ULLR Foundation
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Bill Handsaker

August 21, 2016




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William N. Handsaker
1928 - 2016

88, of St. Louis Park, previously of Minnetonka, passed away on August 21, 2016 from complications of a head injury.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Elizabeth Handsaker Raudenbush and Penelope Handsaker Miller and his grand-niece Alice Elizabeth Raudenbush.
He is survived by nieces and nephews from all parts of the country, his former wife Ann Depta, and many caring friends in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Bill was born in St. Paul on June 29, 1928, the son of Nelson and Bertha Handsaker.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1953, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948.  Bill was an award winning amateur photographer, skier, sailor, cyclist, and traveled the world, visiting all 7 continents.  His greatest joy came from his family and friends, to whom he was devoted and with whom he often traveled.
Gifts in Bill's memory may be made to the American Humanist Association or Compassion and Caring, two of Bill's favorite charities.
A Celebration of Life will be held Nov 1 at 11AM at Ramada Plaza, Minneapolis; contact Sandra Shearer 651-747-7862.
Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 18, 2016
William N. Handsaker
June 29, 1928 -  August 21, 2016
Bill joined ULLR in the 1950’s.  He enjoyed both down hill and cross country skiing and led trips for both.  He was a sailor and led many sailing trips to the Apostle Islands.  He traveled far and wide and entertained the club with his stunning travel photos.  Bill served on several ULLR Boards and was a Vice President.  In 2002, he was named ULLR of the Year. The celebration of life for Bill Handsaker will take place Tuesday, November 1, at 11:00 AM at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1330 Industrial Blvd, Minneapolis.  The Club offers condolences to his family and friends.

In 2015 Bill donated “decades worth of photo albums created by his father, Willard Nelson Handsaker, to the Minnesota Historical Society.  Willard Nelson Handsaker was a railroad engineer, a dedicated father of three and an obsessive photographer.  From 1932 to 1973, he captured his every month in pictures, from his home life in St. Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood to company retirements, track accidents and the giant ice palaces of the St. Paul Winter  Carnival.”  You can look at some of those photos at:
(The photo above and text here are from this site.)



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