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Larry (#47255152)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo I retired seven years ago and began my adventures of volunteering for Find A Grave. Perhaps this site has done more for me than I have done for it. Retirement is a wonderful experience if you have many friends, interests, and money. Without these three things, life gets pretty boring and tedious. As for me, I fall into the group trying to escape boring and tedious!

Living in Minnesota provides some challenges. First, the winter gives me a mandatory break. Cemeteries become snow bound and frigid. Where I live, in the Twin Cities, cremation is becoming so popular that few are choosing traditional funerals.
Thus, when people die, they list no cemetery or grave site location. Now how can I document and photograph that!

I do not mind if others copy my photo's if they are of value to them. Also, I don't mind doing transfers. Most of my entries are of people who I have no connection to. I list them so that others may benefit.

If I am guilty of creating a duplicate, please know that during a Senior Moment of mine, it was not intended. I will immediately delete any duplicates and say 21 Hail Mary's!

There are several cemeteries in my area that are famous for being haunted. During the time I have been exploring the land of the dead, I have experienced first hand para-normal activity. Once, I even photographed the activity. Now, I wear Depends when I venture out to the haunted places!

I am impressed that you are part of the Find A Grave family. We are honoring those who preceded us as "Time is like a river."

*Winter is winding down and one can see the stone tombstones in the cemetery once again. It is tempting to sneak out to the local burial ground and see how the residents weathered the winter. From past experience, I have learned that early spring in Minnesotah means MUD, ICE, & Slosh.....

So, I said to myself, "no hurry Punky." Wait until April and don't be a Fool. The residents are not going anywhere and they can wait. Sooooo, I decided to take steps to prepare myself for the Cemetery Safari Season of 2017. Here is a list of "MUST DO" things for proper preparation:

a. Change the oil in the 1956 Cadillac hearse. I find the hearse adds mystery and intrigue at cemeteries I visit.

b. Polish shovels, rakes, axes, Bob-Cat loader, and prepare portable entertainment center.

c. Entertainment center is boom box with Grateful Dead 8 track music. Fresh stock of pretzels, chips, pickles, and sardines.

d. Clean out the mini fridge and stock with assortment of craft brews. (My favorite is called R.I.P. Ale.) Also like the Aussie brews because they are "down under."

e. Time to wash the grass stains from my safari suit. I should wear green clothes, but like to look like Hemingway in Africa. The khaki pants, shirt, ammo belt, binoculars, and pith helmet adds a special touch. Kind of sexy!

f. Finally the camera gets an update. My tripod camera with hood and flash get a thorough cleaning. My motto is why do digital when Matthew Brady type will do?

g. Huggies, Pampers, and Depends loaded and ready for action. When people see me in my hearse they probably assume I am carrying a body. Little do they know it is filled with all the items that make for a Find A Grave Safari Adventure.

So ready I am to begin another season of volunteering for Find A Grave. My wife and kids say I should Find A Life. I am unsure what they meant by that. As there is not much life in the cemetery.

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Messages left for Larry (14)[Leave Message]
RE: Punky Alert Sunami!
OMG !!! You are just to funny and I still have to ask/wonder how your bride put's up w/you as there is obviously NEVAH a dull moment w/you around.I'd be laughing the whole time around you.

Have a great week-end my friend,

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth on Feb 25, 2017 8:42 AM
RE: Bio was updated today!
I am making you a friend so I can click and check in with you from time to time. That bio was a hoot!! Come to find out, you transferred some Hanf memorials to me in the past. I have many relatives in MN. Thanks again for all you do!!
Added by PhotoLepidoptera on Feb 24, 2017 6:53 PM
Evie (Greer) Schipper
your Bio Update Alert!
I love your Find A Grave Safari Adventure list. OMG, hilarious. I don't know which part I like the best though. Thank you for sharing your wonderful sense of humor.
Added by Evie (Greer) Schipper on Feb 24, 2017 3:13 PM
RE: Greetings Madaam!
Hiya Larry:
How are ya ?

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth on Feb 24, 2017 3:03 PM
You made my day!
Just happened upon your bio and it was the highlight of my day! FindAGrave needs more people like you! Your views and humor are wonderful! Your winter is the opposite of my summer...I am from the land of hurricanes, alligators, intense heat, sunburns, and BUGS!!! Good thing we get some time off that way. Keep up the wonderful work, dear sir. You are a definite asset...Blessings!
Added by PhotoLepidoptera on Feb 23, 2017 12:46 PM
Vern B
Frank Edward Barker
Hello Larry, Great bio by the way. Would you transfer Frank Edward Barker #64852739 to me? He is my Grandfather on my fathers side. Thanks VernB
Added by Vern B on Feb 20, 2017 6:15 PM
Mary Maloney-St Pacificus Cemetery, NY
Thanks for the transfer of Mary Maloney. I plan to visit that area of New York this spring and may ask for others if I find some family.

I like your Bio. I been a Find A Grave contributor for a year now and it's been fun. Best to you.
Added by Mavis on Feb 20, 2017 2:58 PM
Beth Martin
RE: Gunder Johnson # 85275819
Thanks for the offer to transfer, however I am unrelated as well :) just doing my best to connect the world.
Added by Beth Martin on Feb 20, 2017 2:06 PM
Beth Martin
Gunder Johnson # 85275819
Hello Larry,

Are you related to Gunder Johnson, Find A Grave Memorial# 85275819? If so, I wanted to let you know I found his daughter Ellen Caroline. She is Find A Grave Memorial# 150360643. I already submitted an edit to add her to her parents, but wanted to let family know because it was complicated for me to sort out who she was and who she belonged to.

She is born 5 Jan 1897 baptized 7 Feb 1897 Kingsbury County, SD, parents given Gunder and Synnöve. The 1910 census calls her "Allen" Johnson (transcribed Allee). She married Nels Otto Runeberg 20 Jun 1917 in Minnehaha Co, SD (transcript on Ancestry says Runchey). Her residence was given Hetland, Kingsburg, SD.

She lived with him in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota 1920 and 1930 (surname given Runebery then Remeberg) and the couple divorced around Jul 1934, Ellen claiming her husband hit her. I got the spelling Runeberg from online newspapers, which spell it that way almost every time.

She then married on an as of yet unknown date Morris W Ray (1940 census calls him Roy) and with her are children Nels Runeberg (Runberg) Jr and Marilyn.

Washington Death Certificate confirms her birth date as Jan 5. Please let me know if you have questions. I am related to Morris and I don't usually add parent links for spouses, but since this one gave me the run around, I wanted to. I wish you the best. - Beth Martin
Added by Beth Martin on Feb 19, 2017 5:28 PM
Evie (Greer) Schipper
Just checkin in...
I have to tell you, I really enjoy the hilarious things you come up with on your post. And, Beth adds is crazy hilarious on your post too, not so on her own though.

Keep it up you two. Some of us truly enjoy the hilariousness of your musings. Thank you.
Added by Evie (Greer) Schipper on Feb 18, 2017 9:19 AM
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