Billy D. Hand, 77, of Auburn, formerly of Huntertown, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at his home.
Born in Huntington County, on September 1, 1942, to the late William and E. Marie (Warstler) Hand. He lived in Huntington County until he was twelve. Then his family moved to the farm in Huntertown, where he graduated from Huntertown High School in 1960.
Billy was married to Sandra Grossman at Huntertown United Methodist Church, on August 4, 1962.
In addition to being a farmer, he also retired from International Harvester in 1982 and from Fort Wayne Community Schools in the Maintenance and Operation Department in 2004.
Billy was a community leader. He served as Fire Chief of the Washington Twp. Fire Department, president of the Washington Twp. Baseball League and was a baseball and softball coach.
He enjoyed athletics and won the State Bowling Championship. He reached the Slow Pitch Softball World Series in New York, including winning the State Championship.
Billy was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and was an accomplished Antique Tractor Puller.
Billy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra Hand; three sons, Steven (Mary) Hand, Bruce (Kara) Hand and Barry (Christy) Hand; a daughter, Stacey (Doug) Cox; three brothers, Carroll (Shirley) Hand, Larry (Joyce) Hand and Jesse (Jacque) Hand; four sisters, DeMarise (Lynn) Martin, Barbara (Raymond) Deetz-Kissner, Shirley (Dave Fike) Hand-Gronski and Marsha Myers; a brother-in-law, Jerald Pruet; 20 grandchildren, Tyler Runge-Hand, Kyle Yu-Wei - Hand, Breanne Hand, Rebecca Pruden, Bodie Hand, Mikaela Lei-Ming Hand, Mark Pruden, ETN3 Josiah Hand, Nicole Lei-Yeen Hand, ETN3 Lucas Hand, Mackenzie Cox, Benjamin Hand, Rachel Hand, Delaney Cox, Billy Hand, Zebadiah Hand, Ashley Cox, Silas Hand and Dalton Cox.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Ryan Wei-Ming Hand; two brothers-in-law, Larry Deetz and Richard Myers; a sister-in-law, Beverly Pruet; and a niece, Dalene Hand-Johnson.
Services will take place at Lifehouse Church Huntertown on Saturday, April 4, 2020, with the service being Live Streamed at 11:00 a.m. Due to the "Stay at Home" order, we request that the service be attended by the immediate family only.
Burial taking place at Huntertown Cemetery, Huntertown. The funeral procession will pass by the Wallen Baseball Complex. If you wish to park near the route out of respect for Bill, please stay in your vehicles.
In Lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Lifehouse Church or to ALS Association of Greater Chicago, 220 W. Huron St., #4003, Chicago, IL 60637; or University of Chicago Dept. of Neurology, 5841 S. Maryland Ave./MC 2030, Chicago, IL 60637.
Online note to the family at www.sheetsandchilds.com.
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The ALS Association
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