Michael Robert “Mike” Handlin, 56, of Cowden, passed away June 7, 2015 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Monday, June 22, 2015 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial will follow at 1 PM at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield with full military rites.
Mike was born October 5, 1958 in Decatur, IL., the son of James Handlin and Mary Lou (Skiff) Lake. He married Barbara Dixon on May 19, 1984 in Mt. Zion, IL.
Mr. Handlin proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1984-1999 earning several commendations. He received a National Defense Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and four Good Conduct Awards. He was titled an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and acted as an aviation instructor for the US Navy.
Mike was the owner of Handlin’s Cosmetology School in Cowden, IL. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving are his wife Barb Handlin of Cowden, IL.; his father Jim Handlin of Pana, IL., a special father figure Johnny “Pops” Ralph of Decatur, IL.; his daughter Jessica Lisy of Olney, IL., his son Brandon Handlin of Cowden, IL.; his sisters Roxanna Murphy of Oklahoma City, OK., Debra Betterton of Pana, IL., and Cynthia Carter of Smithfield, TN., and his grandchildren Noah Lisy and Jaeron Lisy.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mike Handlin Memorial Trust at the Community Banks of Shelby County, Cowden Branch.