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Lewis Haines

Lewis Jackson Haines, 79, of Troy, born July 15, 1941 in Fairmont WV, passed away March 13, 2021 in St. Louis MO.

After graduating from West Virginia University, Lew had a long career in the United States Air Force. He was commissioned in 1964 and served two tours of Vietnam as an F4 fighter pilot. He was active duty for 12 years and then served in the USAF National Guard as a F4 Check Pilot and flight safety Officer until retiring as Lt Colonel in 1988. During his time in the Air Guard he worked for McDonnell Aircraft Company and later Emerson Electric. After his military retirement he became a commercial pilot for TWA and then flew internationally for United Airlines. He retired as a Captain in 2000. He worked after that as a flight Simulator Instructor, training pilots and teaching cockpit procedures. He retired from Flight Safety in August 2020. In 2016 he was awarded the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” award for Fifty years of Dedicated Service.

Lew’s late wife Annette Haines, a scholar of Montessori education, founded the Montessori Training Center and Lab School in St. Louis. Lew, after Annette passed in 2017, remained engaged to ensure that Dr. Haines’ legacy would continue. He was intimately involved in the design and construction process to ensure that the end result reflected her vision.  He was a true partner, a visionary and a friend to all. Montessori will continue to thrive in Saint Louis because of the strong foundation laid by Lew and Annette. 

In 1996 Lew and Annette started Red Fox Paso Finos in Troy, Illinois. They had a passion for their business of promoting, training, breeding, and showing Paso Fino horses.  In 2019, he and his four-year-old gelding won the highest achievement in the show ring as Grand National Amateur Pleasure Gelding Champions. He had served as both President and Vice President of Ozark Empire Paso Fino Horse Association, and was a member of the Board of Directors for many years and Chair of PFHA’s Computer Committee, implementing a series of important technological advances for the Association.  His commitment, work ethic and dedication to the PFHA will forever be remembered and his legacy will be passed onto future generations.

It was in the community of the Red Fox Paso Fino family that he met his wife Debi, and together they enjoyed time on the farm and many other adventures.

In any additional spare time, you would find him engrossed in his hobby of collecting, studying and driving classic Jaguar cars.

Lew is survived by his wife, Debi Kuhl-Haines, his brother, David (Kris) Haines, his children Michele (Eric) Clark of Edwardsville, and Lewis Haines of Troy, Dr. Monica (Dr. Matthew) DiMagno of Ann Arbor, MI, Mamie (Barton) Harvey of Lakeville, MN, David (Dr. Jennifer Stephani) McCarthy of Olympia, WA, Sydni Bozada of Belleville, Kelci Bozada-Holt (Alex) of Creve Coeur MO; Grandchildren  Whitney Shaw, Jack and Sam Clark, Kelsey, Blake and Ashley Haines, Charles, Elena, Alex and Lulu DiMagno, Anna, Maria and Jon Harvey, Benjamin and Kate McCarthy.

Memorials may be made to Montessori Lab School at Grand Center Scholarship Fund,  3857 Washington Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108. Haines Scholarship Fund donation link

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at 

A celebration of life is being planned for May 2021.

Services handled by Richeson Funeral Home.

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