Gary Kline


December 27, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Gary W. Kline, 67, of Iola, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at his home.

Gary was born Nov. 11, 1944, at Garnett, the son of Raymond C. and Blanche L. (Henderson) Kline. He grew up in the Bush City area and graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1962. He lived in Paola when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1964 to 1968 with the GEEIA mobile squadron in a number of countries.

Following his honorable discharge from the service, he made his home in southern California. He was married to Kathleen Jordan and they had a son before they divorced.

On March 12, 1976, Gary married Marinea R. Scott in Reno, Nev. They moved to Garnett in 1978. They have lived in Iola since 1984. He owned and operated Midstates Communication Systems in Iola, from 1987 until 2008, when he retired.

Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to casinos. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion and the Osawatomie Class of 1962 Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marinea; mother, Blanche Kline of Garnett; two siblings, Gail Kline and his wife, Angela, Osawatomie, and Sharon Bailey her husband, Joe, Windsor, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Joe and Breanna Kline, Shaunisty Brockelsby, Renee Leavitt, Madison Leavitt, Logan Leavitt and Jacob Leavitt; one great-grandson; and his best friend, his dog, Fergus.

He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Michael Leavitt.

According to Gary’s wishes, his body was donated to the University of Kansas Department of Anatomy for research.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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