Harvard resident, Ted Edward “Ed” Searle, 82, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021,
at Providence Place, Hastings, NE.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at First United Methodist Church in
Harvard, NE, with Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. Burial will be at the Harvard
Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-7 p.m. Wednesday with family present 4-7 p.m. at the
funeral home and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be given to the
family to be designated at a later date. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston
Butler Volland Funeral Home’s Facebook page. The direct link for that page is
www.facebook.com/lbvfh. For the health and safety of others face masks are required for
those attending the visitation and funeral, your cooperation is appreciated. Since there are
material sharing restrictions, we ask that you bring your own pen for signing the
registration book or memorial envelopes. Private condolences may be sent to the family
at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is
serving the family.
Ed was born on July 7, 1938, to Charles and Inza (Bartlett) Searle in Mariaville, NE,
Rock County. When he was five they moved to Harvard where he received his education.
He married Mary Ann Krause on August 11, 1963, in Sutton. To this union, they were
blessed with three children, Wrenda, Jason, and Amanda.
Ed spent many years farming for Kreutz Bros. In his spare time, he moved three houses to
Harvard, fixing them up, one to live in, and two for rentals. He was a hard worker and
had the ability to build many things with metal or wood. He enjoyed raising cattle for
many years. In later years he bought his own semi-truck, hauling grain locally until his
He was well known for his storytelling, some true and some may be stretching the truth.
He was also known for his sense of humor and telling jokes. He loved country music and
had the ability to yodel which we all enjoyed listening to. He also didn’t know a stranger,
he could strike up a conversation with anyone.
He enjoyed spending time with his family camping, boating, jet skiing, and attending the
grandkids sporting events at Sandy Creek and Liberty, MO. Traveling with Mary Ann
was also a favorite activity, as they went on many different tours. He was a member of
the First United Methodist Church in Harvard.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; children, Wrenda of Murrieta, CA, Jason and
Brenda of Edgar, Amanda and Tony Renfro of Liberty, MO; grandchildren, Logan Searle
and fiance Kami Hall of Kansas City, MO, Luke Searle of Kearney, Jocelyn, and Jaxson
Renfro of Liberty, MO; sisters, Vera Smith of Hastings and Erma Simmons of Sutton;
also nieces, nephews, and many cousins. His special friend and buddy was Gary
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Twilia.