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“Sincere condolences to the Haines & Pastian families. As many have written Ed was always friendly and kind. God be with you all.Mary-Jane Seeley Green ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: MJ Green - Tulsa, OK

“Farewell dear and old friend. God speed and rest safely in the arms of our Saviour. Heartfelt sympathy to your Mother and family. Many fond...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Alta Greer Greer Empkey - Omaha, NE

“So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was a really special guy, and visiting with him always made your day a little brighter. When Cindi was battling...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Roger Nikodym - Sioux Falls, SD

“Ed was a good friend of my dad's-Ralph Dobesh-and one of my favorite exercise clients. He liked to complain and he liked to laugh! He got annoyed...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl Williams Schonebaum - SD

“Sorry to learn about Ed's passing. I'll never forget the one act play we performed at Gregory High School around 1962 called "The Wonder Hat" Ed...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Gilbert Zimbelman - Estacada, OR

“My deepest sympathy to Ed's family and wishes that good memories will help ease the pain during this difficult time. Ed was a fun and caring...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Nelson - Sturgis, SD

“Bill, Madeline, and all of Ed's family... I'm so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. My heart goes out to you all. Ed was a very special person in my...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: paula koy - Edwards, IL - Friend

“I'm am so sorry to hear of Edward's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Edward was kind enough to let me and my sisters stay in...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Chocholousek - Lincoln, NE

“Dearest Evelyn, Bill & family, my deepest condolences to you for your loss. The Haines have always been like family to me. I will truly miss Ed! He...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“Such great memories of a great friend! Teco and Kathy ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Teco Fuchs - Skullbone, TN

“RIP Edward .My friend . ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: james bauer - salem, SD - Friend

“RIP my friend. God Bless ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Penn Wilder

“To the Pastians and Haines families. We are so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Diane Shomion - BRANDON, SD

14 of 20 | Posted by: Jean Pesek (matucha) - THORNTON, CO

“So sad to learn of Ed's passing. Over the last 10 years of hunting with him he became a great friend who I will miss dearly!!! Pheasant hunting will...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Will Cooper - Columbus, MS

“You're a great friend. I love you. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: James McGill - Phenix City, AL

“Edward and I crossed paths in 2012. It did not take long for us to become friends as if we had known each other for decades. He appeared gruff on the...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Dick Crim - Lake Oswego, OR

“We will miss Edward very much. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara and Tim Bross - Kirkwood, MO

“The boys from Mississippi are very sad to hear of Eddie passing. We have hunted with him for the last 25 years ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Bud Phillips - Columbus, MS

“Dearest Madeline. Dale, Britt, Dan, Jackie and all of the Haines Family. I am sending our sincerest sympathy at this time of losing a Loved Family...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Sally Lampe - Cortez, CO - Friend

Edward Lee Haines was born on August 13, 1945, in Gregory, SD, the third of five children, son of Bennett Harwood Haines and Evelyn Chocholousek Haines. He grew up on a farm north of Gregory. There he attended a one room school in Dixon and graduated from Gregory High School in 1963. When Edward was a junior in high school, he was chosen to go to Boys State. His senior year, Edward was elected Student Body President and Homecoming King. He was a member of the basketball team and the Gorillas made it to State his senior year.

Edward attended and graduated from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD. After graduating from college, Edward and a friend backpacked all over Europe. He was a passionate traveler in his younger years and visited San Francisco and New York. Edward also traveled to Iowa to sell insurance where he met his wife Sara (Sally) Niffenegger. They were married April 25, 1980 in Las Vegas, NV. They resided in Gregory all through their marriage where Edward began farming and ranching. In addition to his farming and ranching, Edward's interests included being an avid fisherman, traveler to Canada, Mexico, and six other states around the US. He helped start a beekeeping business that at its peak operated over 600 colonies. They sold that business in 1993.

Edward began his Haines Hunting Service and operated that venture for 35 years. His unique manner of guiding his hunters helped him win many, many close friends from across the US.

Edward was diagnosed with lung cancer the winter of 2012 and was a lung cancer survivor and that allowed him to enjoy additional mornings at the coffee shop (Jono's) with close friends and fighting hard for the red and white as a die hard Gorilla fan.

Edward was a casual hero, a loved brother, son, and uncle who always loved to laugh and go on adventures. His health deteriorated and he entered hospice care at Rosebud Country Care Center. Edward passed away on June 10, 2017 at the age of 71.

Edward is survived by his mother Evelyn Haines of Gregory, a daughter Laura Frazer and her family, two brothers Harold (Barb) Haines of Kearny, MO and Bill (Marta) Haines of Gregory, sister Madeline (Dale) Pastian of Gregory, and several nieces and nephews.

Edward was preceded in death by Sally, his father Bennett, sister Darlene, and brother-in-law Lee Tappe.

He was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed. His legacy will live on through his family.

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Funeral services for Edward Haines, 71, of Gregory, SD were held Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Union Congregational Church in Gregory with Pastor Tim Voigt officiating. A prayer service was held Wednesday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Jeanie Kotrba and DeNalda Fortuna, pianists. Congregational hymns were "In the Garden" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Soloist Kade Stukel sang "Gospel Grace" accompanied by Colleen Murray. Soloist Geoff Smith sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand."

Paige Auer and Patty Rubin were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Laurie Meis, Tonna Reiser, and Sandy Tappe.

Casket Bearers were Bennett Haines, John Tappe, Britt Pastian, Dan Pastian, Derek Stukel, Caleb Stukel, Jordan Vosika, Travis Auer.

Honorary Casket Bearers Dewey Allum, Rodney King, Melvin Smith, Sam Hoffart, and Edward's Pheasant Hunting Buddies.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

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Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred...let me sow love.
Where there is injury...pardon.
Where there is
Where there is despair...hope.
Where there is darkness...light.
Where there is
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be to console,
To be to understand,
To be to love,
It is in giving...that we receive,
It is in pardoning...that we are pardoned,
It is in dying...that we are born to eternal life.