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Ryland Ernest Arthurs

Medford- Rosary for Ryland Ernest Arthurs, age 69, will be Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. St. Mary Catholic Church in Medford with Rev. Lourdu Ponnapati officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Ryland was born on August 2, 1942 to Ernest Arthurs and Hazel Morris Arthurs in Shattuck and passed from this life at his home on May 13, 2012.  He attended school at Liberal High School in Liberal, Kansas.  He worked at the gas plant at Lamont for many years.  Beginning in 1976 he held three terms as Grant County Sheriff.  He married Jane “Pumpkin” Wehkamp on February 14, 1975.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Jane of Medford; son, Michael Arthurs of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Maressa Arthurs of Medford; son, Eric Arthurs of Guymon; daughter, Angela Arthurs of Omaha, Nebraska; grandson, Derec; brother, Bill Arthurs of Enid; sisters, Joyce Wooden of Fredriksted and Laura Bewley of Clovis, New Mexico.

Ryland was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to St. Mary Building Fund or Medford EMS through the funeral home.

Expressions from friends and relatives

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff

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I'd like to say goodbye to an old friend I grew up with in Liberal. He was the best cop I ever met. I'll miss you, old bud. RIP Ryland Arthurs. Amen, brother.
Curtis L. Phillips

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I left Oklahoma in 1992, so I never knew Ryland as a Sheriff.  I am sure that was my loss, but even so, I am also sure he was a dilligent Sheriff as he was all the time I was blessed by knowing him.  My experience with Ryland was at the Lamont Gas Plant which I managed for several years.  Ryland's greatest strength was his sense of humor.  He always turned some miniscule thing into the funniest item of the day.  Next day, new thing.  Kept everyone in a good frame of mind and seemed to help everyone he came in contact with.  Ryland will be missed, but he did impact many others throughout his life, including mine.
Thomas L. Kelly

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I love and miss you so much Dad.
Angie Arthurs

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