Robert Daniel Haynes

VICTORIA - Robert Daniel Haynes, 66, of Victoria, TX passed away on December 9, 2012 in Waco, TX. A memorial service for him will be held later in Victoria. His remains will be buried at the foot of his mother's grave in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Edna, TX.
Robert was born in Vanderbilt, TX to Elsie (Branscum) Haynes and Louis Haynes. He was the youngest of six brothers. He graduated from Industrial High School in 1964 and entered the US Air Force in 1965. He served in the Air Force Honor Guard in Washington, DC. He was discharged in 1968. Robert graduated from the Texas Dept. of Public Safety State Trooper school in Austin, but he resigned soon afterward because he was assigned to a desk job. Robert then got a job as a salesman at Walt Nichol Volkswagen in Victoria. He married Janice Schubert of Woodsboro in 1971. Robert received a BS degree in Industrial Arts and Education from Texas A&I University 1975. Robert and Janice welcomed two children, Wade and Leslie, born in 1975 and 1979 respectively. He taught at Victoria High School for several years and then began a promising career as a plant operator at DuPont.
In 1982 Robert underwent brain surgery that left him with major brain damage. Through painstaking rehabilitation and hard work, he relearned how to walk, eat and dress. He lost much of his vocabulary and most of his ability to read. Permanently disabled, Robert was unable to find employment. He suffered a stroke in 1999. His health declined slowly but surely in the years that followed, but Robert was able to live by himself in Victoria for about 15 years with occasional assistance from his family and friends. In 2009 Robert entered Jeffrey Place Healthcare Center in Waco where he spent the last three years of his life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and Louis, his brother, Clarence, and his brother Martis, who died in the Vietnam War.
Survivors include: His son, Wade Haynes (fiancée Clare Kennedy) (Minneapolis, MN), and daughter Leslie (Roy) Little (Salinas, CA), and two grandsons, Charlie and Simon, plus a new granddaughter Daphne June, who just arrived on Robert's birthday; his brothers Harold (Jenine) Haynes (New Braunfels, TX), Wayne (Jeanelle) Haynes (Inez, TX), and Herbert (Carolyn) Haynes (Waco, TX); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Many in Robert's family as well as his friends, in numerous little and big ways, helped care for him. The family extends heart-felt thanks to the caring personnel of Jeffrey Place Healthcare Center and Providence Hospice in Waco who performed the sometimes difficult tasks of taking care of Robert during the last three years of his life while also demonstrating their love for him.
The family invites you to read a more extensive obituary and leave a message or memory in the guestbook at (Victoria) or (Waco).
Connally-Compton Funeral Home, Waco, 254-772-7440.



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