C Howard Cline, 89, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, in the Shook Home, Chambersburg.
He was born and lived most of his life in Fountaindale, PA. He was the son of the late Clarence A. and Evelyn (Pittinger) Cline.
He was a graduate of Washington Township High School with the Class of 1952.
Howard completed 16 weeks of basic training in the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY where he was trained as a paratrooper. He was stationed in Japan & Korea from 1953-1954. Howard spent 17 months on the D.M.Z (De-Militarized Zone), in an 8-inch Howitzer 424 Field Artillery Battalion in the Combat Zone. Howard was honorably discharged in December, 1954, as Corporal Cline. He then served 6 years in the Inactive Reserves.
Howard married the love of his life, Jean C. (Kipe) Cline, on Sept. 29, 1956, in Rouzerville United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Kenneth Bonham. They moved to Chambersburg in September of 2012.
He was employed as a machinist at Mack truck, Hagerstown, MD, working 30 years, before retiring, July 1, 1991.
He was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church, Waynesboro, where he served on the Administrative Board for many years; UAW Local #171; Joe Stickell American Legion Post #0015, Waynesboro; Mack Golden Bulldogs Travel Club, and a life member of POHA, (Preserving Our Heritage and Archives Museum).
He enjoyed long walks and time with family and friends, traveling, photography & genealogy. He was an avid fan of “Duke” basketball; and was author of the book “Life on the DMZ”.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Wanda Jean (Mrs. William) Davis, of Montpelier, VA, and his son, Michael Howard (husband of Katherine “Kathy”) Cline, of St. Petersburg, FL; two grandsons: Jeffrey Davis of Montpelier, VA and Joseph Davis of Blacksburg, VA; a brother Richard Cline of Fountaindale, PA, and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Leona Bumbaugh and Eloise Slack.
A memorial service will be held announced at a later date at the funeral home’s website.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Church Capital Fund, 104 N. Potomac St. Waynesboro, PA 17268.
Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.