Donald R. Haney, 83, of rural Winchester, passed away early Friday morning, May 9, 2014, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born on June 21, 1930, in Jacksonville, the son of Lesse and Lucille Dobson Haney. He attended Keller Grade School in Scott County and Alsey High School for three years and graduated from Winchester High School in 1948.
During the Korean War, he volunteered for four years of service in the United States Air Force and served from 1951 to 1955, at which time he was honorably discharged. During his service, he was based at Ladd AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska, on the Defensive Early Warning (DEW) Line. He maintained the F89C/F94C fighter planes that patrolled Canada and Alaska with the 433rd Fighter Group during Russia's threat to cross the North Pole.
Donald married Jean M. Schlieckau in Loganville, Wisconsin, on April 23, 1954, at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church. They marked their 60th wedding anniversary this year. He is survived by two sons, Mark (Bobbi) Haney of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Jeff (Cheri) Haney of Winchester; and five grandchildren, Brett of Manhattan, Kansas, Glendon of Chicago, Jordan (fiancée, Sarah Frederick) of Rural Roodhouse, Jessica of Boston, Massachusetts, and Trevor of Nashua, New Hampshire.
He was a quiet, humble man with an innate love of nature and the land. His passion was farming. He loved working with livestock and enjoyed mushroom hunting. He enjoyed putting out a large garden and sharing the fruits of his labor. He farmed in the Alsey-Manchester area for 60 years.
Don was a faithful husband and a caring father who took great pride in his five grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Winchester. Burial will be at Bowers Cemetery near Alsey. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Monday at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester where the family will meet friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorials can be made to Christ Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.com
The Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of the arrangements.
Coonrod Funeral Home
107 East Cross Street
Winchester, IL 62694
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on May 11, 2014