BRUNSWICK and CARIBOU – Gordon William Searles, 70, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Born Dec. 3, 1942, in Waterville, to the late Dennis and Leonette Searles, Gordon was raised by the late Maggie and Elroy Russell.
He graduated from Caribou High School in 1960 and married Shirley (Doak) Searles Aug. 10, 1962. They lived together in Caribou for many years before relocating to Brunswick in 1994. A Vietnam vet, Gordon served in the U.S. Army, 1965-1968, during which he earned a Vietnam service medal, a Vietnam campaign medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He then spent more than 30 years working civil service for both Loring Air Force Base and Brunswick Naval Station. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and dazzling the neighborhood with his Christmas lights.
He leaves his wife, Shirley Searles of Brunswick; children, Laura Searles Roope of Castle Hill, Mark Searles and wife, Karen, of Weare, N.H., and Daniel Searles and wife, Jennifer, of Bethany, Conn.; brothers, Henry Searles and wife, Shirley, of Caribou, Tim Searles and wife, Linda, of Arundel and Michael Searles and wife, Ellen, of Michigan; as well as his grandchildren, Lisa and Lindsey Rockwell and Ben Searles and Jacob Searles; stepgrandchildren, Phillip, Dannah and Andrew Roope; sisters-in-law, Carole Bittle and husband, Larry, of Stockholm and Paula Shuckerow and husband, Rich, of Georgia; as well as many nieces and nephews. He will also be greatly missed by his constant four-legged companion, Katie. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Lisa Searles; and son-in-law, David Roope.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. Friends may visit with the family noon Sunday, until times of services. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gordon’s name to Disabled American Veterans, DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.