Hello. My home is in Bay City, Michigan. After retirement from the workforce, I was open to new experience and activities. In 2011, after snow melted, I toured local cemeteries, found them full of winter debris, and began their volunteer cleaning. As I did so, I began to notice the pathetic condition of 19th and early 20th century grave sites and grave markers. Clearly, many needed rescue and maintenance due to natural forces and time, or damage caused by vandals or neglect by cemetery personnel. Two local cemeteries are ownerless and abandoned. The grave sites there first earned my sympathy and help, 2011-12.
Across the past three years I have rescued roughly 300 grave sites and markers in Bay and Tuscola couties. As I did that work, I documented my activity on a special website: Gravefixer.org. I followed this physical work by basic genealogy for the grave sites, and made an entry here on Find-A-Grave. As I conducted this heavy outdoor work my age went from 68 to 69 to 70. When I recently turned age 71 my medical condition took a nose dive. I am doctoring for diabetes and multiple heart conditions. I modify this bio-sketch in sad awareness that I will not be able to continue grave rescue activity or volunteer cleaning this year. My efforts will be limited to photographic activity, and my common advocacy as a "Speaker For the Dead". My web site remains operational but I have removed much material. If there's something you want, write me.
I continue to receive suggested changes in entries I have made, and place this in priority with other uses of my dwindling time. My membership on this website has introduced me to fascinating people all over the USA, and I enjoy my e-correspondence with them. If you are among them, thank you for contacting me.
Elva Esckilsen Just wanted to tell you that I believe you are the most honest man on Find A Grave. It is nice to know not all people steal other people's work. Thank you for being you. I deleted all of my Find A Graves due to the total disrespect from people that believe it is perfectly alright for them to just take what they want, bio's, photo's, flower's and even the Red Hearts we pay for to sponsor our loved ones. I am so totally threw with Find A Grave and am hoping to find another site where our hard work is respected. Thank you once again for removing that big bush from my Aunt Elva Esckilsen's headstone and inquiring as to whom she may be related to. You are a good man.