George E. (Enos) Handy passed away on February 7, 2013 at the age of 94. He was born on July 13, 1918 in Melrose, OR to George Edwin Handy and Creaolee (Conn) Handy at the home of his great-grandfather Henry Conn Sr. not far from the present day Conn-Ford Bridge. In the fall of 1854, the ox-drawn covered wagon of the Conn Sr. family crossed the river there to complete their journey to Oregon.
His brothers Edwin and brothers Henry (Chub) and Orlo Handy preceded him in death as did his sister Florena (Knudsen). They were buried in the Melrose Cemetery as are his parents, siblings and wife. Enos (as he was known) will join them there.
He attended grade school in Melrose and was married to Marjorie (Coon) on November 24, 1938 in Dillard, OR. In 1938-1939 they purchased the 240 acre farm of Fred and Alice (Conn) Goff. In 1940 their first son Enos Daro Handy was born and son Curtis Lee was born two years later in 1942.
Enos is survived by his son Daro (Darlene) and son Curt; three grandchildren: Daro Dean Handy (Lori) of Kentucky and Darci D’Ann Norton (Rodney) of Eugene, OR and Clifford Byron Ackerson (Tanina) of Washington; and ten great-grandchildren. He had a long and happy marriage to his loving wife of 60 years. She passed in 1998.
In 1947, they built a home just up river of the Conn-Ford Bridge, where they raised, among other things Dillard melons. Later, they moved to Garden Valley then to Reedsport, OR, where Enos spent many years commercial salmon fishing. He also guided fishing parties in the 1950’s on the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers as well as the ocean.
Upon their retirement they enjoyed their home above Oakland on Mustang Drive until Marjorie’s health made a move to a Sutherlin’s Park necessary. After her passing, George (Enos) was able to live independently and lived at home until the day of his passing.
He was an active Trapshooting at the age of 90. He began Trapshooting in 1949 and is a member of the TrapShooting Hall of Fame, as is his son, Daro.
Enos loved his family and lived his life doing the things he enjoyed, especially hunting, fishing and trapshooting. He was a prolific story teller and related old-time events in great detail. Memories of 85 plus years ago were in his mind fresh as yesterday. Many stories would likely return to days of his youth with friends and family in Melrose.
He caught his first Spring Salmon at the forks of the Umpqua rivers when he was six years old. He continued Spring Salmon trips on the Umpqua for over 85 years...without missing one. The river was a life-long love. He lamented the passing of the world he once knew in his youth. Our father’s journey has ended with a trip to the Great Beyond, where he is wished peace and happiness doing all the things he loved. We hope that he may join the Melrose friends and family he knew in his youth that he enjoyed and remembered so well. He will be greatly missed, he was one of the last of a time that once was.
Funeral arrangements by Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg. A Memorial Service at the Melrose Community Church will be held at a date to be announced.