|Dean McMakin||Real name and parentage|
Catharina, Steve Raines was the professional name for Donald E. Ranous. Many years ago I interviewed Donald's first cousin who told me about him, but she did not memtion his professional name, and it has taken me a long time to make this connection. Donald was the youngest of five children born to Lucius Pembrook Ranous (#83436949) and Lucy A. Graves (#14575581). Lucius was a native of Beloit, Wisconsin. Lucy was a native of nearby Rockton, Illinois. They were married in Beloit on December 19, 1897. The two eldest daughters, Gladys Lorge and Lucy Cooper were born in Rockton. The third daughter Evelyn Lohrman, was born in South Dakota. The fourth daughter Estelle Randall was born in Canada. In June 1925 Lucy deserted her husband and returned to Illinois. She filed for divotce in Rockford, Illinois citing her husband's habitual drunkenness over the previous two years as the cause of the divorce action. She married secondly to Mannie Spurgeon (#14586696).
Catharina, I found this obituary in the archives of the Grants Pass Oregon Daily Courier (as well as the September 2009 obituary of his wife Sally). With this information you can update the Memorial if you should choose to do so.
Steve E. Raines
Steve E. Raines, 79, of Grants Pass died Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996, at Royale Gardens Health Care Facility.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Pastor Betty Steward of New Covenant Church officiating. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He was born June 17, 1916, in Post Falls, Idaho. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. On July 31, 1953, in Santa Barbara, Calif., he married the former Sally Durkus, who survives. They lived in the San Fernando Valley area for many years before moving to Grants Pass in 1986.
Early in his life, he was a rodeo cowboy. For most of his working years he was a stunt man and an actor. For eight years, he was a stunt man for the television series "Rawhide" and played the part of Jim Quince. He also acted bit parts on "Gunsmoke," "High Chaparral," "Bonanza," "Kit Carson" and "Roy Rogers."
He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
In addition to his wife, Sally Raines of Grants Pass, he is survived by a son, Michael Raines, one sister, Estelle (Bobbie) Raines and brother-in-law, Jaye Durkus, all of Grants Pass.
Added by Sheila on Jan 16, 2014 2:07 PM