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Russell Fay Cline

Russell Fay Cline.

Coldwater High School Yearbooks, 1973 and 1974.

Photos courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Russell Fay Cline
Coldwater High School Yearbooks, 1973 (Junior) and 1974 (Senior).
Photos courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.


The Western Star, December 3, 1979.

Russell Cline Killed in Accident

Services for Russell Fay Cline were held at the Coldwater Christian church on Monday, December 10, 1979, at 2 p.m. Minister was Gib Clark. Soloist Bill Proctor accompanied by organist, Marcia Clark sang "Sometime We Will Understand" and "Going Home."

Pallbearers were Gordon Jenkins, Steve Lohrding, Lynn Wagnon, Bob Basnett, David Shaw, and Roger Unruh.

Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater, Kans., with the Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home in charge.

Obituary

Russell Fay Cline, son of J. R. and Gloria Cline, was born June 2, 1956 at Coldwater, Kans., and departed this life December 6, 1979 near Plentywood, Montana in a car accident. He was 23 years, 6 months and 4 days old.

He was a graduate of Coldwater high school, class of 1974. He attended the University of Southern Colorado at Pueblo for three and one half years. At the time of his death he was employed by Western Geophysical and was stationed at Plentywood, Montana.

He was a member of the Coldwater Christian church, baptized on his 12th birthday.

Russell was an excellent student and had many and varied interests. He had many college hours in Mass Communications (TV and Radio), electronics, psychology, photography, business administrations and botany. He was more interested in learning than in acquiring titles or degrees. He worked two years at the educational channel television as program director. And when the University wanted to have its own FM radio station, Russell did the electronic work and started and built up the station, in connection with his schooling, and for a time was a disc jockey there. He loved the out-of-doors so was really enjoying his work with Western Geophysical.

Survivors include his parents, J. R. and Gloria Cline; one sister, Rhonda; his grandmother, Vertie Wilson, all of Coldwater; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends. And a special friend, Juanita Butkovich at Pueblo, Colo.


J.R., Russell and Gloria Cline at the Diamond Jubilee, Coldwater, Kansas, 1959.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
J.R., Russell and Gloria Cline
at the Diamond Jubilee, Coldwater, Kansas, (August 30-31, September 1-2, 1959).
Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.

Russell Cline and J.R. Cline standing on train at Coldwater depot during Coldwater's Diamond Jubilee, Coldwater, Kansas, 1959.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Russell Cline and J.R. Cline standing on train at Coldwater depot
during Coldwater's Diamond Jubilee, Coldwater, Kansas, 1959.
Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.

Russell Fay Cline, first day of third grade, Coldwater Grade School, Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Russell Fay Cline
His first day of third grade, Coldwater Grade School, Coldwater, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.

"Russell Cline on the first day of school, his 3rd grade year (1964 - 1965). Photo taken just southeast of Coldwater Grade School. In the background can be seen the Grade School, auditorium and Jr. High (old high school) sections. The auditorium and Jr. High sections have since been torn down. The Grade School section remains, and is used by Measurement Inc. The open area left to the north is now a playground."
-- Rhonda (Cline) Nickel, 17 October 2006.

Cub Scouts, Den 4, Pack 236.
Coldwater, Kansas.
 
Left to right: Roy Hoffman, Jack Pavlik, Bob Blackard, Pat Blackard, Billy Morris, Russell Cline, Mike Monroe.
 
Note:  Gloria Cline was the den mother.  Photo taken in the front yard of J.R. and Gloria Cline's home, 1966.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Cub Scouts, Den 4, Pack 236. Coldwater, Kansas.
L-R: Roy Hoffman, Jack Pavlik, Bob & Pat Blackard, Billy Morris, Russell Cline, Mike Monroe.

Gloria Cline was the den mother. Photo taken in the front yard of J.R. and Gloria Cline's home, 1966.
Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.

Cub Scout troop during program at Veteran's Building in Coldwater.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Cub Scout troop during program at Veteran's Building in Coldwater
Russell Cline and Gloria Cline (den mother) at right.
Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.


Also see:

James Russell "Junior" Cline, father of Russell Fay Cline.

Minerva Frances (Metzker) Cline, mother of J.R. Cline, paternal grandmother of Russell Fay Cline.

Rhonda (Cline) Nickel, sister of Russell Fay Cline.

Vertie Marie (Boughner) Wilson, mother of Gloria (Wilson) Cline, maternal grandmother of Russell Fay Cline.

Aftermath of the Wilmore Tornado, May 20, 1949: photos by J.R. & Gloria Cline, courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.


Thanks to Rhonda (Cline) Nickel for the above photographs. Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

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