Clarence was born on July 11, 1924 in the Township of Union, Waupaca County, son of the late William and Louise (Lutz) Handrich. In 1945, he entered into the United States Army and was stationed in the South Pacific during WWII. In July 1957, he married Verna Fuhs; she preceded him in death in 1996. They lived and farmed in the Township of Little Wolf, Waupaca County, until retiring and moving to the City of Manawa in 1990. Clarence enjoyed fishing; you could always find him on the Manawa Mill Pond ice fishing. He particularly enjoyed going up north to his daughter’s cabin in Phillips, WI. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Manawa, where he had served in the past as an elder and school board member for the St. Paul’s School when his children attended there.
He is survived by his children: Michael (Debbie) Handrich of Caroline, Terry (Marsha) Handrich of Clintonville, Kathy (Dave) Pethke of Manawa, Lori (Gene) Gorges of New London, Donna (Chris) Andraschko of Waupaca; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, William Handrich of Clintonville. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, wife Verna, son Russell, brothers, Leo and Rudolph.
A funeral service for Clarence will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Manawa, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016 with Pastor Nathan Reichle officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Symco. A visitation for Clarence will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. The Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home in Manawa is serving the family.
Special thanks to the employees at Bethany Pines Assisted Living facility for the wonderful and loving care given to Clarence. Clarence said the people working there were like family. As well as, the chaplains at Bethany for their Wednesday chapel time and Sunday worship services. Thanks to Pastor Nathan Reichle and Pastor Vilas Mazemke for their several visits which gave Clarence great comfort.