About Finding Kline

On November 6th, 1965, Gerald Kline (24) and his wife Linda (20) were traveling down the highway near Fresno, California when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed lanes and collided with them head-on. Gerald, Linda and their 13-month old, Theresa Robin, were all killed. Gerald’s two young sons, Jerry (4) and Paul (3), who were playing on the floor in the back seat, were the only Kline survivors.

I am Courtney, daughter of Jerry Kline. This blog is the story of my efforts to find out everything I can about my grandparents. My dad doesn’t know much about his family. He can’t remember anything before the accident. I want to know who there were, how they fell in love, who their friends were. I want to know everything.


As I investigate, I can’t help but feel like I’m watching an episode of LOST. With every question that I answer, I uncover another mystery. To help keep track of the story, look for questions at the bottom of most posts. To quickly find posts that have questions, check the Questions category. Completed questions will be linked to the article that answered it. I’ve also provided a seperate page with a complete list of questions.

Contact Me

If you have any information about Gerald Kline or Linda Seibert Kline, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

6 Responses to About Finding Kline

  1. Jim's Girl says:

    Courtney, when I read about your blog on Geneabloggers it really grabbed me. I would like to pass on to you an award I received this week from A Storybook World. You deserve the Inspiring Blog Award.

    If you would like to post the award picture, there are instructions on A Storybook World: http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html

    I’ve told my readers about you, in case you’d like to check in out: http://jimsgirlfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/inspiring-blog-award.html My blog is mostly targetted to my extended family and my husband’s, so it’s pretty particular to specific spots our ancestors came from.

    I wish you the best of luck in your quest to learn about your grandparents.

    Jim’s Girl

  2. Sheryl says:

    What a sad story! I also found this site from another genealogy site. It is wonderful that you care enough about your grandparents to research what happened. Thank you for sharing.

  3. LG says:

    Awesome blog Courtney! Love your dedication!🙂

  4. Charla says:

    I was friends with your father when he was at Milton Hershey School. He dated my sister. What a fine young man he was. My parents just loved him. I can’t fill in any of your mystery but Jerry told us about the tragedy. I wept as I read it. Please tell Jerry hi from the Byrds of Hershey. I have been married for 25 years with 2 children and the same for Danny. Angela is married also and we are all trying to live life to the fullest. My mother sends her love-she found this site and called me. Dad passed away in 2003. Good luck in your quest!

  5. Doris Brandt says:

    Hi Courtney –

    This note is from your Great Aunt Doris, sister to your grandfather. My recollection of this tragic accident was that Theresa Robin was 16 months old at the time of the accident. The accident was in Bakersfield, California.

    The driver of the other car was drunk, driving with his license suspended, and this was his 17th drunk driving offence. He walked away with only scratches.

    Just 6 weeks prior to the accident Gerry, Linda and the children came to Pa. to visit all of us. The accident was totally senseless. At the time, I found it so hard to believe.

    In 1998, my sister Alice and my brothers Jim and Jack, my husband & myself, visited the site where your grandparents lived and we travelled the road from Bakersfield into Los Angeles. Your grandfather worked on an oil rig in that area after his discharge from the Navy. While in the Navy, he participated in the Navy Choir and I was told that the Navy choir he was in. sang the “Lord’s Prayer” at the inauguration of JFK. Gerry, as he was known by his siblings, was my best buddy. Before his marriage he spent a good deal of his time with my new husband and me. He was with my husband and shared in Uncle Don’s joy of the birth of our first son.

    Before either of us was married, Gerry, Jim and I spent al great deal of time together. Like I said, he was my buddy, only 2 years younger than myself.

    I can’t tell you a great deal about your grandmother since we lived so many miles from each other after marriage and as young marrieds, it was a busy time in our lives.

    I remember you and your parents visiting us in Canada when you were five and you sang “Amazing Grace ” for us. I also have the video of your fanmily with you on your violin.

    Would love to hear from you and your parents again.

    Always in my prayers and never forgotten,

    Your Great Aunt Doris

    PS – Sadly, Uncle Don passed away March 28/15 from a massive stroke.


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