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Phyllis (Porter) Zegers (#47125324)
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Bio Photo My husband and I enjoy being photo volunteers. I use Find-A-Grave to research my family's genealogy and maintain and/or create their sites when possible. I like to include biographical sketches, family links and photos in hopes that will help others who are researching the same lines. I am researching Porter, VanPatten, Starns, Lewis, Hogg, Lawson, Kolp, Proctor, Childs, McCoy, Aplington, Bruner and more. If you see errors please let me know.

Since 2014 I have been researching people whose unclaimed cremains are being stored at the Oregon State Hospital. After researching their lives I try to find living relatives to let them know where their family member's ashes are. I have been lucky to make many connections.
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nancy (dice) heck
Frank Dice
Do you know if the hospital would happen to have a photo of Frank?
Added by nancy (dice) heck on Jan 16, 2017 3:14 PM
nancy (dice) heck
Frank Dice
Phyllis, I saw that you are maintaining the site for Frank Dice, who died 17 June 1922 at the Oregon State Hospital. Since his ashes have never been buried or claimed, do you know how I can get his ashes to be buried with my family? I had a great uncle that went west, and presumably had family there. How did you come to be the maintainer of his ashes?
Nancy Dice Heck
Added by nancy (dice) heck on Jan 16, 2017 3:08 PM
Heather Fedrick Pascarelli
RE: Edward James earle
Thank you so much! That would be amazing. our local archives (Massachusetts) charges by the hour for research, I would be happy to reimburse you for the work since I have no hopes of getting there, ever. Meanwhile, I will try to track down his military records to see if he was ever stationed in Mass. she took his name to the grave and never remarried after either he left or she left... not sure which.

Best, & thanks for your work, heather.
Added by Heather Fedrick Pascarell... on Jan 06, 2017 10:58 PM
Heather Fedrick Pascarelli
Edward James earle
Hi there!

I've been tracking the life of an ancestor for quite some time and the only thing missing is what happened to her husband, Edward James Earle. Their Massachusetts marriage certificate says he was a sailor and that he was 25 on July 8 1917. Which I think may have been a fib, given my ancestors history with men (he may have lied to make himself younger as well, she was only 18). Anyway, - year after their marriage, she's listed as widowed but I've never been able to find his death info anywhere. Unless it's the memorial you have from the Oregon Hospital. On the marriage cert, it says his place of birth is Illinois and his parents were from there as well. Arthur Earle and Elizabeth Ruthrouff. The only way I can verify the Edward James you have is the one I'm looking for - is to match his parents. His parents are mentioned in his bio but not their names. I'm not sure how you got his bio info, but any chance you know or can get his parents names?
Added by Heather Fedrick Pascarell... on Jan 06, 2017 1:55 PM
Echo Renner
RE: Harry Leonard Derby
Thank you so much! If I find Frances' descendants, I will let you know. Thanks for what you do to get the remains of these individuals reunited with their families!
Added by Echo Renner on Dec 16, 2016 7:07 PM
Echo Renner
Harry Leonard Derby

Thank you for all the info you provided on the memorial for Harry Leonard Derby. I have the same info you found, with the exception that I did not have any info on his prison record. Do you mind if I ask where you found that info?

I am a cousin of his adopted daughter, Frances Mary Bomar. I have been looking for Frances (and her possible descendants) for a few years now. Have you found any of her family?

I appreciate any help you can offer.

Thank you,
Echo Renner
Added by Echo Renner on Dec 16, 2016 6:40 PM
Phyllis Adamson
J. Raymond Ogilbee
Find A Grave Memorial# 87452696.
I recently discovered this man's history as I research my Ogilbee family line. Since you are now maintaining this page, are you also family? Do you know if the film, "Library of Ashes" applied to James Raymond Ogilbee? I want to learn more.
Phyllis (Forger) Adamson
Added by Phyllis Adamson on Dec 15, 2016 9:59 AM
Edward Condon, 68406247
Just wanted to give you an update on cremains of Edward Condon, 68406247. A relative claimed his ashes on 4 Oct. 2016, so I've changed his burial location from Oregon State Hospital to "Cremated, ashes given to family or friend". However, his name still remains on the Oregon State Hospital website list for unclaimed. Due to those two things might need to keep an eye out for future duplication.
Added by Sheila on Dec 12, 2016 12:15 AM
Karl Stelly
RE: Harvey R. Rouke
Thanks, Phyllis!

Added by Karl Stelly on Dec 03, 2016 8:44 AM
Karl Stelly
Harvey R. Rouke
Hi Phyllis,

Thanks for the edit. I put the obit on the page, so if you can take the one you posted off, that would be great.

Best Regards,
Added by Karl Stelly on Dec 02, 2016 3:32 PM
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