Searles, Jerry L., Merrill, Michigan

Passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Covenant Healthcare, age 67 years. Jerry was born in Gratiot County, Michigan May 8, 1945 the son of the late John and Alma (Zastrow) Searles. He married Kathleen Clark August 11, 1973 and she survives him. Jerry worked for Community Hospital Services for 39 years, retiring from there in 2007. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and going to the casino. In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by three sons, Greg Searles, Chad (Patty) Searles and Todd Searles; two grandchildren, Wesley and Courtney; three step-grandchildren, Bradyn, Garit and Brittney; a brother, John (Celia) Searles Jr.; a brother-in-law, Bob (Florinda) Clark; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Jerry Searles and a sister, Mary Foor. The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at W. L. Case & Company, Merrill, MI. Rev. Richard Gossett will officiate with burial in Lakefield Township Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to the Jonesfield/Lakefield Township Fire Department, Merrill Congregational Church or the American Diabetes Association.