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Russell Kasper (#47146727)
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Bio Photo History buff. Members of the Rantoul Historical Society. Loves photography. Husband and wife team search East Central Illinois for graves of missing loved ones. Air Force Veterans.
Let us help you if we can. Interested in searching out my family in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. KASPER, RIEGNER, ODENBRETT, SCHELL, SACHER, POLZIN, and THIELE. Would be most greatful for family information from Germany/Prussia/Austria. Have lost all family records pre-naturalization to USA.
Wife and I are trying to document all cemeteries in Rantoul, Illinois area. Elmwood Cemetery completed 2009, Ludlow Cemetery completed 2009,
Beekman Cemetery-Fisher completed 2009, Bethlehem Cemetery completed 2009, Bill Huss Chapel Cemetery-St Joseph completed 2009, Collison Cemetery-Collison completed 2009, Dunn/Locust Grove Cemetery-N. Urbana completed 2009, Elliott Cemetery-Elliott completed 2010,
Hall Cemetery-Paxton completed 2009, Harwood Chapel Cemetery completed 2009, Leonard Cemetery-Danville completed 2009, Old Partlow Cemetery-Potomac completed 2009, Oregan Cemetery-Elliott completed 2010, Patton Cemetery-Middlefork Forest Preserve completed 2009, Prospect Cemetery-Paxton completed 2009, revisited and additions made April 2011; Saint Johns Cemetery-Royal completed 2009. Maplewood Cemetery-Rantoul completed 11/7/2010.Eden Park Cemetery, Rantoul, Il completed 11/20/2010. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Cemetery, Thomasboro, Il completed 3/2/2011. Beckman Cemetery-Flatville, completed 3/2/2011. Meharry Cemetery, Ford Co, Il updated/completed 4/3/11. Farmersville Cemetery, Ford Co., Il updated/completed 4/3/11. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery-Rantoul, completed 5/22/11. As of July 2011: Completed St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield, Il Nov. 2012. Willowbrook Cemetery-Fisher, Il, completed 5/15/13. Update all veteran burials at Drummer Township Cemetery, Ford Co., Il, completed October 2013.
I am working on adding obituaries to these cemetery memorials, as I find them at the Rantoul Historical Society: A work in progress, SEE MY VIRTUAL CEMETERIES FOR LIST OF NAMES OF VETERANS BURIED AT EACH CATALOGED CEMETERY. WE THANK THEM FOR THERE SERVICE:).

Jan. 2015: Huge project completed: All Civil War Soldiers buried in Champaign County, Illinois is now on find-a-grave. Documentation on each has been added where available. Check out my virtual cemeteries for more information.
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Barbara Muir
Re your Photos on Find A Grave
Hello Russell, Many thanks for the wonderful work you and other Find A Grave contributors do by taking photos of Grave Markers. I wonder if your photos are copyright or can I share them on my family tree on I will give you the photo credit eg Photo Credit: Thanks to "Russell Kasper”, Find A Grave Website, Photo used with permission. Many thanks, Barb Muir Gillespie-from Australia

Added by Barbara Muir on Jun 28, 2017 12:49 AM
William D. Matthews
Hi Russell,
You very kindly left a photo on a memorial for William Matthews (Memorial #20693199), but I believe it is the wrong William Matthews. Your photo should go on the memorial for Lt. William D. Mathews (Memorial# 3674765).
Terry Beth
Added by tbickellb on Jun 05, 2017 6:35 PM
Laurel Shimpfky Marcucci
Would you be of mind to transfer Mayme Shertz to me? 67287521 She was my fathers cousin. I have her obituary and other family info I can add.
Thank you.
Added by Laurel Shimpfky Marcucci on May 17, 2017 5:46 PM
Pam Strzesak
Would you mind transferring Eric Strzesak #60297372 to me? He was my husbands father. Thank you Pam Strzesak
Added by Pam Strzesak on May 04, 2017 7:00 PM
Is there any sign that his wife Temperance Dragoo is buried with him? She died 03 Aug 1893 Champaign, Illinois. Thanks
Added by smanastas on Apr 26, 2017 10:53 PM
Is there any sign that his wife Temperance Dragoo is buried with him? She died 03 Aug 1893 Champaign, Illinois. Thanks
Added by smanastas on Apr 26, 2017 10:53 PM
Lucius Runyon
I have added the bio that you sent. Thanks so much! I do apologize if I created a duplicate memorial. I try to check for existing memorials before I create, but I must have screwed up this time (and not for the first time, I'm afraid.) I would be more than happy to transfer my memorial to you. Especially if you are family, I would prefer that Lucius and his wife be under your care.
Added by JSOrorke on Apr 10, 2017 11:39 AM
James S Freeman
Is there headstone for James S Freeman 140742915? If so, can someone take a pic and post it, please. Thanks in advance for your response. Thanks for posting the War document. Sherion Reece Gust
Added by sgust on Apr 03, 2017 9:43 PM
Robert Jones
Benton B Baum
Thanks for your help with Ben Baum and his Civil War record. Your contributions to FindAGrave are such a valuable research tool. You are greatly appreciated.
Added by Robert Jones on Apr 01, 2017 3:38 AM
RE: Corp Alfred E. Lewis
Excellent, ok thanks!
Added by Rick on Mar 20, 2017 12:24 PM
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