John Handley

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011

Nikiski resident John Handley died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, from acute myelogenous leukemia. He was 44.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 10, at the Lighthouse Community Church in Nikiski.

Mr. Handley was born Apr. 29, 1966, in Yucca Valley, Calif. He graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1985. He then attended Bakersfield College and majored in art. After graduating from college, he worked as a teacher's assistant. He was recognized for his talent in glass blowing and pottery. His pottery was always in demand at various sales events that supported the programs at the college.

In 2007, he moved back to Kenai and worked at the Tesoro2Go in Nikiski. He enjoyed his association with his customers and co-workers. Late winters were always dominated with tables full of seedlings for his summertime flowers that decorated the outdoors.

"Words cannot describe our admiration of the staff at Central Peninsula Hospital for their talent, dedication and professionalism. In addition, the superb performance of the crew and staff of Life Med Alaska that was transporting John to Seattle does not go unnoticed. Their exemplary performance under such challenging conditions leaves no doubt that John received the ultimate care possible.

"Finally, thank you to all his friends and associates that have helped us through these trying times." His family wrote.

Mr. Handley is survived by his mother and stepfather, Maxine and Wayne Carroll, of Nikiski; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Frank Navarro, of Kasilof; brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Ginnie Handley, of Nikiski, and Corey and Lisa Handley, of Lake Havasu, Calif.; nieces, Donna, Kristina and Summer Handley; nephews, Frankie Navarro, Anthony, Tylor, Max, Cody and Drew Handley.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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