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Barry Handrup

Barry Handrup, 67, of Hampton, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Bryan/LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln.

Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 23rd at Monroe Evangelical Free Church north of Murphy. Rev. Mark Dunham will officiate. Private family interment will be prior to the memorial service at St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Kronborg. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 P.M. Wednesday at Monroe Evangelical Church north of Murphy. The service will be live streamed on the church's Facebook page. Memorials may be made in care of the family to designate at a later date. Current CDC guidelines will be followed, masks are encouraged. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Barry Dean Handrup, the son of Hugo and Barbara (Hermansen) Handrup, was born in Central City, Nebraska on September 9, 1952 and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 19, 2020, at the age of 67.

Barry grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School. Barry served as a director on the Aurora Co-op board for many years. He was a member of Monroe Evangelical Free Church, where he served as a trustee and he and Ardith served as AWANA directors.

Barry married Ardith Carlson on October 6, 1973. They had four children: Shawna, Shari, Stacie and Brandon. He worked as a plumber before he started his lifelong career of farming. The dream of sharing his love of farming became a reality when Brandon, his son joined him in the operation.

Barry was someone who valued relationships with family and friends which impacted many lives. Barry worked hard and played hard. Family was important and he loved spending time investing in his grandkids. Barry was passionate about his family and his farm. His greatest pleasure was farming together with his beloved wife. He enjoyed competition whether it was watching his children, grandchildren or competing himself in pickleball, pingpong, sand volleyball, and kickball. He had a great sense of humor and loved a good practical joke. Barry enjoyed time at the lake, horseback riding, and motorcycle trips. He was skilled at repairing things and making them work. His grandchildren thought he could fix anything, and they brought him great joy. You would often hear him ask his grandkids, "Who loves you?" and they always replied, "PAPA!"

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vicki Stuhr.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ardith of Hampton; four children, Shawna (Rick) Carson of Lincoln, Shari (Trey) Pittenger of Lincoln, Stacie (Chris) Holliday of Aurora and Brandon (Deanna) Handrup of Hampton; 14 grandchildren; sister, Paula Handrup (Clark Neal) of Goodyear, Arizona; brother, Kirk (Barb) Handrup of Aurora and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

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