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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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Rebeccah Burnette
RE: Photo Request
Yes, this was my first photo request. I looked up Evergreen Cemetery since I wasn't sure where it's located. I see it's near Memorial Park on Hancock Parkway in Colorado Springs. I also saw there were several photo requests for it. I thought I'd start doing some of those photos. What is the secret?
Added by Rebeccah Burnette on Apr 28, 2016 11:45 PM
Frances Roark
i've been trying to find a lemuel watkins i can find brothers sisters uncles but can;t find him.he was married to elvina cimmins in 1857 near buchanana co mo he was borned to james duncan andvicky coppege,or arthusia brown.,he lived with his wife and kids in platt,maryville,buchanana co in mo.i can find him in the census rolls up until 1880 but after that nothing can you help me find him? i got 2 different possiables hes buried in atchison co mo or in holt co mo .ive searched both or all the grave sites and cant find him hes suppose to be in a unmarked grave.thany you
Added by Frances Roark on Apr 28, 2016 12:06 PM
Jeff Brown
Thomas Memorials

Thanks so much for the transfer of my Thomas Aunts / Uncles here in Rush, NY and thanks again for all of your hard work documenting these many memorials!

Added by Jeff Brown on Apr 26, 2016 6:52 PM
Larry Turner
linking Jones and Hilton
Ron - Thanks for posting the graves of my grandmother, her sisters, and their parents in the Santa Maria, CA cemetery.

You have linked Edna Nance Moore and Mamie Nance Henry and their mother Margaret Gossage Smith Nance. And you have linked Thomas Clayton Nance with Edna and Mamie and a half sibling Willard Seymour Nance. Thank you.

But there are two others that need linking also. One is Myrtle H[Hillen] Jones (no Nance in the name), and the other is Carrie Nance Hilton.

The whole family is (1)
Thomas Clayton Nance (father)
Anna Van Deusen (mother - buried in NY)
Willard Seymour Nance (son)
(Anna and Thomas were divorced; she did not like the primitive western U. S.)

and (2)
Thomas Clayton Nance (father)
Margaret Gossage Smith Nance (mother)
Myrtle Hillen (Nance) Jones (daughter)
Mamie Nance Henry (daughter)
Carrie Nance Hilton (daughter)
Edna Nance Moore (daughter)

I do not know how to link all of these in Find-a-grave. You have them all, but only partially linked. I invite you to link the others.

Larry Turner (grandson of Myrtle H. Jones)
Added by Larry Turner on Apr 26, 2016 12:24 PM
Ronald Felsted
Question on Death Date and Place of William Grant Reid
Ron West,

You posted a Find A Grave (William G Reid, Find A Grave Memorial# 95971013) for William G Reid citing a birth in 1886 in Iowa, a death date of Jan. 29, 1938 & a burial in San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA.

However I have found the records of a William Grant Reid:

1. Death record, with the same birth year (29 Apr 1886) and the same parents but a different birth place (Arizona), and a different death date & place, in Texas rather than, presumably California (05 Sep 1972, El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States)("Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (

2. Birth certificate, also confirmed a birth of 29 Apr 1886 but this time in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States ("Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935", ( confirming your original post.

3. William G Reid is found with his two brothers in the 1920 US Census (William G Reid in household of David Reid, "United States Census, 1920",, although the brother, David W Reid, was miss-transcribed as a David H Reid in the census).

4. Birth dates were also confirmed in WWI ("United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," & WWII registrations ("United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," ( although, again, the birth place was in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States.

5. The Death Certificate indicated burial in Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso Texas where I found a William Reid born 1886 and died 1972 (William Reid,
Find A Grave Memorial# 106762991).

Since there was no photos of tombstones for William (G) Reid on either Find A Grave posts, I was wondering what the primary source information you based your posting on or if I am confusing a remarkable coincidence of two different William G Reids (same birth date, same parents, same brothers..., but very different death dates).

Thanks for your efforts in posting this information.

Added by Ronald Felsted on Apr 25, 2016 5:09 PM
Rebecca Dodds
Belle, Sophie & Casey
Before I go on the individual memorial pages to request transfers let me say 2 things.
The memorials for Belle, Sophie & Casey are quite simply the best memorials on the entire site.
And obviously.... you are "a good man".
Rebecca Dodds
Added by Rebecca Dodds on Apr 12, 2016 7:52 PM
A Families Tree
Thanks, Ron, for your time and effort in photographing my uncle's gravestone. If you are in the cemetery often, I notice that his dod has not been added.
Added by A Families Tree on Apr 08, 2016 8:51 AM
Mary Clarkson Turek
Mischael Nueva
Hi Ron,

I want to thank you for transferring my uncle. I appreciate it very much.
I also want to thank you for all you do for FindAGrave! Without volunteers like you, so many of us would have no idea where our loved ones were laid to rest! You rock!

Added by Mary Clarkson Turek on Apr 01, 2016 7:21 PM
Martin Abrams
Thanks - Transfer
Thanks for the transfer of Betty Malone nee Graue, my father's cousin.

I liked your poem on your personal page.
Added by Martin Abrams on Mar 20, 2016 3:37 PM
Magdalin Dykstra
Ron, thank you for transferring her to me. I appreciate it. Loved reading your bios for Belle, Sophie, and Casey by the way!
Added by Teresa on Mar 20, 2016 1:07 AM
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