OTTUMWA-Larry Eugene “Buzz” Handling, 68, of Delta, fomerly of Ottumwa, died at 10:56 a.m. December 13, 2016 at Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
He was born October 13, 1948 in Ottumwa to Lawrence Earl “Bud” and Evalyn Josephine Cartee Handling. He married Linda McGee and they later divorced.
A 1967 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Buzz served in Germany with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, patrolling the Czech border.
He had worked at Everco for a short time, and then worked the past 43 years at John Deere Ottumwa Works.
He was a member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars, O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion, UAW Local #74, Ottumwa Saddle Club and American Quarter Horse Association. He had been a member of Ottumwa Masonic Lodge #16 A.F. & A.M., KAABA Shrine Club, Ottumwa Shrine Club where he had been a member of the Hillbillies. One of his greatest joys was helping others.
Buzz was an active volunteer for Tenco, United Way of Wapello County and Habitat for Humanity.
Buzz enjoyed cruising around in his “Hugger Orange” Chevy Impala convertible.
Surviving is his daughter, Brettany Handling of Ottumwa; his companion, Jennifer Meyer of Delta and her children, Andrew, Allie and Abbie; sisters, Sherry (Sonny) Slycord of Ottumwa and Pam Handling of Oskaloosa; a cousin, John Handling, whom Buzz considered a brother; nieces and nephews, Randy McGee, Shawn McGee, Lorrie Stogdill, Nick Fiscella, Laurie Fiscella; many great-nieces and nephews and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. Military services will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Friday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Heartland Humane Society, PO Box 1149, Ottumwa, IA 52501.