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Great Lakes Shrine Association
Black Camel List for 2013
In Remembrance of those
visited by The Black Camel
 
"DEATH IS A BLACK CAMEL
THAT KNEELS UNBIDDEN
AT EVERY GATE."
 

Illustrious Sir Charles J. Thorpe, PP

April 24, 1942 - January 1, 2013

Potentate of Moslem Shrine - Detroit, Michigan in 2008

Illus. Sir Charles J. Thorpe, PP, age 70 of Lake Orion. January 1, 2013. Beloved husband of Mary. Loving father of Deanna (Victor) Brzeg; Charles Christopher (Teresa) Thorpe, Lisa (Greg) Leder, Robert Rexroad, and Kathryn (Jeffrey) Bianchini. Dear grandfather of nine. Brother of Olivia (Richard) Passmore.

Charles was a Free Mason and The Potentate 2008 of the Detroit Moslem Shriners. He was a Mason and Shriner for more than 33 years.

Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 – 10 a.m. with 9:30 in state at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion. The family will receive friends Thursday 12 – 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Masonic and Shriners service.

Suggested memorials to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago, IL, Erie, PA, or Cincinnati, OH. Inurnment White Chapel Cemetery. Online guestbook www.modetzfuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://deathnotices.michigan.com/view-single.php?id=309279#sthash.eZNUKZzv.dpuf

 

Illustrious Sir Vernon R. McGregor, PP

April 12, 1948 - January 11, 2013

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 2007

Illus. Sir Vernon R. McGregor, PP, 64, of Springfield, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at St. John's Hospital.
He was born in Chicago, April 12, 1948 the son of Howard and Dorothy Rose McGregor. His parents have preceded him in death.

Vern retired after 25 years of service as a Naval Aviator with the United States Navy. He was on board the USS America and served 2 tours in Vietnam. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, and the Navy Unit Commendation.

After his military service, Vern worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 30 years in various management positions retiring in 2002. He then worked for 2 years with the Census Bureau.
Vern was very active in the Masonic Lodge. He was a member and past Master of the Chatham Lodge #523 AF & AM, a member of the Ansar Shrine, serving as Potentate in 2007, was a member of the Legion of Honor, serving as Commander in 2005, York Rite College, Council, Chapter and Commandry, council of Jerusalem Scottish Rite, and Springfield Court #20, Royal Order of Jesters.

He also loved the outdoors. An avid motorcyclist, he loved to ride his Harley and was a member of the Harley Owners Group "H.O.G." He loved to golf and to work in his garden. He was a member of the Patriot Guard and was a Kentucky Colonel.

He is survived by his life partner and fiancé, Cherri Williams, two daughters; Lindsey (husband Luke) Vespa and Nicole McGregor (fiancé, Chris Lancaster) all of Springfield, two grandchildren; Joseph Maddox and Rebecca Maddox Wilson, and two sisters; Bonnie McGregor of Springfield and Diane (husband Robert) Winters of Glen Flora, WI.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. where visitation will be from 4-7 pm Tuesday January 15, 2013 with Chatham Central Lodge #523 AF&AM conducting Masonic Services following at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the funeral home with William Hosking officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

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Illustrious Sir Neil S. Smith, PP

February 24, 1939 - March 1, 2013

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine - Toledo, Ohio in 1996

Illus. Sir Neil S. Smith,  PP, 74, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2013, in Regency Hospital Sylvania, Ohio. He was born February 24, 1939, in Bowling Green, Ohio to Lennis and Martha (Wiseley) Smith. He married Eileen Deffenbaugh of Bowling Green in 1958.

Neil worked for the Anderson's in Maumee, Ohio for 47 years and was a lifelong farmer.

Neil was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church Portage, where he was a Trustee for many years, Wood County Lodge #112, Bowling Green Crystal Chapter #157, Bowling Green Council #124 (past Master), Findlay Commanding #49, Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite, Zenobia Shrine (past Potentate), Zenobia Cabiri #8, Wood County Scottish Rite (past President), Wood County Shrine Club (past President), Bowling Green Elks Lodge #818, Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association (past Director). He also loved wood working and was an avid golfer.

Surviving are his wife of Bowling Green, two daughters, Cindy (Larry) Gerken of Bowling Green, Kelli (Mike) Daniels of Portage; son, Steve (Beth Davis) of Carlsbad, California; brother, Lyle (Barbara) of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Akaicia and Quinn Gerken, Cassidy and Carly Smith, Thayer and Seth Daniels. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marlenn, and grandson, Corbin S. Gerken.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church Portage. Rev. Eric McGlade will officiate. Private family burial will be held in Wingston Cemetery Rudolph, Ohio.

Public visitation will begin at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions may be given in Neil's name to the church, Shriners Children's Hospital or Home Away from Home at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Arrangements are being handled by Dunn Funeral Home, (419-352-2132) located in Bowling Green's Historical District at 408 West Wooster Street.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?pid=163464349#sthash.vBBWgXGq.dpuf

 

Illustrious Sir Robert W. Deffenbaugh, PP

October 28, 1920 - March 2, 2013

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 1987

Illus. Sir Robert W. Deffenbaugh, PP, 92, of the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy, formerly of Springfield, Illinois, died at 1:49 p.m. Saturday (March 2, 2013) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Born October 28, 1920 in Rochelle, Illinois, Robert was the son of Elizabeth Struck Deffenbaugh and Roy A. Deffenbaugh. He is survived by his wife Alice; four step-children, Michael Fowler of Abilene, Tx., Jackie Myers of Dallas, Tx., Teri Johnson of Springfield, IL., and Toni Leahy of Auburn, IL; along with four Grandchildren.

A graduate of Springfield High School, Robert was a member of National Honor Society and achieved Eagle Rank in the Boy Scouts. He graduated from University of Illinois with a JD in Law and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Following graduation he served as an officer in the First Cavalry Division in the South Pacific where he toured for 36 months in areas such as Australia and Japan.

Mr. Deffenbaugh's professional accomplishments included: Assistant Attorney General in the State Legislative Reference Bureau; Legal Council for School Problems Commission, where he revised the school code; Assistant Legal advisor for Superintendent of Public Instructions, where he codified the laws of the city of Springfield; and a private practice in law.

Springfield was made better by his dedication to an excellent life. His continued commitment to the community was marked by achievements such as Past President of Springfield Downtown Kiwanis Club, a 33 degree in the Masons, Past Commander of Knights Templar, Past Potentate of Ansar Shrine, and Past Director of Royal Order of Jesters. He was an avid dog lover, enjoyed snow skiing and was Co-founder of the Springfield Ski Club, golfing, traveling, and traveled most of the world. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones.

St. Paul's Masonic Lodge No. 500 will conduct services at 11:15 Tuesday (March 12, 2013) in Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave, Springfield, IL followed by a Military service at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of life will be held at Ansar Shrine Temple, 630 South 6th St., Springfield, IL at 12:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund, 1707 North 12th St., Quincy, IL 62301 or the Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd, Springfield, Il. 62702-1766

 

Illustrious Sir Robert A. Anderson, PP

August 23, 1923 - March 8, 2013

Potentate of Syrian Shrine - Cincinnati, Ohio in 1973

Illus. Sir Robert A. Anderson, March 8, 2013. Bob was born August 23, 1923, in Steubenville, OH, the son of a U.S. Navy career officer, Arthur Anderson and his wife, Helen Anderson, raised in Cleveland, OH, attended John Marshall High School and Western Reserve University.

Bob enlisted in the U.S. Infantry in 1941, was later wounded and hospitalized for many months while he regained his eyesight. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. After graduation from Western Reserve University, Bob entered the steel industry working in many capacities and cities. He settled in Cincinnati and founded Compass Steel Corporation in 1957. Additionally, he was founder and President of the Robert A. Anderson Company, Mid-South Metals, Inc. and Southern Metals, Inc. Bob retired many times, for the final time in 2012, after fifty plus years in the industry.

Bob was an active Mason for more than fifty years, a member Alexandria Lodge #152; Ft. Thomas Chapter Royal Arch, Jeffries Council #33; a life member and Past Commander of Newport Commandery #13; Past Commander of Grand Commandery of Kentucky; a member of Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters, Demolay and Past Board Member of Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital. In Cincinnati, he served as Commodore of Syrian Mariners, and was elected Potentate of Syrian Temple in 1973. At age 89, he was the oldest living Syrian Past Potentate until his death March 8, 2013. Bob was a Past Commander of American Legion Post #301 and Past Commander of V.F.W. Post #2533. A member of Yachting Club of America, Coral Oaks and Legends Country Clubs, YMCA, General Protestant Orphans Home, The Club International and Disabled American Veterans.

In June of 1977, he married Shirley Exum, and then split their time between Cincinnati and Cape Coral, FL. In 2000, they built a "house in the mountains" in Massanutten, VA, commuting to and from FL. While in VA, Bob was active in many projects with the Lions Organization and made many, many friends. Bob was an avid boater, owning many different type and sizes of boats over the years.

He was Treasurer Emeritus of Florida Shrine Mariners and active in the Araba Mariners of Florida. Bob is survived by his wife Shirley, preceded in death of wife Ruth Anderson, daughters Noreen Clifford, Debbie (Lanny) Burman, Karen (Junlei) Li and preceded in death by wife, June Bardes, daughter Valerie (Roger) Pettruson, stepson Steven Exum, preceded in death by stepdaughter Deborah (Tom) Exum- Styrkowicz, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL; Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pky. Ft. Myers, FL or Araba Mariners Ft. Myers, FL. Gravesite Service at The Evergreen Cemetery, 25 South Alexandria Highway, Southgate, KY on Saturday 7/27/2013 at 10:00 AM, procession to begin at the cemetery office - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cincinnati/obituary.aspx?pid=165797677#sthash.etNQANy3.dpuf

 

Illustrious Sir Harold "Hal" Haering, PP

July 14th, 1926 - March 10, 2013

Potentate of Moslem Shrine - Detroit, Michigan in 1983

Illus. Sir Harold "Hal" Haering, PP, Brother Hal was born on July 14th, 1926 in Center Line Michigan. Hal attended Wayne State University and played football of the team. Hal later joined the U.S. Navy. At the end of his stint in the Navy, Hal started in business for himself in 1953, and was the founder of "Van Dyke Blueprint Inc." Hal's family consisted of two sons, two daughters and his beloved wife Bea. Hal and Bea were married for 54 years, until her passing in September of 2009 in Masonic Pathways retirement campus.

His membership in Center Line Lodge #550 began on October 28, 1950 when he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. Hal's father Austin Haering was also a member of Center Line Lodge. Hal's activity in the Masonic Fraternity reached its highest point in 1984 when he received the 33° in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit and in 1977 when Hal joined the Royal Order of Jesters.

Hal Haering will best be remembered as... Illustrious Sir, Hal Haering, past Potentate of Moslem Shriners for the year 1983. Prior to serving as Potentate, Hal was a member of Moslem's Highlanders. One of Hal's dearest friends, namely Herb Campbell would try to teach Hal how to play the bagpipes. The two of them would practice in a parking lot and on more than one occasion people would stop to watch and listen. The marching part was Hal's downfall however, so if you see any old pictures of the Highlanders on parade, you'll find Hal Haering somewhere in the middle. The Shrine Circus was one thing that Hal Haering jumped into with both feet. Serving as Circus Chairman in 1982 and working in the hot dog stand for years before that. While Hal was on the Divan he went on countless trips to find the best acts that were available at that time, and his effort produced some of the finest shows Moslem Shrine Circus ever had. A deep and lasting friendship was formed between Hal and Tommy Hannaford, one of the finest Circus producers of that time. These were truly the golden years for Moslem Temple's Shrine Circuses.

In his later years Hal and Bea would travel all over the world, collecting art and other things of beauty. He is gone and we will miss himBrother Harold "Hal" Haering passed away on March 10th 2013.

Brother Hal was born on July 14th, 1926 in Center Line Michigan. Hal attended Wayne State University and played football of the team. Hal later joined the U.S. Navy. At the end of his stint in the Navy, Hal started in business for himself in 1953, and was the founder of "Van Dyke Blueprint Inc." Hal's family consisted of two sons, two daughters and his beloved wife Bea. Hal and Bea were married for 54 years, until her passing in September of 2009 in Masonic Pathways retirement campus.

His membership in Center Line Lodge #550 began on October 28, 1950 when he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. Hal's father Austin Haering was also a member of Center Line Lodge. Hal's activity in the Masonic Fraternity reached its highest point in 1984 when he received the 33° in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit and in 1977 when Hal joined the Royal Order of Jesters.

Hal Haering will best be remembered as... Illustrious Sir, Hal Haering, past Potentate of Moslem Shriners for the year 1983. Prior to serving as Potentate, Hal was a member of Moslem's Highlanders. One of Hal's dearest friends, namely Herb Campbell would try to teach Hal how to play the bagpipes. The two of them would practice in a parking lot and on more than one occasion people would stop to watch and listen. The marching part was Hal's downfall however, so if you see any old pictures of the Highlanders on parade, you'll find Hal Haering somewhere in the middle. The Shrine Circus was one thing that Hal Haering jumped into with both feet. Serving as Circus Chairman in 1982 and working in the hot dog stand for years before that. While Hal was on the Divan he went on countless trips to find the best acts that were available at that time, and his effort produced some of the finest shows Moslem Shrine Circus ever had. A deep and lasting friendship was formed between Hal and Tommy Hannaford, one of the finest Circus producers of that time. These were truly the golden years for Moslem Temple's Shrine Circuses.

In his later years Hal and Bea would travel all over the world, collecting art and other things of beauty. He is gone and we will miss himpassed away on March 10th 2013.

Brother Hal was born on July 14th, 1926 in Center Line Michigan. Hal attended Wayne State University and played football of the team. Hal later joined the U.S. Navy. At the end of his stint in the Navy, Hal started in business for himself in 1953, and was the founder of "Van Dyke Blueprint Inc." Hal's family consisted of two sons, two daughters and his beloved wife Bea. Hal and Bea were married for 54 years, until her passing in September of 2009 in Masonic Pathways retirement campus.

His membership in Center Line Lodge #550 began on October 28, 1950 when he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. Hal's father Austin Haering was also a member of Center Line Lodge. Hal's activity in the Masonic Fraternity reached its highest point in 1984 when he received the 33° in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit and in 1977 when Hal joined the Royal Order of Jesters.

Hal Haering will best be remembered as... Illustrious Sir, Hal Haering, past Potentate of Moslem Shriners for the year 1983. Prior to serving as Potentate, Hal was a member of Moslem's Highlanders. One of Hal's dearest friends, namely Herb Campbell would try to teach Hal how to play the bagpipes. The two of them would practice in a parking lot and on more than one occasion people would stop to watch and listen. The marching part was Hal's downfall however, so if you see any old pictures of the Highlanders on parade, you'll find Hal Haering somewhere in the middle. The Shrine Circus was one thing that Hal Haering jumped into with both feet. Serving as Circus Chairman in 1982 and working in the hot dog stand for years before that. While Hal was on the Divan he went on countless trips to find the best acts that were available at that time, and his effort produced some of the finest shows Moslem Shrine Circus ever had. A deep and lasting friendship was formed between Hal and Tommy Hannaford, one of the finest Circus producers of that time. These were truly the golden years for Moslem Temple's Shrine Circuses.

In his later years Hal and Bea would travel all over the world, collecting art and other things of beauty. He is gone and we will miss himBrother Harold "Hal" Haering passed away on March 10th 2013.

Brother Hal was born on July 14th, 1926 in Center Line Michigan. Hal attended Wayne State University and played football of the team. Hal later joined the U.S. Navy. At the end of his stint in the Navy, Hal started in business for himself in 1953, and was the founder of "Van Dyke Blueprint Inc." Hal's family consisted of two sons, two daughters and his beloved wife Bea. Hal and Bea were married for 54 years, until her passing in September of 2009 in Masonic Pathways retirement campus.

His membership in Center Line Lodge #550 began on October 28, 1950 when he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. Hal's father Austin Haering was also a member of Center Line Lodge. Hal's activity in the Masonic Fraternity reached its highest point in 1984 when he received the 33° in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit and in 1977 when Hal joined the Royal Order of Jesters.

Hal Haering will best be remembered as... Illustrious Sir, Hal Haering, past Potentate of Moslem Shriners for the year 1983. Prior to serving as Potentate, Hal was a member of Moslem's Highlanders. One of Hal's dearest friends, namely Herb Campbell would try to teach Hal how to play the bagpipes. The two of them would practice in a parking lot and on more than one occasion people would stop to watch and listen. The marching part was Hal's downfall however, so if you see any old pictures of the Highlanders on parade, you'll find Hal Haering somewhere in the middle. The Shrine Circus was one thing that Hal Haering jumped into with both feet. Serving as Circus Chairman in 1982 and working in the hot dog stand for years before that. While Hal was on the Divan he went on countless trips to find the best acts that were available at that time, and his effort produced some of the finest shows Moslem Shrine Circus ever had. A deep and lasting friendship was formed between Hal and Tommy Hannaford, one of the finest Circus producers of that time. These were truly the golden years for Moslem Temple's Shrine Circuses.

In his later years Hal and Bea would travel all over the world, collecting art and other things of beauty. He is gone and we will miss him

 

Illustrious Sir Paul R. Amundsen, PP

February 13, 1918 - April 15, 2013

Potentate of Medinah Shrine - Addison, Illinois in 1979

Illus. Sir Paul R. Amundsen, PP 95, of Elmhurst. Beloved husband of Ruth nee Ohlson; father of Cynthia Amundsen, Gary (Debra) Amundsen and Marilyn (Tom) Peterson; grandfather of Kari and Kirsten Peterson; brother of Betty (Hampton) Waring; he was preceded in death by 1 brother and 8 sisters.

He was a Mason and Shriner for 70 years and Potentate of Medinah Shrine in 1979. He was also an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Unit of the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Memorial Services 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 25 at Medinah Shrine Center, 550 N. Shriners Dr., Addison. Interment Private. Arrangements by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com

Memorials: lieu of flowers, Memorials will be appreciated for the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

 

Illustrious Sir Richard Calvin "Dick" Thistle, PP

April 9, 1925 - April 26, 2013

Potentate of Orak Shrine - Michigan City, Indiana in 1988

Illus. Sir Richard (Dick) Calvin Thistle, PP, 88, died quietly Friday, April 26, 2013, in LaPorte. He was born April 9, 1925, in Everett, MA, to Richard and Elsie Thistle. He grew up with his brother Everett and his sister Elsie. Immediately upon graduation from high school, in 1943, Dick joined the Army and served his country in World War II. He was injured in France and while recovering from an injury that would have him wearing a leg brace for the rest of his life, Dick served as a chaplain’s assistant, preparing for seminary and life as a pastor.

In 1946 Dick married Muriel Joyce Hudson, the love of his life for the next 67 years.

He was ordained and received his elder’s orders in 1949. Dick served the early years of his ministry in Massachusetts, but longed for a mission assignment. Since his war injury made it impossible for him to serve as a missionary overseas, the church asked him to lead a group of believers in Hammond, IN, who were starting a new congregation. In 1952, Dick, Muriel and their children moved to Indiana and helped start what would become Woodmar Methodist Church. Over the next 30-plus years, Dick would also serve at City Church in Gary, First United Methodist Church in South Bend, Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and Lowell United Methodist Church. He also served as a district superintendent for the Methodist Church and finally as the chaplain at Gary Methodist Hospital.

He and Muriel retired to their home on the lake in LaPorte in 1988.

Dick’s other passion was Shrine and the Shriners Hospital for Children. He was a member of Orak Temple, was a 33 Degree Mason, served as chaplain and potentate of Orak Temple, and was Imperial Chaplain. Dick also served with the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation.

Dick is survived by his three children: Joy Perry-Thistle, Paul Thistle and Sharon Bate; his grandchildren, Michelle Thistle, Amanda Doll, Lindsey Moody, Alyssa Bate, Benjamin Perry-Thistle, and Nathanial Perry-Thistle; his great-grandchildren, Bella Moody, Sidney Perry-Thistle and Jacob Perry-Thistle; his sister-in law, Natalie Thistle; nieces, Martha Jean Thistle and Janet Fox; and nephew, David Thistle.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at First United Methodist Church, LaPorte. Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Shriners Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, or First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave., LaPorte, IN 46350.
Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP, as well as at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

 

Illustrious Sir William 'Bill' Palmer, PP

February 8, 1940 - May 15, 2013

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 2002

Illus. Sir William "Bill" Palmer, PP, 73, of Evansville, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Deaconess Hospital. He was born February 8, 1940, in Evansville, Ind.

Bill graduated from Reitz High School; he then served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He worked at SIGECO (Vectren) from 1962 until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of Daylight Masonic Lodge #752 and the Swords of Bunker Hill. Bill was a member of the Hadi Shrine where he was Potentate, 2002. In the Shrine, he was in the Color Guard, Hospital Staff, Golf League, Coffee Club, Hillbilly Clan, and the Chairman of reserved ticket sales for the Circus Committee for many years. He was also in numerous honorary units, both within Hadi and other Shrine Temples. He was a Kentucky Colonel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Norma (Pfluger) Palmer; brother, Kenneth Palmer; and mother-in-law, Virginia (Trautvetter) McKean.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy (McKean) Palmer; sons, Michael Palmer (Kim) and Brett Palmer (Jayne); daughter, Dawn Slown (Josh); grandchildren, Mitch Palmer, Logan Slown, Olivia Slown, Brooke Oldham and Tyler Oldham; brother, Darrell Palmer (Norma); sister, Debbie Miller (Ron); father-in-law, Jim McKean; sister-in-law, Jan Palmer; nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, officiated by Rev. Don Bernhardt, with burial at Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. On Friday at 6:15 p.m. a Hadi Shrine walk-through will be held, followed by a Masonic service performed by Daylight Lodge at 6:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hadi Shrine Transportation Fund.
Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.

Published in Courier Press on May 17, 2013 - See more at:

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Illustrious Sir Robert Dale "Bob" Johnson, PP

December 16, 1929 - May 23, 2013

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Peoria, Illinois in 1983

Illus. Sir Robert Dale "Bob" Johnson, PP, age 83, a 7-year resident of Bullhead City, Arizona, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Bullhead City.

Bob was born December 16, 1929 in Bloomington, Ill., where he was the owner of Bob Johnson's Restaurant for 35 years and business partner of Dennison Ford Toyota. He was a member of Mohammad Shrine Temple and Past Potentate 1983.
Bob enjoyed his retirement years RVing and traveling. He was generous and loving, had a great sense of humor and was a friend to all. He was happiest entertaining friends and family and will be missed by many people who's lives he touched daily.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne.

He is survived by his nine children, three sons, Robert (Valery) Johnson of Warrensberg, Mo., Dean Berenz of San Diego, Calif., and Henry (Julie) Berenz of Sycamore, Ill; six daughters, Leighia (Greg) Cleary of Macon, Ill., Peggy Johnson of Erie, Colo., Karyn (Michael Sr.) Hasselbring of Bloomington, Ill., Karol (Patt) Johnson of Brighton, Colo., Margery (John) Clark of Pinetop, Ariz., and Elizabeth (Don) Gohl of Lincoln, Ill.; twin sister, Betty Moore of Sacramento, Calif.; numerous grand children, great-grandchildren and loving companion, Tine Wicklund.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the Riverview Resort, 2000 Ramar Road, Bullhead City, Ariz., Pastor Cecil Durham will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dimond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel, 2620 Silver Creek Rd. Bullhead City, Ariz.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in Bob's name, please send to Riverview Resort Golf Course, 2020 E. Ramar Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442. - See more at:

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Illustrious Sir Roland W. Williams, PP

December 27, 1938 - July 15, 2013

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 2007

Illus. Sir Roland Wainscott Williams, PP, age 74 of Oakwood, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013. Roland was born & raised in Dayton.

He served in the US Army Reserves, worked for NCR and Monarch Marking, then retired from Esselte-Meto. Roland was very active in the Masonic community belonging to the John Durst Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the OES. He served as Potentate of the Antioch Shrine in '07 and was active in the Rovers. His amazing vocal talents were enjoyed at venues throughout Dayton including the Masonic Center, St. George's, St. Paul's and the Dayton Philharmonic Opera.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Susan Elizabeth Chasteen & Cheryl Lynn Mahoney, grandchildren Wm. Ryan Wainscott Mahoney, Kara Wardle & Glenn Chasteen, sisters Barbara Kearns, Sarah Stravinska, Charlotte Woeste, Becky DeSalvo, Sharon Lehman & Lynne Hone.

Visitation and Masonic Services: Monday, July 22, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM. and Funeral Services: Tuesday 10:30 AM; all at Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home, 820 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. (St Rt 725). Burial to follow at Woodland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to SchlientzandMoore.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?n=roland-wainscott-williams&pid=165907329#sthash.sOXfwQx7.dpuf

 

Illustrious Sir Helvig M. "Sorey" Sorensen, PP

October 15, 1918 - August 7, 2013

Potentate of Tebala Shrine - Rockford, Illinois in 1969

Illus. Sir Helvig M. Sorensen, PP, 94, of Rockford passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, in William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis.

He was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Harvey, Ill., the son of Helvig and Marie (Jacobsen) Sorensen. Helvig graduated from Schurz High School in Chicago. He attended University of Illinois and later married Dorothy Callahan in 1941; she predeceased him in 1999.

Helvig served his country in World War II in the United States Army and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a master gardener, former member of Forest Hills Country Club where he enjoyed golfing and was very proud to be a member of Tebala Shriners, where he served as potentate in 1969, and the Royal Order of Jesters. He worked selling steel in the Rockford area for many years and later was elected Rockford Township supervisor.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Sorensen; five nieces, Mary-Gill, Rebecca, Lucy, Sutton, and Fran. He is predeceased by his sister, Ruth Sorensen Brooks, and his last dog "Sooner." The family would like to thank the nurses at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, VA Hospice of Madison, and his good friend, Diane for her help.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 Bell School Rd., with Rev. Dr. William Ward officiating. Visitation will be 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 N. 1st St., Rockford, IL 61107 or to the donor's choice. Olson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rrstar/obituary.aspx?n=helvig-sorensen&pid=166313097#sthash.BneRkUZM.dpuf

 

Illustrious Sir John A. Evanko, PP

October 5, 1930 - August 15, 2013

Potentate of Al Koran Shrine - Cleveland, Ohio in 1993

Illus. Sir John A. Evanko, PP, 82, of Mentor, passed away Aug. 15, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 5, 1930, in Cleveland, to the late John and Helen (Deak) Evanko.

Mr. Evanko was the founder and president of J-Way Construction and Enterprise Door and Supply. He served as chief elder of The Hungarian Reformed Church in Fairport Harbor for nine and half years. He was also a 50-year member of Willoughby Lodge 302 F and AM, past master of Pentalpha Lodge F and AM in East Cleveland, past potentate of Al Koran Shrine of Cleveland in 1993, and member of Eagle Shrine Club, Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland and Painesville Elks Lodge 549.

John was devoted to his family, faith and fraternal organizations. He loved his country and the American flag. He enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens, and working around his home. Mr. Evanko served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Evelyn J. (Gecse) Evanko; son, Tim (Cheryl) of Mentor; daughter-in-law, Susan Evanko of Virginia; grandchildren, Timmy, Tony and Amy; sister, Ilona (Bill) Grieve of Willowick; nephews, William and Michael Grieve; sister-in-law, Carol DePanicis; niece, Michelle (Joe) Plakosh; many dear cousins and lifelong friends, as well as his loving dog, Alexa.

Mr. Evanko was preceded in death by his son, John A. Evanko.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Ave. (opposite Lake Erie College), Painesville. Willoughby Lodge 302 of F and AM will conduct Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Hungarian Reformed Church, 601 Plum St., Fairport Harbor, with the Rt. Rev. Louis Medgyesi officiating. Interment will take place in Mentor Cemetery following with military honors.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Hungarian Reformed Church, Hospice of the Western Reserve, or Shriners Children's Hospitals. Online guestbook and information at www.johnsonfuneralservices.net. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-herald/obituary.aspx?pid=166461198#sthash.MfAoY0HY.dpuf

 

Illustrious Sir James David Hall, PP

March 10, 1936 - September 15, 2013

Potentate of Orak Shrine - Michigan City, Indiana in 1986

Illus. Sir  James David Hall, PP, 77, of Diamond Lake, Cassopolis, MI, died Sunday, September 15, 2013 in Healthwin Specialized Care Center surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Hall was born March 10, 1936 in Warsaw, IN, to the late Adalene Hildenbrand and W. Robert Hall, and had lived in the Michiana area since 1967. On August 17, 1958, in Warsaw, he married Janet Foresman, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Joel J. Hall (Mary) of Brownsburg, IN, and Jeremy J. Hall (Molly) of Santa Clarita, CA; five grandchildren, Kirsten Shields (Jared) of Indianapolis, IN, Andrew Hall and Elissa Hall, both of Brownsburg, Kieran Hall and Finn Hall, both of Santa Clarita; and his brother, John Hall (Maureen) of Big Chapman Lake, IN.

James Hall was a Navy Judge Advocate before becoming an accomplished patent attorney in the South Bend area. His work included casework before the Federal Supreme Court. He retired from the law firm of Botkin and Hall in 2012. James also taught patent law at the University of Notre Dame Law School. He was heavily involved with his community and was most proud of the work of Rotary International (Paul Harris fellow and past club president), Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Award), and the Shriners Children's Hospitals (33° Mason and presiding officer in the Scottish Rite and Orak Shrine Temple).

A Masonic Memorial Service was held on Friday, September 20th, at Highland Cemetery, where burial followed. Memorial contributions may be made to Rotary International, Boy Scouts of America, or to Shriners Children's Hospitals. The Welsheimer Family Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

 

Illustrious Sir William D. Greek, PP

August 17, 1939 - September 21, 2013

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Peoria, Illinois in 1980

Illus. Sir  William D. Greek, age 74, of Henry, Illinois died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at home. He was a resident of the Henry and Putnam, Illinois area all of his life. Born August 17, 1939 in Princeton, Illinois to William C., and Ardis Drake Greek, he married Nan J. Trovero on January 1, 1983. She died on June 4, 2004.

Surviving are one daughter, Cyrena [and Jerry] Anderson of Greenville, South Carolina and two sons, Tyler [and Samantha] Greek of Plainfield, Illinois and Nathaniel [and Jesica] Greek of Tega Cay, South Carolina. Also seven grandchildren: William, Nicholas, Zachery, Brandon, Trevor, Daniel and Madison survive. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Greek, a grandson, Andrew Greek, and his parents.

Bill had served his country in the United States Army. He was involved in farming and agri-business all of his life. He served as a volunteer fireman in the Henry Fire Protection district for over 30 years, a former school board member, Chairman of the Marshall-Putnam unit of the American Cancer Society, a member of the Henry American Legion, a board member of the Henry Community Food Pantry, active with Henry Red Stocking Fund and a member of the First Christian Church in Henry where he served as deacon, elder, and chairman of the board. Bill later joined the Henry Presbyterian Church and became active there.

He was a member of the Henry Rotary Club, past club president, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a Group Study Exchange team member to Australia. In 2007 he was named Rotarian of the Year. Bill was named Henry's Community Leader of the Year in 2010 by the Henry Chamber of Commerce.

He was Past Master of Henry Masonic Lodge, Peoria Consistory, and Mohammed Shrine of Peoria where he served as Potentate in 1980. He served as a board member of the Shrine Hospital in Chicago for ten years including three years as board secretary. He was also a member of Peoria Court 40, Royal Order of Jesters.

Visitation will be held Wednesday September 25, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm at the Henry Presbyterian Church 511 Wirt St. Henry, Illinois. Masonic Service to be held at 3:15 pm. Memorial services will follow at 3:30 pm. Military rites will be accorded following the service. The Rev. Steven Hill, Fr. Tom Mizeur and Pastor Terry Broady will officiate. Bill had donated his body to science. Memorials may be made to the Henry-Senachwine scholarship fund, Shrine Hospitals, or to the church or charity of the donor's choice. Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Illustrious Sir John Kenneth Wendt, PP

February 4, 1939 - November 13, 2013

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 1991

Illus. Sir John Kenneth Wendt, PP, J. Ken Wendt, 74, of Evansville passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday November 13, 2013 . He was born February 4, 1939 in Evansville to Donald and Nola (Detillieu) Wendt. Ken graduated from Bosse High School, class of 1957 and received his Bachelors Degree from University of Evansville where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Social Fraternity. While in high school and college he worked at American Diary. He retired as a Major in the US Air Force Reserves and was a member of the American Legion in Mishawaka, IN. Ken was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ, Past President of the Downtown Quarter Back Club and a Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.

While living in Mishawaka he was Past President of the Mishawaka JC's. He was a member of the Mishawaka Masonic Lodge # 130 and became a member of the Hadi Shrine while residing there. His Masonic Record is as follows: Petition for the degrees of Masonry on June 13, 1972. Elected to receive the degrees of Masonry on October 11, 1972. Initiated an Entered Apprentice on November 22, 1972. Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on January 3, 1973. Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master mason on January 24, 1973. He received his degrees in Mishawaka Lodge # 130, F&AM in Mishawaka, IN.

Ken returned to the Evansville area in 1977 and was Treasurer and Trustee of Indian Hills Lift Station in Ft. Branch, IN. Ken worked for 25 years at Thomson McKinnon Securities which later became Prudential Securities, Inc. In 1991 he began working as a Trust Investment Officer at Citizens National Bank which later became Fifth Third Bank.

While living in Ft. Branch he was President of the Gibson County Shrine Club. He served on the Hadi Shrine Divan from 1984 - 1991, when he was Potentate. Ken was a member of the York Rite # 121, Societas Rosicruiana of Scotland, Red Cross of Constantine, Legion of Demolay and Emeritus of Cincinnati Burn Hospital Board of Governors. He was also a life member of the Hadi Funsters, Mariners, Hospital Staff and an Honorable member of the Hadi Oriental Band, Brass Band, Chanters, Horse Patrol and Directors Staff. Ken was a member of the Hadi Car Club, Charter member of Legion of Honor and Circus Public Relations for over 30 years. He was past Commodore of International Yacht Clubs. He was a Director of Royal Jesters Court #102, member of Court #189 in Sarasota, FL and a member of the Kachina Club.

Ken was a Shrine Imperial Deputy Marshall for over 20 years. He was a member of the International Cabiri Chapter # 179, Order of the Quetzalcoatl, Golf Lakes Square Club and was on the Financial Committee at Golf Lakes, Bradenton, Fl.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Phyllis (Elliott) Wendt; daughters, Christy Krueger (financé Chad Dawson) of Owensville, IN and Shannon Perry (husband Dave) of Mt. Vernon, IN; son, Mike Wendt (wife Katie) of Bloomfield Hills, MI; grandchildren, Aaron Krueger, Katlyn Marshall, Lauren Marshall, Jake Wendt and Sydney Wendt.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229 or www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.

               
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