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Ron West (#47389384)
 member for 3 years, 7 months, 17 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 all may not be rich, 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 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 added 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 and 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:

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 very special friend. I lost her eight years ago but she is still missed everyday, Belle West.

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.

Here is something that a couple of friends and I recently did, a podcast concerning our views of a cemetery. If you would like to listen, you can find it here: Graveyard Gazette

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Messages left for Ron West (317)[Leave Message]
My Grandfather
Hello Ron, I was wondering if you would transfer John Francis Carolan to me #76420711? He is my Grandpa and I would like very much to handle his memorial. I so appreciate it. Thank you and God Bless. Donna
Added by Donna on Jul 08, 2014 7:42 PM
RE: HemenwayTombstone.
You are very, very kind. But your picture is beautiful. Thanx very much
Added by David on Jul 08, 2014 6:28 AM
Franklin Family History
Walter Wolf Franklin
Thanks for creating this Memorial for my grandfather's youngest brother
Added by Franklin Family History on Jul 07, 2014 11:34 PM
Genealogy Liz
Thank you for the recent transfers. Your time in creating the memorials is greatly appreciated.
Added by Genealogy Liz on Jul 07, 2014 4:34 AM
L Evans
Jason Garwood
Thank you so very much for the transfer, it is appreciated and I will get him as updated as possible asap.
Many Blessings...
Added by L Evans on Jul 06, 2014 8:10 AM
Eileen Gillette
Charles Henry Sherman
Thank you for updating his memorial and done so timely too, most appreciated.
Added by Eileen Gillette on Jul 03, 2014 9:48 AM
Donna Lyle Alumbaugh
Hello Ron, thank you for your kindness in transferring Mary Trimble. Appreciate it very much. Donna
Added by Donna Lyle Alumbaugh on Jul 01, 2014 7:10 PM
Steve Burton
William Kneppel
Hi Ron,

You've been waiting for almost 3 months on this one. Almost no one will volunteer for that cemetery because of threats the owner has made.

According to the Genealogical Society they will send you photos of both his and Maud's gravestones free of charge.

You can request a photo of the grave stone(s) for whom you are looking by doing the following; and they will respond promptly:

Address your email to

Put in the subject line San Luis Cemetery Headstone photo

Give them the name and birth and death dates, or as much as you know. Ask them to send a picture of the headstone, and tell them how you are related or what your interest is in this person. They will appreciate that. This information may only be used in genealogical research. They will respond to you within a day or two.

Best Wishes and thanks for making all the corrections I've sent you from Santa Maria over the past many months.

Added by Steve Burton on Jun 30, 2014 4:02 PM
transfer of William Heineman
Thank you for transferring my great grandfather's memorial to me and for all you have contributed to find a grave. You truly have made a difference and your biography is an inspiration!
Added by Care on Jun 29, 2014 12:28 PM
An Oregonian
Anna Olive Zehner #86847281
Oh my goodness, here is Olive Jacobson Zehner, wife of my mother's brother Marvin Zehner. It took awhile to find her. Does anyone have her tombstone copied? If you are willing, we wouldn't mind a transfer to us, many thanks, Ann Monnier
Added by An Oregonian on Jun 25, 2014 3:29 PM
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