Matthau, Walter b. October 1, 1920 d. July 1, 2000 Actor. He is best remembered for his role as Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple" and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as 'Coach Buttermaker' in the 1976 comedy "The Bad News Bears." He was born Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York to Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was an electrician and his mother worked in a Lower East Side sweatshop. He first began acting by playing bit parts at a Yiddish theater where he was paid 50 cents for...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Chapel Garden Estate, near Jack Lemmon
Harris, Richard b. October 1, 1930 d. October 25, 2002 Actor. Born in Limerick, Ireland, in school, he was a notable rugby player, but was sidelined by tuberculosis in his teens. During his recovery he apparently became fascinated with the theater. He decided he wanted to direct and went to London to pursue his choice. After he was rejected by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His debuted on stage with "The Quare Fellow" in 1956 and in motion pictures in "Alive and Kicking" in 1959. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Hodgkin's Disease Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered at his home in the Bahamas.
Parker, Bonnie Elizabeth b. October 1, 1910 d. May 23, 1934 Legendary Outlaw. She was the middle child and oldest daughter of Henry and Emma Parker. After the death of her father in 1914, her mother moved the family to the West Dallas area called “Cement City.” In her youth, she was known for being kind, an Honor Student and a writer of poetry (and other creative writing endeavors). In 1926, She married high-school sweetheart Roy Thornton. Despite the rocky and sometimes abusive marriage and Roy’s imprisonment in 1929, she remained married to him until...[Read More] (Bio by: Jip) Cause of death: Shot to death with Clyde Barrow by officers in an ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana Crown Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA GPS coordinates: 32.8674164, -96.8639145 (hddd.dddd)
Bosley, Tom b. October 1, 1927 d. October 19, 2010 Actor. He will be remembered for his role as the patriarch Howard Cunningham in the popular TV series "Happy Days" (1974 to 1984). Born in Chicago, he served in the US Navy, and attended DePaul University following his return home. After becoming interested in an acting career, he studied at the Radio Institute of Chicago, and began performing on various radio programs. He made his debut on Broadway in the production "The Power and the Glory" (1958 to 1959), and began a lengthy television...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: God's Acre, 1738, space 4, next to his stepson, Thomas Carr. GPS coordinates: 34.1451302, -118.3179474 (hddd.dddd)
Whitmore, James b. October 1, 1921 d. February 6, 2009 Actor. He is best remembered for his film appearances in the 1954 science fiction classic "Them," and as Admiral William F. Halsey in the 1970 motion Picture "Tora, Tora, Tora." A graduate of Yale University, he was a member of its exclusive Skull and Bones secret society. Following college he served in World War II as a member of the United States Marine Corps. After the war he attended the American Theatre Wing in...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Peppard, George b. October 1, 1928 d. May 8, 1994 Actor, he is best remembered for his breakthrough role of Paul “Fred” Varjak in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), and for his role of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith in the television series “The A-Team” (1983-1986). Born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of opera singer and building contractor Vernelle Rohrer. He graduated from Dearborn High School in nearby Dearborn, Michigan, and attended Purdue University, where he studied Engineering, later transferring to Carnegie Mellon University. He took an...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Pneumonia Northview Cemetery, Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Horowitz, Vladimir b. October 1, 1903 d. November 5, 1989 Pianist. Born in Kiev, in the Ukraine, the youngest of the four children of Samuel Horowitz and Sofie Bodik. His mother originally taught him to play; he then became a student of Sergio Tarnowsky, and Felix Blumenfeld. He made his concert debut at age 17, and at age 25 began to tour in Europe and US. He developed a flat finger technique to better control the tone and color of each note. His technique excited the audiences, and he became quite a sensation. As for his personal life, he married...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: In the crypt of his father-in-law, Arturo Toscanini.
Boeing, William Edward b. October 1, 1881 d. September 28, 1956 Business Magnate, Aviation pioneer and founder of the Boeing Airplane Company, now the Boeing Aerospace Corporation. Born Wilhelm Edward Böing in Detroit, Michigan, he was the oldest of three children of well-to-do German immigrants, Wilhelm Böing and Marie Ortmann Böing, who had made his fortune developing low-grade taconite iron ore for use in steel making and in timber marketing. His father died of influenza when young Wilhelm was just 8 years old, but he left behind an estate worth over $...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Scattered off the coast of BC Canada
Sullivan, Jeremiah Cutler b. October 1, 1830 d. October 21, 1890 Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Madison, Indiana, he entered the United States Navy as a midshipman in 1848, serving on 4 different vessels before resigning 6 years later. The son of a justice of the Indiana supreme court, he studied law and practiced his profession until the outbreak of war in 1861. He helped recruit and organize the 6th Indiana. Commissioned a Captain, he fought with his unit at Philippi, in western Virginia, on June 3. When his 3-month regiment mustered out, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Ugaalltheway) Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA Plot: GAR Lot, Plot 12
, Strongheart b. October 1, 1917 d. June 24, 1929 Canine Actor. Born Eztel von Oeringen and trained to be a police/war dog, he was brought to America by the filmmaking team of Laurence Trimble and Jane Murfin. The duo changed his name and trained him to act. He became one of the earliest canine silent film stars of his time, earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Movie credits include "The Silent Call" (1921), "Brawn of the North" (1922), "The Love Master" (1924), "North Star" (1925), "...[Read More] (Bio by: Whispers From The Grave) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Ashes given to owner.
Stockton, Richard b. October 1, 1730 d. February 28, 1781 Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, to a wealthy family. He grew up at Morven, the family estate, and attended Princeton University, graduating in 1748. He had studied law, and set up a law practice. In 1755, he married Annis Boudinot, with whom he would have six children. Initially, New Jersey’s royal government was good to Richard Stockton: he was made a member of the governor’s council, as well as appointed to the Royal Supreme...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Stony Brook Quaker Meeting House Burial Ground, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Lawrence, James b. October 1, 1781 d. June 1, 1813 War of 1812 United States Naval Officer. He commanded the frigate "USS Chesapeake" in its battle with the British Royal Navy frigate "HMS Shannon". After a fierce fight the Shannon defeated Captain Lawrence's command, and he was mortally wounded. His dying words "Don't Give Up The Ship" became a rallying cry during the war, and has achieved legend status in American history. Cause of death: Killed in Action in the War of 1812 Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Cigrand, Bernard J b. October 1, 1866 d. May 16, 1932 Patriot who established Flag Day as an American holiday. Bernard Cigrand was first and foremost an American patriot. From the 1880s through the 1930s he preached respect and honor for the nation and its flag. In 1885, young, teenaged Cigrand entered dental college later that year, mixing his professional studies with the promotion of the flag. In June 1886, he made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article entitled "The Fourteenth...[Read More] (Bio by: DHM) Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, Kane County, Illinois, USA
Rehnquist, Judge. William Hubbs b. October 1, 1924 d. September 3, 2005 16th Chief Justice of the United States. He served for 33 years on the Supreme Court, and oversaw such issues as the Impeachment trial of President William J. Clinton (1999), and the Presidential Election Challenge of Albert Gore (2000). Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after graduating from Shorewood High School in 1942, he attended Kenyon College for one year, then enlisted into the Army Air Force, serving from 1943 to 1946 as a weather observer in North Africa during World War II. Leaving...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 5, Lot 7049, Grid W-36
Williams, Roger b. October 1, 1924 d. October 8, 2011 Pianist. A celebrated musician, considered by many as the greatest pianist of popular music of the 20th Century, he achieved a string of Top-40 hits on the Pop Charts and garnered more-than 20 gold and platinum albums, while performing in front of nine presidents during his career. Born Louis Weertz in Omaha, Nebraska, his father was a Lutheran minister, his mother was a music teacher, he began to master the piano at age three. He gained experience playing in front of audiences in his father's...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens, Garden Grove, Orange County, California, USA
Davis, Edmund Jackson b. October 1, 1827 d. February 7, 1883 Civil War Union Brigadier General. Governor of Texas. Edmund Davis was born to a respected family in St Augustine, Florida. He started his education there, moving in January of 1848 with his family to the boom town of Galveston, Texas where he studied law and worked as a clerk. The following year he moved to Corpus Christi and was admitted to the bar, then transferred to Laredo where he worked as a deputy customs collector until he was elected district attorney of the Twelfth Judicial District...[Read More] (Bio by: Screwtape) Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Plot: Republic Hill, Section 1, Row Q, Number 19 GPS coordinates: 30.2654495, -97.7273026 (hddd.dddd)
Grey, Frank b. October 1, 1915 d. February 5, 2006 Wartime Legend. He was considered the greatest escape artist of the Second World War. He earned the name of "The Grey Ghost," for his ability to avoid detection and escape. He was the only american known to escape from the famous Stalag 17. A movie and a book "The Flame Keepers" detailes his exploits at Stalag 17. A Veteran War Officer, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart and the POW Medal. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Carter Jr.., James Earl 'Jimmy' [future burial site] b. October 1, 1924 39th United States President. He served as President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. His single term as President was highlighted with increased emphasis on human rights, a treaty ending US control over the Panama Canal, a treaty establishing peace between Israel and Egypt, a new SALT II Treaty limiting strategic arms between the Soviet Union and the United States, and a significant jump in inflation of the US economy. Born James Earl Carter, Jr. in Plains, Georgia, he grew up on the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, USA
Hathaway, Donny Edward b. October 1, 1945 d. January 13, 1979 Singer, Composer. Born in Chicago, Hathaway spent most of his childhood in St. Louis. He lived in the projects with his grandmother Martha Pitts. He began singing professionally as Donny Pitts and was known as the the nation's youngest Gospel singer. In addition to his singing ability, Donny also played the ukulele and the piano at Vashon High School. He earned a scholarship to Howard University, where he met both his wife Eulaulah and singer Roberta Flack. He worked as a producer and arranger...[Read More] (Bio by: Connie Nisinger) Cause of death: Fell or jumped from his hotel window Lake Charles Park Cemetery, Bel-Nor, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA Plot: Section 6, Lot 486, Grave 3