Wayne Haynes, 87, died peacefully Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Golden Meadows Care Center in Denton.
Memorial Service: 3 P.M., January 24 at Argyle United Methodist Church. Interment: Trickham Cemetery.
Memorials: May be made in Wayne’s name to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Northwest Education Foundation.
Wayne was born on the Robertson Ranch near Trickham, Texas on March 11, 1925 to Joe Hardin and Bessie Frances Haynes. After graduating from Santa Anna H.S., Wayne joined the U.S. Army on June 25, 1943. While serving our country with the 311th Infantry, Wayne earned the Good Conduct medal, a Purple Heart, an Oak Leaf Cluster for being wounded twice, and a Silver Star for bravery. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and attained the rank of Sergeant. Wayne served under Patton and was personally congratulated by Patton twice for his service and sacrifice. He participated in the demobilization effort in Europe and was discharged in March 1946.
Wayne wed Jerlene Hodges on February 14, 1947, and worked in Coleman, Texas as an electrician before moving to Fort Worth to manage the Haynes’ Livestock Commission Company at the Stockyards.In the early 1950’s Wayne began his thirty year career with Convair. He helped develop the F-111’s terrain finding radar and sweep wing technology. Wayne also worked on the development of weapon and defense systems for the F-16. At his retirement co-workers stated that “If any problem needed to be corrected, Wayne was consulted and usually had a solution.”
Wayne’s love of ranch life prompted the move to his ranch north of Roanoke in 1961. He became a founding member of the Roanoke VFW Post and for the next 52 years raised cattle and horses. An occasional buffalo, chicken, turkey, hog, or sheep could also be found under his watchful eye.
Wayne possessed a strong work ethic, was fair in his dealings with others, helped those less fortunate, and he could always find a bargain. He cared for his family and they were constantly reminded to “not waste any time on me.”
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Jerlene. They were married for 56 years.
Survivors: Sons, Ron and wife Dixie, Charles, and Barry and his wife Melinda; grandchildren Brian Haynes and wife Nealey, Keri Newsom and husband Jeff, Amy Johnson and husband Matt, Steven, Suzanne Jagers and husband Kyle, Devan and Mikayla; great grandchildren, Andrew, Callie, Davis, Katelyn, and Laynie; sister, Elsie Jones, and several nieces and nephews.