William Haynes was born November 28, 1929 to Alf Cornelius Haynes and Beatrice Gale Hansen Haynes in Scotland, South Dakota. He died January 21 at the age of 84.
Bill attended high school in Canton, South Dakota and graduated in 1947. He was involved in track, basketball and football. He also was in the cast for the senior class play.
After graduation, Bill attended University of South Dakota for one year. He took a year off and began to work in the bricklaying trade with his life-long friend, Mick Noteboom Sr, building dormitories. Bill spent time as a professional roller skater, giving lessons at a local roller rink.
In October of 1951, Bill was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. In August of 1953, he was discharged to the United States to continue six years of reserve duty. After returning, Bill began to build an A-frame Cottage on Lake Okoboji with the help of his friend, Mick. Bill spent many weekends at his lake cottage, with the dream of making the lake home a permanent home.
In the fall of 1953 Bill was accepted to Iowa State University where he later graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. Upon graduation he started working with the Howard R. Green Company in Cedar Rapids. He remained there for 32 years until retirement at the age of 62.
On May 18, 1980 Bill was married to Ruby K. Jackson at the home of her daughter, Sandy and Gary Scheuermann. Son, Jim, and daughter, Vickie, served as witnesses. After retirement they moved into the Lake Okoboji cottage and traveled for 13 years in the winters until their health would not allow them to do so.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ruby K. Haynes. Bill is survived by his God Son, Mick Noteboom Jr.; stepchildren: Richard Rice (Debbie) of Florence, South Carolina; Jim Rice of Scranton; Connie Garcia of Jefferson; Sandy Scheuermann (Gary) of Jefferson; and Vickie Rice of Jefferson. Also surviving are his sister, Georgiana Mickelson of Prescott, Arizona; a nephew and niece; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his life-long friend, Mick Noteboom Sr, and his wife, Karleen, of Milford.
Service of rememberance was held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson. Words of comfort were by Pastor Larry Monthei of Hope United Methodist Parish in Cooper. Recorded music selections were Life’s Railway to Heaven, Heaven’s Now My Home and One Pair of Hands.
Casket bearers were Tim Scheuermann, Dan Scheuermann, Matt Scheuermann, Rod Scheuermann, Jeremy Scheuermann and Alexis Rice. Interment was in the Franklin Township Cemetery in Cooper.
Slininger Rossow Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, 515-386-2171, www.sliningerrossowfuneralhome.com