Jean Franklin Haynes, 91, of Alba, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
He was born on April 15, 1930, in Alba, Michigan, to Benjamin and Clarinda (Andrews) Haynes.
Jean grew up on a farm in Alba. Early on, he worked for the family’s beekeeping business and sold honey to neighbors and nearby businesses.
After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Barstow, California. After returning home from his military service, he married Carol Goodenough, on September 25, 1955.
To support his family, Jean continued working for his father, making their beekeeping business grow. After his father passed away, he purchased the business and continued its growth.
Jean and Carol had seven children. As they grew, they all helped with the family business.
Jean enjoyed hunting, camping, and volunteering with school and community activities.
He taught Bible studies and was a leader in his church.
Jean was a loving husband to Carol for 64 years. He was a devoted father to his family which has grown to 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was a true example of a Christian man, serving God, living by the Bible, and helping others in need. He was dearly loved by his family and was a very “sweet” guy.
Jean was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Haynes.
He is survived by his children, Ben (Loreen) Haynes of Gaylord, Michigan, Joy (Michael) Kirchler of Alba, Michigan, Crystal (Ron) Green of Mt. Morris, Michigan, Myron Haynes of Alba, Michigan, Stacy (Jeff) Simmonds, of Kalkaska, Michigan, Julie (John) Prokup of Moore, Oklahoma, and Mark (Teresa) Haynes of Mancelona, Michigan; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 27, 2021, at 12:00 p.m., from The Hope Church, 1672 M-32 East, Gaylord, MI 49735, with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Prior to visitation being open to the public, the family has requested private family time from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hope Church.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI, 49734.