Bernard J. Kline

September 23, 1931February 15, 2021

Bernard J. “Bernie” Kline, age 89 of Rootstown, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021, at Akron City Hospital.

He was born September 23, 1931, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents Ernest G. and Margaret (Lang) Kline. Bernie served in the US Air Force and a year after discharge, married his beloved wife Rita (Romer) on May 14, 1955. They raised their family in Rootstown and were members of Immaculate Conception Parish.

Bernie was a former Rootstown Township Trustee and retired from Ravenna Oil after 30 years of employment in 1997. He enjoyed camping, boating, and riding his Honda Goldwing. Bernie also liked to play cards, especially euchre, watch NASCAR, and take care of his garden. He gladly took on the role of family handyman, always helping with projects, and was a proud grandfather.

Bernie is survived by his wife Rita Kline, children: Steve (Glenda) Kline, Ron (Sue) Kline, Alan (Julie) Kline, Joyce (Larry) Miller, Jane (Phil) Dobrilovic, grandchildren: Brandon, Melissa, Kevin, Abby, Jessie, Jenny, Matt, great-grandchildren: Willow, Korben, Amelia, as well as his siblings: Marge Boron, Dorothy (Mike) Friess, Charlie Kline, Geraldine (Chuck) Nance, Elaine (Denny) Samblanet, Ruth (Larry) Kunar, and Pauline (Bill) Damicone.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Kenny and Jim Kline.

Private services were held at Immaculate Conception Church and he was laid to rest at Grandview Memorial Park. Condolences and memories may be shared at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Immaculate Conception Church.


  • PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, February 19, 2021



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Jennifer Bronstrup

February 21, 2021

I am sorry I was not able to be at Bernie's funeral Mass, but I just finished watching it via video. Thank you for sharing this special moment with those of us who could not be there in person. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of the Kline family and especially the Miller family. Jessie is one of my former homeroom students and a favorite! I knew of Bernie through her sharing wonderful stories of the special times she shared with her grandpa and grandma. What an amazing legacy he left as evidenced by her and all of his family. Remember that he will always be with you and his legacy will go on through all of his wonderful family. May God bless all of you and help you as you grieve. Much love to you all!

Luanna Youngblood

February 21, 2021

I remember being at a wedding a few years ago. All married couples were on the dance floor and one by one they left as the DJ called out an amount of years the couple was married. Uncle Bernie and Aunt Rita were on the dance floor to the end. Great to see them on the dance floor and to be married over 60 + years. They were all smiles.

Janice and John Evanovich

February 20, 2021

We are neighbors of Bernie’s in Rootstown. He was the first neighbor we met when we moved into the neighborhood in February 1978 and our oil tank ran too low on oil. Somehow we knew to contact Bernie and he came to our rescue . This was a lifesaver for us because we had a new baby and the Big Blizzard was upon us. He was so pleasant and cheerful whenever he solved other problems with the furnace....always in the worst days of the winter.

We extend to his family our sincere condolences for the loss of this remarkable man.

Wayne Bender

February 20, 2021

Steve and Ron,
Very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a great man! I will never forget his deep, tough voice.

Wayne Bender
Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Jessie Miller

February 19, 2021

Grandpa, I have nothing but good memories with you- too many to be listed here. I could always count on you for support and love and I know I still can.
Forever in my heart,

Ron Kline

February 19, 2021

Dad, great memories. I will always remember the trip to the Smokey Mt’s. as well as the camping trips to Tappan Lake with the boat. Water skiing at West Branch after we ( you ) cut firewood in the area to build West Branch.
As well as all the help whenever we moved to a new house and started a new project. Rest in pease.

Glenda Kline

February 19, 2021

Bernie was a special man I had the pleasure of calling my father-in-law. I will miss his interesting stories and that cheerful grin.

Bruce Kline

February 18, 2021

Sorry to hear of your loss. We are a huge family and going to the Lord one at a time. May you rest in piece Bernie. God Bless.

Doris Hughart

February 18, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. May God bless you and your family especially during this time of sorrow. Doris Kline Hughart

Michael Montecalvo

February 18, 2021

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Bernie was my Confirmation sponsor and good neighbor. He always had a smile and a wave...