Ralph Kirkwood “Zoot” Kline, 93, of Martinsburg, left this earthly life at home for his eternal reward on Monday, December 13, 2021 while in the care of his family and the Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born and raised in Martinsburg, he was the son of Charles and Anna Belle Johnson Kline. He was their last surviving child.
He graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1948 where he played in several sports teams and earned 10 Varsity Letters. He has a number of scholarship offerings but instead chose to go to the US Navy. He served from 1950 to 1954 in Korea and was a member of the Shore Fire Control Party, which is now called the Navy Seals.
As a teenager, he worked in various theaters in Martinsburg and Western Union during the Great Depression. After returning from Korea, he worked and retired from EI DuPont after 31 years as a stagehand.
He was a member of the Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church for over 60 years and was very involved in the church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, administrator and member of the men’s group club. In addition, he was a member of the Elks, Lions Club, VFW, Robert White Lodge, American Legion, and Moose Lodge.
His hobbies included woodworking (especially handmade clocks), herding carrier pigeons, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed playing golf after his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Patricia “Ann” (Nugent) Kline. Two sons, William (Ellen) of Hedgesville and Kirk (Becky) of Martinsburg, and one son-in-law, Jeff Myers, of Martinsburg; five grandchildren, Travis Myers, Jesse Kline, Anissa Myers, Emily Kline and Katie Kline; five great-grandchildren and two on the way.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Myers and all of his siblings, Nelson, Bill and Glen Kline; two sisters, Anna Belle Englebright and Doris McDonald.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Brown Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Brown Funeral Home with the Reverend John Lewis as officiant.
Military service at the cemetery will take place at Rosedale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for monetary donations to be made to Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church, 130 Gosling Marsh Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25404 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Ln., Kearneysville, WV 25430.
Online condolences can be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com