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J. Edward Ross (#47159122)
 member for 6 years, 10 months
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Bio Photo Updated May 20, 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 11, opened October 2012
2) Section 12, opened October 2012
3) Columbarium 7 Wall 21, opened May 2016

Active 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.

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 (for example: 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

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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RE: Robert Barnes # 61303911
J. Edward,
You are more than welcome. Thank you!

Added by Bernita on May 05, 2016 2:12 PM
Nannette Woodley
John B. Woodley
Thanks so much for adding my father! He is buried in Fort Indiantown Gap. I added a picture I took of his headstone! Also, edited and added his middle name and the name he went by, Jack. Sorry I should have suggested those to you since it is your memorial. Thanks again!
Added by Nannette Woodley on Apr 20, 2016 12:35 PM
RE: Samuel.Angelo
That's odd! I do not have that issue with other photos, but will take your word for it. Thanks for responding.
Added by HJ on Apr 18, 2016 11:38 AM
Thank you for the nice photo you posted to Mr. Angelo's memorial. Will you please rotate it, so the stone is vertical? Thank you!
Added by HJ on Apr 16, 2016 7:07 PM
Sandy Rucker
# 156961621
this memorial that you made is my dad..... he is not been dead 5 months........ I will do my OWN memorial when I'm good and ready.........

Please transfer this to me as I will keep my dads memorial myself.

Sandy Soard Rucker
Added by Sandy Rucker on Apr 14, 2016 5:25 PM
Mary Scafo
Memorial# 72374186
Hello Again, You also manage my Uncle Joseph (Jr.) Scafo's page which I would like to take over as manager, os that possible as well? Thank you so much, this is a wonderful, great thing that you have been doing, it really is very generous of giving up your time like this. Thank you again, Mary Scafo
Added by Mary Scafo on Apr 10, 2016 5:07 PM
Mary Scafo
Peter Scarfa
Memorial# 72361914
Thank you for managing this memorial of my Uncle Pete, is it possible I can manage it now? Thank you very much!!!
Added by Mary Scafo on Apr 08, 2016 11:41 PM
Arthur Morgan
Thanks so much for the quick connection fix and all your other work on Find A Grave.
Art Morgan
Added by Arthur Morgan on Apr 07, 2016 4:44 PM
Glenn Benner
Edward M. Mastromatteo
Hi Ed,
Thank you for your work on findagrave !
Would you please delete the memorial page that you created for my Uncle (Edward Mastromatteo #160482276). I had created a memorial page for him on March 15, 2016. Before we knew where his ashes were to be taken. I relocated his resting place to Indiantown Gap today, and noticed your page.
Thanks again for you efforts, and understanding.
Best Wishes,
Added by Glenn Benner on Apr 05, 2016 9:01 AM
Sadona Maulden
Raymond Harold Maulden Jr. 12-10-1933 to 7-18-2006
Dear Mr. Ross, I am the wife ( widow of Raymond harold Maulden Jr and surprised to find YOU as the caretaker of this . I was POSITive that it was under my name. But since it is NOT, it should be! Please turn this over to me. I am Sadoa Maulden....pictured with my husband on the site, and we were married 7-18-1997 until 7-18-2006
Thank you for your expediency in this matter. Sadona Maulden
Added by Sadona Maulden on Apr 04, 2016 2:30 PM
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