1914 4th Street. Marysville, WA 98270

William Russell Handley October 11, 1930 - July 3, 2020

William Russell Handley, 89, of Marysville, WA went to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior on July 3rd, 2020.  He was born to Rachel and William Handley in Rensselaer, Indiana on October 11th, 1930.

Bill was the youngest of five children and when he was just a little boy his family moved to a farm in Monroe, WA, where he attended school.  He soon met and married his bride of 72 years, Dolores Goldthorpe in 1948.  Together they had three daughters and later settled in the Everett area.

Bill worked for Great Northern Railroad while attending Western Washington University to become an educator.  He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and he also owned a telegraph school in Seattle.  He taught school for many years in the Everett School District and got his master’s degree specializing in Reading.

Bill is survived by his loving and caring wife Dolores, sister Maxine, daughters Nancy (Tom) McCurdy, Lisa (Bill) Keene, seven grandchildren:  Dana (Trace) Brewer, Trevor Carlson, Carrie (Jim) Gregoire, Tarah (Tom) Walls, Adam McCurdy, Aaron McCurdy, and Brenden Keene.  He is also survived by six great-grandchildren:  Megan, Madison, and Micah Brewer, Jeremy Peterson, and Brodie and Boston Walls.

He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter Gayle and son-in-law Dean Carlson, sister Norma, brothers Raymond, Tom, and great-grandson Jacob.

Bill’s passions in life included his family, old cars, trains, gardening, reading, and attending church.  Our papa is now celebrating his life in Heaven and will be truly missed by his family and friends.


  1. Paul says

    Mr. Handley was my 6th Grade teacher at the old Garfield Elementary School. I have fond memories of him. Once he drove me and a friend to Bellingham for a basketball game. We rode in a magnificent ~1940 Buick, I think.
    Please accept my condolences for your loss.

  2. Jason & Sandra King says

    Sorry for your loss Mrs Handley. Our prayers go to you and your love ones.

  3. Devan Pfitzer says

    Love you both so much.

  4. Vickie&Pete says

    So sorry Delores to hear about Bill. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Love, Vickie & Pete

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