April 1937 ~ February 2021
Charles Cline, 83 of Denair, passed away on February 27, 2021. He was born in San Diego where he attended Grossmont High School then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. After his honorable discharge in 1958 he served 20 years in the Army National Guard #184th. He lived in Garden Grove and married Cheryl Montgomery in 1961. They settled in Modesto and he worked for Helm Chevrolet as a mechanic. He then became a HVAC technician for MID, Sylvan School District, and finally retiring from City of Modesto in 2003. He was a member of American Legion Post 74, S.I.R.S., D.A.V.; and Turlock First United Methodist Church. Charles also enjoyed RVing for 45 years, gardening and having coffee with his morning Huckleberry’s Restaurant gang.
Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years Cheryl Cline; son Jeffrey (Gwen) Cline of Portland, OR; daughter Janisse (Stefano) Foresti of Denair, CA; granddaughters Xenia Foresti of Denair and Neve Foresti of San Diego; nieces Robbie of Lakeside, CA; Raleigh and Randi of El Cajon, CA; sister-in-law Diane (Orval) Welch of Denair; and his pet kitty Almondine. Preceded in death by his parents-in-law Willard and Eileen Montgomery; sister Kitty Hallieb; and brothers Bob Hill, Junie Hill, and Fred Cline.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 4pm – 6pm at Allen Mortuary. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1pm also at Allen Mortuary with a graveside to follow at Denair Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Legion Posts 74 PO Box 3169, Modesto, CA 95353 and/or First United Methodist Church 1660 Arbor Way, Turlock, CA 95380 and/or Alexander Cohen Hospice House 2201 Euclid Ave, Hughson, CA 95326 and/or charity of your choice.
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Katie Olson Livingston saysMarch 14, 2021 at 11:07 pm
Dear Jeff (and family) –
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Mark Hugg is my neighbor and he just told me today. Your dad was such a great guy. He put up with us all as teenagers in his good natured way, and let us all pile in the suburban to go places. When I worked at nurseries in the Modesto area I would see him quite a bit. I lost touch since I’ve worked as a Landscape Planner for City of Manteca the last 20 years. After your folks moved to Denair, I would occasionally run into them at events in Turlock. Truly A+ folks. My sincere sympathies to you, your mom, sister and families.
Gary and Shirley saysMarch 7, 2021 at 3:32 am
It seemed like I was always running into Chuck.Either at OSH or at an eating place.At OSH he was getting parts to fix something for someone plus,he gave me advice on what I was working on.I was always thankful for that.I will miss sitting at Huckleberrys with Chuck for hours while he shared his stories with us.
Chuck was one of the great ones and Jeff Cline said it best about him.
Elizabeth Lake saysMarch 5, 2021 at 5:43 pm
I’ll never forget one Sunday when I asked Chuck if he grew parsnips in his garden. He immediately winced and said he had been forced to eat too many of them as a child in the orphanage. I realized that there was more to Chuck than I had assumed, and that he had undoubtedly lived an interesting life.
Chuck was kind, generous, serious about being fun, and in love with Cheryl, his bride of 60 years. I only wish I had known him longer than the handful of years I got. My children will forever remember him as the man who called himself “Chuckles” on our answering machine. Thank you God for sharing Chuck with us.
Jeff Cline saysMarch 4, 2021 at 4:29 am
They broke the mold with this one. Kind, considerate, gung-ho, tough, funny, smart, great father, hard worker, great husband, fixer or all things mechanical, always trying to make something better, friend, pain in the butt, foodie, cheep beer Connoisseur, dog lover, cat lover, all animal lover, couldn’t hurt a fly guy, all around good guy mans man that will leave a void on this earth.
Hal and Anita Carlton saysMarch 4, 2021 at 3:15 am
Chuck was a fun and friendly person who enjoyed good times with his family and many acquaintances. His cheerfulness will be missed . Blessings and condolences.