---- — Sanford T. “Sandy” Searl, 71, of Argenta, passed from this life at 5:24 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2155 N. Oakland, Decatur, with visitation also one hour prior to the service. Visitation will be Tuesday evening at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be held in Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials be given to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, your local Red Cross, and consider supporting your community’s Red Cross Blood Drives.
Sandy was born in Chicago on Sept. 23, 1941 to Stacy and Edna (LaBrash) Searl. He was raised in Galesburg, where he graduated from Galesburg High School. He attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale majoring in engineering and was employed at Caterpillar, Inc. for 37 years, retiring as a tool designer.
He married Connie Lading of Strasburg on Sept. 22, 1963 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg. Sandy loved building and flying model airplanes, fishing in Ely, Minn. and traveling and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. He was a loving and devoted Christian husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Connie; his daughters, Sherri (Scott) Hays of Argenta and Stacia (Doug) Dowell of Bloomington; 5 grandchildren, Cameron (fiancée Lauren Woodworth) Hays of Dodge City, Kan., Olivia (fiancé Ian Rhode) Hays and Byron Hays of Argenta, and Will and Christian Dowell of Bloomington. Also surviving are his sisters, Arline (Ron) Pearson and Janice (Dale) Hatch and several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Kay (fiancé Howard Dust) Halford, Joyce (Irvin) Searl and Jean (Larry) Lading. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffrey Searl; brother, Irvin Searl; and brothers-in-law Larry Lading and Larry Halford.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Fritz and staff, Dr. Guaglianone, and Dr. Minnaganti. They would like to give a special thank you to Kim, Karen and Leigh Ann at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur.
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