Edward Haines

Funeral services for Edward Haines were held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church in Gregory with Pastor Tim Voigt, officiating. Music was provided by Kade Stukel and Geoff Smith, soloists, accompanied by Jeanie Kotrba and DeNalda Fortuna, pianists. Paige Auer and Patty Rubin were in charge of registration and Laurie Meis, Tonna Reiser and Sandy Tappe were flower attendants. Casket bearers were Bennett Haines, John Tappe, Britt Pastian, Dan Pastian, Derek Stukel, Caleb Stukel, Jordan Vosika and Travis Auer. Honorary pallbearers were Dewey Allum, Rodney King, Melvin Smith, Sam Hoffart and Edward’s pheasant hunting buddies. Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Edward Lee Haines was born on August 13, 1945, in Gregory, the third of five children, son of Bennett Harwood Haines and Evelyn Chocholousek Haines. He grew up on a farm north of Gregory. There he attended a one room school in Dixon and graduated from Gregory High School in 1963. His senior year, Edward was elected student body president and Homecoming King. He was a member of the basketball team and the Gorillas made it to state his senior year. Edward attended and graduated from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen. After graduating from college, Edward and a friend backpacked all over Europe. He was a passionate traveler in his younger years and visited San Francisco and New York. Edward also traveled to Iowa to sell insurance where he met his wife Sara (Sally) Niffenegger. They were married April 25, 1980 in Las Vegas, NV. They resided in Gregory all through their marriage where Edward began farming and ranching. In addition to his farming and ranching, Edward’s interests included being an avid fisherman, traveler to Canada, Mexico, and six other states around the US. He helped start a beekeeping business that at its peak operated over 600 colonies. They sold that business in 1993. Edward began his Haines Hunting Service and operated that venture for 35 years. Edward was diagnosed with lung cancer the winter of 2012 and was a lung cancer survivor and that allowed him to enjoy additional morningsat the coffee shop (Jono’s) with close friends and fighting hard forthe red and white as a die hard Gorilla fan.His health deteriorated and he entered hospice care at Avera RosebudCountry Care Center. Edward passed away on June 10, 2017 at theage of 71.Edward is survived by his mother Evelyn Haines of Gregory, a daughterLaura Frazer and her family, two brothers Harold (Barb) Hainesof Kearney, MO and Bill (Marta) Haines of Gregory, sister Madeline(Dale) Pastian of Gregory, and several nieces and nephews.Edward was preceded in death by Sally, his father Bennett, sister Darlene, and brother-in-law Lee Tappe.

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