Melvin “Bud” Kline, 96, of Morton passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Auburn Home of Waconia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Morton.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church. Interment is in Morton City Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. The Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Melvin Chester Kline, the son of Willet and Laura (Bucholz) Kline, was born December 8, 1916 in Beaver Falls Township. He lived on a farm two miles northwest of Morton for several years before moving to Morton.
Bud attended school in Morton for five years, then moved north of Beaver Falls for three years, before moving to the Johnson farm north of Franklin and finishing school in 1932.
Bud farmed with his parents until 1938 when he married Maybelle Oldenburg October 19 in Franklin. Four children were born to the couple. They farmed for 40 years retiring in 1980. Maybelle passed away April 30, 2011, and Bud moved to Waconia to be closer to his daughter.
Bud was a dedicated farmer at heart. He never moved far from his birth place. The couple joined the Zion Lutheran Church in 1940 where Bud was active in church activities. The last years were spent at the trailer on Green Lake fishing and visiting with neighbors there.
Bud helped on the farm at times. He enjoyed mowing in the summer and blowing snow in the winter. He traveled throughout the United States between 1980 and 1990. Bud loved woodworking, playing cards in the evenings and visiting with family and friends.
Bud is survived by his children: Roger (Elli) Kline of Bakersfield, Calif., and Linda (Tom) Serbus of Waconia; daughter-in-law Linda Kline of Danube; nine grandchildren: Glenn (Karen) Kline, David Kline, Ursula Pesta, Josh (Karen) Kline, Melanie Kline, Meredith (Mike) Olson, Rebecca (Karl) Knoblauch, Sarah Armstrong, and Chris (Amy) Serbus; 17 great-grandchildren: Roy (Amy) Kline, Tabitha (Brandon) West, Hunter and Fisher Williams, Andrew, Alex and Jessica Kline, and Jordan (Andrew) Skogrand, Allyssa Parker, Devon Olson, Peyton and Andi Lynn Knoblauch, Madison and Samuel Armstrong, Nealie Njos Serbus, Brynn, and Torin Serbus; six great-great-grandchildren: Madison, Austin, Kaitlyn, and Averie Kline, Zander and Ella West and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Maybelle, sons Marlin and Lee, daughter-in-law Donna Kline and sister Helen (Walter) Martin.