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Black Camel List for 2020
In Remembrance of those
visited by The Black Camel

Illustrious Sir Oscar Christian Oehmler, PP

August 21, 1925 - January 9, 2020

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine -  Perrysburg, Ohio in 1971

Illus. Sir Oscar C. Oehmler, PP, age 94, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Toledo Hospital. The son of Clive and Millie Oehmler, he was born August 21, 1925 in Toledo. He was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. and was honorably discharged in 1947. Oscar began a long career as a Cadillac car salesman, making many friends over the years with clients and associates in the industry. At one time, he raced stock cars and was a lifelong NASCAR fan. He married Marilyn Fike in 1951 and she preceded him in death in 1978. He later married Joyce Pendleton and enjoyed 24 years of marriage. Oscar was very active in the Zenobia Shrine, serving as an imperial Representative for many years and as Potentate in 1971. During his retirement he worked for Walker Funeral Homes for numerous years.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Martin (Susan) Oehmler; sister, Marty Bartholomew; grandchildren, Marilyn (Cordell) Nightingale, Martin Jr. (Paige) Oehmler, Rachel Nelson, Neil Oehmler, Teddy (Claudia) Oehmler; 8 grandchildren; step children, Lori (John Boring) Pendleton , Beth (Don) Taylor; step grandchildren, Katie (Jeff) Nelson, Ryan Ignasiak, and Audrey Taylor. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald “Bud” Oehmler.

Friends may visit on Friday January 17, 2020 from 3-7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home 5155 Sylvania Ave (west of Corey Rd.) where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Shriners Hospitals for Children 2211 North Oak Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60707-3392. Condolences may be shared with the family at


Illustrious Sir Richard T. “Dick” Higgins, PP

November 28, 1933 - January 14, 2020

Potentate of Saladin Shrine - Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1992

President of the Great Lakes Shrine Association in 2005

Illus. Sir Richard T. “Dick” Higgins, PP, age 86, of Comstock Park, formerly of Ada, passed away Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020 at Heartwood Lodge in Spring Lake. The son of Francis Harold & Dorothy (Strimpfel) Higgins, he was born on November 28, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio and was a proud veteran of the Korean War era, serving with the United States Navy, and later in the Naval Reserves. He attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the China Service Medal.

Dick retired as a salesman from the former Barclay Ayers & Bertsch Company. He was raised a Master Mason at York Lodge No. 410 F&AM, was a current member of Rockford Lodge No. 236., as well as the Valley of Grand Rapids Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Furniture City Masonic High Twelve Club No. 236, and the Saladin Shriners. With the Shriners he served as Potentate in 1992 in addition to several years as Recorder and was a member of a number of Shrine clubs and units, the Royal Order of the Jesters, El Hajj, and the Great Lakes Shrine Association, held honorary memberships in Shrine Temples through out the United States, and belonged to many other affiliated groups. He also served on the Kent County Sheriff’s Department “Traffic Squad”, having been a past captain.

On September 4, 1981, in Ada, he married the former Shirley M. (Wood) Steikar and together they enjoyed over 34 years of marriage until Shirley passed away on December 18, 2015. They delighted in traveling, especially their trips to Finland and China, as well as several cruises and visits to a number of the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children across North America.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William “Bill” Higgins; and a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” VanHoff. Surviving are his ex-wife and friend, Nancy (Kerr) Higgins; his children, Halle Warmington, Jennifer & Rodney Lundy, and David Higgins, all of Grand Haven; his step-children, Deb Steikar of Wyoming, William Steikar of Tuscon, Arizona, and Michael Steikar of Muskegon; a special granddaughter, Victoria Higgins, and five other dearly loved grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, James “Jim” & Kathy Higgins of Brighton; two sisters, Dorothy Long and Sheila Rugg; a sister-in-law, Betty J. Wood of Kentwood; a brother-in-law, John & Leslie Anne Wood of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E. at 36th Street, Grand Rapids (one block west of Eastern Avenue), where Masonic services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Military honors will be rendered jointly by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Navy, and burial at Fort Custer National Cemetery will take place at a late date.

Dick would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago ( Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dick’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


Illustrious Sir William Richard Schnirring, PP

March 1, 1929 - January 26, 2020

Potentate of Ansar Shrine -  Springfield, Illinois in 1965

Illus. Sir William Richard Schnirring, PP, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

He was born on March 1, 1929, to William Robert and Marion Vernor Schnirring.

Bill attended Springfield Public Schools, and in his youth, he was an active member of Boy Scout Troop #7. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1946. Bill met his future wife, Mary Traylor Schnirring, in the third grade while attending Hay-Edwards Elementary School. They were married on September 30, 1950.

Bill attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business in 1950. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, of which he was chapter President. Following his graduation, he served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, from 1951 to 1952 and was stationed in Thule, Greenland.

Bill was the Chairman Emeritus of Springfield Electric Supply Company. With its corporate headquarters in Springfield, the company has branch locations throughout the Midwest. Bill's formal career with Springfield Electric Supply Company began in 1952 when he joined the family-owned business, started by his father, William Robert Schnirring. Working beside his father was one of the highlights of his career. This 88-year-old company has grown from a single branch location to its present size, employing over 370 associates.

Bill served the electrical distribution industry in several key roles over the years, culminating with a term as Chairman of the National Association of Electrical Distributors in 1979-1980. He was later recognized as one of the recipients of the industry's highest national individual honors, the Arthur W. Hooper Award.

Bill's love for his community led his efforts to improve life in Springfield. He may be best known for his development work to benefit many of Springfield's civic and charitable organizations. He was recognized nationally in 1989 as an outstanding volunteer fundraiser and again in 1994 as Outstanding Philanthropist by the National Society of Fundraising Executives. In 1998, he was honored by being the recipient of the Sertoma "Service to Mankind" award.

Bill was active on many boards and committees over the years. His past business and industry work include service on the boards of First National Bank (U.S. Bank), Springfield Credit Bureau, Board Chairman of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and Board Chairman of the Industrial Development Council of Springfield and Sangamon County. He served on the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and helped craft recommendations for legislative and administrative action as a participant in a White House Small Business Conference.

Bill served many civic, service and educational organizations, as well. His roles included: a Trustee of Blackburn College, American Business Club Director, board member and Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Central Illinois, board member and Capitol Campaign Chairman for Contact Ministries, board member of the Vachel Lindsay Home Association, member of the Dean's Business Advisory Council at the University of Illinois at Champaign and a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Council at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He helped to foster the development and growth of small businesses in central Illinois by serving as a counselor for the Springfield chapter of SCORE. Bill was also a member of the Springfield Parks Foundation, Springfield Art Association, Illini Country Club, Sangamo Club, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Memorial Medical Center Board, serving as Chariman for both Memorial boards. He was an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bill was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Red Cross of Constantine, Royal Order of the Jesters and a past Potentate of the Ansar Shrine.

Bill's honors include the Copley Press First Citizen of Springfield Award in 1989 and the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Order of Lincoln, the State of Illinois' highest award, in 2012. Bill was inducted into the Springfield High School Hall of Fame in 2013. The auditorium at Springfield High School is named in honor of Bill and his wife, Mary, for their support of the school throughout the years.

Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and loved being around people. He was personable and gracious to all he met. He was a natural leader and mentor to many throughout his life. He was always looking for ways to help others and touched many lives with his generous spirit.

Bill enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Naples, FL, with his wife, Mary. He especially loved time spent on the Schnirring Farm where he would garden, host parties, and ride his John Deere gator. Bill was an avid fan of the University of Illinois and Springfield High School. He was blessed with many lifelong friends and family. His proudest moments were those spent with his family.

Bill is survived by his two daughters, Kathy (Randy) Germeraad and Carolyn (Dan) Dungan; four grandchildren, Scott (Colleen) Germeraad, Carrie (Nick) Walden, Caitlin (Mark) Simhauser, and Colin Dungan. Bill was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Declan, Merrin, Verity, and Isla Germeraad, and Nora Simhauser. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Kennedy; nephews, Robert and John Kennedy; and niece, Janice Kennedy Singer. Bill leaves behind many friends, especially close friend, Don Martin, and all of his colleagues at Springfield Electric. He always considered those working at Springfield Electric to be a part of his extended family. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. His beloved wife, Mary, also preceded him in death on January 12, 2020.

Bill's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Concordia Village for their loving care, especially the nursing staff on Summer Breeze.

A Celebration of Life for Bill and Mary will be held jointly on May 14, 2020, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Details will follow at a later date.

Donations to honor Bill's life can be made to Memorial Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 61, 701 North First Street, Springfield, IL 62781; Springfield Public Schools Foundation, 1900 West Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704; and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois, 300 South 15th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.

The family of Bill Schnirring is being served by Butler Funeral Home—Springfield, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield.
Please visit to offer your condolences.


Illustrious Sir Charles Scott "Chuck" Baer

December 7, 1963 - January 29, 2020

Potentate of Moslem Shrine - Southfield, Michigan in 2013

Illus. Sir Charles Scott Baer, PP, passed away on January 29, 2020 with his family by his side. A bright light has been darkened this day. Chuck's life will be forever cherished by his wife Susan and son and daughter-in-law John and Caitlin Wofford, his mother Linda and stepfather Richie Rathburn, sisters Karen Baer and Julie (Charlie) Lavoie, nieces Danielle Minch, Amanda (Jeremy) Kuras, nephews Richard Clifford and James Bedsaul and his grand nieces and nephew. Chuck was loved and will be missed by so many.

Chuck was born December 7, 1963 in Detroit - a city he loved. He attended DeLaSalle Collegiate and Finney High School. After high school Chuck attended the City of Detroit Police Academy. He worked for Huffmaster Companies and later started his own private investigations and security company Charles Baer & Associates.

Chuck was larger than life and was a virtuous man who was dedicated to his family and his friends. He was a member and Past Potentate of Moslem Shriners and was passionate about Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Shriners philanthropy and was also member of Centerline-Palmer Masonic Lodge. Chuck was a man of strong convictions who valued integrity and service to others. His sense of humor and quick wit drew people in and put them at ease.

Chuck was a man of faith who served God in his own quite way. His family and friends know him to be a kind and giving man that would "give you the shirt of his back" who touched many, many lives. He loved his boxer Bruno, The Shriners, his motor home and traveling. His influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew him.

Memorial services are pending. Donations can be made in his name to Shriner's Hospitals for Children (shrinershospitalsforchildren.orq) or Project Scissor Gait Foundation (


Illustrious Sir William J. "Bill" Boys, PP

?????? 1927 - February 1, 2020

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 1976

Illus. Sir William J. "Bill" Boys,PP, 92, of Springfield, passed away at his home Saturday morning, February 1, 2020 with his family by his side.

He was born in Pana, IL the son of Dr. J. Wesley and Chlotiel (Beem) Boys. He married Helen Stahulak June 3, 1950 and she preceded him in death May 12, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, William, a daughter, Susan Boys in 1974, a son Scott Boys in 1997 and a brother, Wesley Boys.

Bill was the Director of the Department of Personal for the State of Illinois from 1977-1981 and then became the Deputy Commissioner of Banks & Trust Companies at the State of Illinois retiring in 1988. He was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and did graduate work at the University of Illinois. Bill served in the Army Air Corp from 1945-1947.

Bill was active in the Masonic fraternity for over 70 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Lodge #500 AF&AM, a 32 degree member of Springfield Valley of the Consistory and served as Potentate of Ansar Shrine in 1976. He served on the Board of Directors for Ansar for 20 years. He was formerly a member of the Court 20 Royal Order of Jesters, serving as Impesario of Court 20 from 1982-1998. He was also a former member of the York Rite, Elks BPOE #158 and the American Legion.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Sandy (Alan Hunter) Fisher of Springfield and a grandson, Aaron Boys.

As requested by Bill, Cremation Rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory. A memorial service will take place at 5:00 pm Friday, February 7, 2020 at Bisch Funeral Home West. 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd, Springfield with Pastor Nicole Cox officiating. St. Paul's Lodge #500 AF&AM will conduct a masonic service following at the funeral home. The family will greet friends following the masonic service in the reception center at Bisch Funeral Home West until 7:30 pm Friday.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family. Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral West 217-544-5424


Illustrious Sir Jerry Argabrite, PP

April 21, 1937 - February 9, 2020

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine -  Perrysburg, Ohio in 2009

Illus. Sir Jerry Argabrite, PP, passed away on February 9, 2020. Jerry grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio, in a family where both parents were active in Masonry. He joined Masonry in 1960, when he was raised to the degree of Master Mason at the Wauseon, Ohio, Lodge. He was a Past Master of Fostoria Lodge, and a Past President of Ottawa County Shrine Club.

He received a BA degree in Fine Arts at Ohio University, and his PhD in Educational Administration and Supervision from Miami University at Oxford. He was a high school teacher for 17 years. He also served as Superintendent of Schools for the Fostoria and Ottawa County Districts, President of the Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities and served on the Steering Committee for 10 years of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding.

Per the family's wishes. his funeral service will be private, with a celebration of life will be planned later at a later date.


Illustrious Sir James O. Orr, Jr., PP

April 19, 1931 - February 11, 2020

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 1978

Illus. Sir .James O. Orr, Jr. PP,, 88, died on February 11, 2020 at the Regency Nursing Care. He was born on April 19, 1931 in Springfield, the son of J. Oliver Orr and Louise Hilts. He married Beverly Lyons Weller on November 27, 1976 in Springfield and she survives.

Mr. Orr attended school in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School in 1949. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1953 and was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He was the third generation there following his father in 1926 and grandfather James Riggs Orr in 1895. After graduation he joined his father at Orr Insurance Agency, Inc., and remained with the agency over fifty years, retiring in 2003.

Jim was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, past president of the Springfield Insurance Agents Association, former treasurer of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, former member of Springfield/Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission, former Woodside Township Trustee, former Woodside Township tax assessor and former alderman for Leland Grove.

Mr. Orr was a past potentate of Ansar Shrine in 1978, emeritus member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis from 1993-2002, commander-in-chief of the Springfield Consistory 1974-1976 and worshipful master of Tyrian Lodge #333 in 1964. He received the Scottish Rite 33rd degree in 1973. Jim was a member of the Springfield York Rite, Red Cross of Constantine, Ansar Shrine Retirees, Abe Lincoln Hi 12 Club, senior member of the Sangamo Club, the National Society Sons of the American Revolution and former member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 20.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Richard R. Orr, and a grandson, Leland R. Orr. He is survived by two daughters: Deborah (Wendell) Orr Fritsch and Rebecca (Christopher) Orr Reid both of Springfield, one son: James R. (Vicki) Orr of Tuscon, AZ., one daughter-in-law, Vicki Orr, three step-daughters: Lisa Weller, Janice Weller and Terri Izzo, one sister Jean Ann (Richard W.) Orr Carlson, eight grandchildren: Matthew and Tara Fritsch, Shaughn wife Tara, Shay and Nolan Reid, Elizabeth (Karlyle) Whitley, Riggs Orr and Meghan Orr, one great-grandchild Ruby Reid, one nephew Mark K. Cullen, several cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Friday February 21, 2020 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 South Walnut Street, with the Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer officiating. The family will greet friends from 10am until the time of service Friday at church. A graveside service will be held at 3:00pm at Mechanicsburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


Illustrious Sir Lawrence 'Larry' R. Keyser, PP

September 1, 1938 ~ February 19, 2020

Potentate of Tebala Shrine -  Rockford, Illinois in 2015

Illus. Sir Lawrence R. 'Larry' Keyser, PP, age 81, Belvidere, IL, died peacefully on February 19, 2020 with his loving wife by his side. Larry was born in Fairfield, IL on September 1, 1938 to Randall and Mary (Gabriel) Keyser. He attended Fairfield High School in Southern Illinois. Larry married his best friend and the love of his life, Jeannette (Jean) Pfauser on September 19, 1959 and celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary. He raised a son and daughter and was a father who loved to brag about their accomplishments and families.

Larry started working at a very young age to help support his two sisters and brother and moved to Chicago for a “better life”. With his beloved uncle’s help, Larry joined the Pipefitters Union Local #597 as an apprentice and worked as a foreman for many years. He was proud to be a pipefitter and worked on numerous buildings throughout the Chicagoland area, including the John Hancock Center, CNA Plaza, GD Searle Pharmaceuticals, Fermilab, Mars Candy, to name a few. Larry retired after 46 years with the union.

Besides his large family and extended group of friends, Larry had three big passions – the Masons, Shriners, and Harleys. He became a Master Mason in 1960. He strongly believed in the principles of the Masonic Lodge and lived his life in accordance with those ideals and values. Larry was elected Worshipful Master twice, first in 1966 and again in 1977. He was a member of two lodges, was actively involved in several additional lodges and was awarded honorary memberships in seven lodges in Northern Illinois. Larry mentored and raised hundreds of men in the Masons and was proud to raise his son, Bill and grandson, Henry who became the 5th generation of Keyser Mason in the state of Illinois. Larry had the opportunity to serve his brethren after their passing and performed the Masonic funeral service for countless brothers.

In 1967, Larry joined Medinah Shrine and joined the Clown Unit and became known as “Blockhead the Clown”. He put several hundred miles on his roller skates representing the shrine in parades and picnics throughout the United States. Over the years, he joined many units and shrine clubs across Northern Illinois. In 1983, he demitted from Medinah and joined Tebala. While at Tebala, he continued his active involvement and belonged to a number of clubs and was a Director for several. In 2015, Larry served as Potentate and traveled extensively.

He was recognized for his 50 year membership by the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Larry received many awards and recognition including honorary member of the Order of Demolay.

His most treasured charity was the Shriners Hospital for Children and he sponsored many children for the hospital and for many years transported children and their families to and from the hospital for medical care. Further, Larry donated blood consistently throughout the years and was frequently called on to donate for special surgeries.

Larry also greatly enjoyed riding his Harleys. His bought his first Harley-Davidson in 1974 and named it the “Pumpkin” because of its unique color. Larry and Jean put thousands of miles on that Harley for many years and across many states before giving it to their son, Bill who also rode it for thousands of miles. Over the years, Larry owned a total of six Harley-Davidson motorcycles before finally selling his last one at the ripe age of 79. They traveled on motorcycles across all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as toured Europe for three weeks with friends from their H.O.G. chapter. Larry and his family are avid Harley riders and have attended many H.O.G. rallies, bike shows, and events across the country, and attended the anniversary celebrations of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, WI. With his twin granddaughters, he enjoyed competing in the various field events at numerous H.O.G. rallies and earned many 1st and 2nd place awards and came to be known as “Grandpa and the Twins”.

With his huge group of family friends and his training as a pipefitter, Larry was known as the “go to” guy who could fix or customize anything, especially anything on a motorcycle. He would sit in the garage and contemplate the challenge and develop a game plan even after a lot of people told him “it couldn’t be done” and to just give it up. But, Larry always delivered which eventually became known as “Keyserizing”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Randall and Mary Keyser and his sister Ann Clifton. Larry is survived by his wife, Jean, son Bill (wife Lee) and daughter Brenda Keyser; sister, Diane Pritchett, and brother, Kenneth Keyser; grandchildren Jayme (& Joel) Durrwacter, Jennifer (& Brian) Hecht, Henry (& Sindy) Keyser, and Cheyenne Keyser; 3 great grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family was everything to Larry and he was thought of as a second dad to several of his children’s friends. He never met a stranger and could talk to anyone anywhere anytime so he collected a wide variety of friends and acquaintances throughout his life. Larry will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Visitation will be from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and immediately followed by Masonic Services on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home, 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, IL 61114. A reception to celebrate Larry’s life will be held at Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at For more information about the organization, go to


Lady Donna Stimac

December 8, 1945 - March 6, 2020

Beloved Wife of Noble Sir George Stimac

Chief Rabban of Medinah Shrine - Addison, Illinois in 2020

Mrs. Donna Stimac, Lady of Noble Sir George Stimac, Chief Rabban of Medinah Shrine - Addison, Illinois in 2020, passed away at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, Friday, March 6, 2020. Age 74 years.

Survived by her husband of 43 years George “Butch” E. Stimac, two daughters Rebecca Garcia of Portland, OR. and Michelle Stimac of Joliet. A son Christopher Stimac of Pahrump, NV. Her grandson Rocco Jones. Also numerous friends, relatives and her “second” children to whom she was mom to many.

Preceded in death by her parents Edward and Elnora Poy.

Donna was born December 8, 1945 in Carbondale, IL. She graduated from Plainfield High School Class of 1963. Donna was a dealer and casino host at Harrah’s Casino Joliet since their beginning in Joliet. She was active alongside her husband with the Medinah Shriners.

A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials in her name to the Medina Shriners Transportation Fund, 550 N. Shriners Dr. Addison, Illinois 60101 will be appreciated.


Illustrious Sir Dr. John Robert "Hap" Dragoo, PP, 33°

February 11, 1926 - March 24, 2020

Potentate of Mizpah Shrine - Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1975

Illus. Sir Dr. John Robert "Hap" Dragoo, PP, 33°, 94, of Wabash, Indiana, died at 11:45 pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Wabash. He was born February 11, 1926 in Johnson County, Indiana to Arthur R. and Nola (Mullikin) Dragoo.

Hap was a 1944 graduate of Nineveh High School. He received his bachelor and master degrees from Indiana University, and his medical degree from Indiana Univeristy Medical School. He married Jane Dye in Monon, Indiana on June 17, 1956. He was a physician, practicing in both Wabash and Urbana from 1961 until his retirement in 1993. Hap also taught Anatomy at Indiana University and at Ivy Tech in Wabash. He was a member and Elder of the Wabash Christian Church. Hap was also a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, Hanna Masonic Lodge, Wabash Shrine Club, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, member and Past Potentate of the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine, and the founder of the Great Lake Shrine Association Salmon Derby. Hap belonged to the Wabash County and Indiana State Medical Society, the Kappa Delta Rho Social Fraternity at IU, and was a member of the IU Alumni Association. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Wabash Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen award. Hap was an avid fisherman and was known for his kindness, generosity, compassion, and humility. He never knew a stranger and had a great sense of humor. Hap was a dedicated and caring physician to all of his patients, and a devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Dragoo of Wabash, two children, Mary (Tom) Gospel of Carmel, Indiana, and Arthur (Sarah) Dragoo of Monticello, Indiana, four grandchildren, Michael Gospel and Allison Gospel, both of Chicago, Illinois, Benjamin Dragoo and Adam Dragoo, both of Monticello, sister, Frieda (Bob) Hensley of Franklin, Indiana, nieces and nephew, Shirley Buck of Franklin, Peggy (Jerry) Thompson of Princes Lakes, Indiana, and Buddy (Lisa) Drybread of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Jane Drybread.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Haley Asberry officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. There will be a public service at a later date.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church.

The memorial guest book for Hap may be signed at


Illustrious Sir Dwayne Clarence Jones, PP

April 9, 1934 – April 2, 2020

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 1993

Illus. Sir Dwayne Clarence Jones, PP, 85, was born on April 9, 1934 and passed away on April 2, 2020 and is under the care of Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel. No Public Services Are Scheduled At This Time.


Illustrious Sir Donald B. Engleson, PP

April 23, 1923 - April 5, 2020

Potentate of Medinah Shrine - Addison, Illinois in 1993

Illus. Sir Donald B. Engleson, PP, 96, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Donald was preceded in death by his beloved wives, Dorothy M. Engleson (Wartenberg) and Phyllis Engleson (Hinrichsen). He was loving father to his son the late Richard B. Engleson, D.D.S. He was the oldest son of the late Carl and Evelyn Engleson (Ericson) and loving brother to the late Richard C. Engleson.

Donald was a WWII veteran serving in the Navy. He worked at Illinois Bell Telephone for over 40 years. He was a member of the Masonic Temple. Donald "Donnie" was a proud Shriner. He was a member of the Arab Patrol and served as a Potentates Aide from 1977 through 1988. Donald was the Illustrious Past Potentate of Chicago's Medinah Temple, 1993.

Donald is survived by his brother, Jerry Engleson (Joanne); daughter, Lynnea Collins (RJ); daughter-in-law, Susan Engleson (Richard); and longtime friend and companion, Nora Streng. He has 8 grandchildren all of whom he loved very much, Maggie Abbott (Tony), Ben Engleson, Jessica Mosher, Clare Ferrari (Anthony), Tiffany Mayer, Megan Collins, Kim Brett (Eamon) and Michael Collins. Donald also had 11 great-grandchildren, Alice, Ava, Andy, Ethan, Anabelle, Marley, Sam, Harper, Alex, Collin and Lynnea.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707 in Donald's name.


Illustrious Sir Alfred J Edwards, PP

February 26, 1924 – April 11, 2020

Potentate of Mizpah Shrine - Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1994

Illus. Sir Alfred J. Edwards, 96, passed away at his home in Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday April 11, 2020.

He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, born February 26, 1924 to the late Alfred W. and Elizabeth A. Edwards. He graduated from Central HS in 1943, then proudly served in the Navy Seabees during WWII landing on Omaha Beach during D-Day in the European Theater as well as serving in the Pacific Theater. After the service, Alfred earned his Bachelors in Engineering from IPFW in 1953. He was the Head Designer in the Motor Department at General Electric and retired in 1984 after 42 years of dedicated service.

His memberships included Maumee Lodge 725 F&AM 33rd Degree and 3 time Past Master; Scottish Rite; York Rite; Past Potentate Mizpah Shrine; Past Patron Eastern Star #514; Royal Order of Jesters; Royal Order of Scotland; VFW Post 9500; American Legion Post 277; GE Supervisor's Club; GE Quarter Century Club Past President and tour guide at the Dean Kruze WWII Museum. He received the Indiana Council of Deliberation Medal of Honor in 2016.

Alfred is survived by his daughter, Janet (Brent) Ostermeyer; 3 grandsons, Aaron Ostermeyer and Clayton Ostermeyer of Fort Wayne, IN and Grayson Ostermeyer of Pullman, WA; and brother Herbert G. Edwards. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Ursula J. Edwards, sisters, Dorothy E. Dunham, Emily E. Hamilton, Margaret E. Winkler, and a twin brother William F. Edwards. A private service will be held and a memorial service at a later date. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fort Wayne, IN. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital or SPCA. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home 1140 Ave Fort Wayne, IN. To sign the online guestbook go to


Illustrious Sir David Eli Sowers, PP

???? - May 3, 2020

Potentate of Moslem Shrine - Southfield, Michigan in 1996

Illus. Sir David E. Sowers, PP, passed peacefully on Sunday May 3, 2020, with family by his side. David was a member of Jefferson Lodge 553, Valley of Detroit Scottish Rite, the Illustrious Past Potentate of the Moslem Temple Shrine, and numerous other Masonic associations. He also was a longtime member of the Mt. Clemens Lions Club.

David is predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Anne, son David Jr., survived by his daughters Gay Anne Cox (Wayne), Joy Lynn Jacoby, Kim Ann Farmer (Ross), grandchildren James Dick, Jr. (Taneka), Rachel Grover (Charles), Brian Jacoby (Carrie), Jennifer Jacoby, and Nicholas Sowers and great grandchildren.

David has been cremated and due to the current world crisis there will be no service at this time. Please make donations in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children–Erie, 1645 W. 8th St. Erie, PA 16505.


Illustrious Sir Frank S. Klugh, PP

March 18, 1924 - June 28, 2020

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 1977

Illus. Sir Frank S. Klugh, PP, of Clayton, Ohio passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio. He was born on March 18, 1924 in Kittanning, PA to his parents Edward & Olive (Senior) Klugh. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Klugh; and siblings, Edward Klugh, George Klugh, Jeanne Cyktish, and Joseph Klugh.

Frank is survived by his niece, Debbie Meredith; cousin, Bruce Senior; and special friend, Jim Davis.

Frank was a graduate of Marietta College. He and his wife worked in Real Estate business as a team for many years. Frank was also a proud Mason and a member of the Antioch Shrine.

A Memorial visitation is currently pending at Rogers Funeral Home, 110 West Main St., Trotwood, Ohio 45426. A graveside committal service will be held at Rupp Cemetery in Kittanning, PA at the convenience of the family.


Illustrious Sir Robert "Bob" D. Schatz, PP

November 5, 1928 - July 5, 2020

Potentate of Syrian Shrine - Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006

Illus. Sir Robert “Bob” D. Schatz, PP, age 91 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 5, 1928 to Herman & Patricia Schatz

He was a 50+ year member of Western Hills Cheviot Lodge F&AM 140, he was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Cincinnati and a dedicated member of Syrian Shrine for 47 years, serving as Syrian Shrine Recorder and in 2006 was the Potentate of Syrian Shrine

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Tom Schatz

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Dee Schatz; his two daughters, Susan Martini and Robin (Bobby) Fristoe; his grandchildren, Buddy (Ali) Fristoe, Brandi (Kevin) Vicario, and Bryan “Hoagy” (Molly) Fristoe; and his three great grandchildren, Ava, Blake, & Clair; his sister-in-law, Jackie Schatz; his two nieces, Debbie (Jamie) Bettis, and Kim (Joe) Lamping; and several great nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

In loving memory of Bob, donations may be directed to, Syrian Shrine Transportation Fund or the Syrian Shrine Benevolent Fund, 9730 Reading Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45215.

A Celebration of life for Bob will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at Syrian Shrine 9730 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215.


Illustrious Sir Michael H. Huffaker, PP

August 2, 1937 - July 25, 2020

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Bartonville, Illinois in 2012

Illus. Sir Michael Harry Huffaker, PP, 82, of Princeton, IL passed away at OSF St. Francis on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Mike was born in Marion, Indiana on August 2, 1937 to the late Milton and Thelma (Creager) Huffaker. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, IN, then attended Lawrence University and Marion College. He met his true love Lola Belle Holdcroft one day while attending church. They married on October 25, 1958 in Appleton, WI. He worked at Thom McCan as a manager for 37 years before he retired. He was a Master of Masonic Lodge of Mohammed Shrine of Peoria, IL. He was also a past Potentate and a Mason. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and commander.

He loved to travel, one of his favorite trips was a trip with Lola to Hawaii. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He collected John Deere mini tractors and loved gardening. A hobby that he not only loved, but it also assisted in feeding his family. He had the greenest thumb and could make anything grow. He was kind, loving and a great husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of nearly 62 years, Lola Huffaker of Princeton; Three children, Tammy Swanson of Elburn, IL, Kathy (Hank) Carrico of Jacksonville, FL and Connie Polke of Geneva, IL; four grandchildren, Ashley (Garrett) Lynch, Sean (Christine) O’Donnell, Megan Polke and Shannon O’Donnell; three great grandchildren, Kevin Kraft, Joey Kraft and Liam O’Donnell.

He is preceded in death by his parents Milton and Themla Huffaker, his mother and father-in-law James and Nora Holdcroft. His brothers Tom and Dennis Huffaker and brother-in-law Don (Marion) Holdcroft.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or St. Labre Indian School.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Masonic Rites will be accorded at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments, followed by funeral services, officiated by Pastor Derek C. Boggs. A graveside service will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton, IL.

Memorials and online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments.


Illustrious Sir  Gary W. Lewis, PP

September 15, 1949 – August 10, 2020

Potentate of Murat Shrine - Indianapolis, IN in 2000

Illus. Sir Gary W. Lewis, PP, 70, passed away Monday morning, August 10, 2020. He was a resident of Fort Myers Beach, FL, and a former long time resident of Greenwood and Unionville.

He was born September 15, 1949 in Sidney, OH to Herbert and Virginia (Short) Lewis. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Patton on August 21, 1971 in Centerville, OH. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lewis; two sons, Brian (Mary) Lewis of Greenwood and Kevin Lewis of Greenwood; sister, Debra (Denny) Meyer of Hamler, OH; and three grandchildren, Ava, Isaac, and Will.

Gary graduated from Centerville High School near Dayton, Ohio. After one year at Ohio State University, he transferred to and graduated from Franklin College with a degree in economics.

During his high school and college years, he worked for the G.C. Murphy Company in the Management Training Program. After college, he spent a couple of years "on the road" as a sales representative for the American Greetings Corporation. In 1972, Gary obtained his Real Estate Brokers License and went to work for the W.B. Meyers Agency in Greenwood. He also joined the Indiana Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the Metropolitan of Board of Directors.

In January 1975, he joined the F.C. Tucker Company, Inc, and was appointed manager in September of that year. He has been a member of the F.C. Tucker Company's Executive Club and Champions Club. He was appointed Senior Vice President in 1987. In 1991, Gary was elected by his fellow realtors to represent them on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors. While on the Board of Directors, he served as chairman of the personnel committee and treasurer of the MIBOR Service Corporation.

Gary changed his career to his lifelong passion in 2000, becoming Senior Vice President at Raymond James Investments in Greenwood. He was a member of the Multi Year Leaders Club, one of the higher recognition clubs at Raymond James. He partnered with Doug Stewart and James Evans in 2012, becoming Stewart, Lewis and Evans, retiring in January 2018.

He also served on the Board of Directors of JP Morgan Bancshares, Citizens Bank of Indiana, First Bank, and Lincoln Bank. After Lincoln Bank merged with First Merchants Bank in 2009, he remained with the bank as a community director until 2012. He also served as a member of the Community Corrections Boards for both Johnson County and Brown County.

Gary comes from a rich heritage of Masons. During his high school years, he was active in the Far Hills Chapter, Order of DeMolay, serving as Master Councilor of his chapter in 1967. He is a charter member of the Miami Valley Priory in Dayton, and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor award. He was raised a member of Southport Masonic Lodge #270, F. & A. M. in February of 1982. In April of that year, he joined the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and the Murat Shrine. He was a Commander-In-Chief of the Indiana Consistory in 2006, and was elected to receive his Thirty-Third degree in September 2000.
While a member of the Murat Shrine, he became an apprentice clown named "Bubba". In 1986, he was appointed to the officer's line of the Clowns, and became President of that unit in 1990. He was instrumental in this units most successful fund raising and membership efforts. He took great pride in participating in annual trips to the Shrine Hospitals to visit and entertain patients.

He was very proud to be a part of founding the Murat Shrine Movers and Sheikers Club in 1992. He has served on the Murat Personnel, Insurance, Budget, Finance, Investment, and Business Development committees. He was elected Potentate of the Murat Shrine in 2000.

Gary remained active in many Masonic units, including the Kowad 'al Sabikin, Knights of Venus, Hillbilly Clan No. 14, La-Or-Ma Shrine Club, Order of Quetzalcoatl, Murat Arab Patrol, and the Murat Shrine Chanters.

Gary and Barb spent many years between Lake Lemon and Fort Myers Beach, FL. Gary enjoyed becoming a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving as Financial Officer for Flotilla #9 in Fort Myers Beach.

Gary had a lifelong love of boats, enjoying boating on Lake Lemon and Fort Myers Beach, and at surrounding areas. He spent his retirement catching live bands with his bride of 48 years on Fort Myers Beach, acting as confident to his two sons who both have successful careers in logistics, all while trying to keep up with his loving active grandchildren. He never missed a good sunset with family and friends while keeping the conversation lively.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, August 16, 2-7PM, at The Sycamore at Mallow Run, 7070 Whiteland Road, Bargersville, IN 46106. A funeral will take place Sunday at 7PM at The Sycamore, followed by Masonic rites and a Thirty-Third Masonic carnation tribute.

Due to recent COVID-19 mandates, all guests are required to wear face coverings or masks at the visitation and services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Murat Temple, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St.Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.


Illustrious Sir Parker LeRoy Hacker, PP

September 21, 1927 - December 12, 2020

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Bartonville, Illinois in 1990

Illus. Sir Parker L. Hacker, PP, 93, of Peoria, IL, was taken by the Black Camel Saturday, December 12, 2020.

He was born on September 21, 1927, in Peoria, the son of Parker Roy and Helen Marie (Reempts) Hacker. Parker married Sandra Marlene Jacob on December 18, 1954, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on February 24, 2006.

He proudly served his country during the Korean War. Parker enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve, U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Serving for a total of 7.5 years. Later, he worked as an Stationary Engineer, as well as a Business Agent, for the INTL Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399. He was also a police officer for Peoria Heights and Bartonville Police Departments and a Peoria County Deputy. Parker later served as a Director of Sales for the Proctor Endowment Home.

Parker is survived by three daughters Janice Hacker of Bridgeview, Ill., Susan (Mike) Lewis of Peoria and Joan L. (Ron) Coleman of Washington; five grandchildren, Travis, Stephanie, Steven, Ty and Tanner; and six great-grandchildren, McKayla, Anna Bella, Oliva, Anthony, Alexis and Jeremy. He is also survived by a special friend, Loretta Kerr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Orville L. Hacker; and one sister, Edna A. Wiley.

Parker was a member of Richwoods Christian Church. He was a member of Grandview Masonic Lodge, Valley of Peoria Scottish Rite and Mohammed Shriners.

A private family visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Cumerford-Clary Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave., Peoria. Funeral services will follow. Pastor Marty Hunt will officiate the service. Burial will take place at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed during services.

Online tributes and condolences may be made at Memorial contributions in Parker's honor may be directed to Richwoods Christian Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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