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J. Edward Ross (#47159122)
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Bio Photo Updated October 24, 2014

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC)
, Elwood, Will Co., Illinois...

Currently active burial sections (opened for interments on the dates listed):

Section 11, August 2012
Section 12, October 2012
Section 6B, November 2012
Section 14, June 2013
Columbarium 7, Wall 7, September 2014

I'll upload gravesite photographs for these Sections without the need for photo requests.

Note: Please refrain from requesting a photograph until after the professional grounds-keepers have had time to engrave and install marker stones (or niche covers), lay sod, and generally make the gravesites presentable. If I have not uploaded a photo by the 4-month mark, please do request a photo.

October 2014 - The cemetery has been working diligently to re-sod, level all sections. They are currently working on the back of Section 4 and the front of Section 3. This includes raising the height and leveling thousands of marker stones, then removing the old grass/weeds and root system, leveling the ground with new black dirt and laying sod. The sod will need watered for a couple of weeks before those sections are ready to be photographed.

Resoding Sections 5, 7 and 8 is complete.

Thank you for your patience.

Information - where it belongs...

Biographical information belongs in the "bio" field or in other text fields on the MAIN memorial page.

Please do NOT post pictures of text to any of my memorial pages (Example: Do NOT post pictures of; obituaries, death notices, news paper articles, death certificates, remembrance cards, etc.).

Also, do NOT post biographical information in the Flowers section. This too, belongs in the appropriate text fields on the main page.

Forward the information using the "Edit" tab and appropriate link. I'll ensure it is added to the memorial page in a prompt, accurate and professional manner.

Do NOT post non-photograph graphics to the photo section (such as military emblems, membership emblems, flags, candles, etc). These types of graphics waste the 5 free "photo" slots provided by

Family members should NOT have to sponsor a memorial page (cost $5.00) in order to upload a favorite picture simply because someone uploaded a non-photograph graphic or a picture of text to the photos section of the memorial page.


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Please respect my photographs, they are for your personal use only. Do NOT copy them to this or any other website; do NOT sell them, or otherwise attempt to profit from their use without written permission.

For example: Do NOT charge your relatives a "handling" or "printing" fee to obtain a copy of your family tree if it contains one of my photographs.

In summary, do NOT take credit for any photograph that you did not physically take yourself.

About me...

I retired in August of 2008 after 36 years working in the nuclear power field, including 8 years as an Electrician in Uncle Sam's Submarine Fleet.

I live in north-central Illinois, within 2 miles of the intersection of I-80 and I-55. I enjoy researching my family tree (9,000+ and growing).

My father's family is from Allegheny and Armstrong counties in western Pennsylvania. My mother's family is from Charles County, in southern Maryland.

We have limbs, branches, and roots that stretch across the United States. Most however, settled in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and California.

I enjoy taking cemetery, historical site, and other photographs. I am willing to assist with reasonable gravesite and non-gravesite photo requests; I will also consider the unreasonable requests.

To borrow a line from Paladin's business card, and from the 1957-1962 TV series...

"Have Camera, Will Travel"

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Andy Gappa
Rasanne Schultz
J. Edward,
Thank you for photographing Rosanne's temporary marker there at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. I'm hoping to get a photo of the permanent marker in a few weeks to a month or two. Maybe on one of your trips back to Abe you can shoot her permanent marker. Thanks for your time, your efforts, and for creating her memorial.
Andy Gappa
Added by Andy Gappa on Oct 23, 2014 6:36 PM
Marianne Szabelski Handlir
RE: Memorial# 92280068
Thank you for your response. I followed your instructions. I did not know you could request that way, I had always just posted a request on the creator's page and they transferred.
I appreciate the knowledge!
Added by Marianne Szabelski Handli... on Oct 23, 2014 10:27 AM
Marianne Szabelski Handlir
Memorial# 92280068
Thank you for your work. I was very surprised to see my dad's name here, already. My family was not ready to put his information out there yet.
Would you please transfer my father's memorial to me?
Thank you =)
Added by Marianne Szabelski Handli... on Oct 22, 2014 9:13 PM
# 82266062 Wilbur L Louthan, Jr
I have read your profile and I am asking permission to copy this gravestone photo to my Louthan Ancestry Family Tree. I always credit the photographer as the source.

Thanks you, Pioneersearcher # 47016656
Added by Pioneersearcher on Oct 20, 2014 8:48 PM
Hi can you transfer the page of my Great-Uncle Royal Edward Sr Reed please thanks for making the memorial and everything.
Added by Jon on Oct 14, 2014 6:35 PM
RE: Memorial 72380403
Straight from the FAQ:

The names of living survivors will be removed from the biography section of a memorial upon request.

How foolish of to ask questuions that are already answered in the FAQ. Tsk, tsk.
Added by Bernadette on Oct 14, 2014 2:39 PM
Photo in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Thanks for the photo of Miles Masek's marker.
Added by MLSchuett on Oct 14, 2014 11:27 AM
Mama Lev
Re: John and Alberta Hubert and Arthur Sluis
Thank you so much for transferring my grandparents's pages to me.
Added by Mama Lev on Oct 11, 2014 5:40 PM
Ann Alt
John F. "Jack" Mahnke
A privilege and an honor to know this wonderful man and to know him as my husband's Manchu brother--who served side by side with Jack -- both receiving a purple heart for their efforts on May 19th 1970 in Cambodia. Keep Up The Fire, Jack!!!
Added by Ann Alt on Oct 09, 2014 9:07 AM
Maggie Mac
My Uncle Howard
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for transferring my uncle to me. Hopefully I can get someone to take a photo of his stone!! If you ever need a photo in the York/Gettysburg area, please email me.
Kind regards,
Added by Maggie Mac on Oct 09, 2014 6:56 AM
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