Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Barrett Funeral Home, Tenafly, NJ
Friday, July 13, 2018, 3:00pm
Chapel of Shenango Valley Cemetery
Rev. Dennis Blauser, Interim pastor of Holy Trinity Church
Military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the
service by Greenville VFW Post #3374
Stephen William Kline, USNA Class of 1990, died on July 5, 2018 of a heart attack; he was 50 years old.
He lived in Clifton, NJ. Steve was the eldest son of Richard William Kline and Janette Hill Kline of Williamsburg, VA and the grandson of the late Dr. David William Kline and Katharine Andrus Kline and step mother Mary Bell Kline.
Steve is survived by his parents, his brother Charles Richard Kline of Harleysville, PA, Charles’ wife Laura, their two children Alexander William Kline and Elizabeth Love Kline, and brother David Alistair Kline of Greenville, SC.
Steve came to the Naval Academy from Williamsport High School, Williamsport, PA where he was the valedictorian. While at the Naval Academy, he received commendation in French and discovered a love of classical civilization.
He served as damage control officer on a mine sweeper patrolling our Gulf Coast and on a ship in the Persian Gulf. He told of an occasion when he helped the Captain by conversing in French with a visiting dignitary who spoke no English. No one was available who spoke the dignitary’s language. Steve found the “lingua Franca” and was able to translate. After four years in the Navy, he entered Rutgers University where he received a Master of Arts in Classics. He became a Latin teacher, first at a private school, then at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, NJ and then at Cresskill High School, Cresskill where he was employed at the time of his death.
When the Latin program was dropped at Cresskill, he became a social studies/history teacher. His combination of Navy discipline, love of his subject and kind-heartedness endeared his to his students, their parents and the faculty. He baked countless thousands of cupcakes and cookies for school fund-raising bake sales. Although he never married and had no children of his own, his parents believe his students became his sons and daughters.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St. Greenville.