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Joe Gibbens (#47088892)
 member for 5 years, 10 months, 9 days
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I began my interest in genealogy at about age 12 when I found interesting writings about previous generations of the family and I made copies for myself and kept them in a safe place because I thought it was fascinating. I still have those notes at age 68. I grew up in Wichita and San Antonio. Graduated high school in San Antonio.

I'm a Spec 5 Vietnam veteran married for 46 years with 3 children and 6 grand-children located in Wichita, Kansas.

I enjoy documenting graves so that others can find their kin easily and accurately. I'm grateful to those kind souls who have helped me in my research and am happy to return the favor. For every memorial I enter onto this site, that's another memorial that has a chance of getting into the right hands of family or friends.

Thanks to everyone who has sent encouraging and positive thoughts! I don't always have time to answer everyone back, but please know you too are appreciated.

Duplicates: It is never my intention to create a duplicate on purpose. If you come across a duplicate I have made, please use the SAC and let me know. Nicely, please. I'll be happy to remove it. Please don't create a duplicate of my memorials; I would rather you just ask for a transfer instead of creating a duplicate. I promise I won't grill you or make you prove your relationship to the deceased!

And for those that don't seem to get what a dupe is: If I enter a memorial on March 1st for Colby Smith and then someone else enters another memorial for the same Colby Smith on March 15th, the one entered on March 15th is the dupe, not mine.

Transfers: I will make transfers within Findagrave guidelines.

Photos: Please feel free to use any cemetery or grave photos I have posted on Findagrave for your personal use, public or private. For any photos of people, please contact me first. Some of them I have obtained permission to use from other sources and will need to run it by them first.

****If you volunteer on this website and decide you no longer want to maintain the records please transfer your records to someone who has an active account and willing to take over the records. I am one of many willing to take over records. This really will help reduce duplicates. It would also be a good idea to leave someone instructions on how to do make these transfers should you go inactive without warning.***** Thank You (Borrowed from another FAG Contributor)

Like so many other contributors, I've had to take my e-mail off my bio due to unsolicited, unwanted e-mails.

Thank you to findagrave member T.V.F.T.H. for allowing me to use the Duplicates and Photos language above.
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Messages left for Joe Gibbens (1965)[Leave Message]
Sandie Schwarz
Staphan and Anna Schaefer
Thank you so much for your patience! in correcting all my edits sent to you for the Memorials of Stephan and Anna (Dambel) Schaefer. I believe we must have both been working on memorials last evening at the same time, as my edits to you seem to have been corrected as I sent them out :) I took time out to read your bio, and was glad that I did, keep up the great contributions you have made to this site ! I create memorials for my ancestors, but some have already been created, as I do not always have the cemetery info needed, as was in this instance for Stephan and Anna Schaefer. Thank You!
Added by Sandie Schwarz on Nov 23, 2014 2:36 PM
Thank-you so much for linking Barry to his parents,Raymond & Lillian.His memorial made me cry as he was so young...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours,

Added by Beth.Bailey on Nov 19, 2014 2:22 PM
Memorial# 48213025
Thank you for your help in 'reuniting' this family here at Find a Grave by adding those Family Links. Best wishes to you in your work.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Nov 18, 2014 12:41 PM
Jeri Herbert
Norma Hixon
Thanks for adding the obituary to Norma Hixon's memorial. It is much appreciated. Keep up the good work!
Added by Jeri Herbert on Nov 12, 2014 9:09 PM
RE: William Cowan
Ok. You got it! I put the photo on the memorial you created now.
Added by KinSearchin on Nov 12, 2014 8:45 AM
Paul S Hockenbery
Thanks for updating the Hockenbery family.
Added by RMW on Nov 11, 2014 9:25 PM
Clarence W Benjamin, Jr
Thanks for making the edit.
Added by RMW on Nov 10, 2014 9:20 PM
Margaret Parsons
RE: Grave Stone Photo - Ekdahl
Hello Joe,

Thanks so much for your speedy response to my request to replace gravestone photos for my cousin. I have added the clearer photo to both George Edwin Ekdahl and Cora Mae (Foster) Edkahl memorial pages this morning.

I surely appreciate your doing the original memorial pages for my family. Your contributions to Find A Grave are truly a great help to family researchers!


Margaret Ruth (Owen) Parsons
Added by Margaret Parsons on Nov 09, 2014 12:59 PM
Margaret Parsons
Grave Stone Photo
Hello Joe,

I recently visited the Rawlins City Cemetery and photographed the gravestone of George Edwin Ekdahl (#40019239) & Cora Mae (Foster) Edkahl (#40019238). The photo I took seems to be clearer than the photo currently posted on their memorial pages. Would you be willing to delete the current photo and let me replace it with my clearer recent photo? Please let me know.

Margaret Ruth (Owen) Parsons
(first cousin to Cora Mae)
Added by Margaret Parsons on Nov 08, 2014 11:05 PM
Brent Shelton
Merryman Cemetery
Joe, I am in urgent need of information for the Merryman Cemetery in Holmes County, OH. If you could please e-mail me at ASAP, I will give you my phone # so we can talk. I just found a VERY critical link to my family in Ohio.
Added by Brent Shelton on Nov 05, 2014 5:09 PM
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