Wilbur E. Haines

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    - Shirley Wrightson
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    - Dan & Jodie Goetz
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    - Jim & Linda Waltz & family
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    - Bobby Myers
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Wilbur E. Haines, 96, of Westminster passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Carroll Hospice Dove House. He was born on June 5, 1919 in Gist, Maryland and was the son of the late Ernest Haines and the late Marie Lindsay Evans and the step son of the late Raymond Evans. He was the loving husband of the late Bertha Haines, his wife of almost 70 years, who predeceased him on June 17, 2011. At the age of 5 Wilbur's father died and he went to live on his grandfather's farm near Gist, until the age of 18 when he left the farm and went to work at Thomas Bennett & Hunter. He was drafted into the National Guard in February of 1941 during WWII, at 21 years of age. He served the beginning of his military career in the 29th division, 110th field artillery. He was then sent to Fort Hood, TX and trained to be a tank driver with the 629 Tank Destroyer Battalion. After talking to his 1st Sergeant he started driving trucks with his unit. Wilbur arrived in Europe in January 1944, and continued his position as a truck driver hauling fuel and supplies from the tanks to troops as they advanced and retreated. He would often have to drive through active war zones, dropping off ammunition and picking up bodies to take back to the base as well as transporting prisoners of war. His unit was at some of the worst scenes in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge and the bridge at Remagen. He served in England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany, and was awarded five battle stars. Wilbur worked at Congoleum, and retired after 21 years of employment. In his earlier years he and his late wife spent many weekends at their riverfront campsite in Harpers Ferry, WV. He also enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical, especially working on lawnmowers for his neighbors, friends and family. He was even able to mow his own lawn the Monday preceding his death. Wilbur often looked forward to visiting local service organizations; especially the American Legion. Above all he loved spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Matthews United Church of Christ of Pleasant Valley, a life member of the VFW Molleville Farm Post 467, a member of the American Legion Carroll Post 31, and former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2226 and Westminster Moose #1381. Surviving him are sons and their wives Larry E. Haines Sr. and Linda of Taneytown, Earl E. Haines and Darlene of Westminster, step-daughter and husband Darlene "Dolly" Greenwood and Dan Long of Westminster; half sisters Dorothy Fleming and Shirley Harrison both of Woodbine; grandchildren and spouses Danette Kelmartin and Steve, Dollene Miller and Shawn, Michelle D'Anthony and James, Larry Haines Jr. and Angie, Brian Haines and Samantha, Steven Haines and Katie, Daniel Long and Katie, Michael Haines and Jennifer, Brandon Haines and Corey Haines and Kimberly; 17 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Helen Green, and half sisters Evelyn Dayhoff and Rhoda Ripley. The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster; where a memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm by the American Legion Carroll Post 31 followed with a service by the 29th Division Association. The family will also receive friends on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 1 pm until the start of services at 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will be held in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster MD 21157. Online condolences may be made at www.prittsfuneralhome.com



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Published in Carroll County Times on May 6, 2016
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