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J. Edward Ross (#47159122)
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Bio Photo Updated July 23, 2016

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

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

Active section(s) for Cremated Remains:
1) Section 12, opened October 2012
2) Columbarium 7 Wall 22, opened July 2016

Active section(s) for Casketed Remains:
1) 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.

Thank you for your patience.

Read This BEFORE Uploading Photos...

I shouldn't have to ask, however, with the rapid proliferation of reckless "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, or
2) show bird poop on the stone, or
3) have spiders, other insects in the frame, or
4) have grass clippings, mud or debris on the stone, or
5) have your shadow/reflection or kids or your car in the frame, or
6) show the stone is wet from sprinklers or has raindrops or other wet spots on the stone, or
7) have people, pets or other crap in the background, or
8) have flowers or other debris blocking or making it difficult to read the ENTIRE engraved text, or
9) show the gravesite in any other "not ready for primetime" condition (for example: dead or rotting cut-flowers, open pit, plywood covers, shovels, other tools or construction equipment or the groundkeepers or other workers in the frame), or
10) were taken upside-down and then rotated right-side-up without correcting the perspective. These photos make people nauseous and give them a feeling of falling while looking at the picture!

In short, take pride in your work! Don't place a gravesite photo on one of my memorial pages 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. I'm sure that the families of the deceased appreciate your consideration, also.

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

My Photos...

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 fee" or "re-imbursement fee" 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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Messages left for J. Edward Ross (1134)[Leave Message]
Debbie Heppner
Tegan Kiss
Thanks for taking the picture of my grandson and my daughters niche. But I would have liked to have done. I'm a little disappointed that I don't get to fill any of the information on either party.
Added by Debbie Heppner on Jul 23, 2016 12:57 PM
Kimberly Freytag
Transfer Request Robert J Freytag
I forgot to add my member number:


Thanks again!
Added by Kimberly Freytag on Jul 22, 2016 2:06 PM
Kimberly Freytag
Memorial Transfer
Can you please transfer my grandfather's memorial over to me so that I can add info and link to other family members.

Robert J Freytag
Find A Grave Memorial# 70824741

Thank you!
Added by Kimberly Freytag on Jul 22, 2016 1:47 PM
Vaughan Mavir
Katherine Ross Fort Logan
Idid include a reason and that was you had listed her section and plot but not which cemetery she was laid to rest. I declined your request with a note asking did you know where her remains were interred and if so to contact me through the edit tab with which cemetery you obviously didn't,t see this note??? I have now added her final resting place.
Added by Vaughan Mavir on Jul 20, 2016 10:53 AM
No Guts, No Glory
Richard Ross
Thank you for the additional information.
Happy taphophiling
Added by No Guts, No Glory on Jul 19, 2016 9:24 AM
May Bartens
Memorial# 72390772
Thank you for creating a memorial for my Grandmother. Unfortunately it is a duplicate, I had created one in 2010. It's #55593954. I don't know of a way to merge them, do you?
Added by May Bartens on Jul 12, 2016 7:36 PM
Richard Vana
thank you for the crypt photo of Richard Vana!! i really do appreciate it a lot!! i didnt know he died in 2014!! i knew he died but i thought it was 2015!! but now i know!! Richard and Dolores are my cousin Vicki's parents!! but again, thank you for the crypt photo!!

Added by J B on Jul 12, 2016 1:40 PM
lynn chanin-hook
RE: Stephen Paul Sims
Thank you for answering me. Is there anyway we can see if there are any local people who take pictures in Indiana? Also, is there somewhere I should be looking to see about taking pictures for some California locations if any are needed....Thanks again....Lynn
Added by lynn chanin-hook on Jul 10, 2016 9:36 AM
lynn chanin-hook
RE: Steven Paul Sims

Thank you.

Also, his name is spelled Stephen.

I've requested a photo of his grave. I live 2000 miles away and no one has responded to me. Can you help me with this. Also, I joined that I can take photos around me in California if any are needed.....

I was there for his funeral but, there was no marker up yet. Don't know when I will be back to Indiana. Only went there with him to visit his family. But, they are all gone now. His parents are buried pretty close to him....
Added by lynn chanin-hook on Jul 09, 2016 10:21 AM
Alana Morgan
Memorial# 47230293

I just wanted to leave you a note thanking you for the lovely photograph you placed on my cousin Fredrick's memorial. I also LOVE what you say in your bio about the photography.

I regularly take photos at my local National Cemetery and also take great pride in making them nice for the family.

Alana Morgan
Added by Alana Morgan on Jul 08, 2016 5:36 PM
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