Ross Randall Corless
He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Emerson, the youngest of five children, to Albert Elmer Corless and Ella May Randall Corless. He was raised on a farm and taught how to work hard and be of service to others by his parents. He graduated from Heyburn High School in 1943. He served in the Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He worked for the J.R. Simplot company for almost 40 years, from 1946 to 1986 when he retired. At Simplot, he was the maintenance manager and helped build the Heyburn potato plant from the ground up and was also responsible for the construction of the first French fry processing line for McDonald’s.
He was an active member in the Kiwanis Club and the Singing K’s, a Kiwanis choir, which had traveled to California and Europe to perform. Ross also was very active in Scouting, where he served as Scoutmaster and adviser to the Order of the Arrow and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings throughout his life, including bishopric counselor, high councilman and branch president. He was married to Bette Steele Corless for 39 years when she passed away in 2004. They had served a church mission together in Richmond, Va. They liked to travel and spend time in Sun Valley at their cabin that Ross had built. Ross loved his family, singing, Scouting, being in the outdoors and serving others.
He is survived by his children, Rex (Myriam) Corless of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Jami (Tom) Tateoka of Waukesha, Wis.; stepdaughters, JoDene (Neal) Hollingshead of Dietrich, Idaho, and Geri (Joel) Rogers of Rupert, Idaho; 24 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Ella Corless; his siblings, Albert, Earl, Lou Ella and Beth; his wife, Bette; his daughters, Teresa and Deanna; his son, Randy; a grandson, Zachary; and a granddaughter, Marika.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Emerson 1st Ward building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 950 W. 125 S. of Paul, Idaho, with Bishop Albert B. Belliston officiating and military rites provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Heyburn. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Morrison Funeral Home, 188 S. Highway 24 in Rupert, and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the church prior to the funeral.
The family suggests memorials be made to Minidoka Health Care Foundation with a designation of Countryside Care and Rehabilitation Center. Services are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home in Rupert.