Adrian Kline was born on Nov. 17, 1921, in Cherokee, to Berger and Maxie Kline. Adrian graduated from Aurelia High School in 1940 as class valedictorian, and in June of 1942 he volunteered for military service in the Army Air Corps as a flying cadet, serving more than 32 years. He flew P-47's in combat in the Pacific Theater. In 1948 he finished his BS in Commerce at the University of Iowa and was employed at several civilian companies while serving in the Air Force Reserve, including 7 years of Civilian service as an accountant. He was recalled to active duty with the Air Force as Auditor General during the Korean Conflict. His duties included 13 years as Auditor General, 9 years in the Air Force Comptroller Organization, and 5 years of flying. He earned an MBA and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, a CPA Certificate, and graduated from Senior Service Logistics School.
Adrian retired from the USAF in 1975. He then taught 4 years at UTSA, five years at the University of Idaho, and nine years in San Antonio at St. Mary's University. He retired as a professor in June 1993. He lived the next 14 years with his wife, enjoying his retirement, especially The Kiwanis Club at the ARC where he lived.
At the appointed time, God called Adrian to meet his son-in-law Thomas A. Norton (wife: Adria Norton) in heaven. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bernard and Gene; and a sister, Muriel.
He is survived by his wife of 64 wonderful and dedicated years, Alverda; their daughters, Sharyn Wood of Tennessee and Adria Norton of San Antonio; five grandchildren - Wesley Wood, Erick Wood, Ashley Pendergraph, Christopher Thomas Norton, and Catherine Maxie Norton; two great-granddaughters, Isabella and Mia Wood; and many nieces and nephews.