Raymond Elmer Haynes, 95, of Bement, IL., passed away at 3:45 P.M., on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, with family present.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Bement Townhip Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home Foundation.
Raymond was born on August 23, 1924, in Bement, IL., a son of Elmer and Daisy Bowyer Haynes. He married Lois Jean Ryan on April 15, 1944 in Bement, IL. They remained happily married until her passing on May 11, 2012. Surviving children include a daughter, Ellen (Joe) Mooney of Tucson, Ariz; grandchildren, Abby (Jeff) Chirico, Joseph Hickle, Jenna Sullivan, Megan Curtis; great-grandchildren, Zac and Ben Chirico, Tyler Sullivan and Jayce Curtis; nephews, William (Elaine) Tracy II of Monticello, Timothy (Molly) Tracy of Bement; great-nieces, Katherine (Chris) Sokolowski, Colleen (Craig) Kremitzki, Maggie (Josh) Musquez and Kathleen Tracy; great-nephews, Ryan (Mo) Tracy, Patrick Tracy; great-great-nephews, Lucas and Liam Sokolowski; great-great-nieces, Meredith Kremitzki, Vivian and Alice Tracy; and many more dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife GG, his son Jim Haynes of Bement, and a sister-in-law Agnes Tracy.
Raymond was a lifelong farmer and auctioneer. He was also an inventor and he even received a U.S. Patent for one of his ideas. He was a graduate of Bement Township High School. He and his wife Lois Jean operated the Haynes Auction Service in Bement from 1968 to 2004. 50 Sunday's a year, rain or shine, you could find them at the auction house, only taking Christmas, Mother's Day and Easter Off.
The legend of Sunny will forever be remembered in the corn fields of Piatt County, to the Northern Woods of Canada and in the deserts of Arizona. He was a man of many names but for his family we simply preferred PaPa. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Here's to ya Colonel!
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL., have the honor to serve the Haynes family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.