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Rickie Bickle (#40830938)
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Bio Photo I live in Newton, Iowa and will be happy to locate and photograph markers in my area.

I retired from the Air Force August 1 2009 after 26 years of service as a Master Sergeant. I am also a member of the Rapid City, South Dakota Masonic Lodge #25 and the NAJA Shriners.

Photography is my hobby/passion. I will try to fulfill as many requests as possible with quality photos. I enhance all photos to provide the best quality I can.

I trim grass covering markers and sweep off debris to enable a clear view of the marker. I photograph the entire marker as well as a close up of the name inscription. Past experience I have learned people like to see the entire marker and not just a close up of the inscription. I also photograph the back of the marker if there is any inscription on the back.

I NEVER rub chalk or other substances on markers. Chalk will DAMAGE a marker and speed the deterioration of the stone. I use a foil technique that uses aluminum foil to enhance the inscription. This technique does not damage markers and actually works better than chalk.

I can e-mail the full size photos upon request.

I recently became a member of the Jasper County, Iowa Cemetery Commission.

I am interested in my family genealogy surnames of Bickle, Baker, Hoy, Kintz, Plumb, Rinard, Bladwin and several others.

I have entered memorial pages for all
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Sheila Wohlrabe
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Arthur William McCreedy
Birth 26 JUL 1841 Luzern Warren Co, New York
Death 30 MAY 1916 Marshalltown Marshall County Iowa, USA

I appreciate everything you do.
Added by Sheila Wohlrabe on Jun 16, 2017 6:48 PM
Beverly Williams
RE: John W Taylor, #38893647 IVH Cem
Thank you.
Added by Beverly Williams on Feb 03, 2017 4:18 PM
Beverly Williams
John W Taylor, #38893647 IVH Cem
I've read through your Bio and think you might be able to help me. When I located the 1915 Iowa State Census, I found a card for both John and his wife, Sarah, stating both were at the 'Soldiers Home' in Marshalltown. If she died before John, while living there, would she have been buried in the Veterans Cemetery? If she was still living when he died, would they have made her leave? Do you know if the IVH would still have records from that time period?

Thank you for your help.
Added by Beverly Williams on Feb 03, 2017 9:56 AM
wanda nevills
Adelbert Bywater
Hi Rickie,
I am hoping that you may be able to help me. Adelbert Bywater #38861775 is my 4th cousin his father was James Bywater, mother Mary Bywater she died in NY has far as I can tell. By 1856 James Bywater moved to Iowa with his family but at the time he was married to a Julia Bywater.In 1880 James Bywater lived in Fontanelle,Adair, Iowa his son Adelbert and wife Jennie and their son Frank were living with him. after 1880 James Bywater disappears from the census. I was hoping maybe you could find were he is buried they only lived in 3 places in Iowa.
Washington,Bremer,Iowa 1860
Waverly Ward 2,Bremer Iowa 1870 this is where Julie Bywater disappears from the census.
Fontanelle,Adair,Iowa1880- this is where James Bywater disappears from the census.
If you do not what to help thats ok to it never hurts to ask. Thank You Wanda
Added by wanda nevills on Nov 12, 2016 10:04 AM
Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson
Rickie,using the edit, I have added John Richard Crabtree's #45736896 parents. I tried to use the edit to give the name he went by DICK, but it would not let me. Could you please add? John is an uncle to my grest aunt by marriage. Thanks Cindy.
Added by Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson on Aug 02, 2016 5:14 PM
deanna french
RE: FAG PHOTO Abel Allen
WOW! I can't thank you enough!Thus far I have found a dozen of your photo's representing our "Boy's in Blue" that had ties to Vermont. We had many folks that migrated there, both pre-war, and post war.That good Iowa farm land, and other opportunities was very enticing to them.

Again, Thank you. Also, thank you for your years of service to our USA! I'm from a military family, and hold any man/woman in high esteem that has served, that the rest might live in peace. God Bless You.

Added by deanna french on Jul 22, 2016 9:42 AM
deanna french
FAG PHOTO Abel Allen
I am a Vermont Civil War buff, and am presently working on a project to iidentify the last resting places of many of our C.W. Vets that had any ties to Vermont. May I ask for permission to use the photo you posted for Abel Allen's memorial page, to post on the Vermont Civil War site (
You would receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration. Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Jul 21, 2016 2:55 PM
Colette Miles
RE: Jeramiah Wade
The reason I had sent it was because you a C instead of a G
Added by Colette Miles on Jul 21, 2016 6:14 AM
RE: Memorial #132430048
It is most important that the photo of the gravestone is kept, because additional information can always be added/edited. So which do you prefer - that you keep the memorial and I can edit some info and delete my memorial; or that I copy your photo and add it to my memorial, and yours is deleted? I am ok with either way.

Added by Mbe on Feb 19, 2016 6:18 PM
Memorial #132430048
Hello, I saw on Find a Grave that you provided a gravestone photo for
Nancy Garrett Kitchen #132430048. I was delighted to see this photo of my
great grandmother's stone as I have never seen it before. I had created a
Find A Grave memorial #125529269 with a link to her spouse also. I would like to
have the photo of the gravestone on my memorial but did not know if this
was possible? Is it possible to link the two memorials or does one have to
be deleted? I know some people do not like to see duplicate memorials for
an individual but this does not bother me. I would rather see two
memorials for her than to have the one with the photo of the gravestone
deleted. Thanks,

Mary Eldridge
Added by Mbe on Feb 17, 2016 4:45 PM
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