Kenneth Haines

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XENIA — Kenneth R. Haines, born July 11, 1925 to Otis Fredrick and Myrtle Mae (Chambliss) Haines of Xenia, Ohio. Beloved husband of the late (2009) Mary Margaret "Maisie" (Mays) whom he married on June 29, 1946. Father of Shelly (Gary) Treharne, and Suzie (Joe) Witzman. Grandfather of Amanda and Bryan (Lindsey) Treharne and Kate and Ken Witzman. And Great-grandfather of Brayden Treharne. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Linda (Glen) Womack and was preceded in death by his brothers, William and Edward Haines and his sisters, Ellen Hagerman and Ida Osburn. Kenneth served during WWII as a tail-gunner on a B-24 Liberator, and flew over 20 combat missions with the 15th Army Air Corps while stationed in Italy. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Kenneth worked for the city of Xenia Water Works, (1946-1951), before starting a life-long career in the building industry. In 1951 he was hired by Harold Murray of Buckeye Cabinets in Xenia, Ohio. In 1957 he started Kitchen Planning Center in Wilmington, Ohio. In 1961 he returned to Buckeye Cabinets until 1974. In the wake of the Xenia Tornado, Kenneth joined the Greene County Building Department as a building inspector in July 1974. He served from 1976 until his retirement in July 1987, as Chief Building Inspector. He continued to work part-time as a draftsman and planner until losing most of his sight due to macular degeneration. Kenneth and his daughters were active in 4H raising and showing Duroc hogs and crossbreed steers at the Greene County Fair. His other hobbies included model trains and remote control airplanes. He and Maisie enjoyed much of their retirement meeting people and traveling the country in their RV with their dear Scottie's, Freddie I and Freddie II. Services will be held at 11:30am, Wednesday, April 9, at Neeld Funeral Home, 1276 North Detroit St., Xenia. Visitation will be held from 10am Wednesday, until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675, in his memory. Condolences may be made to the family at

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1276 North Detroit Street
Xenia, OH 45385
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Published in Xenia Daily Gazette from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2014
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