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James A. Handley

January 23, 2024 | 12 comments

James A. Handley 80, of Trempealeau, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2024.

He was born on October 13, 1943 to Kenneth and Evelyn Handley. He met the love of his life, Carol when he caught the garter and she caught the bouquet at a wedding.  They were married one year later on January 9, 1965.

Jim was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and Packer fan.  He loved to tell stories and was really good at it.  He loved any kind of card game. Jim had a successful career in the produce industry.  He was a member of the Trempealeau Lions Club.

Jim is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Lisa Mayer (Don), son Jim (Kris), grandchildren Noah Mayer, Sean Handley and Bridget Handley, brother Edward, sister Cheryl Handley – Beck (James) and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Kay Marie Gimail and sister-in-law Pat Handley.

The family would like to thank the kind staff at Marinuka Manor.

A service will be held on January 26, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the United Methodist Church 24255 4th Street Trempealeau, WI. Pastor Mary Beth Scow will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Methodist Church in Trempealeau.



  1. Christine Fortek

    Carol, Lisa, Jim and families.
    We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    May you all find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    With Love,
    Dan & Chris

  2. Robin

    My uncle will be sorely missed and remembered fondly. It’s such a devastating loss for our family. May he rest in eternal peace.
    Robin Handley

  3. Carla Goetsch - Arnold

    Dear Cheryl and Family,

    I was very sorry to read that your brother passed away. Such a huge loss. May happy memories comfort you.

    Michael, Carla, Anna, and Marianna Goetsch-Arnold

  4. Deborah Diamond

    A wonderful person and great family. He will be missed. My condolences.

  5. Brad & Maxine

    Carol and Family, We are deeply sorry to hear Jim passed away. May all of your family have beautiful memories and treasure every moment.

    Brad & Maxine

    • Carol

      Thanks for thinking of me and for the kind words. ?

  6. Dave and Lisa Mayer

    Mrs Handley, Lisa, Don, Noah, and Family.
    So very sorry for the loss of your Husband / Father. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Find comfort in knowing he is a far better place and has a bigger audience for all his stories!!

  7. Dennis Wiebe

    My brother in law, my buddy and my best friend. Rest in peace!

  8. DEBORAH J koenig

    Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers ??? to all Debbie

  9. Carol

    Thank you for the condolences and well wishes. I have many wonderful memories in our 59 years together. He will be very much missed by the entire family.

  10. Margaret

    Carol, I just heard of Jim’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss as I know the grief too. I pray you find peace in God’s love.

  11. Kevin Beaudo

    Carol, I was trying to catch up and was devastated to hear of Jim’s passing. How sad! I will hold onto all of the memories he and I shared! Rest in peace my friend!!


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