George Harry Haines

Thursday, May 2, 2019
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George Harry Haines was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 11, 1934, to George Vincent Haines, and Evelyn May Merz.

George grew up with two loves: motors and horses. He once built a car part by part, and bought an airplane with his friend Craig for $35 and a horse-drawn hay mower. Officers from a nearby naval base eventually sheared the wings off the plane after repeatedly warning the boys that they were flying in their restricted airspace. So the undaunted duo drove the wingless craft around the neighborhood!

Breaking horses in his youth prompted him to compete as a saddle bronc rider, than inspired him westward to Montana and a simpler way of life. He was accompanied by his second wife, Polly Marie Lawson, and their girls Stephanie, Amber, Michelle and Audrey. His two sons from his first marriage—Gary (Smokey) and Casey—added occasional fun (and some chaos!) to the mix.

They settled in Fort Smith where George worked for the Grapevine Ranch and Polly ran the J&L Café, later purchased by them and renamed Polly’s Place.

After working the oil fields for a number of years, George was hired on at Big Horn Canyon with the Park Service. He ran the barge, plowed and graded the roads, poured a lot of concrete, and maintained the camping/access areas.

George kept busy building and making things operate properly. He taught all his girls how to change oil, a flat tire or an alternator. He was a familiar fixture at Polly’s where he did everything but short-order cooking, and he was always good for a joke or a piece of advice.

George proudly served in the Marines, where he was stationed in Panama. He was exceedingly happy when three of his grandchildren followed him into military service.

We’re certain that Dad is now with his Heavenly Father. He is survived by his brother Johnny Haines of Horsham, Pennsylvania; current wife, Trish, her two children and four grandchildren; his two sons and four daughters, and his grandkids: Shaun Haines, Jausten Noeller, Breyzen Bad Bear, Madeline Sweet, Cortlen Mejias-Mariani, and Willem & Lawson Steinfeldt.

Our dear Dad and Pop-pop will be infinitely missed; he was a hell of a man.

There will be a celebration of life service at a later date.