Duane Ray Kline
March 14, 1957-August 16, 2019
On Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, Duane “Mike” Kline, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 62.
A Memorial Celebration of Mike's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta, Georgia. Donations in his memory can be made to the Atlanta Chapter of the ALS Association or the Mike Kline Memorial Fund for Emerson UUC, 2160 Grove Valley Way, Marietta, GA 30064.
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Duane was born March 14, 1957, in Gothenburg, to William and Janeeta Kline. He was a 1975 graduate of Columbus High School. In college, Mike was very involved in theatre and rugby. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Kearney, where he received a BA in Psychology. After graduation, Mike worked at YKK in Atlanta, before transitioning into a career as a Project Engineer at Feedforward, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia. On Dec. 26, 1986 he married Beth Ann Burdine. They raised four children: William, Kathryn, Charles, and Robert.
Mike loved science, classic cars, craft beer, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and jazz music, but his real passion was his family. He coached Science Olympiad at Dodgen Middle School, served as an assistant scout leader at Troop and Crew 795, and attended his children's soccer and lacrosse games. Mike was a past president of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marietta, a children's Sunday school teacher, a church committee member, and an usher at Emerson UU Congregation where he always greeted churchgoers with a big smile that extended to his twinkly blue eyes. Mike had “the knack”-- he could fix just about anything, and was generous in sharing his knowledge with others. Mike believed in letting people learn from their mistakes, and had a quick wit and a mischievous side. After being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2011, he modeled selfless generosity and going forward in grace. He will be remembered for his gentle heart, his infectious smile, and genuine kindness.
He is survived by his wife, Beth; his four children; his mother, Janeeta; his sister, Patricia and brother, Keith; and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, William.