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Bobby Dee Handshy


Bobby Dee Handshy (Bob), 76, of Columbus KS, passed away peacefully July 22, 2023 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at home on June 15, 1947 in rural Columbus, KS. Bob is the son of Clair and Ruth (Draeger) Handshy. On January 14, 1966, Bob married the love of his life Cathy Skaggs. They made their home in Columbus and remained there his entire life.

Bob was always a devout employee. As a young man, he became supervisor at Cameo Campers in Columbus, worked at Missouri Steel Mill in Joplin, and ended his work career spending over 25 years at Tamko Roofing, where he rose to Production Supervisor.

When Bob loved, he loved hard, and all those he loved were blessed. He was very well-loved by his kids and grandkids and was happily married for 57 years.

Survivors include: 

His wife: Cathy Handshy, of the home; 

Son: Bobby Handshy and wife Paula of Columbus, KS; their 2 daughters: Lydia and Lilly Handshy; 

Daughter: Mary Federico and husband Michael of Springhill, KS; their 3 children: Erin Graw and husband Stefan and daughter Emily; Megan Hopper and Jordan and son Rowan; and Trenton Willard; 

Daughter: Susan Lacey and husband Hugh of Joplin, MO; their children: Nate Elmore and Whitney, and their children, Ayden and Lucas; Tyler Elmore and wife Victoria; and Abbey Elmore; 

Daughter: Diana Parmele and husband Dan of Springfield, MO; their children: Bella Parmele, Reese Parmele, Quinn Parmele, Halley Banning and husband Mitch; 

Two brothers: Stan Handshy and wife Kaylee of New Braunfels, TX; and Bud Handshy and wife Wendy of Pittsburg, KS; 

Two sisters: Frieda Colbert of Baxter Springs, KS; and Rebecca Doherty of Mt. Vernon, MO. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Family will receive friends at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, Friday evening July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home.

A private interment will take place at Columbus Park Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.

Services are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave. Columbus, KS 66725.