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Ron West (#47389384)
 member for 3 years, 8 months, 27 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 (274)[Leave Message]
David Atherton
Ruth & Charles Staples
Terrific, thank you for fulfilling my photo request. Appreciate you help
Added by David Atherton on Aug 20, 2014 9:03 AM
M. Geraldine Kinser
Thank you very much for taking time to fill my request. I appreciate it very much.

Sincerely, Carol
Added by Suzy on Aug 20, 2014 6:14 AM
Dear John,
I believe this memorial is my Grandmother's brother John A. Coffee. Would like to manage it. One question, is this Johns middle initial A? I love your attitude! Thank you so much for your work. Lynn
Added by Lynn on Aug 19, 2014 8:46 PM
semler photo
thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Added by Boojee on Aug 17, 2014 11:50 PM
Philip Van Gelder Carter, Sr (1895-1968) - Oak Hill Cemetery
Ahhhhh, thanks so much for the transfer.

Appreciatively, Philip in NYC
Added by pkarchs on Aug 17, 2014 10:14 AM
Juan D. Torres
Thank you so much Ron - I am thrilled to have this photo!
Added by leeniemaester on Aug 13, 2014 6:07 PM
Stephen K Stephenson
Thanks for the photo of ...
... Victor Cornella!
Added by Stephen K Stephenson on Aug 11, 2014 3:12 PM
Linda Sparks
Ted and Barbara Smith
Thank you very much for the prompt picture of Ted Smith's headstone and that you added, without asking Barbara's as well. She is a great aunt and I was not aware that she has joined her husband. What a blessing people like you are that can take pictures of our family members that we are unable to. I also read Belle's tribute. What a sad story. Pets can bring us so much joy and sorrow when they are lost. May God bless you for your work!
Added by Linda Sparks on Aug 10, 2014 11:52 PM
wynn beeson
Thanks for taking the photo of my ancestors grave. Wynn
Added by wynn beeson on Aug 10, 2014 5:57 PM
Waunita M Herron
Joseph Peden monument Co. Spr.
I just heard back from my "cousin" in Kansas. She said, "That is real progress and the best we can hope for, thanks to the Find A Grave volunteer. We are so please at your finds Ron.
Added by Waunita M Herron on Aug 10, 2014 5:53 PM
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