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Ron Kocian (#47966132)
 member for 2 years, 6 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo Hello everybody. First of all, I'm from Butler County, Pa. and I'm a baby boomer and a retiree as of 2012. I'm a product of my generation and I'm a veteran of the US Army having served a year in Vietnam. Agent Orange assassinated my pancreas and I'm a type 1 diabetic because of it. I'm of the Roman Catholic persuasion deeply involved with my church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the VFW, and my politics are libertarian but mostly conservative. I became interested in cemetaries because I love history and love the stories of people. Every grave has a story, to be sure. My main goal in life is to be a burden to as many people as I can. (Did I mention, I've been married to a long suffering woman since 1975? I just did, I guess.) I want to be buried when I die and have an awkwardly shaped tombstone so I can be a burden to the guy who cuts the grass around my grave. The tombstone text is to be printed upside-down so that curiosity seekers will have to struggle to read it. The last line will read, "Made ya look!" De colores y Ultreya!
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A. Fix
McCandless Photos
Thank you for the wonderful McCandless photos!

A. Fix
Added by A. Fix on Apr 16, 2015 9:58 PM
Todd Walker
Samuel French #8261215
Hi Ron,

I don't believe I had previously realized that you located and photographed Samuel French's headstone. I have been to St. Petersburg multiple times, and believed him to be without any visible monument or marker, as there is no sign of him next to his wife, Martha Belle. It is so wonderful to see that he has a stone! I am so greatly appreciative of your finding this ggg-grandfather of mine. Thank you!!
Added by Todd Walker on Nov 11, 2014 5:54 PM
Harper grave
Thank you Ron for locating and photographing, and then posting the grave of Wm Harper. Very helpful.
Added by RAChistory on Oct 31, 2014 6:32 AM
S Lumsden
William Z Clay #137373116
Thank you very much for fulfilling my photo request. I really appreciate it. Would you mind if I include a copy of your photo in my family tree at Ancestry? I will list you as the photographer. Thanks again, Susan.
Added by S Lumsden on Oct 27, 2014 6:14 AM
Josiah Fillman Photo
Thanks for the volunteer photo of Josiah Fillman. I live in Nebraska so that really helps me.

Added by Pedro on Oct 23, 2014 10:26 AM
Julie Truax Ballard
Charles Augustus Wagner
Thanks for the photo of Charles Augustus Wagner's headstone. It is much appreciated.
Added by Julie Truax Ballard on Oct 16, 2014 2:16 PM
Beverly Osman Morris
Clemons & Rachel Neely
Hello Ron,
Thank you very much for taking and adding their shared headstone photo at Saint Petersburg Cemetery on September 19th.
You have been so good to me.
~Gratefully, Bev in Calif.
Added by Beverly Osman Morris on Oct 08, 2014 1:53 PM
William Cunningham
RE: Your Bio
Really like all your final plans, but that military plate has to be at the head. Also My wife of (currently) 33 years will be with me and her name will be on the right side of the plate.

Added by William Cunningham on Oct 04, 2014 7:20 AM
William Cunningham
Your Bio
Just read your bio and appreciate your humor. Unfortunately as a vet, if you want your plate to be free, it will have to be without your great humor. 'Course you can also have another stone of your choice and cost.
As an Air Force vet, I just went through this with my cemetery.

Added by William Cunningham on Oct 03, 2014 8:40 AM
William Cunningham
Re: John B Graham
Thanks Ron for the photos for John. I noted that his death month needed corrected so I put in a change for that to Findagrave.

Added by William Cunningham on Oct 03, 2014 8:34 AM
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