old. . While attending, he enjoyed the independence of delivering the Mansfield News Journal to urban and rural customers. His independent nature further led him to work in office maintenance until he became employed at Hartman Electric.
David was an avid collector of vintage comic books and a lover of classic rock, especially the artist Chrissie Hynde. Neil Peart was his all time favorite drummer. In his teens, he enjoyed going to rock concerts and hanging out with his big sister, Tracey; they were inseparable. He was a forever learner and enjoyed delving into topics like science, technology, weather patterns and universal phenomena. He built his own computer systems that were quite intricate.
His love and wonder of botanicals harbored a lifelong search for unique greenery; cacti, bonsai trees, fruit bearing trees and tropical plants. His green thumb extended to vegetable gardening. He enjoyed maintaining his yard and gardens on his riding lawn mower, taking in the scents of nature while keeping an eye on his baby vegetables.
David was also an animal lover and rescued many homeless dogs. His true affection was directed to cats however. His favorite childhood cat was Roquito and most recently, he ‘domesticated’ a feral named Princess.
A quiet man of few words, he had a deep soft voice that resonated his peaceful nature. Since 2014, he was under the care of his sister, Jessica. She was his accountant, nurse, chauffeur and micro manager; anything he needed, she made sure it was done. Although not always patient with his needs and demands, she was devoted to his well being. David spent the last three years in peaceful solitude at River Crossing in the beautiful rolling hills of Mifflin. He developed relationships with the residents who were very much like family. Their care and compassion in David’s final days will forever be remembered by our family.
After suffering a lifelong series of gains and setbacks due to alcoholism, David is finally at peace. He will be deeply missed by his immediate family of women; mother Sharon, oldest sister Jessica Faulkner and middle sister Tracey Kline Angeloff. As he had often expressed, we were his everything and we loved one another dearly..
David is also survived by his father, Kirby who has resided at Winchester Nursing Home for the past 3 years due to dementia. Not only did dad not realize it was Father’s Day but that his only son passed from his life on the same day. His cremains will be interred with those of his father’s one day.
He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins primarily in Indiana and Michigan. He is an uncle to Lindsay (Ambarish) Patel of Marysville, Cameron (Winifred) Moore-Faulkner of Brooklyn NY, Kristen Angeloff and Leah Angeloff, both of Columbus. As well, he is the grand uncle of Nirmaan Patel and a grand niece due in November.
He was preceded in death by his loving grandparents, Helen and Milton Shoultz of Mount Vernon and Mildred and Alfred Kline of Kendallville, IN. Several uncles and aunts have also preceded him.
Private services are being observed. Feel free to send condolences to Jessica Faulkner and Tracey Angeloff through Facebook or through Wappner Funeral Directors. A fundraiser on Facebook has been established through Catalyst for others suffering from addiction and mental health issues. May God bless those who ever gave of themselves to David. The Wappner Cremation Center is honored to serve the Kline family.