Duane Haines

November 19, 1943May 25, 2019
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Duane Haines passed away surrounded by family in Richmond, Texas on May 25, 2019 at the age of 75. Duane was born on November 19, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Harold Haines Sr. and Mildred Viola Shepard.

He is preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Ralph and Helen Trost; brother Harold Haines; brothers-in-law Mike Godat and Bill Lykins; nephew Doug Lykins; and niece Paula Haines. Duane is survived by his wife Sharyn Trost Haines; children Brian Haines and wife Kristine; Susan Donovan; Brad Haines; grandchildren Harrison Haines, Avery Haines and Lance Donovan; and his sisters Erlene Strenfel and Diane Godat.

Duane graduated from Taylorville High School, then attended University of Illinois and received a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He also served in the United States Army. In his retirement, Duane was very active with numerous charities and helped create several fundraisers and drives in his community.

A time of remembrance will be held on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at Faith United Methodist Church located at 4600 FM 359 Rd in Richmond, Texas with visitation at 10:00am, memorial service at 11:00am, and a reception to follow. He will be interred at a later date at Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands or to Faith United Methodist Church Richmond. Tributes and or words of condolence can be left at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019


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Carolyn Dominguez

June 14, 2019

Duane was a dear sweet man who gave so much of himself to others. It has been a privilege and honor knowing him. He will always be my friend "Chuck". My deepest sympathy to the Haines family.

Robert Ewing

June 13, 2019

There are givers and there are takers in life. Duane was a giver!

Steve Shearer

June 12, 2019

Sharyn, Brian, Brad and Susan,
Our family has you and your family in our thoughts and prayers at the passing of your husband and father. Like many others I was blessed with getting to work with Duane. He was such a good project manager, engineer and mentor that once you had the privilege of working with him you only wanted to work for him the rest of your career, and believe me, it was a privilege that you had to earn. I sit back and think of all the things he was able to impart in the time we worked together, project management, engineering, etc., but the most important things he passed on to me was the the love of your family, the love of your country and how to treat and respect all those around you. I am very grateful that my kids also got to know Duane, with two of them working as interns for Dale, Duane and Mary, and my youngest getting to play golf and fantasy sports with him. I am glad he was able to see the Astros win a world series, much to the chagrin of this Reds fan. I asked him once that since he had traveled the world what was his favorite place that he had been, he told me " Right here in the United States with my family", pretty much says it all.

Shane Honn

June 11, 2019

When I became an employee of Energy Management & Services Co. in the mid 90s, Duane was the one and only person I interviewed with. I was so nervous because Duane could be very intimidating when he wasn't cutting up and laughing; which was alot! Duane LOVED a good practical joke; even at work and that's what I loved about him. He was very serious about his work but knew how to strike the balance between work and play. Some of his practical jokes and pranks are legendary. I can hear that laugh of his now! I also remember how Duane wanted to be the one that threw the wedding shower for my wife and I and had it out at his house. I think it was Duane's way of saying that he really thought alot of me...and I thought alot of him as well.

Dale Honn

June 11, 2019

Edwina and I want to express our condolences to Sharyn and the entire family. We have lost a friend, a co-worker,and a true Professional. I have often said, and repeated it more of late, Duane Haines was the best Project Manager that I have ever known. From the slightest issue to the voluminous reports that he could compose, he was always on point on the project. Many remember his colored pencils and his method of getting his point across on the check print.
We will miss his friendship and the industry will miss his expertise and his ability to express his thoughts on paper and in a report.
When I think of project leadership, I think of Duane.
We will miss him.

Nita Conner

June 9, 2019

My condolences to Sharyn, Brian and other family members in your time of sorrow. Duane was always there for so many in their time of need. He also willingly served his Community, his Church, Helping Hands and various other charities. Duane will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers and blessings to the family.

Maryann Metcalf

June 3, 2019

Dennis and I wish to convey our condolences to Sharyn and the family. Duane was a fine friend and neighbor who served his community well. He will be missed by many.

Diane Godat

June 2, 2019

💕 It is with heartfelt thoughts and prayers that I send my love to Sharyn and her precious family in the loss of my sweet brother. Duane will be greatly missed here on earth but he is now rejoicing in Heaven. 💕

Medina Gentry

May 29, 2019

When I first started working at EMS as a temp and met Duane, he was so intimidating and scary to me. I so hoped he wasnt going to be my boss. When I found out he was going to be and 5 years later, I got to know him better. I found him to be funny, nice, and the best boss I have EVER had. He always had and always will have a place in my heart and he will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family. He was a great man.

Steve Roberts

May 28, 2019

Duane was my mentor but more than that, my friend. He was the best engineer I have ever worked with. He was incredibly intelligent, a kind man and a true gentleman.........I will always have fond memories of our golf games at Woodford Hills, riding with him while he was trying to light a cigarette (scary) and all the long talks we had, well i did the talking, he would just smile and never say anything. He would allow me to vent and solve my own problem.