The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 24, 2013

Charles L. Haskins


URBANA — Charles L. Haskins “Bud,” 87, of Urbana, lost his battle with advanced prostate cancer on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Charles was born in Danville on June 11, 1926, to parents Charles and Edith (Redifer) Haskins.

They preceded him in death. One brother, one sister and his grandparents also preceded him in death.

On June 11, 1947, Charles married his wife of 66 years, Eva Ping, in Danville. She survives.

Also surviving are their four children, Brenda Harden of Danville, Jean Adams of Savoy, Cheryl Winn of Greencastle, Ind., and David Haskins of Urbana; eight grandchildren, Tom Harden, Kelly Gudgel, Samantha Harden, all of Danville, Holly Marasco of McHenry, Jodie Sommers of Homer, Taffie Anderson of Westville, Gretchen Adams of Danville, Patrick York of Freedom, Ind.; and 20 great-grandchildren. Charles has one surviving sister, Gloria Haskins of Canoga Park, Calif.; one surviving brother, Kenneth Haskins of Carson City, Nev.; and his longtime friend, George “Andy” Warner of Savoy.

Charles served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and was stationed on Luzon Island in the Philippines. (He served in one unit more primitive than M.A.S.H on T.V.). He also served in the U.S. Army as a clinical psychologist assistant at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, during the Korean Conflict.

On return to Danville he worked as a letter carrier for the Danville Post Office, a bus driver for Danville City Lines and Bee Line Transit and an accounting clerk for the state of Illinois Department of Transportation in Paris.

Charles left Danville in August 1971 to come to Urbana and become a “pioneer” bus driver for Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, starting on Day Two and retiring in August 1991 after 20 years of service.

A private visitation was held on Tuesday, July 23, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana. Interment was at Mt. Hope Mausoleum, Champaign.

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