Cline passes away on day he was honored


“He has left a large footprint in Delaware County,” county Commissioner Gary Merrell said during a gathering Thursday morning, honoring Larry Cline’s 50-year public career. Cline passed away Thursday night, according to his son, Jeff.

At Thursday’s county commission meeting, Cline’s long public service was honored — as he watched the meeting online at home.

During the gathering, many spoke of the numerous organizations Cline had been involved with. “We’d be here for an hour if we went into all the detail that Larry has done on behalf of the county,” Commissioner Jeff Benton said.

Cline served in the Navy during Vietnam; as a member of the Buckeye Valley school board; as a Marlboro Township trustee; as a longtime member of the Buckeye Valley athletic and band boosters; as a volunteer with the Delaware County Fair; as a member of both the Delaware County Board of Mental Health and the county Board of Health; and as a member of the Delaware County Board of Zoning Appeals, the Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Marion Goodwill Industry and as the first student government president for Ohio State Marion and numerous other subcommittees.

Cline’s son, Jeff, told The Gazette, “I wasn’t aware of all the things that Dad had done.”

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