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Richard W. Searles
Richfield Springs
Richard Walton "Dick" Searles, 75, of Richfield Springs, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 2, 2012, at his son's home in Cherry Valley. Dick succumbed to Esophageal Cancer after a six month struggle, despite numerous chemotherapy treatments. Born September 23rd, 1936, in Evanston, Illinois, he was the eldest son of Walton and Adeline Searles. Graduating High School in Glenview, Illinois, he later received his B.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University of Illinois, and then his M.A. in English also from U. of I. in 1962. Dick attended Earlham College in Indiana for five semesters, before transferring to U. of I., and it was there that he met his loving wife, Barbara L. Searles, a marriage that lasted 51 years until her passing in August 2008. He is survived by his two sons, Timothy, of Cherry Valley, NY, and Jonathan, of Richmond, VA; daughter-in-law, Myra; grandchildren, Emily and Oliver; and Jonathan's fiancee, Sasha. Dick will also be missed by his brother, Bob and wife, Penny, of Colorado; his sister, Barb and husband, Tom, of Wisconsin; and also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Dick was an English teacher at Mount Markham Central School from 1967-1993, and the Drama Director-Producer at Mt. Markham until 1999. In addition to teaching in public schools, he also taught in private schools in Poughkeepsie, NY, Wilmington, DE, and Darien, CT, for 9 years. The wonderful plays and musical productions he did over his career have given much to his students and enriched the community of West Winfield. Dick also enjoyed getting his hands "dirty" during summers, and did carpentry projects and house painting. His hobbies included camping, gardening, book editing, golf, and doting on his grandchildren. Dick was also a member of the VanHornsville Voices and a trustee at the Millers Mills Community Baptist Church. A memorial service for the local community was held on Sunday, April 15, at the Miller's Mills Community Baptist Church. A second gathering for extended family and friends will be held on May 5th and 6th, ending in an additional memorial celebration at the Miller's Mills Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday afternoon (05-06-12). All are welcome to attend.
Dick Searles
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 20, 2012
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