Bob LitherlandRobert N. Litherland, born June 3, 1922, died Monday, November 18, 2013, in his home with his wife, daughters, and dog, Maggie, at his side. He was 91.
Bob was a man of his time, founding and running the famous Moorhead Dairy Queen for 46 years, with his life partner Phyllis, his wife of 65 years. The Great Depression shaped him. He was a seven-year-old child, on vacation with his parents in California, when the market crashed, taking with it the family funds. It took the family 3 months to work their way home to Minnesota. That leaves a mark on a child, and he forever understood the value of a dollar, the privilege of working, and the honor of providing for his family. He worked 15 hour days, 7 days a week, 8 months a year until he was seventy-five. Bob was impacted greatly by his service in WWII and the Korean conflict. Dinner conversation was often about guys he served with in the Philippines and Japan - conversation about the relationships with his buddies, never about the horrors of war. It was only later in life, in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church, that he ever acknowledged the pain of what he'd seen and done.