James A. Searcy of Rockville (formerly of Avon) passed away January 3, 2018 at the age of 83. Jim was born April 3, 1934 in Indianapolis.
Jim was a founding member of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and worked hard to fund the first fire truck purchased by the township. After moving to Rockville, he continued to dedicate his life to fire and rescue, quickly becoming a member of the Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department, Bellmore, Indiana. Jim loved both fire departments and served in many positions.
Jim retired in 1989 after enjoying a long career at TWA. He first joined TWA in 1965 at Weir Cook Airport. The last few years he had transferred to St. Louis. Jim and his family traveled the world, flying around the world twice! Among many of the stories, Jim found and returned Nanette Fabray’s lost ring and put out a fire on a 707 aircraft at the gate in Indianapolis. He was grateful for the time he had with TWA. He had many TWA friends and enjoyed seeing his fellow retirees in the local TWA Retirees Group of Indiana.
Jim was a carpenter, building two family homes, remodeling rental properties, and providing his family with numerous items to cherish. He built hope chests for his daughters, a 4-H show box for his son, and toy boxes for the grandkids. He was always happy to help his kids and grandkids with any project.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Anna Kathleen Searcy; mother and father, Lester and Josephine Searcy; sister, Mary Jo Searcy; brother, Steve Searcy. Jim is survived by son, Dan Searcy; daughters, Cheryl Searcy (Dave Gentry), Joyce Jones (Wes), Bev Searcy; loving fiancée Judy Bohlander; sister, Anna Parke (Jim), sister-in-law, Diane Searcy and his beloved 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 6 at Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield, where friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with burial immediately following in Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Jim’s memory to the Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department, 7020 US 36, Rockville, IN 47872.