Ron Wayland passed from
this life, July 10, 2010 at his daughter Sherrill’s home in St. Louis,
Missouri. He is at peace with his Heavenly Father.
The past year has been filled with many trials, but he has shown
remarkable courage and determination through it all. Linda found a quote
after Ron suffered the aortic dissection that has given her solace this
year. Ron was incredibly courageous.
“Courage does not mean the absence of fear; it means choosing to live in
the midst of it, and I marvel at the way you are trying to live normal
lives when the definition of normal for you has changed”. Ronald Mac
Wayland was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma, June 9, 1946 to Harley Raymond
and Idora Virginia McIntosh Wayland. Ronnie, as he was known to his
friends and family, was raised on the family farm southwest of Arnett
and attended school at Arnett. Ronnie was active during high school in
scouting, FFA, music and athletics. He was awarded the God and Country
Award as well as obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout and was also a member
of the National FFA band.
Ronnie graduated from Arnett High School in 1964. He then went on to
continue his education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University earning
a degree with a major in Speech and a minor in Journalism graduating in
May of 1968. On February 23, 1962 Ronnie began dating Linda Kay Bullard.
This courtship led to marriage on June 4, 1966 at the Methodist Church
in Arnett. Ronnie and Linda then established their home in Alva.
Following graduation from college Ronnie became a District Scout
Executive and they made their home in Guthrie, Oklahoma. During this
time the couple was blessed with the birth of their first daughter,
Ronna Kay. The family then moved to Norman where they were once again
blessed with the birth of their youngest daughter, Sherrill Lynn.
In 1974 the family moved from Moore, Oklahoma to Shattuck, Oklahoma
where Ronnie joined his father working on the family farm southwest of
Arnett. In July of 1988, Ronnie and Linda moved to the family farm while
Ronnie’s parents moved to the family home in Shattuck. Ronnie continued
to farm and ranch until his untimely death. Ronnie was employed by the
Oklahoma Limousin Breeders Association (OLBA) as Executive Secretary,
Newman Memorial Hospital as Foundation Director, and Arnett New Holland
as a Salesman during this time as well. Ronnie was an active member of
the Lions Club and Shattuck School Board. He was also a 30 year member
of the OLBA where he received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2009.
During the last several years Ronnie also enjoyed following the Shattuck
Indian football team by being “first chair trumpet” in the Alumni Band.
Church and God have always been important to Ronnie. He was baptized at
a young age at the First Christian Church in Shattuck where as an adult
he served on the board as both a Deacon and Elder. He also was active in
the youth program as a teacher and sponsor. Ronnie and Linda both were
active in the music programs of the church. Over the last few years,
they have enjoyed fellowship with the First Christian Church of Shattuck
as well as the Arnett Church of Christ. His faith has been very
instrumental throughout his life as has been evidenced by the strength
he has shown through his recent illness.
His hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing, playing cards,
announcing rodeos and stock shows. He also enjoyed guiding hunters and
exhibiting cattle. His children and grandchildren were always most
important to him. As his children were growing up the family enjoyed
many camping vacations over the United States and snow skiing in the
winter. Showing cattle and sheep with Ronna and Sherrill were some very
special times for all of them. He enjoyed seeing his daughters in the
ring with their livestock projects. He was more proud of the girls than
any of the animals following behind. The sheep and cattle may not have
placed at all, but he was never disappointed by his children’s
performance. Linda waited in the wings for it all to be over and was
their biggest fan. This tradition of father/daughter bonding became even
more important after his granddaughters entered the picture. In the
spring he enjoyed taking the granddaughters to climb the Antelope Hills.
This was a special time of bonding with their granddad. After his
illness and retirement Granddad always looked forward to the girls
coming to the farm to baby sit Granddad for Grandma. Caitlin drawing
pictures and fixing lunch, Allison was always ready to snuggle in front
of the TV with Granddad or play with the Tinker Toys. As for Samantha
she was up to anything Granddad suggested checking cattle or just being
with Granddad. In June all three girls enjoyed a weekend at Roman Nose
State Park, fishing and just being with Granddad and Grandma. These are
the magical moments to cherish.
Those preceding Ronnie in death include his parents, Harley and Idora
Wayland, brother, Randy Wayland, and in-laws Cecil and Estella Bullard.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda, daughters Ronna Wayland
of Yarbrough, Oklahoma, Sherrill Wayland and Kim Kopff of St. Louis,
Missouri, granddaughters Samantha, Caitlin, and Allison daughters of
Ronna. Brother-in-law Roy Max Bullard of Shattuck, OK, Sisters in-law
Sharon Patton of Shattuck, Oklahoma and Donna Poppe of Mountain Grove,
Missouri, aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Bob McIntosh of Shattuck,
Oklahoma and aunt, Mrs. Elva Sherrill of Stafford, Kansas, numerous
nieces and nephews as well as a host of family and friends. The family
has established the Ron Wayland Ag Scholarship to be awarded to a
deserving ag student attending Shattuck High School. Working with youth
throughout the state for over 30 years in various youth programs was
always a priority, especially ag related programs. Donations will be
received by the Shattuck National Bank, Box 39, Shattuck, OK 73858.