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J. Nelson Kling

June 13, 1950 — May 8, 2024


J. Nelson Kling, 73, of Lancaster, passed away on May 8, 2024 at the age of 73. He was the

loving husband of Marie (Forney) Kling to whom he was married to for 48 years.

Born in Atmore, Alabama, he was the son of the late Rev. C. Richard and Gail E. Kling. He served as a mission worker in Ethiopia under Eastern Board from 1970-73 and completed his bachelor's degree from Eastern Mennonite College.

Nelson found his passion serving seniors in various roles at Mennonite Home Communities until his retirement. He enjoyed community involvement in Rotary, Lancaster Chamber, and Mennonite Disaster Service. He attended Gingrich’s and Landisville Mennonite congregations. He was a past board member of Partners in Evangelism and Lancaster Mennonite High School. He was a current Board Member of Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster and Meserete Kristos Link.

An avid motorcyclist, he also enjoyed reading, music and time with family and friends. He was a founding member of Sacred Anthems Quartet.

In addition to his wife Marie, he is survived by his daughter, Krystal Zellner (wife of Michael) and his son, Jared Kling (husband of Dana); grandchildren, Taylor, Luke, EJ & Carson. Also surviving, his brother Gerald (DJ) Kling of Smoketown, PA.  In addition to his parents, Nelson was predeceased in death by his sister Eunice.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Friday, June 28th, 2024 at 5:00 PM.  Friends may greet the family informally following the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Gingrich’s Mennonite Cemetery in Lebanon PA.  To view the service virtually, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Mennonite Home Benevolent Care Program at: Mennonite Home Communities, 2001Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit:

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