Manus G. Cline, 90, Grinnell, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.
Manus is survived by his children, Pauline DePauw (Mike).Malcom, Darlene Read of Brooklyn, Glen Cline (Rebecca), Tama, Mary Doyle (Tom), Toledo, Denise Kurovski (Mike). Ankeny, and Karen Renbarger (Steve), Grinnell; his companion of over 30 years, Lucille Simpson; 25 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are his siblings, Mildred Moyer, Grinnell, Evelyn Wiley (Wayne). Grinnell, Leonard Cline (Doris). Guernsey, Bernadette Cline. Brooklyn and Paul Cline (Betty). Brooklyn, a daughter-in-law Patti Cline. Tama, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, a son David, a grandson Mark Graham, a granddaughter Amy Kurovski, brothers, Francis, Joseph, Harold, and Darold, a sister Dorothy Cline, and a son-in-law Gerald Read.
Manus G. Cline
Manus George Cline was born May 3, 1921 in Poweshiek County, the third child of George and Margaret Kriegel Cline. He attended the Poweshiek county schools. Manus married Ruth Smith on Oct. 9, 1941, at St. Patrick's Catholic Rectory, Brooklyn. The couple farmed together and raised seven children. Ruth died in a car accident on June 13, 1971 on the way to church. He continued farming and was happiest helping others, and spending time with his family. He loved having little children around. Manus met Lucille Simpson and enjoyed her companionship for over 30 years. He moved to his home near Grinnell in 1984 and enjoyed tinkering in his shop, attending auctions, and collecting toys. Manus enjoyed woodworking, and made rocking chairs, lawn ornaments, quilt racks and many other items.
Manus had a heart attack in April and had spent the last eight months with health problems. He was constantly asking the doctors when he would be able to drive and run his lawnmower. Manus loved life and his family, including the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Because of Lucille, Manus was able to remain in his home where he felt comfortable until his death.