Joseph William (Bill) Haskins, of Dowagiac

Aug. 10, 1952 — Nov. 19, 2018

Vietnam Vet, Joseph William (Bill) Haskins, 66, of Dowagiac, passed away from natural causes on Monday, Nov. 19, surrounded by family at his home. 

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Haskins, son Charles Eubanks, daughter Phyllicia Eubanks, son William (Billy) Haskins, daughter Waynette Eubanks, daughter Amanda Haskins, grandchildren Joseph Zuhl, Matthew Eubanks, Casey Smith, Mark Zuhl, David Eubanks, Detinee Smith, Josh Eubanks, Tyler Bryan, Alex Eubanks, William Haskins, Samantha Haskins, Reily Eubanks, Gemini Curtis.

Joseph had one great-grandchild Emmathyst Jordan, and one on the way Maddox Aisnworth. Joseph’s seven siblings Marilyn Fancher, Steve Haskins, Brenda Curtis, Thomas Haskins, Roger Haskins, Joey Haskins, Pat Withers.

Preceded in death his daughter Laura Eubanks, sister Sharon Haskins, brother Ed Haskins and his parents Louise and James Haskins.

Joseph volunteered his service in the U.S. Army and was active combat Veteran in the Vietnam War. Joseph was truly a jack of all trades. He was a chef, therapist, builder, plumber, electrician, mechanic, nurse, comedian. Joseph had way too many talents to name them all. Joseph was a volunteer for Special Olympics for 20 years. He left an impression with everyone he met.

Our dad is a hero in our eyes. We hope he is one in your eyes too. He was a man we looked up to. No man has ever been able to fill his shoes. We could not have asked for a better father. We watched our father’s strength to take up responsibilities and his soft side that cared about family made us not only loving and caring, but also strong and independent. When we gave birth to our children he was there too, to greet our little ones and say, “Hello, I love you.”

Dad, you will be missed very, very much. We love you! Love, your daughters, Phyllicia, Waynette, Amanda.

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