William B. “Bill” Haine, 87, died Monday, June 19, 2006 in San Dimas.

Mr. Haine was born Dec. 5, 1918 in Mineral Point, Wisc. He served aboard the USS Mount Vernon, a troop transport, and later aboard the USS Neches, a tanker.

During the war, he met, fell in love with and married Esther Jane Melville. They were happily married for 44 years until her death in 1990.

After the war, he returned to school, graduating from the University of Southern California in 1947, and later worked in the insurance industry for more than 35 years.

Mr. Haine was an Idyllwild resident from 1965 to 1977. He owned the Idyllwild Insurance Agency and was active in many local clubs and organizations, including the 39ers, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, American Legion Post 800 and Idyllwild Rotary Club, serving a year as club president.

He and his late wife both served terms on the Fern Valley Water District Board of Directors.

Mr. Haine was known for his wit and good humor. He enjoyed telling stories, especially about his experiences during the war.

Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Alta Loma on June 23.

Mr. Haine is survived by his present wife, Emily “Sunny” Haine of Santa Clarita; two sons, Steve Haine of San Diego and Bob Haine of Alta Loma and Idyllwild; and two grandchildren, Susan Haine and Michael Haine.