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George Haney

G. Robert Haney

March 15th, 1923 - March 20th, 2019
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G. Robert “Bob” Haney, having spent most of his lifetime as a resident of Winona Lake, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:35 p.m. in Warsaw’s Lake City Place. Born on March 15, 1923 in Winona Lake, Bob recently celebrated his 96th birthday.

He was the son of the late Ralph R. and Mary V. (VanDyke) Haney. He attended school at East Wayne (now Jefferson Elementary) and graduated before joining the United States Army on December 14, 1942. He was enlisted at Baer Field, Fort Wayne and honorably served for more than three years. Having earned the rank of sergeant, he spent the majority of his time in Belgium. Bob was honorably discharged on April 20, 1946 from Camp Atterbury. He would return home before earning a bachelor’s degree at Manchester College.

It was while attending Manchester College, Bob would meet the woman with whom he would spend the next 69 years, Joyce King. The two were united in marriage on September 17, 1949 in North Manchester and eventually made their home in Winona Lake.

Bob worked in his parent’s dairy (The Winona Dairy) when he was young and later would retire from the United States Postal Service having served as the Postmaster of Winona Lake before transferring to the Warsaw office. After retirement, Bob took-up work assisting his wife’s grooming business, Joyce’s Pet Pantry. Bob never knew a stranger, could talk to anyone and knew everyone. He was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he loved to sing.

Music was a big part of Bob’s life and he instilled that love in his children. He enjoyed singing in the church choir and even directed the choir for some time. He was first chair trumpet player in his youth and played taps for military funeral honors for many years. He had traveled overseas as a member of Music Makers and was often asked to sing for weddings, funerals and even sang to Joyce as she walked down the aisle during the processional at their wedding.

Those who will miss Bob’s songs the most include his wife, Joyce Haney of Winona Lake; sons, Greg (Jane) Haney of Indianapolis and John (Dawn) Haney of Fort Wayne; daughters, Anne (Dave) Bonewitz of Warsaw and Paige Haney of Winona Lake; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Paul Haney of Winona Lake; Dr. Ben Haney of Almont, MI; and Margaret Palmer of Rome, NY. Paul and Ben, veterans themselves, joined Bob several years ago on an honor flight to Washington, D.C. with son, John as guardian. Those who preceded Bob in passing include a brother, Joel Haney and Joel’s twin, a sister who passed as an infant.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 24th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw. A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Ernie Troxell, will be held on Monday, at 11 a.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church, 832 East Center Street, Warsaw. Burial will be in Warsaw’s Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by members of American Legion Post 49, VFW Post 1126, and members of the United States Army.

Memorial gifts may be directed to UMCOR, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    March 24th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Titus Funeral Home
    Address
    2000 East Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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  • Service

    March 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    March 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    Address
    832 E Center Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
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    Officiant
    Pastor Ernie Troxell
  • Interment

    Location
    Oakwood Cemetery
    Address
    421 N Maple St
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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Cathy Hanft

Posted at 12:03pm
Our prays are with you. Valena Beigh & Cathy Hanft
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David Brown

Posted at 06:39pm
My sincerest regrets to the Haney Family. I remember Bob as a true Christian and caring person. I feel fortunate to have known him. Know that God is with You all in your grief and I pray you feel His presence. I suspect Bob is enjoying immensely the opportunity to sing Gods praises!
TF

The Joel Haney Family

Posted at 08:45am
In loving memory of our brother and uncle.
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Dale Heltzel

Posted at 05:30pm
My sincerest regrets to the Haney Family. Bob was a terrific Christian and person! I feel fortunate to have known him. I always enjoyed talking to Bob. I can fondly remember him telling me many of his stories, such as the horse that he delivered milk with knowing where all the stops were! Several years ago, my Dad and I purchased an earthmover for our business. Bob thought that was really great. He gave me a sweatshirt with a picture of an earthmover on it! I still have that sweatshirt 25 years later. Now I can look at it and remember Bob! God Bless You all in your grief. Dale Heltzel
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Jeff, Jill, Lauren and Reagan West

Posted at 09:02pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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