James Dickey Kline, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Walloon Lake, Mich., passed away peacefully, March 4, 2012, at Boyneton Beach, Fla.
Jim was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Wesleyville, Pa., the son of Harriet and Herbert Kline.
He grew up in Erie, Pa., and graduated from Millcreek High School. He received his metallurgical engineering degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was manager of the University of Michigan football team.
On June 10, 1944, he married Mary Peirsol in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jim was an explorer scout leader and a civil defense policeman.
He was an avid boater all of his life, and spent many trips cruising the Great Lakes on his boat "Sweetie."
Jim was a member of the United States Power Squadron and taught many boating courses. He was a long-time member of the Buffalo Yacht Club and the Gulf Stream Yacht Club. He was a member of the Masonic Temple, the Elks and the Eagles.
Jim is survived by his children, Martha (Bill) Grose of Michigan, James (Kay) of Wisconsin, and William of Florida; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his brother, Herbert; and his dear friend and traveling companion, Sally McDermott.
Donations can be made to the Little Traverse Conservancy.