October 15, 2012

Andrew Albert Handke

Jan. 28, 1926 - Oct. 9, 2012

The Express-Star

—  Andrew Albert Handke

Jan. 28, 1926 - Oct. 9, 2012

Funeral service for Andrew Albert Handke, age 86 of Verden, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in the Spring Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Johnny Wray will officiate and Rev. Rodger Willis will assist.

Andrew Albert was born the son of Albert Handke and Lola Mae Shook Handke on Jan. 28, 1926 North of Dutton. He died on Oct. 9, 2012 in Chickasha.

Andrew grew up in the Dutton/Verden area and graduated from Verden High School in 1944. He married Helen Nath in 1945 and they made their home on a farm north of Verden. He farmed and ranched in the Verden area all of his life. He was a contributor to the construction of Chichasha Lake where he displayed his love of skiing. He was a master of water skiing and was skilled at jumping the ski ramp while Helen drove the boat. He loved to show cattle with his kids and enjoyed following them in their school activities. Andrew served on the Verden School board while they built several buildings for the ag program. He was an FFA Honorary Farmer. Andrew also served on the Grady County Fair Board. Throughout his life he was a supporter and contributor to the Verden Public Schools FFA and Athletic Programs. He was a member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church and later the Verden First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lola Mae Handke and one sister, Anita Merritt.

Survivors include: Wife: Helen Handke of the home; Daughter and Husband: Ruth Ann and Keith James of Enid; Son: Kenneth Handke of Verden; Son and Wife: Keith and Judy Handke of Verden; Sister: Beaulah Crooks of California; Grandchildren: Judi Wood, Natalie Church, Reed James, Roxi Tallent, Amy Zerger, and Derek Handke; and Great Grandchildren: Rebecca Wood, Will and Weston Church, Piper James, Kylee and Rylon Tallent, Ethan and Dylan Zerger, Makenzie and Katelyn Handke

Interment will be in the Verden Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha.