Herbert Raymond Cline
Herbert Raymond Cline
  • November 11, 1944 - March 24, 2017
  • Saint Petersburg, Florida

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CLINE, Herbert Raymond “Hub”

Passed away peacefully Friday March 24, 2017 at Bay Pines VA. Mr. Cline was born at MacDill Field (AFB) on Veteran’s Day 1944, and spent his childhood years at military posts around the country and world, but always with Tampa as home. Returning to his hometown in his teens, Hub graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1963 and began working through college. He entered the Florida National Guard, graduating Officer Candidate School in 1967 with his Commission as a Field Artillery officer. Shortly after that he began his active duty service to his country serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, and served with incredible distinction as a Green Beret. His military career was filled with multiple awards of distinction for bravery and courage such as the Silver Star, multiple Bronze Stars, Purple Hearts, and Combat Infantry Badge. After combat in Vietnam he served as the commanding officer of his unit in Germany. Hub left the service after moving back to the US, but reenlisted prior to Operation Desert Storm believing his country needed him again. He finally retired from the Army with over 20 years of service, achieving the rank of Captain.

Captain Cline met and married Lucy Lynn Avery in 1971 during his wartime service. Their marriage produced two sons, Heath, now a radio sports host in South Carolina, and Hayden, a paramedic in Pinellas County. His marriage to Lucy lasted until death parted them in 2011 after 40 wonderful years together. He later reacquainted with a Hillsborough High School friend, Kathy Milton, and they eventually were married. She remained by his side until his death.

Hub spent his years after the military working in various customer service positions and raising his family. He could usually be found doing some project or other for Lucy’s classroom, the church, or his sons’ respective schools. He was very involved in several projects at Jesuit during Hayden’s time there and afterwards. He graduated with his Bachelor’s from USF and spent time working as a substitute teacher before retiring with Lucy for health reasons. He spent his retirement years enjoying time with family and his dogs. He spent many hours watching documentaries on history and trying to learn what new theories and research were being advanced.

Hub taught the importance of being a true leader, a trait that the men in his command recognized as unique. One of the units he commanded held a reunion a few years ago and the men all commented that they felt like they had a better chance of getting home because of his leadership. He made sure his men ate before he did, and were taken care of before he was. This selflessness was not unnoticed, and was a cornerstone of who he was as a person, not just a soldier. He put others first in life, even to his own detriment. He saw the importance of teaching and guiding future generations, and loved telling stories to fascinate and amaze young and old alike.

Hub is survived by his sons, Heath (Mandy) and Hayden (Cathy); his wife, Kathy; his brother, Dave (Darlene); granddaughter, Nikki, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. In lieu of flowers family requests donations may be sent to your local animal rescue organization and no kill shelter. or the Autism Society of America, 4340 East West Hwy Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20814.

Services will be held Friday, April 7 at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home 4207 E. Lake Ave., Tampa, FL. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am. Services in the chapel at 11 am with interment to followed at the Myrtle Hill Cemetery.