Vern Raymond Searls


Vern Raymond Searls, 92, currently of Olathe, KS formerly of Medora, IL passed away at home December 24th, 2018 at 1:00 am of congestive heart failure.

He was born in Jersey County, IL, Feb. 5, 1926, to Ray and Jennie Searls. Esther Richey Searls, his wife of 71 years, currently resides in Kansas. 

Together they had five girls; Kathy Nelte, Cindy Nice, Melodee Eishen, Michelle Mischnick and Valerie Searls. He has 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Vern and Esther’s Springwater Farms was highly regarded for their open pollinated corn and stone ground flours.  He was very active in the Tri-County Antique Club.  In his lifetime, he planted more than 2,000 trees.  They farmed organically in Medora, IL from 1945 to his retirement in 2007 when they sold the farm and moved to Olathe, KS to be nearer family.


We will celebrate his life and family together at Kill Creek Barn in De Soto, KS on March 10, 2019, 4 pm. 


  1. Candace Eales Shockey on January 2, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Vern & his wife Esther were very dear friends. I always told Vern he was such a handsome man. I loved listening to his stories about farming as I grew up on a farm, too. He and his wonderful smile will be fondly missed. My condolences to his entire family.

  2. Sandy Evans on January 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Our condolences to the family. We enjoyed knowing him in our church. Sandy and Rodney Evans.

  3. Janet Williams on January 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Vern was a very sweet man who I came to know when he and Esther attended our church. He always had wonderful stories to tell and I remember him sharing his knowledge of farming at the church’s talent show. I felt very lucky that I got to see him in November when I took him over a cheesy chicken dish that the kids and youth had made at their cooking class at church, My own father passed away in August and my brief visit with Vern reminded me so much of him. I will remember him with great fondness. Prayers for you and your family. I will plan to attend the service in March. I actually live in De Soto, only a mile from the Zimmerman Barn.

Leave a Comment

Obituaries & Condolences

Neil Alan Lewis

Charles Edward Coppedge II

Mark F. Peters

Gail Luther May

Maurice E. “Pete” Burch

Betty Congour Caywood Bushman

Nancy Schmalbeck

Josephine Frances Dauber Schulte

Phillip Eugene Larson Sr.

Gonzalo Medina Arriens

Dinah May Hall Medina

Debbie Lou Mallory