Visitation will be held at the church, on Monday, from 9:30am until time of service.
IYRON E. HANDKE, SR. age 83, of Greenwood, passed away at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in the Town of Lynn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Iyron Handke, Jr., Raymond Yoder, Bennie Shetler, Tony Gosar, John Gosar and Val Gosar. Visitation will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, on Sunday, from 5pm until 8pm, and again on Monday, from 9:30am until time of service.
Iyron Elmer Handke was born on January 9, 1934 in the Town of Lynn, to Elmer and Louise (Geisler) Handke. He was raised and received his education in the Lynn area. After completing his education, Iyron went to work, with his father, as a heavy equipment operator. He was united in marriage to Lorraine M. Bentley on November 28, 1953 at the First Methodist Church, in Charles City, Iowa. He worked out of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, in Wisconsin, for 29 years, 28 of those years with Pagel Construction. In 1983, he left Local 139 and worked in Texas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California until 1988. Iyron then worked out of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12, in California, which he was a member of for 29 years. He retired in 1991 after an accident left him unable to work. After his wife's death on June 9, 1992, he married Donna Gosar at Holy Family Catholic Church on December 17, 1994. They resided on her farm, in the Town of Eaton, rural Greenwood, until his death.
He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family, roses, gardening, collecting toys, ie... cars, heavy equipment and tractors, animals and birdwatching.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and was a good-hearted person whom everyone liked.
Iyron is survived by his wife, Donna, of Greenwood; one son: Iyron Handke, Jr. (Eileen Hales) of Plover; five step-children: David Maxwell (Harry Hanlon) of Brookfield, Tony (Cindy) Gosar of Greenwood, Frank (Denise) Gosar of Eugene, OR, John Gosar of Menasha, Val Gosar of Chili; six grandchildren: Joseph Maxwell, Cindy Langlois, Joshua Gosar (Karly Buirge), Bethany Gosar (Kevin Beisner), Benjamin Gosar, Gregory Gosar; four great-grandchildren: Donavin, Caiden, Braelynn, Eva; five siblings: Eldon (Donna Mae) Handke of Granton, Laura Lee Zank of Granton, Elmer (Maureen) Handke of Marshfield, Buster (Casey) Handke of Marshfield, Cheryl Handke of Granton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Lorraine.