Lerma J. Cline

April 14, 1932June 21, 2014
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Lerma “Junior” Cline, 82 of Loves Park passed away June 21, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Born April 14, 1932 in Exline, IA, he was the son of Lerma and Alpha (Sumpter) Cline. He married Mary Ellen Emerson December 1, 1951 in Rockford. A United States Army Veteran, Junior was part owner and operator of Rockford Bandage & Tire Company. He was also a volunteer for the Loves Park Fire Department for 11 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and most of all spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Cline; sons, James (Carla) and Joseph Lerma Cline; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Lerma and Alpha Cline; and his great granddaughter, Payton Smallwood. The family wishes to give special thanks to the OSF Cancer Center nurses and the Ambulatory Center of OSF St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday June 27, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, with Pastor Bobby Sheet officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Visitation Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 27, 2014

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Liz Emerson-Chelinsky

July 15, 2014

Junior was not only a wonderful brother in law. He was my brother. Kind, gentle, considerate. A loving husband to my sister Mary. A role model to his sons Joe and James of what a father should be. A man of his word. May God bless him and love Junior as much as we do. Junior is deeply missed but Junior's memory will live forever. I love you Junior. Thank You for being You.

Liz Emerson-Chelinsky

July 6, 2014

We were so blessed to have a brother in law like you Junior. So many memories make me know you were special in our hearts. The unspoken kindness, thoughtfulness, caring and acts of love and respect you shared and treated everyone equal. Never heard you ever say an unkind word to or about anyone. I will always love you with all due respect. What a great man you are. I am so blessed to have had a Lerma Junior Cline for my brother in law. "It don't get any better than that".

Adam Cline

June 28, 2014

I love you grandpa

LuAnn Christensen

June 28, 2014

Our most heart felt condolences to the Cline family for your loss. Just heard of Juniors' passing today, may he rest in peace and God be with him. Know you are in our prayers. Many fond memories of all the years living next door.
LuAnn V Christensen and Family.

Carla Wojtowicz

June 27, 2014

My heart and love go out to all of you during this time of sorrow. I pray you take comfort in knowing Uncle Junior is in the loving arms of God now and is free from all pain. God has gained another angel. Love you all and sorry I couldn't be at the memorial service.

Gary Larrow

June 26, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Rose Mae Lam

June 26, 2014

Dear friend: I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear husband, Lerma, from a note from Betty Lou. I understand he was ill for a long period of time and trust that he and you will find comfort in knowing he has been released from pain. As long time classmates of Muldoon, I always regret to hear of the passing of our classmates and their husbands. How precious life has become for us who are left. Please accept my sincerest condolences on his passing and know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs to you and your family. Rose Mae

Lance Wilson

June 25, 2014

RIP Uncle Junior.

June 25, 2014

Dear Cousin, You were so kind, patient, understanding, always calm, always teaching us to try and be the same. Lessons you learned from your Grandfather and Father. Now no more suffering. Go into the Light and rest in Love and Peace. Cousin Dixie Mallett-Lamantia & John

Wendy Coupar

June 25, 2014

Uncle Junior, we will miss you so much. I will always have fond memories of going with you on fishing trips to Rock cut and Martin Park. Coming and visiting you at the fire station and all the cookouts (Father's day breakfast) and parties at your house. You are so special to Mark, Connor and I. We will miss you dearly but we take comfort in knowing you are no longer suffering. All our love, the Coupar family.