Douglas Raymond Ryland

Whittemore, Michigan formerly of Flint, Michigan
August 7, 1928 - January 12, 2021


Visitation for Douglas will take place from 12:00 noon until the ceremony time at 2:00 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766


Funeral service with military honors will take place for Douglas at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766. Pastor Gary L. Gillings of Whittemore United Methodist Church will officiate and honors will be rendered by Hale Area Honor Guard. Douglas will be laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, Michigan on Monday, January 18, 2021.

In accordance with pandemic orders, masks or facial coverings are required to be worn at the funeral home at all times as well as social distancing and limiting the number of guests in the building at a given time to 25.

Obituary Notice

Douglas Raymond Ryland, age 92, of Whittemore, MI formerly of Flint, MI, passed away on January 12, 2021 at The Villa of West Branch, MI. He was born on August 7, 1928 in Whittemore, MI to John and Emily (Perkins) Ryland who were farmers. He was the fifth of seven children. They moved to another farm near Hale, MI where Doug attended the Nestor School. His first job was working for National Gypsum and then he was called into the US Army during WWII from 1946-1949. Upon completion of his service he married his first wife Lillian Fernandez on January 20, 1949 in Honolulu, HI. They moved to Flint, MI in 1954 where he worked for GM Fisher Body Division Truck & Bus for 33 years as a general foreman. Upon his retirement in 1987 they spent winters in Florida and summers in Michigan. After 62 years of marriage Lillian passed away on January 24, 2011. He then reconnected with his first love, Dorothy Putnam Lehman. He and Dorothy were married on November 12, 2011 in Whittemore.
Doug liked to play cards, travel, snowmobile, go to rummage sales, play pool, do crossword puzzles, repair things, go deer hunting, fishing and watch TV Westerns. But his greatest thrill in life was to be working. Even in retirement in Florida he worked as a maintenance man in the park where he lived. He belonged to the American Legion and at one time to the Moose Lodge. He was described as a hard worker, caring, having a good sense of humor and always willing to help a friend in need.
Doug is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lehman-Ryland of Whittemore, MI; children: Dorene Dingel of Flint, MI, Warren Pemberton of Zephyrhills, FL, Kay (Robert) Mitchell of Prescott, MI. David Lehman of Clio, MI, Mark (Jennifer) Lehman of Midland, MI, Matthew (Kathy) Lehman of Concord, MI; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Emily Ryland; first wife Lillian; siblings, James, Fred, George, John, Emily & Velma; and sons, Rick Lehman and Anthony Fernandez.
Visitation took place on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from noon to 2:00 pm at the Twining Chapel of the Buresh Funeral Home. Services took place at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Gary L. Gillings of the Whittemore United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Interment took place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, MI. Online condolences may be made at


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.


Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Blanc, Michigan


Douglas was a wonderful man. Dorothy are hearts are with you and all your families. He will be missed by anyone that knew him. Many hugs and prayers xoxo
Paul & Cathy
— Catherine Birkenbach
What a great man Douglas was with a great smile.
Great memories and stories shared.💙
What a cute couple he and Dorothy made.❤️
He will be missed by many.
Hugs and Prayers for Everyone.😘❤️
Love, The Joe Miller Family
— Julie weber
Dorothy, so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Did not know him that well, but we know you and what a wonderful person you are as I am sure that Doug was, to make you as happy as you 2 were!!! Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for you. Hugs.

Karen & Gary Campbell, Paul & Kori (Osborne) & family and Ryan & Katrina Osborne & family
— Karen Campbell
Doug was such a nice man. So glad that you had your time together Dorothy. All the family has our heartfelt sympathy. Rest in peace Doug! Sister and Farmer
— Julia Bellor
Dorothy i pray for comfort strength . God be with you sweet lady .
I can't make to viewing as I have my own sisters Service on Sat.
— Eileen M Castonguay-Kindell
Dorothy sorry for your loss. Douglas was the kindest man, and he adored you so much. Peace be with you and your family
— Robin and Ron
Douglas was a good and kind friend! Oh Dorothy, we feel so for your loss! Be blessed on this day!
— John & Rose Allen
May you all find peace in your memories. Such a beautiful love story! Thinking of you all and sending love and hugs💖.
Dave, Sandy, Marissa, Tyler, Mindy & Daphne
— Sandy Ledin & family
Please except our deepest condolences. You came back into Grandpas life when he really needed it the most. You put the spark back in his eyes and that beautiful smile of his got wider. The memories we all share will be forever!
— Doug & Melody Pemberton
Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
Especially the Dingel family, Dorene, Liz, Sandy, Sue and Matthew we are so sorry for your lose. Your father, grandfather was such a great man. Growing up with all of you, him and Lillian felt like a part of my family, they were great people and you were so lucky to have them. Doug was such a hard worker but such a gentle soul with that great smile!
Will never forget the uno and ring toss days with them.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God bless you Doug May you Rest In Peace.
— Debbie and Doug Lyons

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