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Robert “Bob” HainesPassing: July 14, 2023


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Robert “Bob” Haines, 78, passed away peacefully Friday morning, July 14, 2023, in Ellettsville, IN. He was born on December 25, 1944, in Washington, IN. He was the son of Ward and Elfreda (Nigg) Haines of Loogootee.

He was a proud father and grandfather, and his greatest love was spending time with his family.

Earlier in life, he attended Indiana State University (ISU) on an athletic scholarship to play baseball. He earned a B.S. and M.S. from ISU. He was a member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Bob taught Industrial Arts, Drivers Ed, and Math for over 25 years at Shoals Community Schools and Orleans Community Schools.

Bob enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, and volunteering at Bedford’s IU Health Auxiliary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ralph Haines, and a sister who died at birth.

Bob is survived by his two children, Trisha Haines and husband Robert Fields, Dr. Robert Trent Haines-Hopper and husband Troy; two granddaughters, Ema (Justin) Haines and IsaBelle Haines-Fields; ex-wife and friend Sondra Evans; niece Kathy (Gary) Telford; and many other close family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation: https://www.helpfightra.org.

The family has chosen to have a private service in his honor.

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16 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Krystal Shetler | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 16, 2023
    I had the opportunity to have had Mr. Haines as an educator. He cared deeply for his students. It’s an honor to have been taught by him. My condolences to his family.
  2. Guest: Virgil Casper | Sellersburg, IN
    Date: July 16, 2023
    I was lucky enough to work with Bob while at Orleans. He was always joking around and pulling pranks. Always nice to me. Hated to hear that he passed away. RIP, Bob.
  3. Guest: Judy Cessna | Bedford Indiana
    Date: July 16, 2023
    I’m truly sorry to hear about the loss of your dad . I have a lot of great memories of Uncle Bob.
  4. Guest: Lori Livingston | West Baden, In
    Date: July 16, 2023
    Mr, Haines was my Drivers Ed instructor at OHS. He always had so much patience with us. He was such a kind and understanding man. I am sorry for your loss.
  5. Guest: Brandi Kern | Orleans, IN
    Date: July 15, 2023
    Mr. Haines was my Industrial Arts teacher at Orleans High School. He was a great teacher and taught me how to build a nice picnic table.when very few girls took his class. He will be missed. Thoughts and Prayers for his entire family. He was a great teacher!!
  6. Guest: Gina Burton Blackwell | Orleans Indiana
    Date: July 15, 2023
    He was a great teacher and a great person. I had him as a driver education teacher and industrial arts.
  7. Guest: Charity Morgan Holtsclaw | ORLEANS, IN
    Date: July 15, 2023
    Mr. Haines taught me as well at Orleans high school. I also had him in industrial arts. He was a wonderful all-around person, teacher, individual. He will be missed. Thoughts and Prayers for his entire family.
  8. Guest: Diane Coulter | Bedford
    Date: July 15, 2023
    So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, me and all his Englewood friends have been missing him since he moved to Bloomington.
  9. Guest: Vicki Tincher-Lee | Bedford Indiana
    Date: July 15, 2023
    Sending hugs and prayers to Bobs family. I had Mr Haines as a shop teacher in Orleans. We later became good friends. I volunteered alongside Bob at the hospital and later enjoyed setting with him for many years at several BNL ballgames. He was a good man and loved his family.
  10. Guest: Carolyn & David Graves | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 15, 2023
    Bob was such a good friend to us. We shared many fun times at church outings with him. We have not crossed paths in the last few years but we would see him at BNL basketball games and talk a little. He will be missed
  11. Guest: Dan Freed | Tell City
    Date: July 15, 2023
    RIP, old and great Friend!!!!
  12. Guest: Robert F. Henderson, Jr. | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: July 15, 2023
    Thanks for everything & all the memories Mr. Haines. My heartfelt sympathy to the Haines Family. Robert H Orleans High School Class of 1985
  13. Guest: Jonathan Swayer | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: July 15, 2023
    I was fortunate to have Mr. Hanes as a Drivers Ed and Shop teacher at Orleans. I enjoyed his drafting class and he encouraged me to go on to take drafting at vocational school in Bedford. I did, and then went on to get a mechanical drafting degree in college. I’ve enjoyed a 30 year career as a draftsman, due in part to his teaching and encouragement. I’ll be praying for lots of laughter and happy memories for your family.
  14. Guest: Kathy Stroud | Mitchell, IN.
    Date: July 15, 2023
    Sending my condolences to the families of Bob. I taught with him at Orleans Jr./ Sr. High School for several years. He will be missed as he was a wonderful individual. God Bless.
  15. Guest: Anita Nicholson | West Baden, IN
    Date: July 15, 2023
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I also taught at Orleans High School and I believe that Bob and I started the same year. He was a great guy and I’m sure you will dearly miss him.
  16. Guest: Joanne | Bedford, In
    Date: July 15, 2023
    So sorry for Bob's passing. He loved his family dearly. We loved poppy and he will be missed. Sending love and prayers to all💕🙏