Lawrence Richard Kline Sr., age 83, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Ava's House by Sanford in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A memorial service will be 2:30 PM on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home on Friday.
Lawrence Richard Kline was born August 4, 1934, in Scotland, South Dakota to Harry and Clara (Saquin) Kline. He grew up on the farm in Scotland, South Dakota until his family moved to Seattle, Washington in 1942. Larry's father died when he was 10 years old and shortly after, his family moved to Yankton, South Dakota. Larry enlisted into the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska working on cameras for spy planes. He married LuAnn Becker in January of 1960 in California and together had three children: Steve, Julie and Larry Jr. They lived in Lynwood, California where Larry worked for UPS before working for the L.A County Sheriff Department. Larry was an L.A. County Sheriff for several years until retiring in 1982. He met Freda Munkvold in 1983 and moved to the Crofton, Nebraska lake area. Larry and Freda purchase an RV and spent several years traveling between South Dakota, Montana, California and Arizona serving as camp hosts for many campsites. In 2004, they moved to Lesterville, South Dakota and Larry worked at Walmart as a greeter. Freda died June 13, 2014. Recently, Larry met Mary Hamberger and moved to Yankton to start a new chapter in their lives.
Larry enjoyed spending time in Laughlin, Nevada, traveling, hunting and fishing. Larry will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his wonderful smile.
Survivors include his three children: Steve (Deborah) Kline of Oak Park, California; Julie Levario of Santa Clarita, California; and Larry (Teresa) Kline Jr. of Lake Elizabeth, California; 6 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two step-children: Rich (Danette) Munkvold and Cindy Munkvold both of Alta Loma, California; brother, Bernard (Geraine) Kline of Yankton; sister, Jeanette Donley of Omaha, Nebraska; and fiancée, Mary Hamberger of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Freda; son-in-law, Jaime Levario; brothers, Melvin and Donald and sister, Doris.
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We offer our condolences to all of Larry's family.
Jane and Max Hawk
Prayers and thoughts out to uncle Lawrence's family......may he rest in peace.
Amy and I were sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Lawrence. Every time my family and/or myself would come back to where I grew up, we always made every attempt to visit him and more recently with Freda. Haven't seen him for a couple years. I have fond memories of when he lived with us. His smile, sense of humor and contagious laugh always brought smiles to all around him. So glad he is out of any suffering and is at peace. Our condolences to you all and may you be comforted in knowing of the great reunions he is having now with family that have gone on. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with you. Love always, Greg and Amy Gemar Shelley Idaho I'm sorry we couldn't make it. His sister Doris is my mother.
Greg E Gemar
Larry will be greatly missed. His humor, his tapping fingers when he's ready to move on. My heart goes out to family and friends of Larry's. R.I.P. sweet man.
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