Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Uncle Bill

William "Bill" F. Handley 1918 ~ 2009 Grandpa Great was born November 26, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah to James F. Handley and Josephine Willis Handley. He passed away November 27, 2009, three hours past his 91st birthday.Bill married his life-long companion, Vivian Lucille Kiddle on March 31, 1940, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Bill was a hard working carpenter, who helped everyone around with his skills. He worked at Ft. Douglas during World War II and retired after 38 years at Fetzers Inc. He served together with his wife 13 years at the LDS Church Granite Mountain Vaults and in many other church callings. Dad and Mom loved camping, costume parties, dancing and spending time with their family. Survived by his children, Kathy (Dale) Steadman, Bill (Kathy), Del (Carrie); sons-in-law, Dr. Lester J. Nielson, Ray (Jeannine) Andersen; 18 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his loving wife; children, Jackie Nielson, Linda Andersen, Kevin and Adele (stillborn) and brothers, Willis and Alvin. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 2nd, 12:00 p.m. at the Wilford Ward, 3179 Highland Drive. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. at Murray Memorial Mortuary, 5850 S. 900 E. and also one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Interment, Redwood Memorial Cemetery. The family thanks the staff of Beehive Homes in West Jordan and Harmony Hospice for the loving care they gave to Bill. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Primary Children's Neo Natal Center. On-line condolences at www.memorialutah.com

This is my sweet great Uncle Bill and Aunt Bibbi. He passed away last week just hours after his 91st birthday. When my sister and I were born, my mom and dad had to go back to work pretty quick and they watched us from the time we were babies to school age. I remember spending time at their little house in Sugarhouse, baking bread, receiving knitted slippers, and playing in the backyard under a big tree. As always, it's sad to hear of his passing but he is finally reunited with his sweetheart and gets to meet the babies he didn't have the opportunity to raise in this life. I'm grateful for precious family members like these and only hope that one day I can leave an impression on my posterity like they have on me. Love you Uncle Bill!


Leslie said...

Great post Sis! I have lots of memories from when we were school age, but really can't remember anything from the times they watched us.
I'll certainly miss him, but it was one of the sweeter losses we've had lately in my opinion, just because he's back with his sweetheart

Jason & Kelli West said...

Steph, I am so sorry to hear this. I hope you are doing well. I am glad you had such great memories with him. And I am glad that he is back with his sweetheart. I hope you and your family are all doing well.