Frank E. Handy
1930 — 2018
Longtime local resident Frank E. Handy, 88, passed away Dec. 22, 2018, at the Hospice Care Center.
Frank was born in Centralia, Wash., in 1930 to Harvey and Adeline (Brandenburg) Handy. Frank had four brothers, Ernest “Ernie,” Raymond “Bud,” Lloyd and James “Jim.” He was preceded in death by Raymond and Lloyd.
The Handy family moved to the Longview area when Frank was a young child, ultimately settling on a large farm in the Coal Creek area. Frank had many fond memories of growing up on the family farm with his brothers and other members of the Coal Creek Community.
Frank attended school in Longview, graduating from R.A. Long High School in 1947. Frank loved sports and excelled in wrestling. While in high school Frank was a four-year letterman in wrestling and was a three-time high point champion for the Lumberjacks. Frank won high-point honors at the state wrestling tournament. Later in life, Frank was inducted into the R.A. Long Hall of Fame for his high school wrestling achievements.
Frank joined the Navy and proudly served on active duty during the Korean War. He was stationed on a destroyer and a supply ship and saw action off the coast of Korea. Some of his most memorable times in the Navy were visits to Asian ports of call, serving as the ship’s rescue swimmer and operating a motor launch in coastal areas of post war Japan.
After serving in the Navy, Frank returned to Longview and met the love of his life, Virginia “Ginger” Wilson. Frank and Ginger were married 56 years when Ginger passed away in 2015.
Frank and Ginger moved to Bellingham where Frank graduated with a degree from Western Washington University in education. Upon graduation, Frank and Ginger relocated to Lakewood, Wash., where Frank began his teaching career. Shortly thereafter, Frank was offered a job with the Longview School District. Frank taught at Mark Morris High School and coached their wrestling team. After several years at Mark Morris, Frank transferred to Cascade Junior High. While at Cascade, Frank attended Portland State University where he obtained his master’s degree in art. Frank then transferred to R.A. Long where he finished his 33 year teaching career. At R.A. Long, Frank coached soccer, swimming, softball and served as R.A. Long’s evening athletic coordinator. Post retirement, Frank returned to teaching and taught English as a Second Language.
Frank loved his students and received great satisfaction in watching them grow into successful adults. One of his great joys was to visit with his former students and hear their life adventures. Frank’s students loved him and his amazing teaching style. Former students would frequently tell Frank he was one of their favorite teachers. Frank loved hearing this as his students meant so much to him.
After Frank’s retirement, both he and Ginger enjoyed traveling and visiting with friends and family. Frank deeply loved his grandchildren and loved to attend their youth sporting events and school functions.
Frank is survived by two sons, David Handy (Terrie) and Steven Handy (Lesley); four grandchildren, Ryan Handy, Matthew Handy, Arianna Handy (Ari), and Evan Handy; two great-grandchildren, Cathryn Handy and Charles Handy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Frank’s life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank Handy Memorial Scholarship fund, in care of R.A. Long High School, 2903 Nichols Blvd., Longview, WA 98632.
Frank was loving, loyal, kind-hearted, conscientious, approachable, creative, artistic and an extremely hard worker. Frank was also known for his offbeat sense of humor. Whether at the airport, grocery store or Cornerstone Cafe, Frank found many willing (and some unwilling) folks who he subjected to his jokes.