Robert Kline -- Rochester

October 3, 2018

Robert James Kline, 87, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, surrounded by family in Rochester.

Bob was born July 7, 1931, in Darwin, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mildred (Doyle) Kline; his brothers, Clarence, Joseph and Francis; and his beloved son, John.

Bob was a graduate of Litchfield High School class of 1949. He was proud to have served his country as a Corporal in Counter Intelligence (CIC) during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.

While studying at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Bob met Mary Catherine Carroll. Married in 1957, they lived in South Bend, Ind., while he earned a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, he was offered his dream job as a graduate mechanical engineer at 3M in Maplewood. In 1959, they moved to North St Paul and then eventually to Stillwater, where they raised their eight children.

Bob was the devoted father of Michael (Kelly Larson), Patricia (Mike Shivers), Brian (Shari Ellert), John, Joanne (Nick Gudka), Steven (Jeanine Gadbois), Julie (Richard Chadwick) and David (Julie Ericson).

He loved his job at 3M and thrived in the innovative culture. Bob developed many cutting-edge products, obtaining five patents for products he designed in the Duplicating and Copying Products Divisions and another five patents for products he designed in the Magnetic Products Division. After a successful 36-year career and inventing 10 patented products, Bob retired as a Senior Product Specialist in 1994.

In 2004, Bob met Dolores “Toots” Lawman in Rochester. Their union was blessed later that year and he moved to Rochester. Bob and Toots were devoted to each other for 14 years. Toots raised three children with her late husband, Larry Lawman: Lori Schoenrock (Lee), Debbie Hodenfield, and Rod (Debbie Kramer).

An avid Vikings and Fighting Irish football fan, Bob also enjoyed traveling, boating, dancing, going to the movies, and spending time with his family. As a candy connoisseur, he always had on hand a stash of vanilla creme drops, French burnt peanuts, caramel corn, candy pumpkins, peppermint nougats, or maple nut goodies.

Bob was a loving father, a doting grandparent, a great storyteller, and an extremely kind and generous man. He will be forever missed and lovingly remembered as “Wild Bob.”

A memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, with Fr. Will Thompson officiating, followed by a luncheon at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. NW, Rochester. Visitation will be one hour before the Mass.

A private family burial will be held at a later date.