John I. Haynes, D.D.S.

September 23, 1934July 23, 2014
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John I. Haynes, D.D.S., 79, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. A Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2014 at McGilley State Line Chapel followed by a visitation from 6- 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 (Eulogy to begin approximately 9:45am) at Christ The King Catholic Church, 8510 Wornall Rd., KCMO; entombment in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum, KCMO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions can be made to the Rinehart Foundation and mailed to: John I Haynes Leadership Award, UMKC School of Dentistry, 650 E. 25th St., Room 411, Kansas City, MO 64108. Please include “John I Haynes Leadership Award” on the Memo line. Dr. Haynes received his Bachelor’s degree in 1956 and his DDS degree in 1960--both from the University of Kansas City, and his M.A. in Education in 1971 from UMKC. John married the love of his life, Judy, in 1961. Dr. Haynes began a career at the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1962 that spanned more than 50 years. He rose through the ranks to become Chairman, Pediatric Dentistry in 1992 and held that position until 2010. John then served as School of Dentistry Alumni/Student Ambassador from 2010 until his retirement in 2012, at which time he received the rank of Professor Emeritus.

John’s love of the UMKC School of Dentistry and its students and alumni cannot be overstated. He taught or trained more than 8,000 students during his academic career. Dr. Haynes was active in the Dental Alumni Association for decades. He chaired numerous committees, hosted countless alumni receptions, founded the Recent Graduate Committee, and served as the Association’s President in 1988. John held local and national roles in the Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity, where he served as Chi Chapter Advisor for more than 40 years and held the national office of Supreme President in 1984. He was also active in Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Rho Chapter), a dental honor society, and served as its president in 1971-1972. John enjoyed organizing dental alumni and student gatherings at Kansas City Royals Opening Day Baseball Games for more than 25 years.

Dr. Haynes was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists in 1987 and subsequently held various offices in that organization, including that of President in 2003-2004. He was also active in the American Dental Inter-Fraternity Council and the KC Association of Pediatric Dentists.

John received the UMKC Alumni Service Award in 1985 and was recognized as the UMKC Dental Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year in 1993. He was the recipient of the Elmer F. Pierson Excellence in Teaching Awarded in 2000. In 2004, John was named UMKC Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Haynes was a member of the Christ the King Parish Council and recently became active in the Serra Club. During his life, he was active in the Special Olympics/Special Smiles program, Knights of Columbus, and the Optimist Club. Survivors include his wife of nearly 53 years, Judy Haynes; two children: John (Jackie) Haynes, II of Lansdale, PA, and Karen E. Haynes of KCMO; one grandson, Daniel of Lansdale, PA; and nieces & nephews.


  • Rosary Friday, August 1, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, August 1, 2014
  • Eulogy Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 2, 2014

John I. Haynes, D.D.S.

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Nila Ridings

July 24, 2016

I'm sure I am one of many that is remembering you today, Dr. Haynes.

I'm still sharing your jokes...and always will. Hopefully, remembering the fun times with you has given Judy, John, and Karen strength during the toughest of days over the past two years.

You truly made the world a better place, Dr. Haynes! Never forgotten...

Nila Ridings

July 25, 2015

Dr. Haynes you will be forever remembered. If you only knew how many times over the past forty years I have told stories that included you. And repeated what you always said to me, "you're alright, I don't care what they say about you!" I know I've said that thousands of times to younger people and just like I did, they ask, "who is saying something about me?" And then I proceed to tell them about this amazing man that was a pediatric dentist I worked with at UMKC School of Dentistry. Those conversations always end with laughter, just the way you always made me laugh.

I was young and starting a new career. You were a young father and I think I was your training ground for being a parent. My dad would have appreciated so much the protective eye you kept on me as the dental students made small talk and you would say "she's a babe in arms, get moving!"

I learned so much about how to calm fearful children from you. I learned that people can work together and always enjoy it. I looked forward to every day when I walked into the pedo clinic.

As I've grown older I've also grown to appreciate how respectful and kind you and Dr. Iwersen always were towards me even though I was young and no doubt must have seemed silly at times. I will forever remember the wonderful luncheon that the pedo staff enjoyed at the Carriage Club and the gift card all of you gave me. Lasting impressions you made for sure.

Time truly flies. I had every intention of paying you visits at the dental school. I had planned that last Thanksgiving I was going to write you a letter and thank you for being one of the most influential people in my life. When I saw your obituary last summer I was completely broken-hearted. I cried off and on for days. I was so sorry I had not written my gratitude letter to you sooner. Just know that whether it was written or not before your journey ended, it will remain in my heart forever.

I send my deepest condolences to Judy, John, and Karen. Dr. Haynes was so proud of each of you and loved you dearly. When he would show me family pictures his face would light up. I know the void he left will never be filled, but I hope memories of his humor and love have given you strength.

Dr. Haynes, I will see you on the other side. I won't be arriving in my "jar of mustard" (as you called my little yellow car) but I'll be looking for you! Keep everybody laughing and smiling in heaven until we meet again.

Thank you for making the world a better place. You truly are an amazing man that will never be forgotten!

Karen Haynes

April 1, 2015

My Dad was such a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, and friend. He always thought of others before himself. He loved his family and his students. Dad left us a legacy and a wonderful example of how to live life for others and give from the heart. I am so grateful that I had such a close relationship with my Dad. I feel his presence every day, and I know that he is watching over all of us. We are all better people for having know him.

John Hernandez, CDT

August 25, 2014

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Haynes. He was a gift, not only to us in dentistry but to all who were lucky enough to cross his path. My deepest sympathy to his family and to the UMKC family.

August 5, 2014

Dear Mrs Haynes and Family,
It was a joy and honor to have Dr. Haynes guidance while I was a student at UMKC in the early '80's'. I shall remember the encouraging manner of his warm smile and big heart. My condolesces to you . Rusty Coad

Laura Gage

August 4, 2014

What a great loss to UMKC School of Dentistry! Dr. Haynes was such a great ambassador in so many ways. He was always there to serve, visit a sick bed, or attend funeral services without ever being asked. He was so completely dedicated to the school and the profession, he couldn't imagine doing anything else. He was a dear friend to me and will be missed terribly!

Anne-Lise and Daniel Fink

August 4, 2014

Dear Judy and family. My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Daniel and I so enjoyed having John and Judy here is San Francisco last March. He will be sorely missed by many! God bless

Larry Keener

August 4, 2014

Sorry to hear of Dr Haynes passing. He was a comfort and encouragement to young people at a very stressful time in our lives.

Mark Beck

August 2, 2014

Dr Haynes was just a Great Guy, as well as a great friend to dentistry. When I think of Dr Haynes, I think of George Bailey in I'ts A Wonderful Life. Clarence the angel says to George "No man is a failure who has friends" and looking at all these tributes, John was a very rich & successful man by those standards. He also told George, "Each man's life touches so many other lives, and when he isn't around he leaves an awful hole". He will be sorely missed. God bless your family. Mark Beck 1980

Joel Foster

August 1, 2014

Dear Mrs. Haynes and family, I am so very thankful for a professor like Dr. Haynes. He cared so very much about all the students in the Class of 1982 and he was always so good to help me with my struggles with kids. I also had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Hawaii on one of the alumni trips in the late eighties. May our Lord and Savior comfort you.