William Haynes

William Edgar Haynes

1927 - 2018

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Obituary of William Haynes

Died in Santa Rosa, April 9, 2018 at the age of 90. Beloved father of Carola Young and son-in law Art Young and dear father-in-law of Wendy Haynes; loving grandfather of Jeremy Young and his wife Caroline Young of Rohnert Park; Kyle Haynes of Fairfield, CA, and Meghan Haynes and significant other Andrew Malaspina of Santa Rosa. Also survived by sister-in-law Katy Bell Pomeroy of Ridgecrest, CA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his wife, Libby Haynes and son, Randall Haynes. Born June 21, 1927 in Villa Rica, GA, Ed was drafted into the Army Air Corps near the end of World War II at the end of his high school senior year. He went on to make a career in the United States Air Force criss-crossing the country to various assignments including tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from military service in 1968 moving his family to Santa Rosa. He worked for a time at Optical Coating, Fairchild Semiconductor, and for the George S May Company.
He often said that meeting his future wife, Libby, as a young solider at a church picnic while stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, KS, was the best thing that happened to him providing him with the encouragement to build a successful career in the US Air Force, in business and in completing his college education graduating from Sonoma State University with a Master's Degree in Management. Ed and Libby were married in 1949 and he was devoted to her until her death in 2012. He spent his retirement years compiling his Haynes Family genealogy finding and communicating with several family members all over the United States and traveling with Libby in their travel trailer all around the country and Canada. A longtime member of SIRS, he recently received the Senior SIRS President's Award.
A genial man, he always had a story about his time in the service, what he did, what he experienced. On occasion he could be a keen participant in lively discussions about domestic and world affairs. He will be much missed by his family, and by the neighborhood cats who could always stop by for a meal at his house.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospice for their kind compassion. Those who wish may make contributions in Ed's memory to Memorial Hospice or favorite charity. Graveside services will be held on May 5,2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Ave. Santa Rosa.