Oct 4, 1917 - Dec 24, 2012 EL RENO Funeral services for Robert "Bruce" Haynes, of El Reno, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday December 29, 2012, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Pastor Barry Bennett officiating. Services were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Bruce passed away quietly on Monday, December 24, 2012, at his home in St. Katherine Drexel Assisted Living Center following a brief illness. He was born October 4, 1917, on the family farm in Runnels County, Texas, to Floyd and Lola Rampy-Haynes and was raised in the cotton fields of west Texas. After graduating from Valley View High School, he attended Texas Tech University on a horticulture scholarship, sleeping in the campus greenhouse while tending to the university's exotic plant program, where he gained his love for orchids, which he raised in his greenhouse for 60 years, developing a number of unique hybrids that are favorites of growers today. In 1942, he earned his pilot's license and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps Civilian Flight Instructor program as a primary flight instructor to Army Air Corps cadets. He was assigned to Cimarron Field (now Page Airport) and later to Mustang Field in El Reno during World War II. It was there that he met the love of his life, Mary LaVonne Bourne. In 1943, they were married and would have celebrated their 69th anniversary on December 30, 2012. After the war, he flew briefly for Braniff Airlines before settling in El Reno and starting Haynes Studio. As a photographer, he photographed the history of El Reno and its residents for more than 60 years. His love of native wildflowers led to a series of prints on canvas, some of which hang in the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. After retiring from the photography business, he joined his wife, Mary, running Bourne Jewelry and later, "The Holiday Shoppe." Bruce served on the El Reno Airport Board, El Reno Junior College Board and the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency for Higher Education. He taught both photography and Spanish at Redlands College and published two books, "Photography, the Language of Light" and his autobiography, "Tailspin." Bruce was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Shriners, Fraternal Order of Quiet Birdmen, El Reno Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club of El Reno. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Lola (Rampy) Haynes; brothers, Dean Haynes and Elton Haynes; and sisters, Col. Inez Haynes and Clara Smith. Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; sons: Stephen, of Oklahoma City; and Richard and wife Julie, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Roselyn Stephens and husband David, of Salem, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and many dear friends. Memorials may be made to Redlands College Foundation, 1300 S. Country Club Rd, El Reno, OK 73036.
Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 29, 2012