In Memory of Steve L. Searles

November 10, 2023

Resided in Herkimer, NY


No Visitation


No Cemetery


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Steve L. Searles, 59, left this world on November 10, 2023. Steve was born in Glendale, California and was a graduate from Canastota High School in Canastota, New York. Steve served in the Army’s 2/29 TH Field Artillery SVC BTRY Battalion Maintenance unit in Germany during the 1980s. Later in his military career, Steve also served in the Navy Reserves.

After serving in the military, Steve became a School Bus Mechanic working for various companies throughout New York State and becoming known as an expert in the field.
Steve met the love of his life, Tammy Sutfin-Searles in 2003 and they later wed in 2012.

Steve was known for the acts of service that he did for others. He would be the first to show up to help a family member or friend when they needed help. Whether it was cooking for a party or building a swing set for his grandson, no matter what Steve made sure the job was done and done perfectly. He loved camping, riding motorcycles, cooking and playing with his dogs.

He leaves behind his adored wife Tammy; his children Paul Searles (Tiffany Reynolds) and Samantha Sutfin-Gray (Gordon Gray); his grandson Samuel Sutfin-Gray; his mother Patricia Forward; his sisters Yvonne Nirelli (Neil Nirelli) and Patti Kick; and his nephews and niece Mike Rapasadi, Jim Kick, John Nirelli and Shannon Nirelli.

A Celebration of Life party will be held on November 25, 2023 from 2pm-6pm at the Remsen VFW 10526 Steuben Street Remsen, NY. Arrangements are with Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services.

If you would like to make a donation in Steve’s name, he appreciate donations to go to Herkimer County Humane Society (