Leslie A. Handshoe

February 19, 1962 - May 31, 2009

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Leslie Arnold "Les" Handshoe, 47, of Wolcottville died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at 8:52 a.m. while en route to Parkview Hospital following an accident on State Road 5 in LaGrange County.

Mr. Handshoe was self-employed. He and his wife had transported Amish in the area. He attended East Noble High School. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, Indianapolis Colts football, and loved Jeremy Mayfield. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

He was born February 19, 1962, in Kendallville to Arnold and Flora (Harmon) Handshoe. His father preceded him in death, and his mother survives in Kendallville.

He was married July 2, 1994, in Hindman, Kentucky, to Sue Bischoff. She survives in Wolcottville.

Also surviving are a son, Jeremy Bischoff of Wolcottville; a grandson, Brody Bischoff of Wolcottville; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Lois Handshoe of Kendallville; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Judy Boyd of Kendallville, Jeanette Mansfield of Fort Wayne, Hazel and Carroll Ensley of Gastonia, North Carolina, Betty Handshoe of Kendallville, and Ellen and Jeff Hicks of Kendallville; his mother-in-law, Violet Bischoff of Wolcottville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, James Boyd, two nephews, Richard Lightner, and James Robert Boyd, III, and his father-in-law, Gordon Bischoff.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville, with Pastor Emory Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Casketbearers will be Wayne Handshoe, Jeff Hicks, Larry Criswell, Clovis "Punk" Hoover, Raymond Hamilton, and Curtis Pruitt.

Calling is Tuesday, June 2, 2009, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

View a video tribute or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

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Jayla Hicks
June 1st, 2012 5:54am

Uncle Les, I just wanted to drop in and say hello. Just wanted to remind you of how much I love you and miss you. Today is 3 years exactly that you've been gone...but that's alright because that's 3 years closer to the next time I get to see you. Uncle Les I know you and Nanny are having a great time together...and I couldn't ask for anything more. I love you with all my heart, keep your guardian wings over me in everything I do. I need the protection now more than ever. You're still the best, always have been & always will be. Until Next Time, Jayla Hicks

Jayla Hicks
February 16th, 2012 7:47am
Kendallville, IN.

"If tears could build a stair way, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again." Uncle Les, Where to begin again...this is the 4th time I've wrote in your book. Everytime I cry a little harder. If only, I tend to say that to myself alot. I have a picture of you on my nightstand, you're face is most usually the last thing I see before bed each night. I think about you everytime I look at the sky, everytime I have a conversation about Christmas or Thanksgiving or bestfriends, you're the only thing on my mind. I wish I could go back, and make you not go to work on Sunday, May 31, 2009; if I could just have one wish...I would take the chance and make everything so much better. I'm sure you wouldn't want to come back, nobody would. You're in a much safer, better, happier place than anyone could ever imagine. I need you to watch over me, in everything I do, I need you to keep your pretty little angel wings around me and make sure that nothing happens. I'm trying my best to become the best I can, because I know you're watching. I know you see me, and I want to make you proud. Life has been throwing some curve balls at me and I wish I still had my bestfriend to talk to about things, to talk to about everything really. Right after you left things started getting hard, and they've only gotten harder as time has gone on. Since I don't have you here anymore to talk to in person it hurts, but it's also made me stronger, it's made me realize so much about life, it's shown me who I am, and who I want to be, where I'm at right now, and where I need to go. I've made some wrong choices, choices that I wouldn't have made if I had the chance to have talked to you about them first. I just wanted to say hello, I needed to vent a little bit and you're the only person who truly understood me half the time. Even though you aren't here, even though I can't call you and just talk and laugh, and have a good time anymore, I can still feel your presence, I can still talk to you and feel the weight of the world rise off my shoulders in the midst of me talking to you. You are the wind that brushes the leaves on the tree branches, you are the light that radiates from the sun, you are the shine of the moon in the nighttime, you are still here, you are still listening, and your arm is still wrapped around my shoulders. I love you Uncle Les, you've helped shape me into the person I am today. I cannot thank you enough and it doesn't matter how hard I cry, how long I pray, how long I search and try, I'll never be able to bring you back to this Earth to spend time with me, but we have eternity when all is said and done; which by the looks of the world today won't be much longer. Just know that I love you, I miss you, I need you, I wait for you, I pray for you, I wish on stars for you, please Uncle Les, just remember that I love you. Jesus is so lucky to have such an amazing angel by his side at this moment in time. I am happy that you're not suffering, you're not in pain, you're happy. Yes, if you're happy, I'm happy, I couldn't ask for more, and I'm sure you're having a ball. Yes time hurts, time doesn't heal all wounds, but everyday that brings me further from the time I saw you last, also brings me one day closer to the day I get to see you again. Once we reunite we'll have it made. Keep your arms around me, and keep the loving whispers coming my way, I need them more than you know. You're still my bestfriend, my inspiration, everything really....I love you. With All My Love, Jayla Hicks

Jayla Hicks
June 21st, 2011 5:55pm

To be completely honest...I don't know where to begin this time. This makes the 3rd time I've signed your book now Uncle Les...well let's see...I'm sitting in government and I just listened to your song...and suddenly all of our memories came rushing back to me. I still remember the day that I was mowing Judy's yard and I saw your face in the clouds. I still remember riding in the Mustang with you. I still remember that night that I heard you whisper you loved me, you were my comfort that night. You were always there to dry my tears, you were always there to help me through my problems, through all my arguments with the people that I hold dearest to my heart. I still remember...and everytime I think back to the day my dad told me what happened it's like a knife rushing through me everytime. It's been 2 years and 3 weeks now. I would give anything to have had the chance to tell you goodbye. I called your phone everyday at least 5 times a day for the first 2 weeks that you were gone. Then I think Aunt Sue turned it off. I wasn't thinking to record it, I wish I would have because I would love to hear your voice again. I see people come into my work that remind me of you and I sit in the back of the restaurant and cry. I don't know why because no matter what I do, it won't bring you back. I guess it's just my way of feeling closer to you. I know that you're watching over me each and everyday. Your baby Brody has grown into a wonderful little man. He's more beautiful now than ever...I know you're watching him to though. I just wanted you to know that there still isn't a day that passes that I don't think of you, I could be doing the meaningless tasks and yet you find your way to cross my mind, to interrupt my thoughts of work and flood my mind of our memories. I just need you to promise me that you will continue watching over me, and guarding me when I need you. Tell Pa I said hello and I cannot wait to meet him and reunite myself with you. Stay beautiful, you're the best there ever was, the best there ever will be. I couldn't ask for anyone better to watch over me on this day. Thank you. I love you with all my heart, I hope to see you soon.

Jeffrey Hicks
January 31st, 2011 11:11pm

Uncle Leslie, I think about you often when my mind is set on the task im doing sometimes it will wander and i will think about you and how much you loved me and how much i love you. but now i have a gurdian angel of my own. i love you uncle leslie. your the best uncle anyone could ask for!

Jayla Hicks
January 18th, 2011 4:25am

Uncle Les, I've thought about you everyday since you were taken from us, and not even the time has helped take the pain off my heart. We are now 4 months shy of it being 2 years and I wish more than anything that I could hug you one last time. I've also thought alot about life and if we could have a face to face conversation I know you would be so proud. I talk to you quite often, I know you alwasy listen I just wish I could hear what you had to say. I still cry quite often I know you don't want me to but life is so hard without you. I long for your help alot and it tears me up inside knowing that I can't call and ask your opinion. I'm sorry it took me so long to sign your book, just promise me that you'll watch over me until I get to be with you again. I love you more than words can describe, and I know I got my angel watching over me. Forever and Always. I love you Uncle Les. Your the best!

kylie marie.
November 16th, 2010 5:32am

uncle leslie, i miss you more than words can explain. i love you more than anything in this world. you meant alot to me when you were alive & you still do. life is not the same without you.

June 8th, 2009 9:20pm

Uncle Leslie, Great uncle Leslie~ You were the BEST uncle that anyone could ever ask for! You will be with us until the day God brings us to meet you, Pa, Ricky, & my grandma! Nobody could ever replace you....EVER! We love you always and you will be truley missed but NEVER forgotten!

Jessica Holbrook
June 8th, 2009 2:05am
Sanford, FL

Sue I am praying for you, Jeremy, and poor little Brody. I am so so sorry. When I think about Les Nascar comes to mind, that would be my memory of him for sure. My prayers are with you honey, truly.

June 8th, 2009 1:37am

dear ,sue i know les was a great guy from my friends carroll,and hazel ensley,and kelli loved her uncle les a lot more than any thing i know there is a bright angel!in heavento night .

Kelli Ensley
June 8th, 2009 12:17am
Gastonia, North Carolina

I will miss you uncle les more than you could ever imagine. I can't wait until we meet again. I'll love you and Aunt Sue forever. - Your neice, Kelli.

David,Flora,Max,Ally,Hannah Leung & Jaid
June 7th, 2009 11:34pm
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Leslie i have thought about this a million times since God took you home. I want your Legacy to live on & to continue to honor you here on earth while you are looking down on us from Heaven. Im sorry I dont know how. As much as I have thought about how I could honor you and your rememberance there is nothing that i could ever do that would amount to even half of how wonderful you were. You are missed so much. You truly Blessed this world & im sure your an even bigger Blessing to the Kingdom of Heaven. We Love You Leslie.

June 6th, 2009 9:16pm

I spoke with Leslie for the first time in nearly 30 years at my brother's funeral in March. Leslie left a lasting impression on me. We talked about many things, especially politics - well, at least I listened and learned. I was struck at how wise, intelligent, humorous - the list goes on - that Leslie was. I was having a difficult time that day and I will never forget our conversation - he brightened my mood and spirit. Thank you Leslie. Hope you are having a good time catching up with your dad. God Bless. Christian's Tim and Family

TiaMarie Clements (Short)
June 4th, 2009 6:24pm
Palm Coast

I'm so sorry I can't make it. You were like family to me!! You are going to be so missed by so many people. You are truely loved!!! Your life was cute too short!

Sherry (Bollman) Carter
June 4th, 2009 4:03pm
Kendallville, IN

Sue, I was very saddened to read about your recent loss. You have my deepest sympathy and are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless.

June 4th, 2009 4:01pm

Leslie my heart is breaking, I want you back.You will always be my baby.I know daddy and Bob will take care of you.I will see you when I get there THAN I'll be happy again. Bye Big Judy

Kimmi,Mike,Christopher,Savannah and Jazl
June 4th, 2009 4:18am

Leslie I am sure am gonna miss you! I wish Your family the best! I know you are in a better place now! I have a lot of child hood memories that include you that I will cherish always! Love Your Cousin, Kimmi Lou

Carrie Shepherd
June 4th, 2009 4:12am

Les I sure am going to miss you! My beloved nephew,with all my love your Aunt Carrie!

Jude,Les,Jimmy Martin
June 4th, 2009 2:39am

Les our uncle. You could count on him for anything, he loved all the kids in the family so much. It breaks my heart that we have to live without him. I know how much his baby brody will miss his poppaw. He was so proud and happy of his family. Auntie Sue know YOU will ALWAYS be our auntie and we love you so so much. God take care of our angel.

David Shepherd Jr.
June 4th, 2009 2:36am
Kalamazoo, MI

I never had the privalage of meeting you, but all things happen for reasons that no man on earth knows. I know your in a better place with our Loving Lord. My prayers are with your family. Sincerely your cousin Mikey

David Shepherd Sr.
June 4th, 2009 2:25am
Kalamazoo, MI

You are loved and missed by many but i know that you are in a better place now with the father. I wish we could have spent more time together.We will meet again. my love to you and family.Sincerly youre cousin Mike.Love ya bro.

wayne payton
June 3rd, 2009 8:55pm
liberty ky


Beverly Short Sparkman
June 3rd, 2009 5:36pm
Rome City

I am so sorry for your loss.I know the pain of losing a child or a sibling.I got married and moved about the time Leslie was born so I remember the older children better but Ido remember him and Sue.I will pray for all of you.

Misty Smith (Hurt)
June 3rd, 2009 12:46am
Pikeville Kentucky

I've known Les my WHOLE life and he will be missed by my entire family. I will think of him everytime I watch Nascar. My heart goes out to all the family.

Danielle Y. Middleton(Betty's friend in
June 3rd, 2009 12:30am
new city, new york

My Family and I would like to Send our deepest sympathy to the whole Handshoe Family.Betty May god continue to be with your family and lighten the heavy load during this time of sorrow. We will keep you'll in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all

Lisa DeWitt(Harmon)
June 2nd, 2009 7:23pm

I would like to send my sincere condolences to the whole Handshoe family,Mrs.Bischoff,Jeremy Bischoff and family. I was Leslies cousin. I have fond memories of growing up with Leslie and his whole family. It is always unfortunate when someone is taken so young. May God be with you all to give comfort during this difficult time. God Bless Lisa DeWitt

Eva Woodworth (Watson)
June 2nd, 2009 6:41pm
Ligonier, IN

Sue, So very sorry to hear about your loss. Les was a good guy, who lived a good life. Ill be keeping you and your family in my prayers. Anything I can do, just let me know.

The girls at FSB
June 2nd, 2009 2:01pm

Sue, we were all saddened to hear the news of Les' tragic accident. We are all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. If we can help in any way, please let us know. Sincerely, Sara, Linda, Sharon, Megan, Natalie & Becky

Mike Butterworth
June 2nd, 2009 1:34pm
Wolcottville, In

My wife and I were so saddened to hear about Les. We thought alot of Wes and you too. We understand how dangerous these country roads are. He will be missed by all his friends. He was a great guy and I knowe he loved his family very much. You are in our thoughts.

Ann Smith
June 2nd, 2009 11:54am
North Carolina

Sue, my long time friend and have always been part of my family. My prayers are with and I wish I could be there with you. As soon as I can travel,I will be there to spend time with you. Remember you are in my thoughts and I love you.

Tabby "Duty"Parker
June 2nd, 2009 4:00am
Kendallville Indiana

I am so sorry. Les was a great person. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you!Love always Tabby

Bobby, Tracie, Logan and Brooke
June 2nd, 2009 2:05am
Fort Wayne, IN

Les was such a thoughtful uncle. He was a great person and enjoyed life. He world evolved around his wonderful wife, Sue and and his best buddy, Brody. We wish you the best and know that he is in the hands of the Lord. God bless you and know you are in our hearts and prayers. We love you!

David Herschberger & Family
June 2nd, 2009 1:08am
Ligonier, IN

To the family of Les: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you, and we want oyu to know you are on our thoughts and prayers. With understanding sympathy, Dave Herschberger family

Jeff.Ellen,Jayla & Jeffrey Hicks
June 2nd, 2009 12:30am
Kendallville, In

Our beloved brother,brother-in-law-and uncle.Our hearts are broken into a million pieces.If only we could see you one more time and get just one more hug.Our lifes are forever changed.I'm so very thankful for all the wonderful memories we have.Jesus sure does have an awesome guy in his kingdom tonight!

Georgia Johnson/Jamie Johnson
June 1st, 2009 11:05pm
Jamestown, Ky

We are completely shocked at the sudden loss of our friend. Please accept our sincere sympathy on the tragic death, of a truly wonderful man. We are so very sorry that he is no longer with us. So many people who knew and cared for him; we are thinking of you and your family in this time of loss. Please be strong and accept our condolences! All our sympathy is with you, Georgia & Jamie Johnson

carroll,hazel,and kelli ensley
June 1st, 2009 9:44pm
gastonia,north carolina

sue awe are so sorry about leslie he was a great brother we love him so much i would trade places with him if i could he is with jesus now we love you and are praying for you may god always bless all of you guys his sister hazel

Nena Patrick
June 1st, 2009 9:21pm
Charlotte, North Carolina

Sue and Family I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Les was a great guy. My thoughts are with you. Nena

Tom and Jand Hulen
June 1st, 2009 4:41pm
Wolcottville, IN

Sue and family, Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless, Tom and Jane

Patty Patrick
June 1st, 2009 1:37pm

My heart is so broking,less was a great man and a bestfreind,and has always been there for me.To the faimly,SO sorry for his lost he was so loved and will always be remembered in my heart.