Obit: Robert Allen Kline


Robert Allen Kline, 78, of West Branch, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals after an extended illness.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. A graveside service with military honors was held at the West Branch Cemetery, immediately following the visitation. Memorials may be made to Robert Kline Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bob was born at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Jan. 25, 1942 to Wayne and Wilma (Pedersen) Kline. He grew up on farms in the West Branch/West Liberty area and graduated from West Branch High School in 1960. After high school Bob enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served in the 209th Medical Corp out of Iowa City for over 20 years. In 1962, he began his career at the University of Iowa where he would work in various capacities for 42 years.

He married Janet “Jay” Bird on Sept. 12, 1970 and they had one daughter, Julie Lynn Kline. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and daughter Julie Kline, both of West Branch, his mother-in-law, Karol Bird, of Iowa City and his sister, Janet Eldridge, of Parkersburg. He was preceded in death by his parents.