Bob Haines, 86, passed away at home on Monday, May 12, 2008. He was cremated.
He was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents were Walter Hunt Haines and Lillian Georgina Haines, both of whom are deceased, as is his only sibling Bill.
Bob made many trips from Omaha to Estes Park from 1945 to 1954, when he succumbed to the beauty of Estes Park and moved here permanently.
Bob graduated from Omaha Technical High School, Omaha, NE in 1939.
His career included house carpenter, blacksmith (making auto springs), mechanic at Ft. Crook, NE during WWII, and his last job before moving to Estes was as a traveling salesman for Graybar Electric, all in Omaha, NE.
Bob moved in Estes Park, Colorado in 1954, where he worked in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) for 24 years. His RMNP career included caretaker at Hidden Valley (1956-67), Park Ranger (1967-1969), and West District (Grand Lake) Naturalist (1969-1980).
Bob was an EMT; participated in many winter and summer rescues and his other duties included fire-fighting and scuba diving.
Bob and his wife Theodora (Teddie) met at Wild Basin Campground in RMNP and were married in Estes Park in 1967.
When Bob retired from the Park Service in 1980 and he built his and Teddie’s home in Estes Park.
Bob’s interests included photography, local history (especially that of Long’s Peak), cross-country skiing/winter survival, first aid, and giving slide shows with his hundreds of Haselblad slides of the Park and the surrounding area.
Bob volunteered as a Red Cross first aid instructor from 1964 to 1975, for RMNP as a guide from 1992 to 1999, and for Prospect Living Center giving slide shows from 1985 to 2004.
Bob is survived by his wife Teddie, of Estes Park, and his Franklin cousins in Texas.
A remembrance service may be scheduled at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Estes Valley Land Trust, P.O. Box 663, Estes Park, CO 80517 or The Alzheimer Association, Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203 (http//alz.org/co).