Illustrious Sir C. K. (Caryl Kent) Wright, PP

November 01, 1927 - January 28, 2015

Potentate of Syrian Shrine - Cincinnati, Ohio in 1994

Illus. Sir C. K. (Caryl Kent) Wright, PP, passed away Wednesday, January 28th at age 87 after 62 years of marriage to his wife Paula. He is also survived by a daughter, Leigh Selby of New Jersey, a sister Virginia Koestner of Minnesota, and 7 nieces and nephews. C.K. was born and raised in Iowa and was forever a devout Iowa Hawkeye fan. Safeco Insurance Co. transferred him to Cincinnati in 1960 where he worked until he retired in 1989. C.K. was a 63 year member of numerous Masonic organizations including Oakley Lodge, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Grand Council of Select Masons, and Knights Templar. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and received the 33rd degree in 1996. He was the Director of the Royal Order of Jesters in 1989 and 1990 and was the Potentate of Syrian Shriners in 1994 after many years in the Concert Band. Service to be held at the Syrian Shrine Center, 9730 Reading Road, Evendale on February 2nd Visitation from 4-6, service at 6, Celebration of Life immediately following. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Shriners Hospital or the Scottish Rite Learning Center.

Illustrious Sir George L. Korenski, PP

October 16, 1938 - February 11, 2015

Potentate of Zorah Shrine - Terre Haute, Indiana in 1988

Illus. Sir George L. Korenski, PP, of Terre Haute died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born October 16, 1938 in Terre Haute to Matthew Korenski and Margaret Woods Korenski Hill. George was an electrician and co-founder of ICM Custom Cartons.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Sue Cooper and her husband Todd and Connie Beth Knierim and her husband Bill; two sons, George Leonard Korenski, Jr. and his wife Susan and Michael William Korenski; two brothers, Matthew Korenski and his wife Rita and Joe Korenski and his wife Margaret; six grandchildren, Brook Blevins and her husband Nick, Dennis Smith and his wife Chelse, Katie Graham and her husband David, Tyler Knierim, Mickayla Cooper, and Hunter Knierim; six great grandchildren, Jerome Blevins, Jordan Blevins, Gabriella Graham, Jaxton Blevins, Jaron Blevins, and Jayse Blevins; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, G. Irene Korenski; his parents; and brother, Stanley Korenski.

George was a potentate of Zorah Shrine Temple in 1988 and the current treasurer, a Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute 33 degree mason, past master of Rosedale Lodge #259 F & AM, and Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter , Royal Arch Masons of Indiana, OPC of the York Rite. He also belongs to many other Masonic organizations.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 16, 2015 in Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th Street with Associate Minister Stuart Powell officiating. Burial will be in Highland Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 15, 2015 with masonic memorial services at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.

Illustrious Sir Craig Trent Hinshaw, PP

February 8, 1940 - February 19, 2015

Potentate of Murat Shrine - Indianapolis, Indiana in 2010

Illus. Sir Craig Trent Hinshaw, PP, of Indianapolis, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on February 19, 2015. Craig is survived by his loving wife, Kay, of 47 years and three sons, Trent, Matthew (Kara) and Mark (Amy), seven grandchildren, three sisters, Ann Edwards (Gary), Jean Murphy (Ed), Jane Kelley (Ken) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Herman Hinshaw, and mother, Ruth Hinshaw.

Craig was the oldest of four children and only son of Herman and Ruth Hinshaw. Born on February 8, 1940 in Noblesville, his family moved to Indianapolis when his father accepted a coaching position. While attending Shortridge High School, Craig was a member of Club 30, Key Club, the golf team as well as the track and cross country teams. After high school, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry. Upon college graduation in 1963, he served 6 months active duty and 5½ years reserve duty in the US Army. He began his career at the Indiana State Department of Health where he eventually became Director of Environmental Chemistry, Radio Chemistry and Consumer Health Chemistry laboratories. After serving the people of Indiana for 45 years, he retired in 2008.

Craig was born into a family with a Masonic background. He was a 50 year member of Millersville Masonic Lodge #126, Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine. He served as Murat Shrine Potentate in 2010 and was proud that his three sons were also members of these Masonic organizations. Craig served on the Board of Governors for the Chicago Shriners' Hospital for Children from 2004-2014 and was a member of Murat Reception Unit (president 2002), Kentucky Colonels, Mobil Nobles, the Order of Quetzalcoatl, Cabiri International, Kowad 'al Sabikin, Knights of Venus, Yacht Club, Corvette Club and Royal Order of Jesters. He was an honorary member of Murat Motorcycle Club, Dramatic Cast, Firemen's Club and Police Club. He was awarded his 50 year DeMolay pin and was also a member of Prather Yorkrite, Red Cross of Constantine and the Royal Order of Scotland.

Family was always a priority with Craig and he was very involved with his three sons' education and sporting events. He served as a US swim official for nearly 15 years, traveling with his sons to swim meets throughout the state, out of state and occasionally to swim meets in Canada. He and his sons also enjoyed their membership in a father/son group that camped out at various state parks where they enjoyed fishing, canoeing and cave exploring. He also loved spending time with his seven grandchildren: Sam, Quinn, Hanson, Luke, Kate, Belle and Brady. Craig liked sports of all kinds, but especially enjoyed playing golf. He was a big IU football and basketball enthusiast as well as a Colts fan. Throughout the years, he and Kay enjoyed playing bridge with friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park North. Funeral will be at Chapel Rock Christian Church, 2020 N. Girls School Rd, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, with the service starting at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Murat Shriners, 510 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-1567.

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Illustrious Sir Kenneth Raymond Snyder, PP

September 22, 1948 - March 9, 2015

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, Illinois in 1998

Illus. Sir Kenneth Raymond Snyder, PP, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, born Wednesday, September 22, 1948, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. Kenny grew up in Belleville and attended Belleville Township High School and Belleville Area College. He worked at the family business at Acme Auto Parts Recyclers on the South Belt Line and Acme Tent Rentals and Acme Auto Parts as proprietor.

He was a member of Sir Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (original member & Color Guard Captain), Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (member and instructor), Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps -1969, Riverside Bugle Band Drum Corps, Brass Unlimited Drum and Bugle Corps, Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps – Instructor, Tancred Chapter Order of DeMolay in Belleville, served as Chapter Dad, Order of DeMolay, Cross of Honor, Chevalier and Legion of Honor recipient. Member of St Clair Masonic Lodge #24 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois, Ainad Shrine, Past President Directors Staff 1984, Drum and Bugle Corps, Uniformed Units Officer and Potentates Aide, Belleville Shrine Club, 2nd generation Past Potentate 1998 (His father Lawrence was Potentate in 1962), Southern Illinois Court 86 ROJ – Past Director 2014.

Member of St Louis area Auto Recyclers Association Past President, Belleville City Intermural Basketball team captain, Belleville Jaycees Director, One of the Founding Organizers and Chairman of the Belleville Oktoberfest, Charter Member of Belleville Improvement, Belleville Moose lodge 1221. St Louis Cardinals Baseball and Big Red Football season ticket holder. He was a lifelong collector of stuff.

He is preceded in death by his:

Parents: Lawrence and Ellanora nee Utz, Snyder

Surviving are his:


Bryan (Dana) Snyder of O’Fallon, MO

Melissa (Craig) Bredbenner of Chesterfield, MO

5 Grandchildren

Allison, Ashley and Andrew Snyder

Addison and Avery Bredbenner

Mother of his children: Sandy Tutka of Maeystown, IL

Dear Friend: Erin Gaul of Belleville, IL


Larry (Georgia) Snyder of Belleville, IL

William (Barb) Snyder of Belleville, IL

Dear nieces and nephews

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or Cardinals Care.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois. There will be a Jester walk through at 7:13 pm followed by Directors Staff and Drum Corp. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, March 13, 2015 at Kurrus Funeral Home. Private family interment will be held.

All Masonic/Shrine Affiliations:

The youngest child of Lawrence and Ellanora Snyder,

Brothers Larry and Georgia, William and Barb, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles

Children- Bryan, wife Dana and 3 children, and Melissa and her husband Craig and 2 children

Grew up in Belleville and attended Belleville Township and Belleville Area College,

Worked at the family business at Acme Auto Parts Recyclers on the South Belt Line

Acme Tent Rentals and Acme Auto Parts proprietor

Groups and Organizations:

Sir Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (original member & Color Guard Captain)

Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (member and instructor)

Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps -1969

Riverside Bugle Band Drum Corps

Brass Unlimited Drum and Bugle Corps

Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps – Instructor

Trailblazers Drum and Bugle Corps - Instructor

Tancred Chapter Order of DeMolay in Belleville, served as Chapter Dad

Order of DeMolay, Cross of Honor, Chevalier and Legion of Honor recipient

Member of St Clair Masonic Lodge #24 in Belleville join in 1977

Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies of Southern Illinois (Life Member) - joined 4-1-1977

Second generation Ainad Potentate - His father Lawrence was Potentate in 1962

Joined Ainad Shriners on 5-7-1977 (life member)

Ainad Shriners Directors Staff Past President 1984

Ainad Shriners Past Potentate 1998

Uniformed Units Officer and Potentates Aide

Belleville Shrine Club

Ainad Mecca Club

Royal Order of Jesters Court 86 (joined in 1985) - Past Director

St Louis area Auto Recyclers Association Past President

Belleville City Parks and Recreation Intermural Basketball team captain

Belleville Jaycees Director

One of the Founding Organizers and Chairman of the Belleville Oktoberfest

Charter Member of Belleville Improvement

Belleville Moose

St Louis Cardinals Baseball and Big Red Football season ticket holder

Lifelong collector of stuff

Illustrious Sir Warren T. Rickard, PP

May 24, 1928 - March 12, 2015

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 1979

Illus. Sir Warren T. Rickard, PP, 86, of Newburgh, IN passed away at 11:30 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2015 at his home.

Warren was born May 24, 1928 in Evansville the son of the late Robert and Hazel (Snow) Rickard. He was a 1947 graduate of Bosse High School and attended Evansville College. Warren was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a medic. He worked at Red Spot, Sherwin Williams, and retired from Monumental Life. Warren was a 50 year member of Reed Masonic Lodge # 316, Scottish Rite and Hadi Shrine, where he was a past potentate (1979). He was also a member No-Ruz Grotto. Warren was a Kentucky Colonel, a Kentucky Admiral, and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Jean (Giolitto) Rickard; sons Steve Rickard and Mike Rickard (Leeanne); sister, Carol Wellmeier; grandchildren, Ashlee Young, Brandi Rickard-Curry (Damon), and Thomas Rickard; great-grandchildren, Payton, Lacee, Keylee, Allyson, and Ayden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bob Rickard, and sister, Joyce Davis.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to River Walk Communities Daycare Program for their love and support.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel-A Family Tradition Funeral Home - 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville with Reverend Janice Akers-Dubois officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Evansville where the Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Club will perform full military rites.

Friends may call from 2 pm until 7 pm, Monday, March 16, 2015 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel-A Family Tradition Funeral Home where Hadi Shrine will hold a Walk Through at 5:45 pm and Reed Masonic Lodge # 316 will hold a Memorial Service at 6 pm.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Shriners' Children's Hospital c/o Hadi Temple, 6 Walnut St., Evansville, IN 47708.

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Illustrious Sir Hallie Fred Lewis, PP

July 3, 1923 - March 21, 2015

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, Illinois in 1994

Illus. Sir Hallie F. Lewis, PP, 91, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois passed away at 7:44 P.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at his home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Hallie was born on Tuesday, July 3, 1923 in Benton, Illinois the son of the late Hallie Rayburn Lewis and Eva Lily (Goss) Lewis. He married Marjorie Sargent on June 5, 1950 in Corinth, Mississippi.

Surviving family members include his wife: Marjorie Lewis of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; daughter: Kim Page and husband Jack of St. Peters, Missouri; son: Brent S. Lewis of Tuscola, Illinois; 5 grandchildren: Cody J., Colter R., Colin M. and Conner S. Lewis all of Tuscola, Illinois and Jeff Page of Columbia, Missouri; sister: Beverly Adams and husband Charles of Bluford, Illinois; brother: Gary Lewis and wife Janet of Ft. Myers, Florida; brother-in-law: Herman Greene of Bluford, Illinois; sister-in-law: Maxine Walker of Benton, Illinois; several nieces and nephews also survive.

His parents, three brothers: Warren, James and Sam Lewis, one sister: Marilyn Greene and daughter-in-law: Michelle Ann Lewis preceded him in death.

Hallie was a decorated U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was a conductor for Illinois Central Railroad until retiring. He was Past Potentate of Ainad Shrine Temple of East St. Louis, Illinois, was a 33rd Degree Mason and member of Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge #31 A.F.& A.M., the Court of Jesters, Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois, Jefferson County Shrine Club and the Jefferson County Krazy Klowns. On May 24, 2014 the French Government awarded the Legion of Honor to Hallie for his remarkable deeds during his service in France during World War II. Also the city of Mount Vernon proclaimed May 24th to be “Hallie F. Lewis Day” Hallie was loved by many and will be greatly missed.



The Scottish Rite Bodies

Valley of Southern Illinois


March 25, 2015

Dear Brother:

It is with deep regrets that we must inform you of the death of BROTHER HALLIE FRED LEWIS, MSA, 33°, of Mount Vernon, IL. on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Brother Hallie was born July 3, 1923 in Benton, IL, the son of the late Hallie R. and Eva, nee Goss, Lewis.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie J., nee Sargent, Lewis; son Bent S. Lewis and daughter Kim D. Lewis, grandchildren.

SYMBOLIC: He was raised a Master Mason at Mount Vernon Lodge A.F.&A.M. #31 in Mt. Vernon, IL on March 23, 1964.

SCOTTISH RITE: He received the Scottish Rite degrees on April 18, 1964 in the Valley of Southern Illinois, in East St. Louis, IL. Hallie received his MSA on June 1, 1975 in Springfield, IL and Thirty-third Degree on September 24, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brother Hallie was the Potentate of Ainad Shrine in 1994.

Visitation is Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Hughey Funeral Home, 1314 Main St., Mt. Vernon, IL. A Shrine Walk-Through Service will commence at 8:00 P.M. Funeral Service will be on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Hughey Funeral Home with Reverend Stacy Tate officiating. Interment will be at the Old Shiloh Cemetery in Jefferson County, IL. Members of the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct Full Military Honors at the cemetery.

Thus ends the record of this just and upright Mason


Michael H. Grafe, 32°


Illustrious Sir Delmer Earl Hull, PP

February 17, 1929 - March 30, 2015

Potentate of Elf Khurafeh Shrine - Clio, Michigan in 1981

Illus. Sir Delmer Earl Hull - Age 86, of Fenton, died March 30, 2015. Funeral services will be held 12:30 PM Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Burial will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Tuesday. Those desiring may make contributions to the Alzheimer's Association. Delmer was born February 17, 1929 in Flint, the son of James and Beatrice (Cantly) Hull. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines. Mr. Hull had been an active member of the Elf Khurafeh Shrine and Potentate in 1981. He was also a member of the Fenton Shrine Club, Jesters and was an avid golfer. Mr. Hull owned and operated Genesee Electric in Flint for many years. Surviving are: wife, Donna; daughters, Jane Bard and Janet Miller; grandchildren, Melani Loria, Mariah Running and Zach Miller; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Dominic "Nick", Vincent and Gabi; his little dog, Pepi. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Peggy and Shirley Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of - See more at:

Illustrious Sir Sylvan J. Hallet, Jr., PP

July 19, 1930 - April 8, 2015

Potentate of Medinah Shrine - Chicago, Illinois in 1997

Illus. Sir Sylvan J. Hallet, Jr., age 84, of Arlington Heights. Beloved husband of the late Ann Hallet, nee Jerman. Loving father of Karen (Bill) Von Besser and Shana (Keith Thrasher) Hallet . Cherished grandfather of Alexandra Thrasher. Dear brother of Ruth Jansen and Mary Magnin. Syl retired from the US Air Force, became a computer analyst, and owned Mandist Consultants, a computer-consulting company. He was born July 19, 1930 to the late Sylvan and Regina Hallett, and passed away April 8, 2015 in Arlington Heights. He was a member of the Barrington Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Past potentate of Medinah Shrine Temple of Chicago, Northwest Suburban Shrine Club, Captain of Medinah Patrol, Royal Order of Jesters Court 48, and Benevolent Order of the Crab Claw 1. A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM, Thursday April 23 at Medinah Shrine Temple, 550 Shriners Drive, Addison, IL 60101. Services provided by Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Schaumburg. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to , 2211 N Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707. Funeral information or online condolences or 847-882-5580.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 14 to Apr. 19, 2015

Illustrious Sir Dr. Bryan L. Waggoner III, PP

December 13, 1946 - April 8, 2015

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine - Toledo Ohio in 2005

Illus. Sir Dr. Bryan L. Waggoner III, 68, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Heartland of Wauseon.

He was born December 13, 1946, in Granite City, Illinois, to the late Bryan L. Waggoner Jr. and Carrie Jo Camp. On December 10, 1980, he married Sandra L. Childress, who survives along with his son, Bryan L. Waggoner IV, who is in the U.S. Navy stationed in Denver, Colorado; a brother, Gregory (Ginny) Waggoner; and sisters, Brenda (Don) Koertge and Linda Skillen.

Bryan graduated high school at age 17 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1964, where he served as an aviation supply storekeeper, Second Class (E-5). He attended Southern Illinois University with degrees in geography and psychology; Logan College of Chiropractic with B.S. degrees in anatomy and physiology and a doctorate of chiropractic. He also received master's of science degrees in biology and human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

He was a private practice chiropractor for over 37 years in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Ohio, spending over 23 years providing service in his Napoleon office. He served on the Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He also taught at Oklahoma State Community College and Northwest State Community College.

As a fourth-generation Mason, he attained the 32nd Masonic degree and served as master of Napoleon Lodge 256. He was past president of the 5th Masonic District Association, past vice president of Zenobia Corvairs, past vice president of Northwest Shrine Club, a member of Hillbilly Clan 75 and the R.O.J. Toledo Court 21. He was 2005 potentate of the Zenobia Shrine, and also served on the board of governors for Erie-Shriners Hospital for Children.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon. Entombment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens, rural Defiance, where military honors will be accorded by the Napoleon joint veteran posts. Visitation will be held today from 3-7 p.m. at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, with a Masonic service held at 6:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Erie-Shriners Hospital for Children. Leave online condolences at:

Illustrious Sir Dr. William C. Standring, PP

July 3, 1923 - May 15, 2015

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 1964

Illus. Sir Dr. William C. Standring, PP, 91, of Evansville, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, at his residence. He was born May 28, 1923, in Albion, Ill., to the late Garth B. and Pearl (Coale) Standring.

He attended Evansville College and graduated from Washington University School of Dentistry in St. Louis in 1948. He retired from the practice of dentistry in 1996 after 48 years, including two years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. He was founder and president of Sonitrol of Evansville. In 1964 he served as Potentate of Hadi Shrine, where he was Acts Chairman for the Shrine Circus for 35 years. He was instrumental in bringing a star attraction to the circus for 25 years. He was a member of the Hadi Oriental Band and the Hadi Highlanders. He played bagpipes for many area funerals. He was a member of the York Rite and belonged to the Scottish Rite and was a 33rd Degree Mason. He joined the Masonic Lodge at age 18 in Albion, Ill., and was a member of Lessing Masonic Lodge of Evansville. He was a member of the Sword of Bunker Hill, a past director and impresario of the Royal Order of Jesters, a member of the 34th Select Group, and the Evansville Country Club. He was also a past president of the Evansville Boys and Girls Club, where he received the Boys Club Medallion.

Dr. Standring is preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Standring, in 2006.

He is survived by son, Mark (Siobhan) Standring; daughter, Sharon (Hank) Lewis; grandchildren, Sam (Mollie) Standring, Coleen (Yen) Ho, and Sarah (Charles) Mereday; great-grandchildren, Chole, Sabrina, Audrey, Kiley, and Lane and Coale (twin boys born on his birthday).

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Alexander North Chapel, officiated by Pastor Mitch Stichler, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a Shrine walk through at 5 p.m. and Lessing Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 5:30 p.m.

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Illustrious Sir Robert "Bob" Henry, PP

-- -- 1929 - June 9, 2015

Potentate of Mocha Shrine - London, Ontario, Canada in 1989

Illus. Sir Robert "Bob" Henry, PP, 86, Passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Norma (nee Gray) for 56 years. Cherished father of Ronald and Dyanne (Glen). Loving Grandfather to Carling and Miranda. He will be missed by sister-in-laws Jean Beverly, Audrey Small and Shirley Livingston.

After graduating from Beck Collegiate in London, he spent his entire working career with the London Life Insurance Company, and retired at the management level. He worked through the London Life in many cities including New York, Philadelphia, Montreal and Toronto. In 1977, he was selected to attend the University of Western Ontario executive management program and spent the summer in resident with senior executives from North and South America. He was also one of four Canadians to serve on an international computer systems research committee for a six year period. Bob gave freely of his time serving as an early director of Big Brothers of London, Past President of the Data Processing Management Association, executive member of the Community Watch program, and Past President of his Federal Political Riding Association. He served in a leadership capacity with an annual Cancer Society fund raising project, and was Past President of his condominium corporation. Bob joined St. George's Lodge #42 in London in 1955, and the Mocha Shrine Temple in 1957. He was a very active member of the Mocha Shrine. After first joining the Mocha hospital entertainment committee where he showed films to the patients at the London Children's Hospital, he served in a number of leadership positions with the Shrine and had the privilege of serving as Potentate in 1989. In 1999, he was awarded with the Shrine's prestigious Thomas W. Melham Humanitarian Award.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff at Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion. Friends will be received by the family at A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, on Friday June 12, 2015, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held at Westmount Presbyterian Church, 521 Village Green Ave, London, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11 am. Private family interment at a later date. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation, 633 Colborne St #150, London, ON N6B 2V3 or Shriner's Hospital for Children, Canadian Unit, 468 Colborne Road, London ON N6B 2T3 or charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

Illustrious Sir Paul L. Sowders, PP

August 15, 1944 - June 16, 2015

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 2004

Illus. Sir Paul L. Sowders, PP, 70, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at his home with his wife and family present after a brave five year battle with cancer. He was born August 15, 1944, in Henderson, to the late E. Paul Sowders and Jimmie Louise Majors Jenkins. He resided in Evansville for the last 40 years.

Paul joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating from high school. He proudly served from 1962-1966. He would always remind everyone, "Once a Marine, always a Marine". He was a proud member of OPCMIA Local 692. He joined the Cement Masons in 1975, starting by finishing concrete. It was hard work, but he was very proud of his work. He loved to see all the places in the Evansville area that he helped build. He became the Organizer for the state-wide union in 1998, and retired as Business Agent in 2006.

He was raised a Master Mason in Reed Lodge #316 F&AM in March of 1980. He received his 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite in 1980, and became a member of Hadi Shrine the same year. Paul served as Master of Reed Lodge in 1999. He was Potentate of Hadi Shrine in 2004. He was a member, or honorary member, of many of the Hadi units, clubs and organizations. He was a Past Captain of the Arab Patrol.

Paul's other memberships included the Cabiri, Royal Order of Jesters Evansville Court 102, Kachina Klub, No Ruz Grotto, Sword of Bunker Hill, Evansville York Rite, Knights Templar, the Marine Corps League, Kentucky Colonel, American Legion post 44, Associate member of Fraternal Order of Police, Moose Lodge, and Evansville Past Masters Club.

His very special interests included enjoying his convertibles and making sure they were available if needed in the many parades the Shriners participated in. He loved to dance and would be the first on the dance floor. He loved dancing with young and old alike. He encouraged everyone to join in the fun. But his favorite partner was his wife. He loved to run twice a day, but later had to walk instead. He enjoyed exercising at the Deaconess Fitness Center and made many friends there. Paul was always present for his family and friends; being front and center when asked to lend a helping hand. He proudly officiated at the weddings of a few family and friends.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alvie Stone, Jr. and sister, Donna Stone Holmes.

He is survived by his loving wife Yolanda Sowders; sons Paul Kevin Sowders and Brian Foronda (Lisa Kaye); daughter, Amanda Beck (Robbie Hipkins); grandchildren, Nina Sowders, Lawrence Beck, Blaze Beck, Ash Hipkins, Derrick Foronda; great-grandchild, Zaiden Paul Foronda; and sisters, Louise Buckman(Carl), Elaine Hobbs (Billy), Judy Lemon (Darrel) and Lynn Kirchoff (Ralph).

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Saturday, June 20, at Alexander North Chapel, with entombment in Alexander Memorial Park, where military rites will be conducted. Visitation is Friday from 2:00PM to 8:00PM, with a Shrine Walk Through at 6:00PM and Masonic Service at 6:15PM.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to friends for their many expressions of concern and support. Thank you to Dr. Mark Browning and all the staff at Oncology, Hematology for their kindness. Dr. Browning tried so hard to make sure Paul had a good quality of life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hadi Transportation Fund or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at

Illustrious Sir Louis Holcman, Jr., PP

August 31, 1931 - June 17, 2015

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, Illinois in 2002

Illus. Sir Louis Holcman, Jr., PP, 83, Fairview Heights, Illinois, born Monday, August 31, 1931, in East Saint Louis, IL, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

Louis worked as an Engineer for Monsanto Chemical Company in Sauget, IL. He was a member of O’Fallon Masonic Lodge #576 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, received his MSA in 2002 and the honorary 33 Degree on 8/29/2006, Ainad Shrine, Past Potentate in 2002, Director Staff, Hospital Unit, Krazy Klowns, Ma-Cli-Bo, Legion of Honor, Past President Uniform Units, numerous other Shrine Clubs and Units and the American Legion Post #351 of New Baden, IL. Louis was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

He was preceded in death by his Wife: Shirley A. nee Murphy, Holcman, Father: Louis Holcman, Sr., Mother: Mary nee Lambert, Denny, Step-Father: Thomas A. Denny, Brother: Robert E. Denny, 2 Sisters.

Surviving are his Daughters, Ruth M. (Michael) Warner of New Baden, IL, Debbie (John) Kuester of North Port, FL, Grandchildren, Christina (Dale) Schmidt, Maggie Benedict, Jonathon Kuester, Louis (Jaymee) Warner, Anthony (Rosalena) Warner, Great-Grandchildren, Drake Schmidt, Aurora Warner, Elena Warner,

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL. A Director’s Staff and Legion of Honor walk-through will be held at 7:15 pm followed by a Masonic Service at 7:30 pm.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, June 22, 2015 at Kurrus Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Illustrious Sir Leonard W. "Jake" Haines, PP

October 9, 1931 - July 4, 2015

Potentate of Tadmor Shrine - Akron, Ohio in 1980

IIllus. Sir Leonard W. "Jake" Haines, PP, age 83, of Canton died peacefully in his residence on July 4th. Born in Canton to the late William L. and Minota (Thompson) Haines he was a graduate of Lehman High School attended Kent State University, and was retired for Haines & Company.

A Navy Veteran having served during the Korean War, Jake was a member of Trinity Lodge # 710 F & AM, Stark Consistory York Rite Bodies, Royal Order of Jesters, Tadmor Temple where he served as Potentate in 1980, Emeritus member of Board of Governors Shriners Hospital Erie, PA, Past president of North Canton Heritage Society, and former member of North Canton Jaycees.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister: Mary McGeorge, brother William K. Haines and a grandson Zachary Moorhead. He is survived by his wife: Mary of the residence. Three daughters: Maggi (Dan) Hunt of Loveland, OH, Julie (Robert) Moorhead of Cincinnati, OH, and Molly Haines of Canton. Two step daughters: Emily (Jim) Maas of Arlington, TX, and Laura (Jack) Morris of Haiku, HI. Six grandchildren: Emily (Jeff) Bernardi, Jeff (Cassandra) Hunt, Alex (Liz) Hunt, Tyler Hunt, Anna Moorhead, Mai-Ling Maas. He was a very proud great grandfather of 6 grandchildren: Lucas, Myles, Coraline, Grayson, Guinevere and Amelia. Sister: Nancy Jo Brannick of Canton and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.

A Masonic Funeral Service will be Thursday 12 Noon in the Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home 4817 Cleveland Ave N.W. where friends may call from 10 to 11:45 A.M. A private interment will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children c/o Tadmor Shriners 3000 Krebs Dr. Akron, OH 44319. Please sign the guest book.

Illustrious Sir Lawrence Ray Radliff, PP

March 5, 1938 - July 23, 2015

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, Illinois in 2001

Illus. Sir Lawrence Ray Radliff, PP, of Vandalia, passed away at 9:31 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015 at home.

A service to celebrate Ray's life will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Unity Baptist Church Vandalia, Hwy 185 location (formerly Temple Baptist Church) Burial will follow in Griffith Cemetery Brownstown, Il with military honors. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00pm, Monday, July 27, 2015 at Unity Baptist Church Vandalia, Hwy 185 location and 1 hour prior to services Tuesday. Masonic Services will be held at 7:00pm, Monday, July 28, 2015 at Unity Baptist Church Vandalia, Hwy 185 location. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital. Hohlt & File Funeral Home of Vandalia in charge of arrangements, online condolences available at

Mr. Radliff was born in Fayette County in 1938, one of seven children. He attended schools in Four Mile, Brownstown and Vandalia. After graduation, he served four years in the United States Air Force, then returned home to attend Millikin University in Decatur, where he was a member of the 1961 undefeated Millikin University Big Blue football team, receiving a bachelor of science degree in economics and finance in 1964. He later served on the Board of Trustees for Millikin University.

Upon graduation, Mr. Radliff worked for a family oil business. In 1971, Radliff Drilling Company, an oil exploration and production company, was founded by Mr. Radliff. In 1977, the business was incorporated. The company sold its equipment in 1994, but still continued to explore and drill wells.

In 1971, Mr. Radliff was appointed to the board of directors of The First National Bank of Vandalia. Mr. Radliff was elected to the position of president and chief executive office of the bank from late 1987-1990. He was elected as chairman of the board of directors in 1988 and served through 2010

He was very active in community, political and petroleum related endeavors.. His earlier involvement includes: President of the Vandalia Jaycees, a two-term member of the City Council, member of the Vandalia School Board, member of the Economic Development Commission and retired member of the Vandalia Fire Department, Moose, Eagles and AMVETS, 51-year member of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association and served as president of the organization from 1975-1977. In 1972, he was appointed by Governor Walker as the Official Representative of the State of Illinois to the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, rising to Vice-Chairman under Governor Edwards of Louisiana.

A special interest of Mr. Radliff is the Shriners. In 2001, he became the Potentate of Ainad temple, which includes all of Southern Illinois. The critical goal of the Shriners is helping children with special needs. In 2002, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

Apart from his work and community activities, he has flown hot air balloons and sky-dived. He enjoyed water and snow skiing, along with boating. He also performed in and drove for the Tom and Larry Holden Thrill Shows.

Mr. Radliff has three sons, Jon, (Mary) of Traverse City, Michigan; Mike, (Robin Lowry) of Vandalia, Illinois; and Bryan, (Lisa Peyton) of Layton Utah. He has eightgrandchildren, Christopher Radliff, (Kristen), of Niceville Florida; Brittney Radliff Whisman, (John) of El Paso, Texas; and Sabrina Radliff of Layton, Utah; Lauren Radliff Sczurko (Aaron) of O'Fallon, Illinois and Luke Radliff of Chicago, Illinois, ten great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren Jessica Gapinski; Alicia Myatt; and, Erica Armock.

Mr. Radliff is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Dees of Vandalia, Illinois and Lorraine McKee of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents Vivian and Eva (McMillan) Radliff; brothers Carole, Troy and Charles and sister Gail Mottern.

Visitation: 5:00-8:00pm, Monday, July 27, 2015 at Unity Baptist Church Vandalia, Hwy 185 location and 1 hour prior to services at the church Tuesday.

Masonic Service: 7:00pm, Monday, July 27, 2015 at Unity Baptist Church Vandalia, Hwy 185 location.

Funeral: 10:00am, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Unity Baptist Church Vandalia, Hwy 185 location.

Illustrious Sir William Taylor "Bill" Harris, PP

January 28th, 1928 - September 5, 2015

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 1991

Illus. Sir William Taylor "Bill" Harris PP, passed away Saturday, Sept 5th, 2015. Arrangements for Illustrious Sir William "Bill" Harris (1991) who passed away Saturday, Sept 5th, 2015 are as follows:

There will be a "Celebration of Life" for Ill. Sir William T. Harris. This event will take place on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home, 820 Miamisburg - Centerville Rd. ( State Rte. 725 ) from 5 - 8 PM.

At 7:00 PM, Ill. Sir Ben Hardin, 33 degree will offer a prayer and his remarks. He will then call upon the immediate family and others in attendance for their remarks.

Remarks will be followed by Masonic Services of Alpha Lodge #729 and the Scottish Rite Ring Service. The Masonic Brothers in attendance are encouraged to participate.

Light refreshments will be available following the "Celebration of Life" service.

Please continue to keep Lois and the Harris Family in your thoughts and prayers.


Kevin G Sweeney - Potentate

Antioch Shrine

Illustrious Sir Chester L. "Chet" Simon, PP

February 28, 1937 - October 6, 2015

Potentate of Mizpah Shrine - Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2002

Illus. Sir Chester L. "Chet" Simon, PP, 78, of Columbia City, died at 10:38 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Lutheran Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born February 28, 1937 in Whitley County, Indiana a son of J. Howard and Dorothy A. (Hile) Simon. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City High School.

From 1956 until 1959 he served in the United States Army.

On August 4, 1957 he was united in marriage to Joan F. Krider.

He retired in 1996 from Dana Corp. with 35 years of service.

His memberships include Due Guard Lodge #278 F. & A.M., Mizpah Shrine where he was a past potentate, Whitley County Shrine Club where he served as past president, 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Columbia City Order of the Eastern Star #65, Chapter Dad for Columbia City DeMolay for 16 years, YOSHI, Hillbilly Clan #95, SAMSAR and Antique Power Club, Columbia Township Advisory Board and was attending First Church of God.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Joan; two children, Deliela M. (Ed) Banks and Joseph L. (Sally) Simon, both of Columbia City; six grandchildren, James Banks, Chad Banks, Bradley Banks, Nicole Tucker, Heather Parish and Adam Simon; 14 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Lucille Trimmer and D. Jean Leininger, both of Columbia City.

His parents and a brother, J. Charles Simon, preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in South Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 7 p.m. Friday followed by O.E.S. Service, 33rd Degree, MSA Scottish Rite Service and Masonic Service.

Preferred memorials are to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Illustrious Sir Robert F. Avery, PP

Aug. 27, 1925 - Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Peoria, Illinois in 1993

Illus. Sir Robert F. Avery, PP, 90, of Peoria, died at 2:02 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in the emergency room at Unitypoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.

Robert was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Chicago to Frederick John and Grace Reeda. He married Brenda Epley on Feb. 20, 1991. She survives.

He was predeceased by his previous wives, the mothers of his children, Helen Dodds and Suzanne Mellenbeck, and granddaughter, Meredith Avery, age 20.

He is survived by his children, Melissa Avery-Schnoes (Randy) of Minneapolis, Donald Avery (Fara) of Dublin, Ga., Ann Avery-Henn (Mark) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Valerie Ellen Lewis (Mark) of Trivoli; and stepson, Daren Epley (Patricia) of Peoria. He is also survived by six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and brothers, George Avery and John Avery.

Bob joined the Navy at age 17 and fought in the Mediterranean area during WWII and LST 561 1942 to 1946. He worked as an I.R. with the Boy Scouts of America eight years when Don was a boy.

His Masonic affiliations are Illinois Blue Lodge, Most Wise Master 1982, Mohammed Shrine Temple, 17 years on the Patrol, 12 years Potentates Aide and Potentate in 1993. He founded the Mohammed Flying Nobles in 1977. He was a 40-year member of the Royal Order of Jesters.

After retirement from Sprinkmann Insulation he volunteered as an escort at Proctor Hospital.

He was a member of Mt. Hawley Country Club and was an elder at the Arcadia Presbyterian Church (now United Presbyterian).

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Unitypoint Health-Methodist Hospice, especially to Laura.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at United Presbyterian at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior at the church.

Memorials may be made to Mohammed Shrine or the Boys & Girls Club in his name.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Published in Peoria Journal Star from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2015

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