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Ross Lee Craner

  • Born: 10 Sep 1907, Oakley, Cassia, Idaho, USA
  • Marriage: Rhea Grace Bellander on 1 Jul 1940 in Ely, White Pine, Nevada, USA
  • Died: 27 Nov 1997, Kimberly, Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
  • Buried: 3 Dec 1997, Oakley, Cassia, Idaho, USA

bullet  General Notes:

ROSS LEE CRANER (1907 - 1997)

Ross was born 10 September 1907 in Oakley, Cassia, Idaho. He was the eleventh child and sixth son born to John Harrison and Rosena Lyon Lee. As a boy Ross helped his dad milk cows, pack water to the house from the wheel, it had a windmill on it and if the wind didn't blow then they had to pump it hand. He pulled weeds to feed the hogs, chopped wood and whatever - "be obedient or else"! Each Sunday we went to church. Ross also helped his mother on wash day especially, pulled the handle to the washing machine, and turned the wringer to squeeze the water from the clothes.
As a teenager Ross worked as hired help on several different farms. At age 17 he went to work as a cowboy on Dead Wood Ranch, East of Three Creek, earning $40 a month. He also worked in the sheep business fro several years. Next he went to work in Sugar at American Crystal Sugar Company in Torrington, Wyoming and then at Amalgamated Sugar Company in Missoula Montana. One of the Sugar factories was moved to Clarksburg, California. Ross helped put it together and worked there for a couple of years.
Ross decided to move on to Southern California. He lived with friends, John and Lola Truatwein. He got a job with New Port Dredging Company near Long Beach and Coasta Mesa. After a few years, he decided to move to Santa Monica, California where his uncle Fred and Aunt Altha Craner lived. They were painters and taught Ross the trade and he worked with them.
At a party Ross met Rhea Grace Bellander and they were married 1 July 1940 in Ely, White Pine, Nevada. For the next few years they would go to Sacramento to work in the sugar factory for the sugar campaign and then move back to Santa Monica and paint.
Ross and Rhea where the parents of two children:

Name:Birth Date:Death Date"
1. John Albin Craner24 Nov 1941
2. Donna Marie Craner30 June 1944

In 1943 they moved to Nevada and managed ranches: Bellander's, Bakers Ranch, Devil's Gate Ranch near Elko, Loyd Sorensen's Ranch at Lamoille, Nevada.
In 1956 in need for a high school for John they moved to Kimberly, Idaho and bought a home at 415 S Main. After a year they moved to California as wages weren't good in Idaho. In 1968 Ross retired and moved back to Kimberly, Idaho and the house they bought and had rented out all those years.
Ross died 12 April 1996 in Kimberly, Twin Falls, Idaho and was buried in Oakley, Idaho.


bullet  LDS Information:

Baptism: 10 Sep 1914

Endowment: 20 Jan 2000, Salt Lake Temple

Sealed to Parents: BIC

He was sealed to his spouse on 20 Jan 2000 at Salt Lake Temple. (Rhea Grace Bellander was born on 20 Jun 1917 in Baker, White Pine, Nevada, USA and died on 14 Jan 2006 in Elko, Elko, Nevada, USA.)


1 Jeri, Dede, & JaNeal Fogg, A Collection of Histories Of George Benjamin and Elizabeth West Craner And Their Descendents
(Distributed at the 2006 Craner Reunion in Toole, Utah), page 61.

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