Roy Alan Moran was born April 28, 1952, to Robert H. Moran and Francis Gordan in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He passed from this life at approximately 11:00 p.m. the evening of June 7, 2013.
He grew up in the Bad Nation area east of White River and north of Wood, South Dakota. Roy attended the Catholic Boarding School in St. Francis, South Dakota, for grades one through eight. He attended the Todd County Boarding School in Mission, South Dakota, for grades nine and ten. He completed his GED requirements while attending Job Corps.
Roy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1973. He received an honorable discharge because of a medical condition after serving two years. After returning home he worked doing road construction through the summer of 1976.
The fall of 1976 Roy enrolled in the United Sioux Tribes College at Bismarck, North Dakota. His major area of study was Auto Mechanics. After graduation he bought and operated a service station in White River, South Dakota.
Roy met and married Judy Fredricks in 1974. Of this union four children were born: Joelene, Roy Jr. (Denise), Tim, Jewel (Adam). This union was dissolved in 1981.
In 1982 Roy married Peggy Bowers. Of this union four children were born: Misty, Henry (Rose), Harold (Audra), Berton (Cassie). Three step children; Karin (Gabe), Tonya (Rich) and Leslie were also a part of this family. Several foster children also found a home with this family.
Roy was employed from 1978 through 1988 as a welder building bridges. In 1985 Roy developed Moran Auto Salvage. He operated Moran Auto Salvage until he became disabled in 1994. During the following years he provided guidance for his sons in the operation of Moran Auto Salvage. By 2003 he had turned the auto salvage over to his sons to run.
In 2010 Roy had an accident while working in his shop that cost him his left leg. His health began to decline from that point until his death.
Roy was preceded in death by his paternal grand parents Aaron Henry Moran and Clara Ann McConnell, His maternal grand mother, Alice Shuppin, his parents Robert Henry Moran, Sr. and Francis Gordan, four siblings, Gladys Darlene, Ronnie, Roberta Henrietta, Laura Lee, and one step granddaughter Kateri Rose Knife.
Roy leaves his wife Peggy, and children Misty, Henry (Rose), Harold (Audra), Berton (Cassie), stepchildren Karin (Gabe), Tonya (Rich), Leslie, Joelene, Roy Jr. (Denise), Tim, and Jewel (Adam). He had fifteen siblings of which eleven remain: Gladys Peggy (Tom), Robert Jr. (Linda), Mike (Gloria), Albert Lee, Roger (Caroline), Larry, Douglas (Mary), Alan, William, Loni Sue Porter and Mike. Roy also has twenty- three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
The services for Roy Moran will be held in the Upper Swift Bear Community Center in White River. The wake services will be Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday June 12 with the funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Thursday June 13, 2013. Burial will be in a family cemetery at Bad Nation.