Russell Stanley Haynes
August 13, 2009
Russell Stanley Haynes was born on June 8, 1922, to William Edgar and Lucy Palmer Haynes of Vona, Colorado. He died on August 11, 2009, in Kremmling Colorado.He was the youngest of five children born on the dry land plains of eastern Colorado. Russ spent most of his childhood in the area south of Vona on the family ranch. Drought and the Depression moved the family to Sterling, Cripple Creek, Littleton and finally the Willow Creek area northwest of Granby, where his family had built a cabin on a small mining claim. He spent many hours hunting and fishing in that area.Russ was working for the Union Pacific Railroad when World War II entered the picture. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served as a gunner’s mate in the South Pacific. At the end of the war Russ returned to Colorado where he rejoined his brothers and worked as a carpenter in the Denver area. After the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s and the call of the mountains, Russ’ travels brought him to Lawson, Colorado.He met and married Frances Shirley Deitchel on July 28, 1947, in Idaho Springs. They worked on Berthoud Pass and were instrumental in building the first ski lift there. Russ, along with his brothers, built two cabins in Lawson and lived there until the coming development of the Interstate 70 highway system forced them to sell their land to the government and move. Along Russ and Fran’s journey they welcomed three children into their lives. Their adventures took them to Craig, where Russ was the owner/operator of the Enco & Texaco service station. In 1964, the family moved from Craig to Kremmling, which the family still calls home today. Russ worked as a sales/service man for a local propane distribution company. Russ was an avid outdoorsman who shared his love of the outdoors with his family and friends. His family will tell you that time spent in the outdoors were times well spent with memories that will last a lifetime. He could often be heard saying, “I wonder what the rich people do for fun?”Russ was preceded in death by his parents (Edgar & Lucy Haynes), brothers and sister (Don, Ken, Merle), wife (Frances) and one daughter (Lynn Marie). He is survived by his son, Kendall (Linda) Haynes and daughter Leslie (David) Jones of Kremmling. Grandchildren, Jeremy (Dominique) Jones, Rebecca (Larry) Lemley, Kendra (Jeremy) Bock, Tim (Jenna) Haynes, Bill Ferguson, Robert (Michelle) Jones and Travis (MaryBeth) Ferguson and Heidi Wiederquist. Great grandchildren Jerrika, Mykaela, Morgan and Faris Jones, Trent and Cody Lemley, Bradley, Jacob and Katelynn Ferguson, Ashlynn, Ethan and Kalib Ferguson, Austin, Caylob and Kenleigh Jones .A celebration of his life will take place at the Grand County Colorado Extension Hall in Kremmling at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice or Kremmling Memorial Hospital District (KMHD) Auxiliary.