HEATHSVILLE—William Holt Kling Sr., 86, of Heathsville died surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Commonwealth Senior Living in Kilmarnock.
He was born in York, Pa., on October 14, 1932, the son of Joseph Amon and Mary Nellye (Holt) Kling.
He is survived by his children, Susan Carol Monroe and husband, Karl, of Walnutport, Pa., Kathy Nell Pugh and husband, David, of Pikesville, Md., Barbara Louise Kling of Whitehall, Pa., Elizabeth Harper Kling and husband, Christopher Hirschenberger, of Pleasant Plains, Ill., and William Holt Kling Jr. of Springfield, Ill.; and his step-children, Marc Joseph Flora and wife, Gloria, of Coleville, Wash., Elizabeth Quinn Miller and husband, Michael, of Magnolia, Del., Catherine Denise Domby and husband, Steph, of Columbia, Md., Richard Dennis Miller and wife, Nina, of Elon, N.C., Carolyn Jeanne Miller of Clarksville, Tenn., Anselm Dennis Miller III and wife, Lori, of Leola, Pa., and Mary Alexandra Arvai and husband, Jeff, of Stafford; and numerous grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Jeanne Matthes Kling; and his brother, Joseph A. Kling Jr.
Bill was a father, grandfather and mentor who had a passion for the outdoors, singing, writing and GOP politics. He had a lengthy and varied career as a newspaper reporter and editor as well as working in federal, state and local politics.
Through his consulting he promoted democracy in South America, Africa and China. He was a leading member of the Izaak Walton League of America.
He served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany and North Africa.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 5, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 235 East Church Street, Kilmarnock, where internment will be in St. Andrews’ Memorial Garden immediately after the service, followed by a reception for family and friends in St. Andrews’ fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Lancaster-Northumberland Interfaith Service Council, PO Box 868, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
Currie Funeral Home, LLC, of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.