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Joe R. Searles

January 22, 1942 — March 13, 2024

Joe R. Searles

Age 82, of Geneva, passed away March 13, 2024.

Joe was a graduate of Dundee High School, Class of 1961. Throughout his career as an Iron Worker for Local Union #33, Joe dedicated himself to the construction of bridges and skyscrapers, leaving a lasting legacy in the buildings he helped create. Particularly noteworthy was his pride in contributing to the construction of the Rochester Convention Center.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Joe found joy in various interests. He had a passion for NASCAR racing and actively participated in Sports Car Club of America events.  In his younger life, he excelled in karate competitions, reaching the esteemed rank of Brown Belt.

He was predeceased by his parents; also a brother and sister, Wayne Searles and Patricia Higginbotham.  

He is survived by his life partner of 30 years, Cathy Manino and her son David, of Geneva; son Rodney J. Searles of Bemidji, MN; daughter Tammy (Marty) Tones of Hammondsport, and brother Harold Searles of Penn Yan; seven grandchildren, Maisie Searles, Owen Tones, Ethan Tones, Ellie Tones, Caitlin Searles, Lainey Searles, and Lauren Searles; and two great-grandchildren.

You may leave a condolence for the family or a memory of Joe in his obituary at www.WeldonFuneral Home.com  Weldon Funeral Home of Penn Yan is assisting the family.

Joe will be remembered for his hard work, dedication, and adventurous spirit. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.




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