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J. Edward Ross (#47159122)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 2 days
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Bio Photo Updated November 9, 2015

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

The following lists the active burial sections at ALNC, they were opened for interments on the dates listed...

Section(s) for Cremated Remains:
1) Section 11, opened October 2012
2) Section 12, opened October 2012
3) Columbarium 7 Wall 17, opened October 2015

Section(s) for Casketed Remains:
1) Section 15, opened May 2015
2) Section 16, opened November 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 two summers working diligently to level and re-sod most of the cemetery. They are currently working on Section 9. 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 of Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 is complete.

Thank you for your patience.

Read This BEFORE Uploading Photos...

I shouldn't have to ask, however, with the rapid proliferation of "cell-phone photography" it has become necessary for me put in text what I think should be obvious...

Please do NOT upload gravesite photographs if they...
1) were taken at an impossible angle,
2) show bird poop on the stone,
3) have spiders, other insects in the frame,
4) have grass clippings, mud or debris on the stone,
5) have your shadow or your car in the frame,
6) have people, pets or other crap in the background,
7) have flowers or other debris blocking or making it difficult to read the engraved text
8) show the gravesite in any other "not ready for primetime" condition (dead or rotting cut-flowers, open pit, plywood covers, shovels, other tools or construction equipment or the groundkeepers or workers in the frame).

In short, take pride in your work! Don't place a gravesite photo on one of my memorial page that you would NOT be proud to show your family if you had placed it on one of your own relative's memorial pages.

Thank you for your consideration.

Information - where it belongs...

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.).

Also, do NOT post biographical information in the Flowers section. This too, belongs in the appropriate text fields on the main page.

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.

Do NOT post non-photograph graphics to the photo section (such as military emblems, membership emblems, flags, candles, etc). These types of graphics waste the 5 free "photo" slots provided by

Family members should NOT have to sponsor a memorial page (cost $5.00) in order to upload a favorite picture simply because someone uploaded a non-photograph graphic or a picture of text to the photos section of the memorial page.


Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This does not include Cousins, Aunts or Uncles. Nor does it include your neighbor or BFF.

You need not ask for a transfer if your "Contributions to Find A Grave" on your profile page shows an insignificant effort at "Pay-it-forward."

"The goal at Find A Grave should NOT be to manage all of your family members. If you have information to add, you should suggest it to the current manager and they should make the changes."

Jim Tipton,
Find A Grave creator


Please respect my photographs, they are for your personal use only. Do NOT copy them to this or any other website; do NOT sell them, or otherwise attempt to profit from their use without written permission. (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 physical notice from the draft board in the spring of 1972 and in August that year I 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 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 Senior Reactor Operator License Training Instructor for both Intitial and Continuing training students.

I retired in August of 2008 after 36 years working in the nuclear power field.

Currently, I am still retired and 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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L Hall
John Modic
Thank you for the plot information.
Added by L Hall on Nov 21, 2015 2:41 PM
Thank you
Thank you so much for being so prompt in transferring Thomas Ognibene back to his family. Everyone appreciates it. God bless the work that you do for all veterans.
Added by Maspeth on Nov 18, 2015 11:15 AM
Transfer of memorial
Hi, I am asking for a transfer of my uncle's( Thomas V. Ognibene #154126609) memorial to me. He is buried at Calverton Cem in New York. I have been a member of Find A Grave for 9 years and really appreciate the work that you do. I was just going to place him on the site but I noticed that you had done so already. My # is 46823156. Thanking you in advance.
Added by Maspeth on Nov 17, 2015 3:23 PM
Chris-John Olson
Lillian Woodyatt
Thanks Edward for fulfilling my photo request
Added by Chris-John Olson on Nov 15, 2015 12:13 AM
L Pearson
Transfer of Family Member

I'm requesting transfer of management privileges for Samuel Mithcell Rivers, Sr. #117557667.

Added by L Pearson on Nov 03, 2015 10:36 AM
Joy Ann Strasser
RE: Claire E Gerndt
My apologies - this has been corrected.

Added by Joy Ann Strasser on Nov 01, 2015 9:41 AM
Jack Davison
113983719 Derr L Andrlik
Not a fleet apointmrnt. Probably enlisted USN after separation from USNA, when eligible for draft at start of Korean Watr.
Added by Jack Davison on Oct 22, 2015 1:28 PM
Jack Davison
113983719 Derr L Andrlik
Not a fleet apointmrnt. Probably enlisted USN after separation from USNA, when eligible for draft at start of Korean Watr.
Added by Jack Davison on Oct 22, 2015 12:28 PM
Jeannie S.
RE: Transfer Request
Thank you so much for transferring this memorial to me. Have a great day!!
Added by Jeannie S. on Oct 21, 2015 7:45 AM
Don Markwell
Find A Grave Memorial# 61954335,

Vernie Norman is my uncle. Would you please transfer his memorial to me
Thank you.

Don Markwell (#47457615)
Added by Don Markwell on Oct 20, 2015 12:22 PM
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