Hubert Merle Haines

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Hubert Merle Haines was born Aug. 21, 1932 to Rolly Roy and Maude (Sauer) Haines in rural Dundy County, Neb. He passed away on Aug. 16, 2017 in his home at the age of 84 years old. He was the eleventh of twelve children. Hubert grew up on the family farm north of Benkelman.
A lifelong resident of Benkelman, he was united in marriage to Helen Joan Ellis, daughter of Daniel and Cynthia Ellis, on Jan. 29, 1951 at the Pleasant Valley Friends Church. They had three children, Daniel, Linda and Kenneth.
For many years he worked for his father-in-law Dan Ellis on the farm. Eventually he was able to start his own successful farm and ranch operation.
His wife Helen passed away in 1979.
In 2005 he started dating Sally Hollenbaugh and soon they became a loving couple. His family grew when adding Sally’s two daughters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to the family.
Hubert’s real passion in life was watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow, play sports and participate in 4-H. He loved raising cattle and going to cattle auctions to buy more cattle with Sally.
Preceding Hubert in death were his parents, Rolly and Maude Haines; wife Helen Joan (Ellis) Haines; siblings: Irvin, Harold, Mary, Marjorie Mae, Elva, Fern, John, Dorothy, Marvin and Roy; and grandson Patrick Welsh.
He is survived by Sally Hollenbaugh; children Daniel (Linda) Haines of Culbertson, Linda (Ron) Sorensen of Bellevue and Kenneth (Francie) Haines of Benkelman; sister Esther(Vernon) Schrader of Benkelman; grandchildren Amy (Wyatt) Black and children Adriana, Bo and Mallory of North Platte, Robby (Amy) Haines and children Madison, Riece, Delton and Jacob of Benkelman, Libby Haines (fiancé James Oyler) of Benkelman, Kyler (Amy) Haines and children Jace and Cole of Highland Ranch, Colo., Danny Gene Haines and children Andrew, Levi, Dakota and Dani of Mason City, Sylvia Czornyj of Bellevue, Bill Sis, Krystal Rogers and Heather Glasco; as well as a multitude of family, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating. Interment followed services in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday afternoon, Aug. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman.
All memorials can be made to the Dundy County Lions Club Fair Carnival Fund to benefit the families and children of Dundy County.
Online condolences may be left at
Benkelman Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.


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