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Ron West (#47389384)
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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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Ron, thank you for taking the photo for Magdalin Dykstra. I really appreciate all that you do!
Added by Teresa on Nov 23, 2015 2:46 PM
Dolores Del Rio Purrington
Re:Del Rio's
Thank you so much!
Added by Dolores Del Rio Purringto... on Nov 22, 2015 10:00 PM
J Sayre
RE: Smith Archibald Sayre
Ron, I want to THANK you so much for fulfilling my picture request on Smith Sayre's headstone at the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad, Colorado. Like you I too love history, especially of the early west and the role the Santa Fe Trail played in westward migration. Smith was a big part of it with his founding of the Willow Springs (now Raton) forage station. Thanks for all you contributions! --J Sayre
Added by J Sayre on Nov 22, 2015 3:06 AM
Mary Liz
Marjorie G Dierenfield
Thank you for linking the Marjorie with her family! MaryLiz
Added by Mary Liz on Nov 21, 2015 11:25 PM
Sharon Gilbert
Michael Carl Blaesing
Thank you for taking the time to locate and photograph the burial site for Michael Carl Blaesing, my 1st cousin. It is very much appreciated!
Added by Sharon Gilbert on Nov 14, 2015 2:21 PM
David & Gail Ray
Richardson, Lois Evelyn Tipton

Gail Starr let us know we have a duplicate with our memorial #33737359 and yours #25854718.
Lois comes through our Thacker family line. What is the best way to merge and keep all the info..

David & Gail
Added by David & Gail Ray on Nov 13, 2015 9:05 AM
Mil Merriweather
Relative information
Dear Ron,
I am quite new to this search but I am very interested in knowing about my Dad; Harry Phillip Bell and his family.
He is buried in Quantico, and has a grave
memorial # 58593534.
My quest is to find my paternal relatives, and to explore the life of my father.
Will you give me some pointers?
My name is Mil Merriweather and my email is

Thank You so much in advance,......
Added by Mil Merriweather on Nov 12, 2015 7:08 PM
Juanita Scheel
Ray T Mosr 104227133
Thank you
Juanita Moser Scheel
Added by Juanita Scheel on Nov 12, 2015 2:10 PM
Marty & Harley
Thanks a ton for the transfer of Walter and Mabel Blackburn. You are a peach:)
Added by Marty & Harley on Nov 12, 2015 1:36 PM
Marty & Harley
Thanks a ton for the transfer of Walter and Mabel Blackburn. You are a peach:)
Added by Marty & Harley on Nov 12, 2015 1:36 PM
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