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Jerry Dean Cline

August 11, 1949 — December 8, 2019

Jerry Dean Cline

Jerry Dean Cline, the middle child of Rex and Lillian (Shaffer) Cline was born on August 11, 1949, in Covington, Oklahoma. He was selfless and he lived his life doing his best to be like Christ to others. A viewing will take place Friday, December 13, 2019 from 10:00am-7:00pm at Smith and Kernke Funeral Homes and Crematory. Family will be there to greet visitors from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Funeral services for Jerry Dean Cline age 70 will be at Christ the King Catholic Church at 10:00am the following day on Saturday, December 14, 2019 with Father Richard Stansbury officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery under the direction of Smith and Kernke Funeral Homes and Crematory at 14624 N. May Ave.Before he left home, Jerry Cline loved, cared for, and protected his brother Jack Cline and his sister Sara Fleming. Whenever his brother and sister were threatened, Jerry never hesitated to stand up and teach that person a lesson that would never be forgotten. He was a typical brother: he and his brother attempted to trick their little sister into eating a freshly pulled horseradish plant, saying it was a white carrot, but when someone else teased his little sister, that was not okay. He had a close relationship with his grandmother, Lavina Shaffer, as he made sure that she was comfortable and taken care of when she was sick. Jerry Cline was a brother who would drop everything and rush to his family's needs.Jerry worked hard to provide and create happy and long-lasting memories of skiing, hiking, and other vacations with his children. Jerry also worked to build his own business with his wife Diane. Jerry and Diane created Allied Community Services, Inc. in order to provide services to people with developmental disabilities. Jerry's love and care for others was unlimited.After a few years, Jerry's wish to have more children came true when he and Diane adopted 13-month old Kathryn Cline (Zhang Yun) from Xi'an, China on December 10, 2001. In China, Jerry would walk Kathryn around with his hands holding her hands in the air as she walked. One time, an elderly Chinese woman reprimanded Jerry for the way he was helping his new daughter walk. She said he should hold her around her waist. Doing this made him look like he was doing a duck walk so it had to be uncomfortable. That didn't stop Jerry. Throughout his life, Jerry Dean Cline worked to make everyone else's life better, even to the point where he began to focus more on other's lives than his own. Jerry was a model of selflessness who served others without hesitation. Jerry had a strong fighting spirit and fought this battle with COPD for over nine years. Many times when it would have been easier for him to die than to fight – he chose to fight for his life. After January, 2011, he proved multiple doctors' expectations of him living for only two to three more months wrong. Since New Years' Eve 2010, he was admitted to the hospital 3 more times. Each time, he fought and survived until he was admitted on Thanksgiving Day, 2019 and never came home. Despite the pain and suffering he was experiencing, he fought, surrounded by family, until his last breath. With Kathryn and Diane holding his hands and hugging him, Jerry knew he was not alone and he knew people were praying for him. Jerry died on December 8, 2019.This loving father and strong fighter will be greatly missed by many on this earth, none more so than his wife and family. He is survived by his wife Diane and daughter Kathryn of the home; daughter Carsen (Cline) McGuire, her husband, Josh, and their 4 children; and son Parker Cline, his wife Victoria and their 3 children; as well as a sister Sara Fleming, brother Jack Cline and his wife Elaine, his dog Buddy Cline, and several other family members and friends. Additionally, he considered his clients, staff and their families of Allied Community Services, Inc., part of his extended family.
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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christ the King Catholic Church

1401 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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