Glade Park & Pinon Mesa

Memorials & Obituaries

Robert Newton "Buster" Moorland, Jr.

June 2, 1915 - December 12, 1933

Smokin' by the woodshed

Young cowboy - about 12 yrs old Popular with the girls (girls unknown)

Daily Sentinel December 13, 1933


"Moreland, a youth still in his teens, was caught in the slide, but was still alive when rescue workers reached him. They managed to remove the rocks which pinned him down and rushed him to St. Mary's hospital, where examination revealed his skull was fractured and his hips crushed. He died about 10 o'clock last night."

Obituary in Daily Sentinel: December 15, 1933


Services Over Two Youthful Rockslide Victims at Martin's Tomorrow at 2 p.m.

A joint funeral for Robert N. (Buster) Moreland, Jr. and Clyde Van Loan, two young men of the Glade Park district who were among the nine killed in the Tuesday rock slide on the Colorado National Monument rimrock road will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Martin funeral home on Colorado Avenue.

The services which start at 2 o'clock will be conducted by the Rev. Rex Kinsell of the Christian church. Burial will be in Orchard Mesa cemetery.

Old friends and schoolmates of the two young men, both of whom were well known in this city as well as the region where they made their homes, will serve as pallbearers. Many friends from the Glade Park area and from the Monument road camp will come here for the services.

"Buster" Moreland as he was generally known is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moreland, Sr., two brothers Ray and Ralph ("Bill") Moreland and two sisters, Lillian and Helen.

Clyde Van Loan, who had worked for some time in the local cigar store was the older son of Mr. and Mrs. Vance Van Loan and is survived by both parents as well as by his younger brother George.

* Moorland - mis-spelled throughout the article. Originally Moreland, until Robert Newton "Bob", changed the spelling to Moorland after a feud with his father, Newton B. Moreland.

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