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mourninglory (#47048056)
 member for 7 years, 10 months, 19 days
Karen M.
RE: Calvin Futch

Still trying to find her father. When I do will give his memorial number to you.


Added by Karen M. on Jun 15, 2016 2:16 AM

Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun
Danke Shoen for your transfer of Charles Otto Ford memorial
Just a quick note to express my appreciation for BOTH initially creating this Find A Grave memorial as a service to the larger community AND for your kindness in transferring it over to my care.

I'll get busy adding my research data. Namaste. "PJ"

Added by Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun on Jun 13, 2015 9:00 AM

melissa w
RE: Hi Again!
Thank you very much, I agree with you! But you would be surprized at how some are very protective over there photos? :). Then again, you have taken tons and tons of photos.

Thank you for your time and effort! I really appreciate it.

Added by melissa w on Jun 11, 2015 5:24 AM

melissa w
Hi Again!
I don't remember if I asked you this already..
But do I have permission to use and upload your gravestone pictures? I have many family members that you have taken and I would like to add them to my tree.

Most of them are Murrays and Kraemers.

Added by melissa w on Jun 10, 2015 10:59 PM

Petoskey History 1852-2002
Alice Fox Brecheisen
Thanks, again!

Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on May 20, 2015 10:10 AM

Petoskey History 1852-2002
John L. Brecheisen
Many thanks! I appreciate it.

Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on May 19, 2015 9:17 PM

J. A. Delcamp
RE: David Kopkau
Here is the Obit. I found it online at:

Regards, JAD

Posted Oct. 7, 2009 at 12:01 AM
Updated Oct 7, 2009 at 7:13 AM

David B. “Cupcake” Kopkau, age 55, of Sand Lake passed away Oct. 5, 2009.
He was born Sept. 5, 1954, in Charlevoix, Mich., the son Dale and Carla (Shepard) Bolser. David served on the Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department and was a Junior Govenor of the Moose Lodge in Brooklyn. He served his country in the U.S. Army.
David is survived by his daughter, Rishel Bolser, and son-in-law, Donald E. Bolser, of Toledo; his son, Paul Kopkau of New York; his grandchildren, Savanah, Cody and Sadie; his parents, Dale and Carla Bolser of East Jordan; one brother, Bryan (Shelly) Bolser of East Jordan; one sister, Peggy Bolser of Westland; and his former wife of 24 years, Deborah Soldner of Tipton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vail and Clarabell Shepard; and best friend, Gary “Butch” Hull.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Military Honors will be performed by the Onsted American Legion and the U.S. Army Reserve Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
A luncheon will follow the funeral service at 1 p.m. at the Brooklyn Moose Lodge, located off U.S. 12 behind the Twin Towers in the Irish Hills. Send condolences and view David’s video tribute at

Added by J. A. Delcamp on May 16, 2015 3:17 PM

J. A. Delcamp
David Kopkau
Hello MG, I went out to the Tipton/Franklin Twp. Cem. and did a quick walk around looking for David's stone, but I did not find it, so I called the funeral home from the obit. and they said he was cremated and they didn't know if he was buried or not. I have seen 2 references of him being at Tipton and one in Jackson, so like you said, leave your memorial where it is and perhaps someone will be able to fill in the blanks. Regards, JAD

Added by J. A. Delcamp on May 14, 2015 5:02 PM

You Are Welcome
Thank you so much for your reply regarding my comment to Chris West! I was hesitant to respond to him because I did not want to create conflict with anyone but at the same time, I felt as if he in some way invaded my privacy & was, for lack of a better word, "picking" on me. I appreciate Mr. West doing his part to make Find A Grave as accurate as possible but in viewing comments he has posted to others, I feel as if he just doesn't come across in a helpful manner but one that seems to belittle you. Although this is not the way I would ask for edits/corrections, we are all different & I do not believe Mr. West has anything other than good intentions on this site. I also want to say that he did bring to my attention two memorials in which I had incorrectly entered names & I happily fixed them. In my opinion, my personal pet memorials are just simply irrelevant to anyone outside of my family & how I list them is up to me! Thanks again. Hope you have a wonderful day! -Slick

Added by Slick on May 10, 2015 11:06 AM

Roxanne D
Maple Lawn
Hey mourningglory ... nice to hear from you again. Please don't go out of your way as it's not an emergency. Just whenever you have time. You've certainly helped me out tons of times and I appreciate all you've done. Thank you.

Added by Roxanne D on May 09, 2015 10:59 PM

RE: Thank you
You are more than welcome. For further reading just google his name and there is much to be found on this colorful individual.

Added by Kateri on Apr 25, 2015 11:06 AM

"Railroad Jack"
I read your note on the memorial page for "Railroad Jack" and thought you should go back and revisit his page to discover why he held that nickname. Please visit #83122737. Kateri

Added by Kateri on Apr 25, 2015 7:54 AM

melissa w
RE: June
I am now, but I thought I would Ask in case you had one and didn't upload. I can go over there one day, unless you beat me to it. I'll prob wait a while so I can compile a list of missing relatives in the area and do one trip. Thanks.

Added by melissa w on Apr 19, 2015 3:28 PM

melissa w
RE: June
Oh ok..I remember the Sarasins living behind my fathers House and the Kraemers just live a few houses down. But that's about it. Thank you and I appreciate it. Have a great Day. You don't have Betty Reich Headstone do you? She's buried in Advance Cemetery.

Added by melissa w on Apr 19, 2015 10:01 AM

melissa w
RE: June
I think I might know who you are...I went to school with Mike Sxxxxxx I won't display the last name. If you lived there around the 1980s then I know your son from H.S.

Added by melissa w on Apr 19, 2015 8:30 AM

melissa w
RE: June
Oh that's cool, that's my father and uncle.

I'll just take June's for now...I'm working on the Binghams family Tree and Websters.

Find A Grave Memorial# 62056656

Added by melissa w on Apr 19, 2015 8:20 AM

melissa w
RE: June
Thank you, that's very kind. It's kind of funny. June's two daughters married two Murray just happens that i was already re
Was related to them from the Bingham side and my father is a now I'm related to them twice.

I think you did my grandfathers grave, Cecil Murray.

How do I put in a transfer request? I don't even see a link to request a transfer?

Added by melissa w on Apr 19, 2015 6:25 AM

Bob Loveday
RE: Douglas Loveday
Thank you so much. My grandfather as a boy left the Loveday's in Chicago for life in Calif. I have researched these people so long it's like I know them. The photo of the woman is his mother and the gentleman is actually his brother. Douglas was born in England and took over Loveday Estates in London area from his Dad. He sold it in 1902. There is still a Loveday road there that his Dad named. I looked at it on Google Earth I am hoping this will be a nice platform for contact

Added by Bob Loveday on Feb 16, 2015 10:14 PM

Jana Marie Lashmit
RE: White's
Thanks! You're awesome :)

Added by Jana Marie Lashmit on Jan 29, 2015 12:51 AM

Robert V. and Esther White
Thanks so much! You're the best! :)

Added by patrickinpetoskey on Jan 11, 2015 8:27 PM

RE: Mackinaw bridge
Someone else did it too, but he lived:

U.S. Air Force Captain John S. Lappo had the heart of a jet pilot–skillful, bold and committed. However, the personality traits that served him so well on bombing missions during the Korean War and covert spy-in-the-sky missions over the Soviet Union also "grounded" him after a playful-but dangerous-stunt that involved the Mackinac Bridge.

On April 24, 1959, Lappo, a Muskegon, Michigan, native and his five-man crew were returning from a routine simulated bomb run to the Lockbourne Air Force base near Columbus, Ohio. As Lappo later confessed, "I always wanted to fly under a big bridge. I thought it would be the Golden Gate." Suddenly, the Mackinac Bridge came into view. Lappo polled the crew about his scheme to fly under the bridge. After the crew responded affirmatively with a 4 to 1 vote, Lappo declared, "I’m taking her under!" At a speed of 425 miles per hour, the RB-47 Stratojet raced through the 150-foot clearance between the roadbed framework and the Straits. In Lappo’s words, "It was exhilarating to say the least!"

However, the one naysayer among the crew was not amused. Two weeks after the "fly under," the navigator snitched. Lappo pleaded guilty to charges of violating an air force regulation that prohibited flying an aircraft less than 500 feet above the ground or water, except during takeoffs and landings. Besides a forfeiture of pay ($50 a month for six months) and a formal reprimand, Captain Lappo was forced to surrender his wings.

Lappo contended that flying under the Mackinac Bridge posed no danger to the crew or the aircraft. According to the veteran pilot, every flight was a risk, and he saw this as no greater a threat than many others. Larry Rubin, Mackinac Bridge Authority executive director, disagreed. "It is a dangerous thing to do. . . . There were cables hanging from the deck. They were there when work was being completed and then they were there off and on after construction. They would have cut the plane in half."

Despite the blemish on his record, Lappo remained in the air force, serving as an aircraft maintenance officer in Vietnam and other bases. After thirty years of service, he retired with honors as a lieutenant colonel. Although he never again flew for the U.S. Air Force, Lappo piloted his own private plane after moving to Alaska with his wife Olive Kay (also from Muskegon).

For more on the history of the Mackinac Bridge, including the full story on Lappo’s flight under the bridge, look for Michigan History magazine’s "50 Years of the Mighty Mac" issue, available in July. Visit or call toll free, (800) 366-3703.

Added by patrickinpetoskey on Jan 10, 2015 8:42 AM

Roxanne D
Thank you once again
Just wanted to thank you for your outstanding service and quick responses to anything I've ever thrown at you. You are an asset to us all. Best wishes. Roxanne

Added by Roxanne D on Jan 09, 2015 10:35 AM

RE: B52 bomber
Spoke too soon. Check out this memorial for Dennis D. Ferguson. Apparently there is a memorial marker dedicated to them. 42739618

Added by patrickinpetoskey on Jan 04, 2015 11:36 AM

RE: B52 bomber
Unfortunately, I don't know anything about that happening. I pulled the articles from the January 8, 1971 and January 11, 1971 issues of the Petoskey News Review. The January 11th issue gives a list of the seven men's full names, ranks, ages and the city and state that they hailed from. However, I found nothing in those cities/states on F-A-G. Then I thought, given the cause of death, perhaps they were buried in a National Cemetery. However, I still came up with nothing when I ran that names. Guess I'm not much help with this one. None of the men were even from Michigan, so I doubt that any obituaries would have appeared here. Let me know if you want me to send the above information on them. Sorry I couldn't be of much help. :(

Added by patrickinpetoskey on Jan 04, 2015 11:33 AM

Petoskey History 1852-2002
Trucking President
OH, WOW! THANK YOU! I am thrilled! Now I am posting the
pic but will have to finish it tomorrow. You made my day!

Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Dec 24, 2014 6:20 AM


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