Born September 14th, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan. Grew up in Detroit suburbs (Livonia) until parents divorced. Spent most of my teen years following my mother and step-father around various parts of Michigan, attending four different high schools (one twice) before graduating in 1978 from Riverside High in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Joined the Navy right out of high school. Spent 24 years as a nuclear power plant mechanical operator and watch supervisor. My time included a few shore tours and five ships (a gator, a submarine, two cruisers, and finally a carrier, in that order). Retired from the Navy in 2002. Spent most of those 24 years in and around the Norfolk / Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
My first two wives pre-deceased me, first one from heart failure and the second one from cancer. Third wife decided she didn't want to be married to me anymore. Hopefull that the fourth time is the charm.
Met a wonderful woman from Jacksonville, Florida. Fell in love. Quit my job, sold my house, moved to JAX.
I have traced the Greiner line back to 1430 in Northern France near the border with Germany.
My Find-a-Grave philosophy (only because everyone seems to have a different opinion on what to do for whom and under what circumstances).
If I manage a memorial that isn't a relative of mine, and you want me to transfer it to you... Just ask. I don't care if you are related or not. If you at least know them and wish to honor them by managing their memorial, it's good enough for me.
If I have posted a picture of any kind to any memorial on Find-a-Grave (or Ancestry.com), you may copy it and use it however you see fit. I have no need for copyright laws.
If you want me to add information to any memorial I manage, ask, but be prepared to provide a source for the added information, even if that source is direct knowledge. I really want something to back up the info before I change it. I would hate to dishonor anyone with misinformation from an unreliable source. Other than that, I'm all for extra information to make the memorial as complete as possible.
I suppose folks that don't like to change or add information believe they are preserving the 'accuracy' of the memorial. Only problem with that notion is that the info on the stone may be very incomplete, might show maiden name, might not, or there may not be a stone at all. Case in point, my aunt... passed at only three years old. She has no stone. Only a small round (about 4") stone marker with a grave number on it. What then...?! What would YOU put for her memorial...?!
The memorials are not only for historical significance, but for the family, for the extended family, for genealogists, and if nothing else, for the respect for those that have passed before us. How sad to be in an unmarked grave with nobody to come and visit. Find-a-Grave allows everyone to visit whenever they want.