Bob Morehouse's friends knew him as a real-estate broker, a horse breeder and an actor who appeared in westerns with John Wayne. But he considered himself a cowboy above all else.
Morehouse, 71, died of lung cancer Wednesday. He remained true to his ranch-hand roots during the five decades that he operated the Rafter M Ranch and Morehouse Realty in Watertown.
"He never looked down on anyone and he always supported the underdog," said his daughter Bobbi Knapper of Watertown, who followed her father into the horse business. "He was always giving someone a ride or a meal or a job. . . . One guy who was homeless and did some work for us rode his bike 45 miles to say goodbye when he heard Dad was sick.."
Morehouse was born in Ogden, Utah, and grew up in Kasson, Minn. He worked at stables in the Twin Cities in the 1940s before heading west to become a cowboy. He used that experience to land nonspeaking roles in westerns such as "Duel In The Sun," with Joseph Cotten and Gregory Peck, and "Red River." He returned to Minnesota in 1948 and began selling real estate. His first sale -- 20 acres of land -- became the residential nucleus of Eden Prairie.
He also was a well-known quarter horse breeder. He bred Cash Caravan, recognized as the best quarter horse in Canterbury Park history, who won the 1986 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity and the 1987 Canterbury Quarter Horse Derby. Morehouse and his daughter Bobbi were inducted into Canterbury's Hall of Fame in June.
In addition to his daughter Bobbi Knapper, Morehouse is survived by his wife, Dee; daughters Terry Hintze of Eden Prairie; Becky Boll of Waconia; Holli of Watertown; Sam Engelke of Aurelia, Iowa, and Jody of Watertown; sons Bill of El Dorado, Texas, and Jeff of Watertown; a sister, Ann Krawczyk of Mounds View, and 12 grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Watertown. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.