Hastings resident Gladys Mary Searles, 95, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Prairie Winds Assisted Living, Doniphan, NE.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 9, at Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene in Hastings with Rev. Dr. Barry Kennard officiating. Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 9, at Rosedale Cemetery in Rosedale. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. with the family present Sunday, January 8, at the funeral home, and one hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be given to Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service, go to Gladys’s obituary and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Gladys was born December 18, 1927, in O’Neill, NE to Clarence and Marie (Lorenz) Ernst. She graduated from O’Neill High School in 1945 and immediately started teaching school. Gladys married Austin A. Searles on June 1, 1948, in O’Neill, NE; he preceded her in death on February 18, 2017.

Gladys was a farmwife and homemaker and taught her children to play piano. She was a member of Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene. Gladys enjoyed quilting, gardening, and baking.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Austin A. Searles; sister, Vera Connell; and brother, James Ernst.


Daughters & Spouses: Judy & Gaylen Rainforth – Prosser, NE

Kathy & George Witte – North Platte, NE

Joyce & Larry Dye – Olathe, KS

Rhonda & Fred Hansen – Lyons, NE

Darla & Tom Bruna – Hastings, NE

Grandchildren & Spouses: Tricia & Kevin Brust

Lisa & Jason King

James & Jeni Rainforth

Mark & Kari Gurnsey

Justin & Amy Gurnsey

Nikki & Barry Lovitt

Chris & Kristi Dye

Bridget & Kelly Rhoades

Brooke & Brandon Coffey

Kelli & Tim Vander Ploeg

Kendra & Andy Hagberg

Kristin & Clayton Petersen

Kim Knoll

Noel & Brad Richardson

Kyle Bruna

Ryan & Hannah Bruna

Great-Grandchildren: 44

Great-Great-Grandchildren: 2

Sister: Vel Summers – Olathe, KS

Brother-in-law: Craig Connell – Omaha, NE

Many Nieces & Nephews