Robert Jennings Moreland: 1923 – 2014
Robert Jennings Moreland
1923 – 2014
Robert Jennings Moreland was born to John Jennings (Jack) and Grace Fairhead Moreland, at the home of his grandparents, G.O. and Julia Boden Fairhead, in Merriman, Neb., Feb. 21, 1923. At that time, the family lived on a farm about ten miles east of Martin, S.D. In 1931, the family leased a ranch at the head of LaCreek, still in Bennett County, S.D. Bob and his younger brother, Stan, rode horseback five miles each way to the Lone Star School where there were 16 boys and a man teacher. In 1934, the Moreland family moved one mile south of Merriman, in Cherry County.
Bob graduated from Merriman High School in 1940. The following year he took a post-graduate agriculture course at Curtis, Nebraska, and the next year he attended Ag College at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. While there in the fall of 1942, he joined and boarded at Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Fees, room, and board cost $32 per month. Bob returned to the ranch after one semester of college.
Bob and Elaine Anderson were married Oct. 15, 1950 in Benson, Minn.
Bob and Elaine had four children: Steve, born in 1951; Sandra in 1954; Sybil in 1958; and Nancy in 1966.
Bob and his family raised Hereford bulls for many years, and hosted the annual Green Valley Country Music Hereford Bull Sale from 1973 to 1982. In later years the Moreland family switched to mostly Angus commercial cattle.
Bob was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. He was active as a Mason for 65 years as a member of Pioneer Lodge #219 A.F. & A.M. in Martin. He was a member of the Gordon Gideon Camp. He was a long-time member of the Nebraska Stockgrowers which evolved into the Nebraska Cattlemen.
Bob was artistic and painted many pictures, and was a member of the Sand Painter Art Guild. He also took a multitude of photographs through the years. Bob enjoyed writing, and published his autobiography Sandhills Satisfaction in 1994. He started writing a newspaper column ‘Friends and Fancies’ in September of 2003, which was published weekly in four area newspapers. After each year of 52 columns, they were compiled into a book. Bob has interviewed several old-timers through the years, writing down some of their history.
Bob sang at many funerals through the years in a quartet with his brother, Stan, and two cousins, Garould and Joy Fairhead. He enjoyed traveling and meeting people, and had many friends in all corners of the country and overseas. He felt deep affection for the Sandhills and its pioneer history. He admired good ranch practices and high quality livestock, and he loved his family and many friends.
Bob and Elaine Moreland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October 2000. Elaine passed away in 2004. Bob married Arliss Emley DeKay in 2007.
Bob died on August 28, 2014 at age 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Grace Moreland, his brother Stan in 1999, wife Elaine in 2004, and their daughter Sandra in 1993. He is survived by wife Arliss; son Steve (Carol) Moreland, daughter Sybil Moreland, and daughter Nancy (Shawn) Vineyard; grandsons Will (Desiree) Moreland, Brock (Chelsie) Moreland, and Terrel Vineyard; granddaughters Tiffany Moreland and Tori Vineyard; and great-grandchildren Fiora, Finnegan and George Moreland, Holden and Rowan Moreland.