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Harry Handy

Harry Handy of Addieville, IL went home to plant a bigger garden, fish the ponds of heaven, and B.S. with all who had gone before him on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1:25 A.M. He had attained the age of 80 years, 9 months, and 19 days.

Harry was born in Auburn, IL on July 4th, 1941, the son of Leslie and Ethel (nee Journey) Handy. He was united in marriage to Mary Page in Virden, IL on July 18, 1959, and she preceded him in death on May 7, 2013.

Mr. Handy was a coal miner for Monterey Coal Company in both Albers, IL and Carlinville, IL until his retirement. Between stints at the mines, Harry and Mary owned and operated the Handy Bar in Virden until 1978, when they sold the bar and moved to Okawville, IL.

Harry was a great man who never knew a stranger and he loved his family with all his heart. He loved his Cardinals (also known as those “Big Dummies”) and he loved going to The Eagle’s Nest to have a Pepsi, a cold Stag beer or just to help out. Harry’s pride and joy were his grandkids and great grandkids. He loved teaching them fishing, deer hunting, or showing them how to plant a garden.

Left to mourn his passing are his four daughters, Shari Hempen and husband Mike of Nashville, IL, Terri Rennegarbe of Hoyleton, IL, Kari Handy of Centralia, IL, and Jeri Thorson of Panama City, FL; nine grandchildren, Brent (Jenee) Schorfheide, Ryan Schorfheide, Brittany (Chris) Goforth, Jennifer (Evan) Willhite, Melissa Rennegarbe, Bryan Rennegarbe, Justin (Casi) McDonald, Jessica (Josh) Wheeler, and Jeremy (Mariah) Boswell; 12 great grandkids, Austin (fiancée Callie McClay) Schorfheide, Grayson Schorfheide, Paxtyn and Berklyn Goforth, Bailey, Layla, and Landyn Baker, Briannah Rennegarbe, Theodore and Iris McDonald, Jamesen Wheeler, and Weslynn Boswell; a brother, Charles Handy and wife Charlene of Virden; numerous nieces and nephews as well as his Eagle’s Nest family and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Young; a great grandson, Callen Goforth; two sisters, Eileen Boesdorfer and Juanita Cardosi; and four brothers, Stanley, Ellis, Larry, and Tom Handy.

Funeral services will be held from the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 P.M. with Pastor Jeffrey Schwab officiating. Following the service, cremation will be performed, and interment of ashes will be at a later date in the Auburn City Cemetery in Auburn, IL.

Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Friday from 5 P.M. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Angel for Autism, Heartland/ProMedica Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

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  1. Carolyn Johnson on May 5, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    I worked with Harry at the #2 coal mine. We had a lot of fun. We exchanged Christmas Cards. Until Mary passed and I lost track of him. I loved that man. He made my days working an enjoyment . I could go home with a smile on my face thinking about the conversations he had with June and me. God Bless him he was a good man.

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