Lee A. "Pap" Kline
A resident of Aspinwall since 1957, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Loretta “Marnie” Kline; loving father of David Kline, Fred Kline (Debbie) and Lee Ann Kline (Eddie Lesoon); cherished grandfather of Brandon (Christina), Matthew, Clayton (Missy), Ashton, MacKenzie Kline, Seth, Cole and Brooke Bowman, Brandon (Kate) and Preston (Mindy) Patterson; great grandfather of Paige, Carson, Carmen and Kai; brother of Lynn Kline, and the late Marion Crago, Harvey Kline, Elizabeth Elrick, Dorothy King, Janet Corr, Ward Kline, Floyd Kline, and Freda Kline. Lee spent most of his adult life as a member of Local 66, operating heavy equipment for 66 years. He worked on many local projects like the Kinzua dam, the beaver run Dam, the civic arena & St Margaret’s Hospital, just to name a few. Lee was very proud of his many achievements with Local 66 through the years. Lee received recognition for his loyalty in 2018 at a dinner and awards ceremony for being one of the longest standing members of Local 66. Lee was an extremely hard worker his entire life. As a child Lee grew up in Indiana, PA along with his 10 siblings. Lee worked the farm daily with his sister Janet and often competed in livestock competitions that he frequently won. After leaving the farm, Lee started "Kline Trucking" and later joined Local 66 and worked his way up from an oiler to a Gradall Operator. During his career in construction, one of Lee's proudest accomplishments was inventing the "Pit Machine" which helped drastically reduced the time and labor on a ladle in the steel mills which ultimately reduced company costs. Lee was extremely dedicated and willing to take on and conquer the challenging jobs that other operators were not capable of, such as sloping steep hillsides and riverbanks which involved very dangerous maneuvering. After retirement, Lee worked with his children Fred and Lee Ann to build Allegheny Transportation Services. Lee never stood still for any length of time. If he didn't have a project, he would be sure to create one just to keep moving. Because of his work ethic, Lee inspired everyone in his life to work hard. No matter how hard or how long Lee worked, he always made time for his family and loved to spend time with his grandchildren more than anything. Lee was deeply loved by his children and grandchildren and will be missed every day. Lee left us with so many memories and stories that will keep him alive in our hearts forever.
Friends received Friday, September 20th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Avenue, Aspinwall. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, 299 Center Ave. Pgh. Pa 15215. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, O'Hara Twp. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Aspinwall Presbyterian Church.
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