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Ron West (#47389384)
 member for 5 years, 2 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo I am a bit of a fan of history and I love the history you find in cemeteries. My favorites are the old pioneer cemeteries of the west.

For those of you that are looking for forgotten relatives, loved ones, friends and family, I just want to say to you that I do what I do here on Find A Grave, for you. No one should be forgotten! We may not all be rich, or famous, or powerful, or have invented great things but we all made a difference in some way and we deserve to be remembered for the differences we've made. If just by creating a memorial page, I feel that I have done something to remember that person and that they did live and that they did matter.

The information on the memorials that I have created is only as good as the information I had to work with from the beginning. I am sure that there are many mistakes and I will correct every one that I can but if fellow contributor finds something wrong that still needs to be corrected, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Transfers: If you are interested, just ask! I am not hung up on the policies, all that is important to me is that you are better able to add to the memorial than I am. You don't have to be directly related, just willing and able to make the page better.

Photos: There is no need to ask permission to use the photos that I post unless it is to be for commercial purposes. I take these photographs for you so please, use them as you need to. All that I ask is that you source and credit them properly.

To all the Find a Grave photographers out there: if you have a picture to post that is better than one that I have posted, please do and then let me know. If I agree, I will gladly remove mine in order to avoid cluttering up the memorial page.

Someday I know I'll have my own headstone and if I am lucky enough, this is the epitaph that will be on it: (I didn't write it, but I'll be happy to use it)

The Measure of a Man

Not "How did he die?"
But, "How did he live?"
Not "What did he gain?"
But, "What did he give?"
These are the units
to measure the worth
of a man, as a man,
regardless of birth.
Not "What was his station?
But, "Had he a heart?"
And "How did he play
his God given part?"
Was he ever ready
with a word of good cheer,
to bring back a smile,
to banish a tear?'
Not "What was his church?"
Nor "What was his creed?"
But, "Had he befriended
those really in need?"
Not "What did the sketch
in the newspaper say?"
But "How many were sorry
when he passed away!"

But, at the end of the day, if all my headstone reads is "He was a good man" then, I will be happy with that too!

If you're still reading, maybe you'd like to stop by and say Hi! to some very special friends. They are missed everyday! Belle, Sophie and Casey.

I found some great information on how to take a picture of a headstone. I am passing this site along because I feel that a good, clear picture is always what the viewer wants. Not something that is just good enough. The site is How To Get Great Photos For FindAGrave.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Messages left for Ron West (204)[Leave Message]
Kaminer photo at Trinity
You left a much better photo than mine on this memorial, so I deleted mine. Please feel free to redo all my photos. If you will alert me, I'll delete mine. Yours are much better. Thank you!
Added by Anna on Feb 02, 2016 8:07 PM
Alice Anne K
Whithead transfers
Thank you, Ron, for the transfers. I'll be adding more family information to them soon. I never would have found their burial site if you hadn't made the memorials. Thank you so much.
Added by Alice Anne K on Feb 01, 2016 11:33 AM
Debbie J.
Lillian M Huffman
Thank you for the photo. Debbie J.
Added by Debbie J. on Jan 31, 2016 11:14 AM
Susan Fitzmaurice
Clark Eldridge

Any chance you can take a closer look at this grave for me...This might be a person I am looking for as his son Harvey is there, but the death date is off by 2 years. But it seems odd his wife is not as she was living with her son Could you check out to see if there is a Chloe Eldridge nearby ? Thanks!!!! Susan

Birth: unknown
Death: 1858

Oakwood Cemetery
Monroe County
New York, USA
Plot: 12 C
Added by Susan Fitzmaurice on Jan 31, 2016 2:29 AM
Sue Tanner
Hi Ron, I just read thru your page and the link for how to take photos for Find A Grave. Thanks for the link, I do all that already but still nice to know that my way of thinking is good. I carry a whisk broom, to sweep away stuff on the stone. Has stiff bristles(corn bristles), so it does remove some stuff that grows on the markers, it helps to make it more readable and for me, a way of respecting that person, because I am taking the time to sweep it prior to taking a photo.
Another tip I read--get a plastic knitting needle for poking in ground. Gonna try that one soon. Have a good day, Sue
Added by Sue Tanner on Jan 28, 2016 3:25 AM
Steven Brown
Mary (Bergman) Whitfield
Ron, thank you for the transfer!

Steve Brown
Added by Steven Brown on Jan 24, 2016 9:13 PM
Clyde McBee
Hi Ron - Thank you so much for posting the photo on Clyde's memorial and your kindness in transferring his memorial yesterday. Take care.
Added by Sheila on Jan 24, 2016 1:21 AM
Klaudette Hillier
Thank You
I would like to thank you for the photo of Baby Harenberg. I so appreciate your time in helping me as I link these family members together.
Klaudette Hillier
Added by Klaudette Hillier on Jan 21, 2016 4:30 PM
Mamie Johnson
Thank you for the transfer!
Added by Georgiana on Jan 17, 2016 5:02 PM
Mamie E Johnson
Thank you so much for the great Bio of yours and the awesome poem, The Measure of a Man.
I am requesting the transfer of Mamie E Johnson. Her husband's memorial has already been transferred to me. He is actually my relative. Followed him with parents in Sweden, then to Minnesota and Colorado. I followed Mamie and husband in Census so I can add a nice little bio for her.

ID for Mamie 101802492

Georgiana (#47541365)
Added by Georgiana on Jan 17, 2016 12:11 PM
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