May 21st, 2019

roy ehlyRoy Arthur Ehly, 92, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home in Amarillo, Texas.

He was born Feb. 1, 1927 to Leo Joseph Ehly and Constance (Mantz) Ehly in Minneapolis. 

He joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in the 97th Infantry. After the surrender of Japan, his unit was then detached to Japan and were responsible for disarming the population.

Following his honorable discharge, he worked as the manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in LaCrosse for 33 years and then served for 37 years as the Chamber of Commerce Executive in Liberal, Okmulgee, Okla., and spending the last 20 years in Guymon, Okla. While in LaCrosse, he served as city commissioner and mayor.

He was highly active in local and national organizations, including AT&T Pioneers, VFW, American Legion, Shriners and Lions Club. As Lions Club member he had the honor of serving as a National President.

He served on the board of the Rush Co. Historical Society promoting a county observance of the KS Centennial Celebration in 1960. He was president of the reactivated Rush Co. Historical Society and a founding member of the Post Rock Museum, which was dedicated in 1964. He was also instrumental in organizing the KS Barbed Wire Collectors Association in 1967. In 1975, he assisted in bringing the Timken Santa Fe Railroad Depo to LaCrosse.

He was instrumental in bringing Dorothy’s House to Liberal in 1982. He also had the privilege of participating in carrying the Olympic Torch in Liberal. 

During his time in Guymon, Roy was instrumental in bringing Seaboard Farms and Vall Company Group to the area. This was the first investment outside of Spain for Vall. In 1992 & 1994, Roy received the Sheila Lee Executive of the Year award and in 1998, he received the Will Rogers award as the Guymon Chamber Executive Director for his outstanding work on the promotion of Oklahoma’s Economic Development. He was a board member of the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Roy was instrumental in the progression of the US Hwy 54 renovation. He conceived and organized the WWII Victory Day Celebration to honor WWII veterans in 2011. They anticipated 150 veterans, but had nearly 300. The 77th Army Band from Ft. Sill also participated in the parade and held a concert.

Survivors include daughter, Debra Tedrick and husband, Dave, Amarillo, Texas; and grandson, Trevor Roy Tedrick and wife, Kaitlyn, Amarillo, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Amelia,; daughter, Marsha Lynn Brown; one sister; and three brothers.

• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Bunch–Roberts Chapel with the Rev. Christopher Brashears presiding. 

Burial with military honors will follow at the Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon, Okla.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Memorials will be accepted at Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK 73942. 

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