February 20, 2020

Richard "Dick" L. Handrich

Died Feb. 11, 2020


Richard "Dick" L. Handrich, 94, of Fairview, MI, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at his home.

He was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church. His faith in Christ was the foundation of his life.

He was active in high school sports, especially basketball and baseball. Dick was self-employed for the most part throughout the years, having farmed beef, chickens and turkeys, as well as owning and operating a sawmill and planer. He drove a school bus for 20 years for Fairview Area Schools and always cared deeply for his bus kids. He worked hard but enjoyed playing as well. He enjoyed bowling, played summer softball and umpired the games after his playing years were done. He enjoyed hunting and was able to be in the woods even this past rifle season. He loved his woods; when he could no longer go and cut his own firewood, he continued to spend time there directing a harvest or enjoying the quiet. His woodcrafts were a point of pride for him. From letter openers to furniture, he didn't shy away from the intricate details of marble machines nor the size of a grandfather clock. Every year he looked forward to making projects to donate to the Northern Michigan Relief Sale. His deepest love was for people. Family, friends, and those he'd just met would get a taste of his sense of humor and his genuine concern for their well-being. These past months provided more time for visits and he willingly shared his memories, his faith and his hope with those who sat a spell with him.

Surviving are his wife, Janet; children, Garry (Janice) Handrich of Mio, MI, Patricia (Frank) Arthur of Denver, CO, Diane (Jerry) Handrich of Guntersville, AL and Dallas (Jane) Handrich of Fairview; sister, Olive Gerber of Goshen, IN; brother, Harry (Sandy) Handrich of Fairview; eight step-children; 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ada Handrich; wives, Ruby and Alta "Effie"; son, Dennis Handrich; sisters; infant Lola Handrich, Luella Esch and Jean Hoover; brother, Don Handrich and infant granddaughter, Cinda Handrich.

Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5 - 8 PM at the Lashley Funeral Home, Mio and Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of Funeral Services at 11:00 AM, at The Fairview Mennonite Church, Fairview, MI, with Pastor David Price officiating. Interment at Fairview Cemetery Fairview, MI.

Memorials may be made to: The Fairview Mennonite Relief Sale, C/O The Fairview Mennonite Church, PO Box 100, Fairview, MI 48621.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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