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Ron West (#47389384)
 member for 3 years, 4 months, 26 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.

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!"

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.

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Messages left for Ron West (300)[Leave Message]
tammy sabo
Adlie Jacob Fanning
Hello! I'm researching my family tree on the Fanning's, but I need to know whom Adlie Jacob Fanning was married to. The only information that I have is that she was born in Kansas about 1896. Between her and Adlie Fanning, they had 5 children. Anything you can find would really help.
Thanks for looking for these people.
Added by tammy sabo on Apr 19, 2014 2:01 PM
Ken Goldsberry Photo
Thank you so much for the photo of Ken's tombstone. Our family appreciates your efforts a lot. Don't know when, if ever, we will return to visit, so this helps.
Added by Airrow on Apr 18, 2014 5:52 PM
Farm Girl from MO.
RE: Taking gravestone photos
Thanks for the link to the site for taking gravestone photos. I have added it to my bio. area. It is very much appreciated. This is the same site I came across several months ago. It really helped me. I just wish everyone would read it before they added some of the photos I have seen on Find A Grave! It seems to me that if you cannot read the names or dates in the small photo that is on the memorial it probably isn't good enough to begin with. I plan to retake some of mine just because I am not happy with them. Thanks again, Farm Girl from MO.
Added by Farm Girl from MO. on Apr 15, 2014 4:19 AM
Farm Girl from MO.
RE: Taking gravestone photos
I edited my contributor page to show my e-mail address but it will only remain there for a short time. I sure appreciate your offer to send me the link to the photo taking site. Thanks so very much, Farm Girl from MO.
Added by Farm Girl from MO. on Apr 14, 2014 5:39 PM
Farm Girl from MO.
RE: Taking gravestone photos
Thanks for the link to the photo taking website. Can I add it to my bio. as well? I think I came across it myself a while back but forgot to see if I could add a link to the site. Can you clue me in on how to do it?

Also thanks for your words of encouragement for us farmers. My husband and I are both life-time farmers. I drive the tractors and trucks and help with the livestock. We took some cows & calves to the sale barn this morning. Feeding two twin heifer calves on bottles. We raise about 100 head of calves each year. Keeps us busy along with planting & harvesting crops and putting up hay. Don't know how our daughters will ever be able to farm. Cost of land around us is skyrocketing! Equipment cost, etc. is also getting very expensive. Again much thanks for the message you sent, Farm Girl from MO.
Added by Farm Girl from MO. on Apr 14, 2014 2:07 PM
Dee Ferris
Hi Mr. West,

Thank you so much for the Ferris family transfers!

Kind regards,

Added by Dee Ferris on Apr 14, 2014 8:56 AM
lynn fuller
Morrison Headstone
Thank you so much for the pictures. I think pictures add so much to the family tree. Would it be all right if I add the pictures to my Ancestry tree? Again thank you very much.
Lynn Fuller
Added by lynn fuller on Apr 13, 2014 3:15 PM
your hard work
It is so refreshing to see someone on Find A Grave with a high number of memorials NOT post negative comments in their Bio. Thanks for all your hard work and positive attitude!
Added by LLGuth on Apr 13, 2014 5:38 AM
Charles Barefoot
Thank you for setting up the site for Charles and adding him to his family. That family is now complete. Bless you for all the work you do.
Added by CRF on Apr 11, 2014 4:46 PM
s schultz
Thanks Ron! The pictures you posted will work wonderfully. We've run into the same issue before and love your solution. Thanks.
Added by s schultz on Apr 11, 2014 5:29 AM
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