FORT FAIRFIELD – Herbert Clayton “Herbie” Haines, 83, husband of the late Mary E. (Perkins) Haines, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Jan. 9, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at a Caribou health care facility after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Fort Fairfield, son of Keene Sr. and Myrtle (McCall) Haines.
Herbie attended Fort Fairfield schools and proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1947 to 1951, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was married to Mary E. Perkins, Oct. 22, 1952. He had been employed with the U.S. Civil Service at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, for 32 years as a hydraulic mechanic until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Haines was a life member of Korean War Veterans, National Rifle Association and Disabled American Veterans; and was a member of Fort Fairfield American Legion, Walter Lovely Post No. 27, Marine Corps League, and Fort Fairfield Rifle and Pistol Club. Mr. Haines had also been a longtime member of Fort Fairfield Bethel Baptist Church. Herbie was extremely proud of his Haines heritage, being one of the first families to settle the area. Herbie will also be remembered as an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He had a special appreciation for birds, feeding them year round and was an accomplished flower gardener.
In addition to his parents, Herbie was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Mary E. Haines, Feb. 3, 2002; and six brothers, Keene Jr., Vaughn, Robert, Roland, Lester and Kenneth Haines. He was also predeceased by his companion, Helen Doherty, in 2010. Herbie is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Michael Kelley of Washburn, Linda and Steve Self of Clarksville, Ark., and Tammy and Patrick Garrard of Newberry Springs, Calif.; five grandchildren, Mike H. Kelley of Castle Hill, Mark J. Kelley of Mapleton, Kelsey H. Self of Clarksville, Ark., and Cameron H. and Cassidy H. Garrard, both of Newberry Springs, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Dylan and Katelyn Kelley of Castle Hill, and Kaiden Kelley of Mapleton; numerous nieces and nephews. Herbie also leaves behind his special friend and caregiver, Shirley Bartlett of Fort Fairfield. The family of Mr. Haines extends a sincere thank you to Cary Medical Center for the exceptional care given to Herbie during his stay there.
Friends may call noon-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where the funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. with Larry Jenkins officiating. Interment will take place later in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may contribute in memory of Mr. Haines to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or Frontier Heritage Historical Society, care of Pat Troicke, 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.