Raymond Edward Haskins


Moffat County resident, Raymond Edward Haskins, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Craig. He was 87.

Haskins was born Oct. 26, 1916 in Webb City, Mo., to Guy F. and Viola Mae (Harrison) Haskins.

The family moved northwest of Craig when Haskins was one year old and homesteaded near Cedar Mountain. He attended school in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1936. He entered the U.S. Army in September of 1944, serving until July of 1946. He married Rose Sally Hoth on Dec. 17, 1944 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Following his discharge from the service, Haskins returned to Moffat County and has lived in the Maybell and Sunbeam area since then. He was known as an avid horseman, he broke and trained numerous horses over the years. He was also a musician and played the guitar, harmonica, and fiddle. As a young man, he played for various dances, and through the years continued to play at home and with the family. He was a rancher with a place on Price Creek and also worked for Union Carbide for nine and a half years. Haskins and his family owned and operated the Oasis cafe and gas station in Maybell from 1966 to 1978. He was active in the Maybell community serving on the Volunteer Fire Department, as a Cub and Boy Scout Leader, and was also the local handyman. He was a cowboy and a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Haskins is survived by his wife, Sally Haskins, of Maybell; daughters Bonnie Jane (Jim) Andrew, of Baggs, Wyo., and Lucretia May (Blair) Wilson, of Craig; sons John David (Carol) Haskins, of Craig, Guy Daniel (Ruth) Haskins, of Craig, Raymond Dale (Lynn) Haskins, of Maybell, and William Darwin (Julie) Haskins, of Sunbeam; grandchildren Amanda, Jacob, and Melissa Haskins, Ty and Amy Andrew, Emma (Robert) Flores, Flint (Amy), and Keith (Hollie) Haskins, Clinton and Camie Haskins, Josey and Jessie Haskins, and Grady, Lucas, Travis, and Jordan Wilson; great-grandchildren Kathryn Rose, Courtney Faith, and Aislee Brienne Haskins; and a brother, Carrol (June) Haskins, of Yerrington, Nev.

Haskins was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Willis, and grandson, Trent Haskins.

Services were Nov. 15, 2003, at First Christian Church with Beryl Wright officiating. Musical selections were by Darwin Haskins, Jesse Haskins, and David Haskins. Selections were "Happy Trails" and "Zebra Dun".

Pallbearers were Flint Haskins, Ty Andrew, Keith Haskins, Clint Haskins, Josey Haskins, Grady Wilson, Jake Haskins, Lucas Wilson, Jesse Haskins, Travis Wilson, Jordan Wilson, Robert Flores, and Michael St. Martin.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

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