Aug. 22, 1928 –Dec. 13, 2012
Robert Nick “Bob” Loran died on Dec. 13, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. He was born to Joseph Henry and Barbara Pfau Loran on Aug. 22, 1928, in Richardson, N.D.
He left home at the age of 14 to pursue his dream of becoming a cowboy. He arrived in Ten Sleep, where he went to work for the Orchard Ranch. It was there that he met his wife Kay. They married in 1948 and had their first son Nick.
They moved to Nebraska to work on the Bixby Ranch and had three more children, Judy, Rocky and Casey. They moved back to Wyoming, worked for various ranches and had two more children in Wyoming, Dixie and Sheila.
They moved to the Southfork in 1956 and ran a successful ranching and outfitting business from there for many years. Bob loved the outdoors and especially working with horses. If a horse carried the B-L brand people automatically associated it with Bobby Loran. People often said that he had forgotten more about horses than most people will ever know.
In his later years Bob loved taking drives into the mountains around the area with his little dog Smokey as his constant companion. He also had a love for unique birds. He always had guineas, peacocks, pigeons, colorful chickens and other exotic birds around.
His grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He loved to tease and torment them and wasn’t quite happy unless they would dish it back. He was quite the prankster and loved nothing better than a good joke.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Barb; sister Irene DeWitt; wife Kay and daughter Dixie. He is survived by his sisters Rose Searcy and Dorothy Scott. He is also survived by his children Nick, Rocky and Casey Loran, Wade Madson, Judy Brittain and Sheila (Richard) Lipps and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service in celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m.