Royce 'Roy' Haines, 77

Hastings resident Royce (Roy) Haines, 77, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Mary Lanning HealthCare in Hastings. Memorial open house was Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the Elks Lodge in Hastings. In honoring his wishes to be cremated there was no viewing or visitation. DeWitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Hastings, handled arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, 2200 N 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. Roy E. Haines was born Oct. 18, 1936, in Blue Hill, the son of Ernest and Frances (Peper) Haines. He graduated from Nelson High School with the class of 1955. Roy entered the United States Army July 25, 1955, and was honorably discharged June 30, 1963. Baseball played a big role in his lifetime, he played for the Guide Rock and Lawrence Legion Teams, and while Roy was in the Army he played baseball as well. Then when he returned home from the service he played for the Kearney Irishman and the Broken Bow town team. Roy moved to Hastings in 1976 to manage Beales OK Tire. He opened 3-Points Tire Service in July of 1978, and worked there until retiring in 2010 because of his health. Roy married Margaret Drudik Oct. 22, 1957, and to this union four children were born. They later divorced. June 24, 1989, in Hastings, he married Denise Noetzelman. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 159 for more than 45 years. Roy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mowing his lawn, and the smell of new tires. Roy is survived by his wife, Denise Haines of Hastings; children, Randy Haines and his wife Marilynn of Grand Island, Cindy Stassen and her husband Ken of Prior Lake, Minn., Terry Haines and his wife Amy of Hastings, and Tina Marie Vanarsdall and her husband Dan of Hershey; two step daughters, Sonya Duering and her husband Robert of Hastings, and Ashley Kautz and her husband Brandon of Gibbon; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Haines, Dana Haines, Nicole Hippen and her husband Matt, Damen Haines, Bailie Vanarsdall and Logan Vanarsdall; four step-grandchildren, Kelsey Potter, Katlynn Duering, Skyler Duering and Harley Kautz; one great-grandson, Cooper Haines; two sisters, Ardy Trent of Green River, Wyo. and Verla Myers and her husband Bob of Hastings; one brother, Linus Haines and his wife Shelly of Grand Island; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Norvon Haines.Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 13, 2014