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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 Find a Grave.

Thanks for stopping by!

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David A. Jones
Seth T. & Flora A. (Ware) Ward
Thanks for the tombstone photos of Seth and Flora. I appreciate it very much.
Added by David A. Jones on Aug 26, 2016 12:48 AM
Bryan Anderson
Darius Allen
Dear Ron,

I am researching my paternal grandfather's WWI army unit, Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. According to the National Directory of the 355th Infantry, Darius Allen was a member of this unit.

I am working on a project that may at least turn into at least a magazine article, or even a book. Would it be permissible to use your photograph on of the grave of Darius Allen in any publication? I have yet to write a thing, so it may never happen, but it all starts somewhere.

Thank you,

Bryan Anderson
Added by Bryan Anderson on Aug 24, 2016 2:54 PM
Bob McLellan
RE: Gorton
Ron, thank you very much for both the photos and transfers of Inez and Susan Gorton from the Evergreen Cemetery.
Added by Bob McLellan on Aug 24, 2016 10:41 AM
Pamela Shotwell-Waldon
Maurice Weekley Jr and Sr
Thank you for transferring my uncle and cousin, Maurice Weekley Sr and Maurice Weekley Jr to me.
Added by Pamela Shotwell-Waldon on Aug 23, 2016 3:00 PM
Ellen Notbohm
Horn and Amber
Many thanks for the transfer of the Horn and Amber memorials. It's so nice when family can come home to join the tree. Appreciate your time and effort posting memorials from that cemetery.
Added by Ellen Notbohm on Jul 31, 2016 5:28 PM
Lorraine Flint
Ron, thank you for your kindness in transferring Lorraine's memorial to me. Thank you for your work here. --Sheila B
Added by sheilabb on Jul 30, 2016 10:29 PM
thanks for all you do
I just wanted to tell you that I loved reading your bio. Working to remember those passed before us and making a difference in people's lives. I don't think you have posted anyone in my family (at least to my knowledge as I have only been a member of Find A Grave for a little over a month), but enjoyed what you had to say.....
Added by SBBRBB on Jul 28, 2016 6:45 AM
Carole Elizabeth Nurmi Cummings # 47178231
Hugs of appreciation sent your way!
Thanks EVER so much for the transfers....YOU are the BESTest!
Added by Carole Elizabeth Nurmi C... on Jul 25, 2016 7:02 PM
Sheree' Belanger
Crystola Butz
I am not related to Crystola Butz but I do know that she is buried in Leadville, Lake County, Colorado next to some of my relatives in Evergreen Cemetery. Her date of death is 1/11/1976 per her headstone and her date of birth is 12/25/1899. I hope this helps family members.

Thank you,
Sheree' Belanger
Added by Sheree' Belanger on Jul 19, 2016 9:20 AM
Daniel R. Earl
Ron - thanks for the transfers of so much of my family. I cotinue to find more in Santa Maria. I'm glad you've taken the time to record then!
Added by Daniel R. Earl on Jul 17, 2016 8:32 PM
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