William C. “Bill” Handy, 79, of Pleasant Plains, Il. and formerly of Waverly, Il. died early Saturday morning (October 2, 2021) at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on November 14, 1941 in Waverly, Il. son of the late Paul and Florence Lea Miller Handy.
He married Kathryn Kay Turner on April 7, 1962 in Modesto, Illinois and she survives.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by his sons, Steven Handy (Amanda) of Virginia, Il. and their children, Kelsey and Keagan; Kevin Handy (Husband) of Springfield, Il. and their children, Peyton and Lydia and Greg Handy (Susan) of Sherman, Il. and their children, Kaylee, Ricky, Gabriella, Jensyn, Sawyer and Blakely; one great-granddaughter, Lorraine; his siblings, James and Robert Handy both of Ashland, Il., Donna Leverton of Milton, Fla., Cheryl Bliesner of Stonington, Il., Gerry Handy of Colona, Il. and Carla Humphress (John) of Pleasant Plains, Il .; and several nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
His parents died before him.
After graduating from Waverly High School in 1959, he served for 5 years in the Army Reserves before settling in the rural plains of Pleasant where he farmed for 35 years. Bill was also a licensed real estate agent, and eventually became a broker and started Handy Land Services in 2003 specializing in farm real estate. Bill was a member of the Ashland Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Waverly, Il. Interment will be in Waverly East Cemetery. Visitations will be held Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Pleasant Plains Fire Protection District or Ashland VFW and sent to Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, 349 E. Tanner, Waverly, Il. 62692. Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.