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Robert Ray "Bobby" Searle

Robert Ray (Bobby) Searle, 65, of Olathe Kansas Passed away on August 22, 2021 peacefully after a long hard-fought battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Bobby was born in Guymon, Oklahoma on August 3, 1956. He graduated from Stratford High in 1974. Bobby was married to his High School Sweetheart Kathleen Martin on June 15th, 1975; they were married for 46 years. Bobby was employed by Praxair/Linde as the Global Helium Operations Manager for over 40 years. Bobby was known as “Mr. Helium” in the industrial gas industry and was called upon for by everyone in the Helium business for support, knowledge and troubleshooting when they had production problems. He made important contributions and an impact across the globe. Bobby supported and shared his Helium knowledge with many locations in the US including his operational support and guidance at the Bureau of Land Management in Amarillo, TX, where he would share his knowledge of Helium manufacturing that enhanced the operations. In his Global role, he recently supported Linde’s Helium Operations in Australia and traveled to Algeria to share his knowledge and operational best practices. Bobby never took a day off; besides the love of his family, Helium was his life. You could always count on Bobby and he was always there for whoever needed him. He touched many people’s lives and they are all better for having known him. Bobby is survived by his Stepfather Jim Skillin, Texhoma, OK; his two children Trent R. Searle and wife Sarah of Branson, MO., Shelly Wedel and her husband Matt of Olathe, KS.; his 10 grandchildren Morgan, Lani, Trey, Jace, Zac, Austin, Sophie, Lauren, Paisley, and Norah; his brothers Sam and Chuck Backus, his two sisters Cindy Morgan and Diana Withers; his nieces, nephews’ sister-in-law and brother in-laws his beloved dog Polly and the rest of his family and friends. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents Robert Searle and Margaret Skillin as well as his brother Joe Searle. The funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church in Stratford, Texas at 11:00 Friday, August 27, 2021, graveside services will follow. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beeson~Morrison Funeral Directors. The family of Bobby Searle wishes to thank the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care and The First Christian Church of Stratford and the University of Kansas Health Systems.

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Bobby lived life full out as we say in Show Biz! I have sun-filled happy memories of traveling from Florida to Texhoma to visit our Grandparents Mamaw and Papaw, Bobbys Mom Aunt Sis, Joe, Bobby and Kathleen. Ive told the beautiful love story of Bobby and Kathleen many times, its simply beautiful about two people who fell in love at a young age and created a family filled with that legacy of love. I love you all dearly Cousin Lisa Leonard NYC

Lisa Leonard Aug 29 2021 12:00 AM

Beautiful soul, wonderful wife and family. We love you all and know you have some very special memories to keep Bobby alive in your hearts until you meet again

Moe and Marla Houtz Aug 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Searle

Moe and Marla Houtz Aug 29 2021 12:00 AM

Bobby, you will be missed, we will do everything possible to keep up with your beautiful yard. Love, the Floodmans.

Tribute Store Aug 29 2021 12:00 AM

Praying for you all as you navigate the loss of Bobby. Such a great man that will be greatly missed.

Autumn McCaulla Aug 27 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. So sorry for the loss of Bobby.

Rickey and Anita Tillery Aug 27 2021 12:00 AM

Kathleen, Trent and Shelly, I pray for your family to find strength, comfort and love from all the memories you all have. Bobby was a shining light in all areas, from a man, father, husband, and ethics. Strong in heart, yet kind and a softy. He will be missed terribly, yet he left such a legacy and I remember his laughter from high school! We all had some great times back in the day. I am so proud to have known him, and he will definitely be missed. He is in heaven so we all will see him again. Love to all.

Tami Simas Aug 27 2021 12:00 AM

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Uncle Bobby was a special guy in so many ways and to so many people. He will be dearly missed.

Adam & Holly Fenn Aug 27 2021 12:00 AM

You will be deeply missed here in our neighborhood Bobby! A man of integrity, friendship, and kindness. Kathleen, our hearts ache for your loss!

Damien & Connie Horosz Aug 26 2021 12:00 AM

Bobby, you have inspired many and led a life well lived with much love. Rest in the light of peace. Kathleen, Trent, and Shelly, so sorry for your lost. Love your Cousin, Janet Searle

Janet Searle Aug 26 2021 12:00 AM

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