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Joe Todd (#47241447)
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I started working on the veterans buried in Washington County. I try to be polite and will transfer any of my enteries. I do not go by the Find A Grave guidelines. Anyone may use any photos I have posted because I belive in sharing everything to help in family research. I try to avoid duplicates but one slips through. If I enter a duplicate please let me know.
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Keil
RE: Ralph Keil
Thank you so much for the transfer and for the suggestion to donate to the Oklahoma State Museum. That's exactly what I'll do or have my estate do, whichever comes first.

This box is not a huge volume of material, but it contains all I could gather from several family members and it's an amazing representation of his entire life. It contains his parent's wedding photos and some of their history. It has his childhood school papers and things he created in grade school and his Sunday school work. There are Valentines and Christmas cards and gift tags. I have his high school photo album, with his own notations and identifications written in it... I think he must have had quite a sense of humor. I have his ukulele, apparently brought back on leave or sent home.

I have his Purple Heart award letter and certificate, though not the actual medal. There is a condolence letter from the Secretary of the Navy and the Certificate of Thanks signed by President Roosevelt. I have his "Royal High Court of the Raging Main" certificate and the "Crossing the line" Program, both from the Arizona, as that is where he originally served until transferred to the Oklahoma sometime after they reached Hawaii. These are dated July 1940. There are newspaper article clippings and two entire Tacoma newspapers, one dated December 8, 1941 and the other December 12, 1941. Perhaps the two most moving items are a poignant letter to his mother from his beloved girlfriend Ginny about a year and a half after his death and a framed faded little narrative he had hand written. I don't know if it is his work or if it was originally written by someone else but it is very moving. I take the liberty of quoting it here:

"The Lord shall guide the [sic] continually
Isaiah 58:11
I know not the way I am going, out will do. I trust my guide and with childish trust I give my hand to the mighty friend at my side and the only thing that I say to him when he takes it, is "hold it fast", suffer me not to lose my way and bring me home at last."

Ralph H. Keil
Age 16 May 5, 1938

I trust that He did.

Thank you so much for your wonderful recommendation. That's what I'll do.
Best Regards
Kathie Keil Crozier
Added by Keil on Apr 07, 2014 11:40 AM
lamb
Sarah Jane "Sadie" Hoffman
Oops! Sorry for the duplicates.

But, thank you for adding the information to the memorial. Wondering if you could add the maiden name, McClure, at the top of memorial page?

Thanks, LAMB
Added by lamb on Apr 05, 2014 1:15 PM
huffybuffy
Thanks
Thanks for your gracious spirit.
Added by huffybuffy on Apr 04, 2014 7:28 PM
Joanne
John Rouke
Joe, The information you sent me has been added to John's memorial. Thank you very much. Joanne
Added by Joanne on Apr 01, 2014 9:42 AM
karen ahn
Clarence Kinion
You made a memorial page #125399959 for Clarence Kinion in St. Marys Cemetery Albia. He is buried at Oak View Cemetery in Albia. He is in the cemetery censes. I have made a memorial page for him but send Find A Grave# and you can have it. There was a obit that Jolee Dunkin added to the memorial don't want you to lose it. Maybe you can just change the cemetery but let me know if you do and I will delete mine. Thanks Karen
Added by karen ahn on Mar 26, 2014 6:15 PM
Raymond S Feigh
Note of Appreciation,
Joe,
Thank-you, sir, for your quick and courteous response to my transfer request for the John R Rainbolt memorial ... Your kindness is exceeded only by your professionalism in helping along your fellow genealogists .....
RAINBOLT Family Historian,
R S Feigh
Added by Raymond S Feigh on Mar 23, 2014 10:03 PM
Sheryl Hancock Hall
Transfer of Thomas Graves
More Thomas Graves I would like you to transfer

Thelma A (Thomas)Brock #83185740
Gleason K Brock #83185574

Anne Belle(Thomas) Chambers #83180976
Paul L Chambers #83180872

Leonard T Thomas #75136062
Elta H Thomas #75136130


These are some of my Thomas uncles and aunts. You transfers grandparents a few days ago. Thank you so much.

Sheryl Hancock Hall #47734932
Added by Sheryl Hancock Hall on Mar 22, 2014 9:50 PM
Sheryl Hancock Hall
Transfer-Thomas Graves
Would you please transfer the following to me?

Grandparents: Edward L Thomas #60432100
Jennie Thomas #60432183

Great Grandparents:
L.W. Thomas #58383147
L.J. Thomas #60432019


Thank you, Sheryl Hancock Hall #47734932

Added by Sheryl Hancock Hall on Mar 17, 2014 10:27 PM
Richard Moberly
memorials
Joe
You do great work for preserving history for our country, state, county and local area. It is greatly appreciated. I will do anything I can to assist you. Keep sending the information as I appreciate it and will update the memorials. The more information we can put out there, the better chance someone will find that missing loved one and we will have helped them get through a brick wall.

Together we stand.
Rich
Added by Richard Moberly on Mar 17, 2014 10:36 AM
Leon Barton
Jack Smith
The memorial for Jack Smith has been updated.
Added by Leon Barton on Feb 20, 2014 2:59 PM
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