Lexington Resident: Ricahrd Nilsson Kline, 62 (1951-2013)

Richard “Rich” Nilsson Kline, 62 of Lexington, Nebraska, died on Monday, June 3rd, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center at Lexington.

Rich was born March 5th, 1951, at Gothenburg, Nebraska, to Boyd and Kathryn (Nilsson) Kline. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1969 and went on to attend Hastings Tech studying sales.

Rich married Nancy J. Stoll on August 25th, 1973, at Cozad, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two daughters, Merigan and Allison. Rich worked for Bethphage Mission of the Great Plains in Holdrege, Monroe’s in Cozad and New Holland in Lexington for many years before he found himself selling monuments for Kline Brothers Monuments and Holdrege Monument, a service that he was proud to provide until the time of his death.   

Rich was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his two granddaughters. He enjoyed traveling to see his daughters and he loved Nebraska Football. Rich knew no stranger and enjoyed serving the many families in the areas for years. His kind hearted spirit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Rich was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington and the Lexington Lions Club. He also belonged to many coffee groups in the area.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Clifford and Eunice Stoll; and a brother-in-law, Lee Perkins.  

Rich is survived by his loving wife, Nancy of Lexington; two daughters, Merigan (Sean) Kline-Neben of Naperville, Illinois and Allison (Jeremy) Towne of Omaha, Nebraska; two granddaughters, Ella Neben and Ava Neben of Naperville; brother, Maurice (Lou Ann) Kline of Cozad; two brothers-in-law, Jerry (Sandy) Stoll of North Platte, Nebraska and Paul (Sherry) Stoll of Yutan, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Sue Perkins of Omaha; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Services were held on Thursday, June 6th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Megan Morrow officiating. Burial was in the Cozad Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Grace Lutheran Caring Cooks or AKALOO (Grace Lutheran Church children’s ministry) in his memory.

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.

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