Merwin “Bud” Glenn Dean Searcy, age 90, of Twin Brooks, SD, died on December 13, 2019, at St. William’s Care Center in Milbank.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in South Shore, SD. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank, SD. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Rev. Ken Nelson will officiate, and burial will be at Milbank City Cemetery.
Merwin “Bud” Glenn Dean Searcy was born on July 14, 1929, on a farm northeast of Stockholm, SD. Bud was the sixth child and the youngest son of Marion Francis and Elva Bell (Zenor) Searcy. A few years later, he moved with his parents to a farm west of Stockholm. In 1935, he began country school and attended for four years. In the fall of 1939, the family moved to a farm southwest of Twin Brooks, SD, and he completed another four years of country school south of Twin Brooks. Bud farmed with his father until the age of 21. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 19, 1951. He served for two years; he completed training and was stationed at Fort Worden, WA, during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on February 20, 1953.
After his discharge, he returned home to farm with his father. In the spring of 1956, he rented a 160-acre farm southwest of Twin Brooks from Mr. Dave Coursey and started farming on his own. He later studied at Agriculture School.
On September 28, 1957, he was united in marriage to Jeanette Stella Adolphsen of Watertown, SD, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Evangelical Church in Germantown Township, Watertown, SD. He was later baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at this church. In 1958, Bud and Jeannette purchased Dave Coursey’s farm.
Bud and Jeanette were blessed with a daughter in the fall of 1969, Janene Lynece Searcy. Janene’s first winter had several blizzards and plenty of snow. Bud and Jeanette remembered having mountains of snow in the yard, which were tall enough to cover the tops of the trees.
Bud was a farmer his entire life and favored the John Deere brand. He and Jeanette farmed through good times and difficult times. They had a large garden and raised cattle, pigs, chickens, geese and crops. They spent 37 years on the farm they purchased from Dave and then purchased and farmed land from Bud’s brother, Ardell Searcy. He farmed for 52 years before renting out his land in 2010 when his health began to fail.
Bud is survived by his wife, Jeanette of Twin Brooks, SD; daughter, Janene Schwartz of Sioux Falls, SD; grandson, Derick Schwartz of Sioux Falls, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Clara Titus, Grace Moen, Howard Searcy, Everett Searcy, and Ardell Searcy; and grandson, Dustin Schwartz.