BLOOMINGTON—Virgil Handel, 87, of Bloomington, Ill., previously of Mount Carroll, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria with his loving family by his side.

A private family service will be held Saturday, March 20. You may watch it on Facebook Live, or anytime thereafter, by visiting: A public service will be held at a later date. Family and friends are invited to share in Virgil's life at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria; the Mount Carroll Church of God in Mount Carroll; and The ARC Activity and Recreation Center in Normal, Ill.

Virgil was born May 19, 1933, in Chadwick, the son of Boyd and Irene (Stein) Handel. He attended Pleasant Hill Country School and graduated from Chadwick High School with the Class of 1951. Virgil enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1954-1956 during the Korean War. On June 27, 1954 Virgil married Janalee Zillhart in Mount Carroll and celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Virgil was a life-long farmer near Chadwick, serving on the Carroll County Livestock Feeders Board and also on the Chadwick School Board. He and Jan also drove truck for Schneider National for several years. Virgil operated a lawn mowing and handyman service in Mount Carroll in his retirement years. He and Jan were members of the Church of God in Mount Carroll, where he was part of the Deacon and Building Committee. When they moved to Bloomington, they attended Grace Church in Normal. Being near family was most important and they especially enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Virgil will be dearly missed by his wife, Janalee of Bloomington; three daughters, LeAnn (Phil) Korty of Avon, Ind., Lori (Wes) Wittmus of Rockton, and Dianne (Dale) Simpson of Normal; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Irene Handel, and son, David.