William J. Searl, 48, of Geneseo, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at his residence. Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends was from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, in Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the William J. Searl Memorial Fund.

William J. Searl was born on Aug. 14, 1970, in Geneseo, the son of Michael John Searl and Loraine Linda (DeWindt) Searl. He married Connie S. Danity on May 29, 1998. He graduated from Orion High School and later attended UTI Tech School in Chicago. William was a certified mechanic for Green Chevrolet for three years, as well as Geneseo Motors for 14 years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved boating, and camping. He truly loved the outdoors and being with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 21 years, Connie; sons, Brandon (fiancée Rachel Ryder) Searl, of Geneseo; and Jon Searl, of California; daughters, Sarah Jackson, of East Moline; and Jennifer (Daniel) Dillin, of Hillsdale; grandchildren, Anthony, William, Christopher, Camryn and Levi; parents, Michael and Loraine Searl, of Colona; brothers, Edward Rodts, of Anamosa, Iowa; and Michael Searl, of Waterloo, Iowa; and sisters, Kimberly Outlaw, of Waterloo, Iowa; and Linda Vlahovich, of Milan. William was preceded in death by his grandparents and best friend of 30 years, Steve Secor.