Charles Searcy, age 78, of Marne, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Charles worked for GM for around 20 years as a machine operator. He loved to go boating, golfing, and he was an avid bowler. Charles also loved all things sports, especially the Detroit Tigers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelin and Sophie Searcy, and his brother, Gerald Searcy. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Coreen; children, Charles (Robin) Searcy, Alan (Mary) Searcy, Chad (Kelly) Searcy, stepchildren, Gary (Deanna) VanderLind, Thomas (Tonya) VanderLind, Brenda (Tim) Westveld; 19 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends may meet the family Monday, September 11, 2023 from 6-8 pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. Burial will take place at Grandville Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
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September 10, 2023 11:09pm
Three memorable things come to mind about Charlie from long ago. First is how much fun we had playing golf together. But even more than that was how it all started. The year was probably 1969 at a family birthday party at our place in Kalamazoo. Charlie was proclaiming what a silly game golf was until I let him hit a few shag balls into a field . He crushed them and got very excited about golf. Within a week he had clubs, shoes, glove, hat, and was taking lessons. I think this story repeats itself thousands of times a year around this country, and it was sure true about Charlie. But one even more memorable thing happened when he and I were installing paneling in his basement and he accidentally hit his thumb with a hammer. That's when I learned that a person can say more than one swear word at a time. He let out with a litany of just about every possible off-color word I had ever heard. His litany would have made George Carlin proud. I recall the both of us laughing until we couldn't laugh anymore. Does any of the above sound like the Charlie that you knew? I'm sure it does! Rest his soul and fond memories forever to all who loved him.
- Bob Ronan
September 09, 2023 12:01pm
I am so sorry Coreen....my thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours....💖
- Dana adams
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