Dean Handsaker, age 81, of Nevada, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.

Memorial services will be Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastors Myron Herzberg and David Burling officiating. Burial follows in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to

Dean farmed with his brother in the Fernald area northeast of Nevada from 1955-70. During this time, he also worked part-time as a basketball official.

In 1967, Dean began working for Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company, first as a sales representative and, beginning in 1972, as sales manager. He retired after 26 years of service to the company.

On August 26, 1962, Dean was united in marriage to Marcia Hilburn in Nevada. The couple was blessed with three sons, Paul, Mark, and Dave.

Dean was a charter member of the Nevada Kiwanis Club and was a faithful and active member of Memorial Lutheran Church and other community activities.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia; three sons, Paul (Dianne) Handsaker of Pearl City, IL; Mark (Mary) Handsaker of Nevada; and Dave (Jennifer) Handsaker of Winterset; eight grandchildren, Garrett, Cheyenne, Paige, Cash, Sydney, Danielle Cunningham, Layla, and Cooper and two great-grandsons, Parker and Max. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Gloria Handsaker of Nevada; a niece, Ryan (Beaman) Black; and three nephews, Gary, Rob and Craig Handsaker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale “Hank” Handsaker.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada was entrusted with the care of Dean and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dean's name may be directed to the Nevada Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 4, Nevada, IA 50201, or to Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, IA 50201.