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Wade Joseph Haynes, 85 - February 08, 2015

Wade Joseph Haynes, 85, of Vallejo, CA, formerly of Gothenburg and Cairo, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Vallejo.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg with Mr. Frank Hochstetler officiating. Burial will be at the Gothenburg Cemetery with military rites by the Gothenburg Honor Guard.
A visitation will take place one hour prior to services on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.
Haynes was born March 3, 1929, to Martin Luther Haynes and Martha Anna (Pohl) Haynes, the youngest of four children.
He enjoyed growing up in Gothenburg, according to family members, and loved his dogs, the railroad and the river. He was raised in the Methodist Church, went to the Southside School for three years and was proud to be part of the class at Gothenburg High School that graduated in 1947.
Haynes played sports from sixth grade throughout his senior year. During his junior year of high school, his football team challenged the large and heavily-favored Creighton Prep team for the 1945 all-state championship, where the Gothenburg Swedes won. In 1995, this team was inducted into the first Nebraska Hall of Fame. He still holds two Gothenburg high school records from the 1945 football team.
He also loved to learn, the family said, and was in the National Honor Society and became an Eagle Scout in 1944. He attributed many of his character values to his leaders in life, Clark Reeves and Nolan Jones.
In 1945, he was chosen to work as a section hand for the Union Pacific Railroad. Later, he completed his 10 years with Union Pacific at the Valley stockyards.
Haynes enlisted with the United States Army in 1951 and was immediately placed to officer’s training. Unfortunately, he was found to have a loss of hearing and was honorably discharged.
In 1954, he married Virginia “Ginny” Lee Christiansen. To this union, two children were born.
?He and his wife built a Dairy Queen at Valley in 1956 and operated it until 1961 when they sold the business and moved to Grand Island where he worked for a lumber company. He also worked on a construction crew.
?In 1965, he was the first man called, but was not there to receive the call, so he was the seventh man to join the New Holland Company. In 1970, he and his family helped to build their home that the couple would live in until the day that he couldn’t take care of it. He farmed their 80-acres just south of Cairo for eight years along with working at New Holland. He retired from Ford New Holland in 1990.
Haynes and his wife enjoyed visiting their children, grandchildren and their families. They also loved vacationing in Colorado and visited Canada, Mexico and Hawaii.
During his retirement, he completed a classic restoration on a 1965 Mustang. He loved maintaining his home and working on a very large country lawn, a beautiful acreage that was admired my many, family members said.
He moved to Benicia, CA, in 2007 following the death of his wife of 52 years to be closer to his family. He resided at that area for seven years until his passing.
Haynes was preceded in death by: his parents, Martin and Martha; his wife, Ginny; two sisters and one brother.
Survivors include: his daughters and their spouses—Kristi Lyn (Dan) Hayden of Benicia, and Barbara Jo (Ron) Haynes-Olson of Cairo; his four grandchildren and their spouses—Stacy and Manuel Valenzuela, and Derik and Deanna Woitaszewski, all of Glendale, AZ, Lindsey and Adam Castaneda of Honolulu, HI, and Matthew and Carly Hayden of Everett, WA; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to Sutter Care Hospice of California.