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J. Edward Ross (#47159122)
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Bio Photo Updated August 13, 2015

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC)
, Elwood, Will Co., Illinois...

Currently "active" burial sections (opened for interments on the dates listed):

For Cremated Remains:
Section 11, opened October 2012
Section 12, opened October 2012
Columbarium 7 Wall 15, opened June 2015

For Casketed Remains:
Section 15, opened May 2015

When the above gravesites are made presentable with sod and engraved marker stones or niche covers, I'll upload gravesite photographs for these Sections without the need for photo requests.

Note: Please refrain from requesting a photograph until after the professional grounds-keepers have had time to engrave and install marker stones (or niche covers), lay sod, and generally make the gravesites presentable. If I have not uploaded a photo by the 4-month mark, please do request a photo.

Spring/Summer 2015 - The staff has spent the last year working diligently to level and re-sod most of the cemetery. They are currently working on Sections 1 and 4. This includes raising the height and leveling thousands of marker stones, then removing the old grass/weeds and their root systems, leveling the ground with new black dirt and laying sod. The sod will need watered for a couple of weeks before it is ready for photographing.

Re-sodding Sections 3, 5, 7 and 8 is complete.

Thank you for your patience.

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Biographical information belongs in the "bio" field or in other text fields on the MAIN memorial page.

Please do NOT post pictures of text to any of my memorial pages (Example: Do NOT post pictures of; obituaries, death notices, news paper articles, death certificates, remembrance cards, etc.).

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Forward the information using the "Edit" tab and appropriate link. I'll ensure it is added to the memorial page in a prompt, accurate and professional manner.

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For example: Do NOT charge your relatives a "handling" or "printing" fee to obtain a copy of your family tree if it contains one of my photographs.

In summary, do NOT take credit for any photograph that you did not physically take yourself.

About me...

I graduated from Freeport Area High School, PA in 1971 and spent the next year at a technical college in Columbus, OH.

I received my draft board physical notice in the spring of 1972 and in August followed in my father's foot steps, joining the US Navy (he put in 24 years before retiring as a CTCM in 1969). I spent the next 8 years as a submarine qualified nuclear electrician on both Fast Attack and Ballistic Missile Submarines. In October 1980 I was honorably discharged as an EM1(SS).

I spent the next 28 years working in the civilian nuclear power industry in both Ohio and Illinois. Most of that time in the training department as a Reactor Operator Licensing Instructor.

I retired in August of 2008 after 36 years working in the nuclear power field, including 8 years in Uncle Sam's nuclear Submarine Fleet.

Currently, I live in north-central Illinois, within 2 miles of the intersection of I-80 and I-55.

I enjoy researching my family tree (9,000+ and growing). My father's family is from Allegheny and Armstrong counties in western Pennsylvania. My mother's family is from Charles County, in southern Maryland.

My family has limbs, branches, and roots that stretch across the United States. Most however, settled in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and California.

I enjoy taking cemetery, historical site, and other photographs. I am willing to assist with reasonable gravesite and non-gravesite photo requests; I will also consider the unreasonable requests.

To borrow a line from Paladin's business card, and the 1957-1962 TV series...

"Have Camera, Will Travel"

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Kent Gebhard
Harry Root

Thanks for the bios added and a reply.

Much appreciated.

Kent Gebhard
Added by Kent Gebhard on Aug 18, 2015 12:38 PM
Otis Wilson Cook, Jr
Thank you for everything!!
Added by JeffG on Aug 17, 2015 9:49 PM
Dan Niemiec
Robert Schulewitz
Thanks so much for saving me such a long trip!

Dan Niemiec
Vernon Hills, IL
Added by Dan Niemiec on Aug 17, 2015 5:03 PM
Lydia Green
Dorothy Valrie 123347249
Good morningm, I am the daughter-in-law, of Dorothy Valrie, can you tranfer ownship.
Added by Lydia Green on Aug 11, 2015 9:43 AM
Lydia Green
Otis Bethea Sr. # 72355564
I am niece of Otis Bethea and Laraine Bethea, can you tranfer to me. Thank you.
Added by Lydia Green on Aug 11, 2015 9:38 AM
Always a DIONNE
Clyde Dionne
We cant thank you enough for the photo taken of my Dad's grave marker. I could not help but wonder if his marker had been placed yet. It has warmed my heart seeing your photo. Thank you for your dedication to this site. So difficult living so far away.
Diane Dionne Edwards
Added by Always a DIONNE on Aug 10, 2015 12:46 AM
Diane Pedersen
Mary Gaddis
Thank you for checking on her burial for me. The photo request has been removed. I appreciate you taking time to do this.
Added by Diane Pedersen on Aug 09, 2015 7:30 PM
Hershey Bar
Would you happen to be related to James singleton? If so please contact me.
Added by Hershey Bar on Aug 08, 2015 5:18 PM
RE: Daniel Fred Gandolfo Sr.
I noticed the message right after sending the message. Sorry about that.
Added by KylePag on Jul 20, 2015 3:31 PM
Daniel Fred Gandolfo Sr.
Daniel was my great-grandmother's cousin, could you transfer to me his memorial?
Added by KylePag on Jul 20, 2015 10:26 AM
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