Robert E. Cranor, 80, Panorama City, Calif., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Robert was born at home on Dec. 18, 1932, to the late Mode and Ruby Mae (Davis) Cranor.
Robert graduated in 1951 from Sweetser High School. After graduating from Purdue University in 1954 with an electrical engineering degree, Robert moved to Los Angeles, to work for a major aerospace company. He later excelled in the investment business and taught a men’s Bible study. He was an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying golf, tennis, bowling and bridge. He was also a longtime southern California tennis umpire and worked with many professionals in the sport such as Billy Jean King. He was responsible for the standardization and professionalism that exists today in tennis officiating. He was the first to hire umpires for professional tournaments, not based on geography but on competency, and in September 1999, at the U. S. Open in New York, he was awarded the McGovern Award in tennis officiating, its highest honor.
Survivors are a brother, Keith (Dolores) Cranor, Marion; three nephews, Brian (Jamie) Cranor, Fishers, Steven Cranor, Marion, and David (Towana) Cranor, Fishers; grandnieces and nephews, Derrick Cranor, Dallas, Alissa Cranor, Bloomington, Lacey Moore and Christian Cranor, Fishers, Lindsay (Mike) Siara and son Isaiah, Westfield, Lauren Lanteigne and children, Isaac, Madalyn and Beckham, Noblesville.
Funeral services are at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Converse Church of Christ, 309 E. Wabash St., Converse, with Pastor John Clark officiating. Friends may call at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be in Converse Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Converse Church of Christ Building Fund.
Local arrangements are being handled by the Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 E. Marion St., Converse. Online condolences may be made at www.owenweilertduncan.com.