Ross Jr. Anderson


Ross Jr. Anderson, born September 16, 1930, passed away the evening of December 26, 2015 in the comforts of his home on the Rocking A Ranch, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his father, Ross Arbon Anderson, mother, Helen Regene Anderson, and brothers Douglas Henry, Carl Garn, Dewey Wray, Joe Harlan, and Lynn Jay Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Bonna Marie, their four daughters Rose Marie Branch (Jim), Bonna Regene Jones (Dean), Wendy Jann Boyer (Russell), Crystal June Griffin (Matthew), 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and his brother Andrew Anderson. Jr. spent his life building the Rocking A Ranch where he was born, and where he died (as he would have wanted). He attended grade school at North String Elementary near the ranch in Stone, Idaho, and later graduated from Bear River High School. After graduation, he attended a half a year at the Agricultural College of Utah (now USU), and was later drafted into the Marine Corps. He served in that capacity for two years in Barstow, California. After his service in the Marines, he returned to the Curlew Valley and worked the ranch with his father until he later took over the operations of the ranch. Jr. met the love of his life, Bonna Marie Jardine at a dance at the Grange Dance Hall, where some of Jr.’s buddies bet him to ask Bonna to dance. They dated for two years before marrying on April 4, 1959 in Malta, Idaho. They were sealed in the Logan LDS temple on their 39th wedding anniversary. Jr. and Bonna were blessed with four daughters. Jr. devoted his life to building the family ranch. He was a successful manager and spent his years improving the size and quality of the ranch. Jr. and Bonna worked side by side raising animals and raising girls. They were involved in the 4H program and the farming community. The legacy of the Rocking A Ranch will be carried on by the Boyer family (5th generation operators). Jr. served as the President of the Delmore Canal Company; President of the Curlew Horse and Cattle Association; Director of the Idaho Cattle Association; member of the American Legion; member of the Oneida County Fair Board; served on the Farmer’s Home Administration Board; served on the Oneida County Veteran’s Memorial Committee. Jr. loved his country and his family. He admired his brothers and adored his wife, daughters, and grandchildren. He had a witty sense of humor that will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2015 at 12 noon in the Curlew Ward Chapel in Snowville, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N., Malad, Idaho and again on Saturday morning at the church from 10-11:45 am prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Snowville Cemetery.

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