Dr. Haynes you will be forever remembered. If you only knew how many times over the past forty years I have told stories that included you. And repeated what you always said to me, "you're alright, I don't care what they say about you!" I know I've said that thousands of times to younger people and just like I did, they ask, "who is saying something about me?" And then I proceed to tell them about this amazing man that was a pediatric dentist I worked with at UMKC School of Dentistry. Those conversations always end with laughter, just the way you always made me laugh.
I was young and starting a new career. You were a young father and I think I was your training ground for being a parent. My dad would have appreciated so much the protective eye you kept on me as the dental students made small talk and you would say "she's a babe in arms, get moving!"
I learned so much about how to calm fearful children from you. I learned that people can work together and always enjoy it. I looked forward to every day when I walked into the pedo clinic.
As I've grown older I've also grown to appreciate how respectful and kind you and Dr. Iwersen always were towards me even though I was young and no doubt must have seemed silly at times. I will forever remember the wonderful luncheon that the pedo staff enjoyed at the Carriage Club and the gift card all of you gave me. Lasting impressions you made for sure.
Time truly flies. I had every intention of paying you visits at the dental school. I had planned that last Thanksgiving I was going to write you a letter and thank you for being one of the most influential people in my life. When I saw your obituary last summer I was completely broken-hearted. I cried off and on for days. I was so sorry I had not written my gratitude letter to you sooner. Just know that whether it was written or not before your journey ended, it will remain in my heart forever.
I send my deepest condolences to Judy, John, and Karen. Dr. Haynes was so proud of each of you and loved you dearly. When he would show me family pictures his face would light up. I know the void he left will never be filled, but I hope memories of his humor and love have given you strength.
Dr. Haynes, I will see you on the other side. I won't be arriving in my "jar of mustard" (as you called my little yellow car) but I'll be looking for you! Keep everybody laughing and smiling in heaven until we meet again.
Thank you for making the world a better place. You truly are an amazing man that will never be forgotten!
My Dad was such a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, and friend. He always thought of others before himself. He loved his family and his students. Dad left us a legacy and a wonderful example of how to live life for others and give from the heart. I am so grateful that I had such a close relationship with my Dad. I feel his presence every day, and I know that he is watching over all of us. We are all better people for having know him.
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Haynes. He was a gift, not only to us in dentistry but to all who were lucky enough to cross his path. My deepest sympathy to his family and to the UMKC family.
Dear Mrs Haynes and Family,
It was a joy and honor to have Dr. Haynes guidance while I was a student at UMKC in the early '80's'. I shall remember the encouraging manner of his warm smile and big heart. My condolesces to you . Rusty Coad