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Great Lakes Shrine Association
Black Camel List for 2018
In Remembrance of those
visited by The Black Camel

Illustrious Sir R. Duncan Brown, PP

 April 26, 1928 - January 9, 2018

Potentate of Tebala Shrine - Rockford, Illinois in 1976

Illus. Sir R.. Duncan Brown, PP, 89, Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 following a short illness. Born April 26, 1928 in Rockford to Charles and Alice (Whaling) Brown. Married Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) Hocker in Rockford on August 16, 1952. Dunc was in management for National Lock Company for 26 years in various positions of managing with increased responsibility. Member of Masonic Lodge Star in the East #166; Valley of Freeport Scottish Rite Bodies; Tebala Shrine Center serving as Potentate in 1976; Rockford Court #69 Royal Order of Jesters; served on the board of S.C.O.R.E both locally and nationally; Past President of United Way; former board member of Rockford Girl Scouts Council and Rockford Goodwill Industries; he was appoint by the Imperial Shrine International to serve on the Donors Relations Committee.

Survivors include: son, David Brown of Kingston, PA; daughters, Lynn (Partick) Stubblebine of Cincinnati, OH. and Betsy (Mark) North of North Bradenton, FL.; grandchildren, Bridget and Britany Brown, Michael, Andrew and Scott Stubblebine, Dalton and Blair North; predecease by his parents and wife Mary Beth in 2014.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 North Bell School Road and services at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Gertrude Hammeke, officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriners Hospitals for Children c/o Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newberg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108.

Arrangements by Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd, 6825 Weaver Rd. To leave a condolence or light a candle, please go to


Illustrious Sir Clarence Anton Tapper, PP

 September 14, 1928 - January 18, 2018

Potentate of Orak Shrine - Michigan City, Indiana in 1972

A Celebration of lllus. Sir Clarence A. Tapper, PP, will be held on February 9, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm at BURNS-KISH FUNERAL HOME, 8415 Calumet Ave, Munster IN. Funeral services will be held on February 10, 2018 at 10 am at Southside Christian Church, 1000 Broadmoor Ave, Munster IN, and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, 6445 Hohman Ave, Hammond, IN. A lunch will be provided back at Southside Christian Church.

Clarence "Butch" was born September 14, 1928 to Norman and Ethel Tapper. He was preceded in death by his brother: Norman and sisters: Zoe, Paula and Greta. Leaving behind the love of his life, wife of 67 years: Georgia B. Tapper; daughters: Carolyn and Eileen; and sons: Kent and Lee; along with 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Clarence passed away on January 17, 2018 at the age of 89 in San Antonio, Texas. He has been brought home to Hammond to rest in peace by his family in the town he loved and served.

Butch graduated from Hammond High School, where he played football for the Wildcats. After high school, he received a football scholarship to University of Chattanooga where he was the left-handed quarterback and team captain. He graduated with a degree in business and economics. While in Chattanooga, he met and married his love, Georgia. Mr. Tapper served in the United States Army, Europe stationed in Germany, after which he returned home to Hammond and was recruited by George Halas turning down the Chicago Bears to become the President of Calumet Federal Savings and Loan, a career lasting for over 45 years.

])He was a member of Southside Christian Church and served the community as a Treasurer and Trustee of the YMCA, Master Mason of McKinley Lodge No. 712, Grand Master for the State of Indiana Masonic Lodges, 33rd Degree Mason and Scottish Rite, Potentate of the Orak Shrine, Kiwanis, Treasurer and Trustee of Purdue University Calumet Campus, inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame and other service organizations and honors. Memorial donations may be made to the Hammond Family YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave., Hammond IN 46324 or the Office of Development Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607.


Illustrious Sir Virgil D. Markley, PP

 December 13, 1928 - February 1, 2018

Potentate of Tadmor Shrine - Akron, Ohio in 1984

Illus. Sir Virgil D. Markley, PP, 89, of Canton passed away on February 1, 2018.

Virgil was born in Burbank, Ohio on December 13, 1928 to the late Charles and Fannie Markley. He was a graduate of Creston High School class of 1946 and served in the US Army during Korea, where he was a Sergeant in the Military Police. Virgil was the Mayor of Creston, serving 2 terms, a volunteer fireman with the Creston Fire Dept., an insurance agent with Western & Southern Insurance Co. and owner/operator of Columbus Insurance Agency of Canton for 25 years.

He was a member of Westbrook Park United Methodist Church, Masonic Blue Lodge 32 Degree, Tadmor Shrine (Potentate 1984), Royal Order of Jesters Akron Court #80 and on the Board of Directors for the Shriner Children's Hospital (Director Emeritus).

Preceded in death by his brothers Bob, Don and Bill Markley and sister Shirley Markley. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Burnetta "Burnie" Markley; daughters Karen (Bill) Callihan of Hilton Head, SC and Beth Ann (George) Court of Hurricane, WVA; grandchildren Brian (Carla) Callihan, Megan (Taylor) Heard, Erin (Jason) Diehl, Chris Court and Sarah Court; 4 great grandchildren; sisters Norma (Bob) Huy and Carol (Larry) Csanyi. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Canton Christian Home for their love and care of Virgil.

Funeral service will be 11 AM on Thursday February 8, 2018 at Reed Funeral Home NORTH CANTON CHAPEL with Dr. Joel Adkins officiating. Family and friends may visit from 6-8 PM on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at the funeral home with a Jester's Service at 8:13 PM and from 10-11 AM on Thursday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Canton Christian Home Benevolent Fund or Westbrook Park United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. The family invites you to visit www.reedfuneralhome.


Illustrious Sir Roy Louis Wilimzig, Jr., PP

 October 2, 1919 - February 13, 2018

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, Illinois in 1967

Illus. Sir  Roy Louis Wilimzig Jr. PP, 98, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born October 2, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Roy and Carolyn (Groom) Wilimzig Sr.  He attended public schools in Edwardsville and Granite City, Illinois. He later graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in electrical  engineering and worked for Illinois Power Company and Emerson Electric until joining the United States Army. He proudly served during World War II where he served as a pilot with the United States Air Corp.

Before joining the Army, he married Margaret L. (Staples) Wilimzig on August 30, 1941 in St. Louis and she passed away on June 3, 2013. After returning from the service, he started an electrical equipment business where he worked until his retirement.

Roy worked with many young men in the Order of DeMolay and was a very active member in many of the Masonic orders including the Masonic Lodge Order of Jesters, a 33rd degree Mason in the Scottish Rite, 65 year member of the Ainad Shrine Temple in East St. Louis where he served as the 1967 Past Potentate and  served as a board member of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis. He had also been a life member of the B.P.O. Elks. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville after becoming a  resident of Eden Village Retirement Center in Glen Carbon in 2014.

In addition to his beloved wife of 72 years and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Frank E. Wilimzig. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Kay and James Branca of Wildwood, Missouri; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sheila Wilimzig of Little Rock, Arkansas; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. witha Masonic Service at 6:15 p.m. followed by a Shriner’s walk through. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.


Illustrious Sir John "Jack" Graham Drach, PP

December 12, 1929 - March 27, 2018

Potentate of Syrian Shrine - Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988

Cincinnati - Illus. Sir John "Jack" Graham Drach, PP, age 88, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 10, 1929 to Clifford and Martha Drach (nee Graham). Jack served in the United States Airforce during the Korean War.

He was a member of the F&AM Masonic Lodge # 258 - Emery, Scottish Rite, and the Syrian Shrine, where he served as Potentate in 1988.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Drach; his parents; and his sister, Martha "Marty" Lou Armstrong. Jack is survived by his devoted daughters, Becky (Robert) Hafertepen, Paula (David) Baker; his beloved grandchildren, Matt (Shannon) Hafertepen and Nick (Charlene "Charley") Hafertepen; his cherished great-grandchildren, Emily, J.T. and Graham; and a host of other family members and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Newcomer West Side Chapel, 3300 Parkcrest Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211. A celebration of life will be held at 6:00pm with a service provided by the Masonic Lodge, the Syrian Shrine and a Scottish Rite ring service.

Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on Apr. 1, 2018


Illustrious Sir James "Jim" E. Leason, PP

February 24, 1941 - March 28, 2018

Potentate of Tebala Shrine - Rockford, Illinois in 2004

James “Jim” E. Leason, 77, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in his home. Born February 24, 1941, in Rockford, the son of Elmer and Bernina (Davis) Leason. Graduated from Harlem High School. Married Donna Lou Severson on September 16, 1961, in Loves Park. Employed by Kerry Ingredients, retiring in 2003. Formerly employed by Smith Oil Corporation. Member of Grace United Methodist Church where he enjoyed the church fellowship. Also, member of Blue Lodge, Masonic Lodge and Shriners Past Potentate 2004. Jim loved camping, traveling, spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He played a part in starting the Rockford Diabetes Association. Survivors include his daughter, Andrea (Chris) Maggio; grandchildren, Stephen Maggio, Stephanie (Jose) Ayala and Alison Maggio; great-granddaughter, Lily; and sister, Mary Penhallegon. Predeceased by his wife; and son, Bradley.

Service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road, Rockford, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time. Burial in Harlem Cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with Masonic service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriners Children’s Hospital and Grace United Methodist Church.


Illustrious Sir Russell Leroy Gatrell, PP

February 2, 1933 - July 20, 2018

Potentate of Tadmor Shrine - Akron, Ohio in 1994

Illus. Sir Russell Leroy Gatrell, age 85, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018, surrounded by his family.

One of seven children, Russell was born on Feb. 2, 1933, in Deep Valley, West Virginia, to Wilbert and Lorena (Duty) Gatrell.

He graduated from Berlin Center High School and on Sept. 8, 1951, he married the love of his life, Ruth Elinor Harris. Russ and Ruth had four children, Susan (Randy) Markham, Barbara (Greg) Sivert, Gary (Bernice) Gatrell and Greg Gatrell.

Those familiar with Russell knew him to be a very hard worker, and he spent his life doing whatever was necessary to provide for his family. Many friends and members of the community say they thought of Russ as a role model, mentor and father figure. He was a truck driver, iron worker, electronic shop owner, musician, police chief and campground owner. He served on the Marlboro Police Department from 1968-1986, and was chief of police. As his children were growing up, Russell was very active in their lives with little league baseball and Boy Scouts.

Russell was a long-time member of the Marlboro Christian Church. He was also actively involved in several organizations, including BPO Elks, Conrad Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, Fraternal Order of Police, Stark County Police Chiefs Association, Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio, where he served as Potentate in 1994, and Alliance Shrine Club, where he was president in 1989. His love of kids was demonstrated in his tireless efforts driving children to and from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Erie and Cincinnati, where he served on the Board of Directors.

From 1971 to 2016, alongside his wife and children, Russell founded and operated the family business, Cutty’s Sunset Camping Resort in Marlboro.

Survivors include his wife; children; grandchildren, Paul, Jackie, Chrissy, Scott, Jennifer, Sarah, Michael and Ryan; great grandchildren, Alissa, Emma, Kiersten, Addison, Heaven, Dakota, Seth, Lauren, Levi and Owen; and siblings, Carmen (Ted) Lustritz and Randall Gatrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Raymond, Betty, Denver and Daris Gatrell.

Services will be held at Marlboro Christian Church on Thursday, July 26 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed Harnish officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Marlboro Christian Church, 9383 Edison St. N.E., Alliance, OH. A Masonic service will be held on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Marlboro Christian Church. Interment will be at Marlboro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229, or Alliance Hospice, 2461 W. State St., Alliance, OH 44601.

The family would like to thank Community Care Center for their excellent assistance.

Arrangements are by Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave. Alliance, OH 44601. Friends may register online at


Illustrious Sir Marvin "Gene" Kuhn, PP

 ----------- --, 1928 - July 25, 2018

Potentate of Syrian Shrine - Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005

Anderson Township - Illus. Sir Marvin "Gene" Kuhn, PP, devoted husband of Mary Kuhn (nee Mierke) for 68 wonderful years. Loving father of Terrie West. Proud grandpa of Steve West (Laura). Brother of Marion Joseph Kuhn. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, family and friends.

Marvin, a resident of Anderson Township, passed away Wednesday July 25, 2018, at the age of 90. He was a Mason for 65 years as well as past Potentate of the Cincinnati Syrian Shrine and a Tyler of the Scottish Rite. Marvin proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.

Visitation, E.C. Nurre Funeral Home 177 West Main St. Amelia, Tuesday July 31, from 5:00 PM until time of funeral service at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Syrian Shrine Center 9730 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on July 29, 2018


Illustrious Sir Harold W. Berg, PP

 September 25, 1925 - August 3, 2018

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Bartonville, Illinois in 1992

PEORIA - lllus. Sir  Harold W. Berg, PP, 92, of Peoria passed away peacefully in his home in Peoria on Friday, August 3, 2018.
He was born in Hoopeston, Illinois, on September 25, 1925, to Chester and Edith (Wood) Berg.

Harold married Lorraine Kuhn on January 25, 1945, in Peoria, enjoying 71 years of marriage before Lorraine passed away on October 27, 2016.

Harold is survived by his sister, Lillian Knight; his children, Todd (Martha) Berg of Roscoe, IL, Tami (Pat) Grady of Davenport, IA, and Brad Berg of Peoria; and grandchildren, Melissa (Adam) Garcia of Villa Park, IL, Michael Berg of Rockford, IL, Austin Berg of Chesapeake, VA, Brandon Berg of Bloomington, IL, and Kelsey Berg of Bloomington, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Chet and Leon "Bud."

Following high school, Harold enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in World War II with the Marine Raiders. When he returned home, he and Lorraine were married and moved to Bloomington, IL, where he worked for Country Companies for 40 years, retiring in 1992. He and Lorraine owned and operated a property appraisal business, Midwest Appraisal, until they returned to live in Peoria in 2009.

Harold was an active member in Peoria's Mohammed Temple, serving as Potentate in 1992. He was a two-time Purple Heart recipient and member of the Marine Raiders Association. He traveled extensively on behalf of this organization, speaking about his war experiences. He went on the Greater Peoria Honor Flight in 2013. Harold and Lorraine were life-long boaters on the Illinois River. They were members of the Peoria Boat Club and the IVY Club. He was a member of First Federated Church of Peoria.

Funeral services for Harold will be Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, IL, where visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to time of services at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria, with military honors following the services.

You may view Harold's obituary online at


Illustrious Sir Edward "Ike" Isaacson, PP

 October 8, 1936 - September 29, 2018

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine - Perrysburg, Ohio in 1998

PEORIA - lllus. Sir Edward A. Isaacson, PP, 81, more affectionately known as “Ike”, was born October 8th, 1936, to Leo and Goldie Isaacson. Ed could never say no to anyone. He was always accepting new and challenging projects. He is more well-known for his service to others, charming personality, quick wit, and sense of humor. Ike was active in many organizations.
Ike attended Walbridge Grade School and graduated from Libbey High School in 1954. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the Navy. Ike spent 2 years of active duty on the Carrier USS Ticonderoga, CVA 14. During this time he traveled around the Mediterranean, and the Far East. Upon returning to civilian life, he stayed, in the Naval Air Reserve, as an Airman. Ike retired in 1998, with 20 plus years of service!

Ike was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church for more than 60 years. He served as an usher, was on the church council, on the counting crew, a past chairman of the property committee, and led fundraisers like chicken BBQs and Saur kraut dinners.

Ike was recognized in August 2018 as a 60-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #8. During that time, he was a journeyman electrician for 43 years where he was primarily employed with Romanoff Electric. At different times, Ike served on the examining board and as chairman of the apprentice board.

Ike was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Calumet Lodge (now Northern Light # 40), and a Zenobia Shriner. He was extremely active as a Shriner, serving in many different capacities. Among those capacities were with the Shrine Circus and transporting children to and from hospitals for medical care.

He was a member of the Zenobia Highlanders (President, two years), the Zenobia Legion of Honor (Finance Officer, 7 years), President Ohio Shrine Association, President Great Lakes Shrine Association, Member of Zenobia Roadrunners, Potentate Zenobia Shrine 1998, and Royal Order of Jesters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Goldie Isaacson, and his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary (Kesling) Isaacson. Ike is survived by Douglas (Robin) Isaacson, Heather Stubbs, Daniel Isaacson, Catherine Isaacson, and Janet (Jason) Jacobs; grandchildren, Chelsea (Louis) Lockwood, Alonzo Lewis, Jonathan May, Avant’e Lewis, Amanda (Bryan) Cajka, Jacob (Kelby Kale) Isaacson, Joshua Isaacson, Charlotte Perez, Jason Jacobs II, and Zachary Isaacson; his great-grandchildren, Rhett Lockwood, Kaynen Bindra, and three great grandchildren on the way. Also surviving is his sibling, Clifford (Sharon) Isaacson, his brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law; William (Phyllis), Ralph (Rhoda), Charles (Norma), and Nancy Kesling along with many loving nieces and nephews. But, for Ike, family was not defined by just the relatives you had – more often it was the people you collected along the way that he loved and cared for as well as those who loved and cared for him.

Visitation is scheduled Wednesday October 3rd from 2 – 8 PM at Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43614 with Northern Light Lodge No. 40 F. & A.M services at 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 4th at 10:30 AM at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1853 South Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43609. Memorial contributions may be made in Ike’s honor to Shiner’s Hospital for Children and/or a charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy can be left at or on our Facebook page.

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