Lake City resident Robert Duskie was recognized by Haven Veteran Volunteers recently for his military service. Duskie served in the United States (U.S.) Army from 1955 to 1957 as a medic and was stationed in Baumholder, Germany. He also played intramural baseball for the Nifty Nines during his time in the service and was granted an early discharge to assist his father with the harvest of 1957 on his family’s farm.

After his time in the service, Duskie moved back home to Cawker City, Kansas, home of the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, and took over the family farm after his father’s death. He went on to work for an insurance company as a claims manager covering Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas before moving to Lake City in 2000 to be a supervisor for the American Agricultural Insurance Company in Georgia and Florida.

The Haven Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven, which are all presented by volunteer veterans. The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service. Are you a veteran in the Lake City area that is interested in helping Haven honor our veteran patients? If so, please contact Haven Lake City Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Pinchouck at 386.752.9191 or visit to learn more.