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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.

Why do I do Find a Grave? 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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Ron, thank you so much for the transfer of my grandfather Wallace C. Pommerville. I really appreciate you creating his page, and taking your time in helping remembering our past.
Sincerely, Libby
Added by Libby0716 on Oct 19, 2017 8:22 AM
Carol Ann Ketler
I very much appreciate your thoughtful consideration to transfer Carol's memorial to me to further manager even through she is not my direct relative. I have information to add to her memorial for she is the mother of my nephews wife. Thank you.

Added by BLV on Oct 13, 2017 12:24 PM
Gerald & Martha M. Thompson
Tranfer of Charles Roberts memorial #95971139
Mr. Ron West: Thank you for transferring this memorial to us. I have a Virginia (now West Virginia) Roberts line and may be related to this family. All kind thoughts and best wishes! Gerald Thompson
Added by Gerald & Martha M. Thom... on Oct 10, 2017 2:45 PM
DeEnna Lawson
Homer Lawson M.D.
Thank you so much for taking a photo of Dr. Lawson's Grave. I'm researching the Lawsons and it is much appreciated to have a photo.
Bright Blessings
Added by DeEnna Lawson on Sep 21, 2017 10:54 PM
Evelyn Rowe Nelson
Archibald Fairley
Thanks Ron for the transfer. According to your criteria of how a man lived his life, Rev. Archibald Fairley more than exceeds in the area of giving and dedicating his life to helping others...leaving his homeland of Scotland and coming to America towards that cause. Again much appreciated. I hope to honor his memory as best I can.
With gratitude,
Evelyn Rowe Nelson in MA
Added by Evelyn Rowe Nelson on Sep 11, 2017 6:00 AM
Craig Sauls
Hazel Russell Bidamon Patterson
You have 2 memorials for Hazel,
72060815 and 70438897. Suggest you combine them.
If you'd like to transfer her, I'm collecting Russells.
Added by Craig Sauls on Sep 08, 2017 2:53 PM
James F Burns
We found a bunch of documents in our old barn. One was a gold mining certificate for 100,000 shares for James F Burns. I added the photo to his memorial.
Added by InSearchOf on Aug 27, 2017 1:51 PM
Bernard Johnson
Eichelberger at Santa Barbara
Hi Ron. Am wondering why the location you give on memorial for Margaret Eichelberger 90318226 is different from the location given at the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society cemetery records website??

Also wondering why there are so many unfulfilled requests at Santa Barbara Cemetery. They used to be picked up so quickly. Thanks.
Added by Bernard Johnson on Aug 06, 2017 8:16 PM
J Edwards
Lydia Swaim Adams Bryan
Thank you so much for transferring her to me. I am thrilled to have found this memorial and have much to add. I'm grateful!
Jean (Oregon)
Added by J Edwards on Jun 26, 2017 12:07 PM
Gloria [Dawe] Bruce
RE: Percy Phillips - Eastonville Cemetery
Thank you so very much Ron for your efforts. I thought it might be long shot that Percy would have a headstone, considering his circumstances, he was young, single and no family in the area, but I thought it was worth a try. I do appreciate you checking on this for me and am very grateful. I can put this one to rest now knowing that at least an effort was made.

Thanks again,
Added by Gloria [Dawe] Bruce on May 17, 2017 4:33 AM
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