Gerald F. Searle

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died August 10th, 2020

Gerald F. Searle, 88, of Escanaba passed on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Rennes Health and Rehab East in Peshtigo, WI.

He was born on October 30, 1931 in Detroit, MI, son of Elmer and Effie (Fraser) Searle. Gerald was raised and attended school in Wayne, MI. He graduated in 1949 and joined the United States Army.

Gerald served with the U.S. Army from 1949 until his honorable discharge in 1952. He received the Red Badge and a Korean Service Medal with 4 Battle Stars.

In 1968 Gerald moved to the Escanaba area. He was the owner/operator of Jerry’s Barber Shop and later on the Lion’s Den until his retirement in 2014.

On January 24, 1987, Gerald married Susan Frazer in Hollywood, CA.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Delta County Veteran’s Council.

He was known to be an avid fisherman who loved to fish in walleye tournaments. Gerald liked hunting, cooking, and woodworking. He was very artistic and it showed in the bowls he made.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; children, Steve (Beth) Searle of Minneapolis, MN, Scott (Sally) Searle of Gwinn, MI, and Gerald Searle of Ashland, OH; five grandchildren, Andrew, Sara, Scottie, Jordan and Brianna Searle; and four great grandchildren, Brenden, Logen, Jesalyn, and Dorothy Searle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great granddaughter Maddison; sister, Jane; and brother, Jay.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 21st at 2 PM with Father Emmett Norden officiating with military rights to follow.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family at the website

10 Tributes to “Gerald F. Searle”

  1. Condolences to the Searle family. I will cherish my memories I made with you and Sue. Was my pleasure to assist you from late November till early March.. Fly high my friend, soar like an eagle..with all my love rest in peace….

  2. My sincere condolences to Jerry’s family and friends. I always enjoyed our conversations (and haircuts). May he Rest In Peace

  3. to sue and family. We will always remember our good times together in Panama City Beach Florida. sure had lots of laughs and thankful to have Had his delicious walleye.Sincerely Al and Judy Sandona

  4. To Sue and family…So sorry to read of Jerry’s passing. Have wonderful memories of all of our fun times in Panama City Beach. we were lucky to have had his wonderful walleye. sincerely Judy and Al Sandina

  5. Rest in Peace, Gerry. I have so many fond memories of him from way back in the early/mid 1970s when he started cutting my hair at the Lion’s Den. The mall’s businesses were mostly family run and it we all had great times. My sympathy to the family and I am saddened by his passing.

  6. I am so sorry She to read of Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Gerry was one of the most genuine people I knew as a young adult – I recollect most of my friends were clients of his, and we all regarded the Den as a second home; I think I spent more time there socializing than I did being barbered.

    Condolences to Susan, Scott, Steve, Gerry the rest of the Searle clan – your Pops will be greatly missed.

  8. I got to know Mr. Searle on the UP Honor Flight in 2014. We enjoyed talking to each other, as we were both true blue (and orange) Detroit Tigers fans and I am a Korea War Historian. He told me many incredible stories about his time in Korea. Unfortunately, the war in Korean is called the forgotten war, but it is not forgotten by the men who served in Korea or by the people of South Korea, as they are deeply appreciative of the deep sacrifices that soldiers like Mr. Searle and my father gave to their nation. My deepest condolences to his family

  9. Calling to mind Gerry’s name , the first thing that comes to me is a smile. A great friend since I first moved to the UP in 1975, Gerry always had a smile on his face. Even if it was because he pulled a practical joke on you, you couldn’t help but smile back. I’ll always cherish those times as well as more recent visits with him at the VA. Even though his health was declining, he still had that great smile and lots of memories to share. Our deepest condolences go out to Sue, Scott and Sally and the entire Searle family for your loss. We can all take comfort in knowing Gerry is home now with his Lord and free of pain…and still smiling.

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