James H. Cline



Cameron, MO- James Hawkins Cline, 97, passed away October 31, 2023 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. He was born on July 29, 1926 in Cameron, Missouri, the son of Robert and Margaret “Nellie”(Kenney) Cline.

Jim attended St. Rita’s Academy. His fondest memories as a teenager was spending time on his uncle’s sheep ranch in Montana. Jim later served three years in the United States Navy during World War II, reaching the grade of Motor Machinist Mate, 2nd. Class.

Following the war he returned to Cameron and worked in plumbing. He then opened his own business, Cline Plumbing and Heating. Two years later, he started his own construction business in 1961, Cline Construction Company.

Jim was actively involved in many organizations including, Knights of Columbus #1110, Cameron Elks Lodge # 2516, VFW, American Legion Post # 33, Cameron Chamber of Commerce, and served as a volunteer fireman. He served as Mayor of Cameron and was chosen as Grand Marshall for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

He married Loretta Wilcox, August 10, 1996 in Cameron, Missouri. He was a lifetime member of St. Munchin Catholic Church, serving on numerous committees and boards for the parish.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dixie and wife, Loretta; son, Tom; and 6 siblings.

Survivors: step-daughters, Mary Wilcox, Cameron, Missouri and Linda Bird, Maysville, Missouri; step-sons, John and (Cynthia) Wilcox, Lake Lure, North Carolina and Cliff Wilcox, Phoenix, Arizona; daughter in law, Vivian Wilcox, Wilsonville, Oregon; niece, Beth Ann (David) Packard, Cameron, Missouri; daughter, Cindy Friesen, Omaha Nebraska; grandsons, Jimmy Joe and Bobby Lee Friesen; several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 4, 2023 at St. Munchin Catholic Church.

Rosary: Friday evening, November 3rd., 6:00 PM with visitation following at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Poland-Thompson Chapel.

Burial in St. Munchin Catholic Cemetery.

We would like to thank the Missouri Veteran’s Home and Comfort Care Hospice for the excellent care they provided for Jim.

Memorial Fund: St. Munchin Catholic Cemetery and/or Comfort Care Hospice.

Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com

Arrangements by Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, MO.