He was born in Terre Haute, Jan. 10, 1949, to Jack and Willa (Johnson) Handy.
He graduated from Wiley High School in 1967. Following high school, he served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, on the USS Albany from 1967-71.
Upon his return, he attended Indiana State University for two years. During this time, he worked for Haag Drug Store in Terre Haute as the store manager.
Later he worked for Furrows Lumber Company for 17 years then Great Dane Trailer Company. He began the Paw Patch Professional Grooming Shop in Staunton in 1996 and retired from there in 2002. Rod and Karen were married July 19, 2001.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He enjoyed watching his favorite team, the Chicago Bears, and NASCAR racing. He loved animals, including his two special cats, Emmett and Mason. He also bowled on several leagues in Terre Haute and Brazil.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 972, the Riley American Legion Post 328 and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Willa Handy.
Survivors include his wife Karen, daughter Emily Jane Cottee and husband Brian, Terre Haute, children by marriage Charles, Seanna and fiancÚ Josh Fagg and Bradley, grandchildren Carli and Kyle Cottee, Terre Haute, and Corbin Fagg, sisters Debra Dyer and fiancÚ Bob Wilkin, Chicago, and Theresa Wendland, Redmond, Wash., one special niece Cary Ann Long and husband Jason, Terre Haute, great-niece Daley Lohrmann and great-nephew Dru Long, special Aunt Wanda, Brazil, sister-in-law Katrina Saults and husband Harry, Terre Haute, uncle Ronnie and aunt Pat, Terre Haute, as well as several cousins and extended family members.
Services will be Thursday at 7 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with military services to follow.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3-7, and casual dress has been requested.
At Rod's request, cremation services have been planned.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the organization of your choice or to the Rod Handy Fund in care of First Financial Bank, 2180 E. National Ave., Brazil, 47834.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.