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djtruitt (#47746502)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I have lived here all of my life. On October 12, 2015, I accepted management of several thousand memorials in Shaul Cemetery here in Ottumwa. I will update the information in these memorials as time permits, using information available both on the internet and in our local resources here in Wapello County.

If you have any information you would like to have entered into these memorials, let me know either through the findagrave edit system, or through my e-mail. If you are a findagrave member and have not provided a way to get in touch with you to discuss a discrepancy I might have with your edit suggestion, please understand if I don't feel I can accept it. I will provide the best explanation I can in the space provided if this happens.

If you are not a findagrave member, and you have questions about or information on any of the memorials that are for your family members, feel free to let me know. If you contact me by e-mail, please include a link to the memorial you are writing about.

Also, please keep in mind that a person's last known address on their Social Security Death Record may not be where they died. Many people who lived in Ottumwa died in Des Moines, Iowa City, or VA Hospitals around the state. Also, many of them went to stay with their children in another state during their last illness and died there. I will research the places of death when I receive edit notices to verify what is correct, as I know everyone wants accurate information.

For those who might still be reading this, I would like to mention another helpful hint: If you believe that someone died between census years because a husband or wife stated that they were a widow or widower on the next census, that does not necessarily mean that was the case. I have found that years ago, many divorced people gave their marital status as widow or widower rather than state they were divorced. I have spent hours looking for people who allegedly died and found that they actually had remarried and still lived here or had moved away. I imagine at the time it was easier just to tell the census taker that their spouse had died, as it probably didnít seem like it really mattered. Who would have guessed that 100 years later, there would be such a thing as an internet where their records would be available for all to see, and descendants would be frantically searching for a spouse's grave because they claimed they had died when they hadn't!
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Nora Estella Goff Gates
Hi Debbie - thanks for the info on her parents. I had used a handwritten family tree from 1984-86 for the info.
Gatewys - Carole Gates
Added by Gateways on Feb 06, 2016 3:25 PM
Just wanted to tell you that I will be gone for the next 2 weeks. My granddaughter has hurt her back and I am going to Oregon to help her around the house and care for my great granddaughter Bella who is just 8 months old~~
Added by IRISH EYES ARE SMILING on Feb 04, 2016 9:01 AM
I only see 7 Laugheads at Blakesburg Cemetery. I did change a birth & death date of Addie Laugheads.
Added by zoey on Jan 25, 2016 6:25 PM
RE: Ades family
Sorry about my misinformation. I mistakenly switched Jr and Sr. I have removed my information from the memorial. Thanks for calling this to my attention.
Added by DeeMoines on Jan 20, 2016 10:33 AM
RE: Ades Family
Thank you for the updates.
Added by DeeMoines on Jan 19, 2016 3:29 PM
Vivian Fern Putman Mael
Thank you for finding an obituary for Vivian and posting it on her memorial and transferring her memorial to me. That is much appreciated.
Added by M M on Jan 19, 2016 9:08 AM
RE: Boyd Maul
I just sent you an e-mail with some information on Boyd and a couple of questions that I do not know if you have the information to answer or not. Thank you for you assistance.

Added by M M on Jan 13, 2016 6:01 PM
Boyd Mael
Hello again,
I am wondering if you can find an obituary for Boyd Mael Memorial #150253882. Please let me know. Thank you for your time.
Added by M M on Jan 12, 2016 11:07 PM
Willard Putman/Maels
Thank you very much for adding the memorial and obituary for Willard Putman and the memorials and photos for his daughter and son-in-law. Your efforts are much appreciated.
Added by M M on Jan 12, 2016 10:41 PM
RE: Thank You!
You're welcome, Debbie. Always a pleasure. Have a great week!
Added by Eileen on Jan 11, 2016 9:28 AM
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