Ernest Hamilton Wayland, 1941 - 2017

Ernest Hamilton Wayland was born March 13, 1941, to Horace and Helen Wayland in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He departed this life May 15, 2017, at the age of 76 years, two months and two days. He graduated from North Penn High School. While in high school he excelled at football and received a scholarship to play at Temple University. He would graduate with his degree in secondary education. He taught in Pennsylvania for a few years then would marry the love of his life, Viola Mae Mentz in 1965. To this union were born two sons, Ernest Hamilton Jr. and Michael Bryan Wayland. Ernie coached football and track and taught history in Stigler, Ringling and Hinton. He then moved his family to Texas for a short period where he would get out of coaching and sell insurance. In 1975, he returned to Oklahoma to go back to his true love of coaching high school football and teaching. After returning to Oklahoma, he went back to school and received his Master’s Degree from Central State University. In 1980 he became the Stroud High School principal; where he remained until his retirement in 2000. He moved to Bristow in 2014 to be closer to his family. After moving to Bristow he decided that retirement wasn’t keeping him busy enough so he went to work for Hutchins Maples Matherly Funeral Home where he served families as a pre-arrangement counselor. Ernie was stern and stubborn but extremely fair in everything he did. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and watching his grandchildren excel in everything they participated in. He was a motivator and even though he tried to pretend he wasn’t, he was the most caring man you would ever know. He was a member of the Oklahoma Coach’s Association, Bristow Lions Club, Coach’s Outreach Bible Study group and attended the Bristow First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Stroud Alumni Association and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He is survived by his son, Mike Wayland and wife, Cindy; three brothers, William Wayland, of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania; Ronald Wayland, of Trapp, Pennsylvania and Richard Wayland, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Caiman Davidson, of Kellyville and Brooklyn Wayland and Tyler Wayland, of Bristow. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son, Ernest Hamilton Wayland, Jr. Memorial services will be held at the Route 66 Coliseum in Stroud at 10 am., Monday, May 22, 2017, with Reverend DJ Carney officiating. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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