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Published July 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

Robert Molland

Robert T. Molland, a native of North Dakota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Northern Nevada Hospital in Sparks, Nevada. He had resided in Sparks, NV for three years. His wife, Arlene M. Molland and his four siblings, Dorothy Raden, Leland Molland, Adelaide Helt, and Franklin Molland predeceased him.

Robert Thomas Molland was born November 25, 1926 to Thomas Molland and Myrtle Phillips Molland in Nome, North Dakota. Robert attended Nome, ND Public School and graduated from Fargo High School in 1944. He started taking classes at Valley City Teacher’s College before enlisting in the United States Navy Reserve as an apprentice Seaman in Ames, Iowa from 1944-1946. Robert received an Honorable Discharge in 1946.

Robert Molland

Robert T. Molland, a native of North Dakota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Northern Nevada Hospital in Sparks, Nevada. He had resided in Sparks, NV for three years. His wife, Arlene M. Molland and his four siblings, Dorothy Raden, Leland Molland, Adelaide Helt, and Franklin Molland predeceased him.

Robert Thomas Molland was born November 25, 1926 to Thomas Molland and Myrtle Phillips Molland in Nome, North Dakota. Robert attended Nome, ND Public School and graduated from Fargo High School in 1944. He started taking classes at Valley City Teacher’s College before enlisting in the United States Navy Reserve as an apprentice Seaman in Ames, Iowa from 1944-1946. Robert received an Honorable Discharge in 1946.

Robert began his studies in education attending North Dakota Agriculture College and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1948. He started his career teaching Science, Math, and coaching basketball in Osnabrock, ND and accepted his first job as Principal in 1950. In 1952, Robert was accepted in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Milton Grand Lodge 32nd degree. Robert married Doris M. Stark in Grafton, ND in 1952 and started raising a family. She enjoyed her work as a registered nurse. Robert continued summer classes in Educational Administration at NDSU and UND. Robert’s 37-year career as Superintendent of School Districts in North Dakota and Montana included the towns of Flasher, Beulah, Watford City, Scobey, Belt, Regent, and Sheldon. His educational leadership and dedication to teacher and student achievement prevailed throughout his 40-year career. Robert was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, ND Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, Lions Club, Rotary Club, and American Legion.

After 30 years, Robert divorced and married Arlene Beck in 1982 in Great Falls, MT. They moved to Regent and Sheldon, ND. Robert retired in 1988 and moved to Fargo, ND. Robert and Arlene have enjoyed many summers golfing and traveling in the winter months to Harlingen, TX. In 1991, Robert and Arlene became members of the First Presbyterian Church in Fargo, ND.

Robert is survived by his first wife Doris Molland, Williston, ND, sister Jean (Jim) Norby, Pelican Rapids, MN, brother-in-law Lawrence Helt, E.Grand Forks, MN, his children Michael (Joy) Molland, Anchorage, AK, Elizabeth Molland (Earl Sufficool), Sparks, NV, Jeffrey (Rita) Molland, Alpharetta, GA, John (Julie) Molland, Odessa, TX, step-children Valerie Crump, Calgary, Alberta CA, Craig (Atiana) Beck, Fargo, ND, grandchildren Rebecca (Jason) Sinness, Williston, ND, Teresa Molland, E.Dubuque, IL, Brandon and Trayton Molland, Fargo, ND, step-grandchildren Natalie and Megan Crump, Calgary, Alberta, CA, great grandchildren, Marissa Petitgout, E. Dubuque, IL, and Clara Henson, Williston, ND, and step-great grandchildren, Christopher and Kyle Beck, Fargo, ND.

Robert will be loved and missed. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Salvation Army and the Humane Society. A private Memorial Service for family and close friends will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND on September 8, 2012.

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