Cole, Nat King b. March 17, 1919 d. February 15, 1965 Singer, Actor. During his career he sold over 28 million records for songs including "Sweet Lorraine", "Ramblin' Rose", and "Mona Lisa", and appeared in 28 motion pictures and television programs, usually playing himself, including "Cat Ballou" (1965), and "Breakfast in Hollywood" (1943). Born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama, he received music lessons from his mother. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was 5, where his father was a Baptist minister. He learned to play...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage
Merman (Zimmerman), Ethel (Ethel Agnes) [cenotaph] b. January 16, 1908 d. February 15, 1984 Entertainer. As an actress and singer, she is best remembered for her powerful, belting mezzo-soprano voice, precise enunciation and pitch in musicals, and has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Because stage singers performed without microphones when she began singing professionally, she had a great advantage, despite the fact that she never took any singing lessons. Born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman, her father was an accountant and her mother was a schoolteacher...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA Plot: Family Room. Ashes with family in New York, to be interred here at a later date.
Wallace, Gen. Lewis 'Lew' b. April 10, 1827 d. February 15, 1905 Politician, American Civil War Major General, New Mexico Territorial Governor, Diplomat, and Author. He is best remembered for his historical novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" (1880), a bestselling book since its publication, and called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century." His father was a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York and served as lieutenant governor and governor of Indiana. When he was seven years old his mother died and two years...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana, USA
Stevenson, McLean b. November 14, 1927 d. February 15, 1996 Character Actor, Comedy Writer. He was born Edgar McLean Stevenson in the Bloomington/Normal area of McLean County, Illinois, to a father who was a cardiologist. His extended family was a provider of famous politicians to the American scene. While attending Bloomington High School he was active in sports however there was never any indication of an acting career. Stevenson was confused after high school graduation, had no apparent occupational direction and his quest was nomadic...a medical...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Courts of Remembrance, Columbarium of Valor, niche G64649
Holt, Tim b. February 5, 1919 d. February 15, 1973 Actor. Born Charles John Holt III, he was the son of actor Jack Holt, best known for his appearance with Humphrey Bogart in the film classic "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948). In 1938, at the age of 19, he scored his first major role in "The Law West of Tombstone". It was the first of the many action and western drams which include "Stagecoach" (1939), "The Rookie Cop" (1939), "Dude Cowboy" (1941), "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and "Target" (1952). He also was a decorated combat US Army...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Cancer Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA Plot: Section 4, 14th row west of northeast corner. 2nd grave south.
Rettig, Tommy (Thomas Noel) b. December 10, 1941 d. February 15, 1996 Actor, Computer Engineer. He is best remembered for portraying the character 'Jeff Miller' in the first three seasons of CBS's "Lassie" television series that aired from 1954 to 1957, later seen in syndicated re-runs as "Jeff's Collie." Born Thomas Noel Rettig to a Jewish father and Christian Italian mother, he began his acting career at the age of six, on tour with actress Mary Martin in the play "Annie Get Your Gun," in which he played the role of 'Little Jake'. Prior to "Lassie" he appeared...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Heart attack Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Ashes Scattered at Sea
Sokoloff, Vladimir b. December 26, 1889 d. February 15, 1962 Actor. Born in Russia, he was a versatile character actor who played in scores of films and television shows. He began his career in the Moscow Art Theatre, later performing in Berlin and Paris, before emigrating to the United States in 1937. He quickly found himself being type cast in a wide variety of ethnic roles in films such as "The Real Glory" (1939), "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943), "Back to Bataan" (1945), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) and "Taras Bulba" (1962). His television credits...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Stroke Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Light, Crypt 5245
Dowding, Hugh Caswall Tremenheere b. April 24, 1882 d. February 15, 1970 British Air Chief Marshal. A Royal Air Force leader during World War II, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Fighter Command at the time of the Battle of Britain. With his foresight in building up Fighter Command during the two world wars and his strategy and firmness during battle, he was responsible more than any other one man for the successful defense of Great Britain in 1940. Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England Plot: RAF Chapel with his wife Muriel Dowding GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)
Wallace, Lewis 'Lew' [cenotaph] b. April 10, 1827 d. February 15, 1905 Civil War Union Major General, Author, New Mexico Governor. At the outset of the Mexican War, he was a law student in Indiana. He volunteered and entered the army as a 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 1st Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He returned to law in 1848 and served four years in the Indiana State Senate. At the beginning of the Civil War he was appointed Adjutant-General of Indiana, soon afterward becoming Colonel and commander of the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served in...[Read More] Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA Plot: Sec: 36; Lot: 3
Cox, Wally b. December 6, 1924 d. February 15, 1973 Actor. He is best remembered for his role of 'Robinson Peepers' in television sitcom "Mr. Peepers" (1952 to 1957), and for his voice characterization of the animated superhero, 'Underdog', whose most famous line was "There's no need to fear! Underdog is here!" 'Underdog' was uniquely known for always speaking in rhyme. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he became an actor of surprising range of roles, but it was in comedy that he was most famous. His slight frame, small stature, and horned rim glasses...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered in Death Valley, California, along with those of his close friend, actor Marlon Brando.
Cecere, Carlo b. November 7, 1706 d. February 15, 1761 Composer, Instrumentalist. One of the last notable composers to work in the Baroque tradition. He was notorious in his day for his comic opera "La abentorosa tavernola" (1741), which satirized monastic life. The Catholic Church deemed it blasphemous, not least because it was commissioned by (and first performed in) a monastery. The author of the libretto was imprisoned and the composer prudently gave up writing for the stage. Cecere was born in Grottole, Italy, and probably spent his adult...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Chiesa di Santa Maria la Nuova, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy Plot: Chapel of the Congregazione dei Musici
Ellery, William B. b. December 22, 1727 d. February 15, 1820 Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University, and upon graduation, married Ann Remington, with whom he would have six children. He tried to be an attorney, but colonial law didn't always provide a steady income. When his wife died in 1764, he then married Abigail Carey, with whom he had ten more children. Unable to make a successful living as an attorney, he became a merchant, which he successfully made a good living at for the next twenty...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Willett, Louis E. b. June 19, 1945 d. February 15, 1967 Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a Private First Class in Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He was posthumously awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Kontum Province on February 15, 1967. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Willett distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman in Company C...[Read More] Cause of death: Casualty of war Saint John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Chase, Ilka b. April 8, 1905 d. February 15, 1978 Actress, Novelist. Educated in the United States, Great Britain and France, she made her theatrical debut in the 1924 Broadway play "Red Falcon." She appeared in nearly two dozen Broadway productions spanning over four decades. Her theatrical accomplishments include: "Embers" (1926), "The Happy Husband" (1928), "The Animal Kingdom" (1932), "Days Without End" (1934), "On to Fortune" (1935), "Keep Off the Grass" (1940) and Barefoot in the Park from 1963 to 1967. She made her motion picture debut...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, USA
Hutchins, Rue Pugh b. May 8, 1834 d. February 15, 1920 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. At the start of the Civil War, he was a prominent businessman and member of the Ohio Militia. In August, 1862, he joined the Union Army and was commissioned Captain of Company D, of the 94th Ohio Infantry. He saw action at Perryville, Kentucky, Murfreesboro, Tennessee and was promoted Major in September, 1863. In 1864, he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel of the 94th Ohio Infantry and engaged at Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 2, Row 15, Grave 5