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Tracy W. Ryals
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
May 31, 2011
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Graveside services for Tracy W. Ryals will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 2 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery, with Pastor Rodney Mattox officiating. Services have been entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Tracy W. Ryals was born on May 8, 1916 in Cherokee County. He is the son of Kelly and Della (Tincher) Ryals. He attended school, leaving to help on the family farm at an early age. In December 1935, he married the love of his life, Iva May McChristian, in Tahlequah. Their union was blessed with a daughter, Donna.

Tracy was a farmer and cattleman all of his life. He never found it necessary to travel; all he needed was close to home. Tracy always kept busy with baling hay, tending livestock and keeping bees. When he had spare time, he could be found hunting, fishing, trapping, or swapping stories with his friends over a cup of coffee. Tracy believed in doing what was right. He loved people and was there for his neighbors and friends whenever he was needed. He was happy just to be with his wife, daughter, grandchildren, and family.

Tracy was called to his eternal rest on Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Salina, with his family by his side. He was 95 years old. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tracy is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iva May Ryals, in 2010; an infant son; one sister Ollie; and four brothers, Norman, J.C., Ward, and Elmer Ryals.

He is survived by his daughter Donna and husband Jerry Weaver of Salina. His legacy lives on in his two grandchildren, Amber James and husband Josh Vernon of Chouteau, and Tracy Weaver and wife Amanda, also of Chouteau. Tracy also leaves three great-grandchildren, Tyler Weaver, Logan Weaver, and Lawson Vernon; as well as one sister, Lola Farrar of Gideon; and one brother, Oscar Ryals and wife Kathryn of Sand Springs, as well as many friends and loved ones.

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