Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 31, 2013

Family, company honor Jim Kline’s life


— ELKHART — Jim Kline was a good employee, father and husband. To honor his life that was cut short by cancer, those whom he impacted planted a tree Friday in his memory.

According to his family, Kline was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in May 2011. He was placed on several medications, including expensive injectable forms, in an attempt to control he disease. But he did not get better.

According to the family, Kline was referred to the University of Chicago for other treatments, which were not successful. He was admitted to that hospital on May 22, 2012. On June 1, 2012 he underwent surgery. During surgery, a cancerous tumor was discovered in his small bowel and doctors found that cancer had spread to his large colon, so his large colon had to be removed.

His cancer was diagnosed as being in the final phase, which is stage four in medical terminology.

He underwent chemotherapy beginning in July 2012, according to the family. Then in January of this year he became a candidate for HIPEC surgery at the University of Chicago. That surgery was supposed to remove as many cancer cells as possible and chemotherapy would then be administered during a thermal process. But during the first hour of surgery the doctors determined the cancer was too advanced and the procedure was ended.

In April the cancer obstructed his small bowel and Kline died on May 14.

He left behind his wife, Nicole, who is an executive administrative assistant at Kountry Wood Products in Nappanee and his two children, Janae, 16, a junior at Northridge High School and Joshua, 9, a fourth-grader at Heritage Intermediate School in Middlebury.

According to Nicole, Scott Welch, owner of Welch Packaging, and his family supported the Klines throughout Jim’s illness. Jim was a machine operator for the company.