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Gary Haines

May 4, 2020
Estherville News

A private family funeral service was held for Gary Haines, 76, of Algona, formerly of Estherville was held at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel, Estherville, with Pastor David Grindberg officiating. Interment is at East Side Cemetery, Estherville with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91, both of Estherville.

Gary was born Oct. 12, 1943, to Mavis (Olson) and Orva Haines of Estherville.

He attended the Estherville Community Schools. He graduated in 1962. He attended Estherville Junior College. He enlisted in the US Navy and served for 6 years. He was in the Submarine Fleet, was very proud of his service, and was aboard one of the first nuclear powered subs, the U.S.S. Kamehameha based out of Hawaii. He served two six-month tours in total submersion. He never said where they were or what they did but it was during the Viet Nam war.

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Gary Haines

He returned to Estherville after his service and went to work for the Rock Island Railroad. When they left Estherville he worked for John Morrell. When they left town he transferred to Sioux Falls S.D. where he worked until he retired in 2002.

Gary loved the outdoor life. He owned various motorcycles and four-wheelers. He was the happiest when he could go riding in the Black Hills with his buddies. He was a member of the BMW Autobahn Society. He took several tours from Coast to Coast with this group. He loved to meet with them and talk over a Coke and a burger.

He was very mechanical and never met an engine he couldn't fix. He and his dad pulled a junk 1939 Chevy out of the junkyard. He redid the entire car into pristine shape. He loved to drag race and won several trophies-much to his mother's dismay and his father's delight!

Left to savor memories of Gary are his sister Beth (Don) Egel of Algona, IA, a nephew Michael Egel of Indianola, IA, and a niece Sarah (Mark) Nielsen of Grimes; two great nieces Erynn (Josh) Knox and Kayla Preuschl of Polk City, IA, a great-great nephew Laylen Knox and a great niece Lailey Knox of Polk City, IA, along with a daughter, Michelle.

He is preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.



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