Curtis Searl, consultant

Curtis J. Searl Jr.
Curtis J. Searl Jr.
Posted: August 22, 2013

Curtis J. Searl Jr., 65, of Moorestown, who retired as a consultant for Wylie Laboratories in Lexington Park, Md., in 2012, died of cancer Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Virtua Marlton medical center.

A 1965 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School, Mr. Searl was an Army helicopter mechanic from 1966 to 1969 who saw combat in Vietnam, his wife, Barbara, said.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business at Temple University and then began a 25-year career as a logistics engineer for the Naval Air Systems Command office in Northeast Philadelphia.

"When airplane parts have to be transferred" from one location to another, for instance, his wife said, "he was in charge."

After a year in retirement, she said, he returned to the same line of work, this time for the Wylie Laboratories office in Maryland, where he lived during the week.

The Wylie website states that the company provides "specialized engineering, scientific and technical services to the Department of Defense, NASA," and commercial customers.

Mr. Searl was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, his wife said, but "he didn't talk about Vietnam. Only if you were there" would he do so.

Besides his wife of 34 years, Mr. Searl is survived by daughters Megan and Katie Kostin, and two sisters.

A life celebration was set from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Inglesby/Givnish Funeral Home, 600 E. Main St., Maple Shade, followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Glenwood Memorial Park, Broomall.

Donations may be made to the Clinic, 143 Church St., Phoenixvillle, Pa. 19460.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.inglesbygivnish.com.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 610-313-8134, wnaedele@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @WNaedele.

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