Earl Lee Haigh Jr., 70, Burlingame: June 2, 1949 – May 10, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Earl L. Haigh Jr., 70, of Burlingame, Kan., died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at a Topeka Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1949, in Morgantown, W.V., the son of Earl and Dorothy Darr Haigh.

His family moved to Topeka, Kan., in 1961, and settled in Carbondale, Kan. He was a member of the Carbondale senior class of 1968. Earl enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served for 9 1/2 years. He was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Hancock, where he served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He attended boot camp in San Diego, Calif., where he met and married his wife of 50 years, Trudy Scheeler. In the Navy, he learned computer programming in Assembler, Cobol, and CICS; and years later he proudly referred to himself as a member of the CICS COWBOYS!

He is survived by his wife, Trudy; his three children, Michelle (Mickey) and Tom Fridley, of Burlingame, Rebecca (Becki) and Shawn Walsh, Newport Beach, Calif., and Andrew (Andy) and Jackie Haigh, Gilbert, Ariz.; two sisters, Gloria Knoblock, Carbondale, and Sarah Jane Decker, Topeka; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Courtney, Madeline, Gavin, Billy, Kellen, Kaya, Aiden, Bodhi, Autumn, Aubrey, Griffin, and Hunter; and 24 nieces and 18 nephews.

One Response to Earl Lee Haigh Jr., 70, Burlingame: June 2, 1949 – May 10, 2020

  1. Jim Hanson says:

    Earl was a great guy to work with (we were federal govt. employees working together from 2012 to 2019), and great to talk to as a person. Once he was able to work remotely from the office in Maryland; the comradery in our section was never the same. It was good that he got to see everyone in Maryland one last time upon his retirement. We all miss him.

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