Arthur William Tyson, 61, a retired chief warrent officer in the Army Security Agency, died Wednesday at Shamokin State Hospital in Shamokin, Pa., following a heart attack.

Mr. Tyson, was was born in Shamokin, joined the Army in 1939 and served in Eurpoe during World War II. He left the service briefly when the war was over, but returned to it in 1947. He was assigned to the Army Security Service at Arlington Hall Station.

In 1953, he was transferred to Germany. He returned to the ASA at Arlington Hall in 1957 and remained there until he retired from the Army in 1961 with the rank of chief warrent officer (4).

Mr. Tyson then went to work for the agency as a civilian and was a supervisory management analyst at the time of his second retirement in 1972.

He moved from his home in Annadale to Shamokin the year he left the government.

Mr. Tyson had been a Mason during his years in the Washington area.

His marriage to the former Joyce De Lapp ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Ronald, of Heilbronn, Germany; two daughters, Debra Selby of Arlington, and Emily Jane Tyson of Shamokin; a sister, Emily Mae Wert of Sunbury, Pa.; a half-sister, Leona Janaski of Shamokin; two half-brothers, Thomas Zelinski of Woolrich, Pa., and Jack Zelinski of York, Pa.; a step-brother, George Reese Tuckett of Columbus, Ohio, and one grandchild.