Illustrious Sir John E. Martin, PP

July 13, 1940 - January 10, 2017

Potentate of Medinah Shrine - Addison, Illinois in 2005

Illus. Sir John E. Martin, PP, age 76, was born July 13, 1940 in Chicago IL, and passed away Jan. 10, 2017 in Plano, TX. Resident of Frisco, TX and formerly Schaumburg, IL.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of 55 years, his daughter Stacey Johnson, son-in-law Dave Johnson, son Bradley (fiancee Lindsay) and beloved granddaughters Chelsea, Kendall and Rylie Johnson. John was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister and nephew. John was a proud graduate of Lane Tech High School (1959) and attended Northern Illinois University. He was Owner and President of J.E.Martin & Associates where his customers and manufacturers became his dear friends.

John became a Master Mason in 1963 and went on to become a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and a member of Medinah Shrine. He joined the Arab Patrol and became Potentate of Medinah in 2005. He also belonged to Barrington Lodge #522, Northwest Suburban Shrine Club, Board of Governors Shrine Hospital for Children- Chicago and Royal Order of Jesters.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday January 29, 2017 at 11:00a.m. at the Medinah Shrine Center, 550 Shriners Dr., Addison, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Kennedys Disease Association, or Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago,

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 22, 2017

Illustrious Sir Horace "Hank" Gladney, PP

January 6, 1934 - March 21, 2017

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 1996

Illus. Sir Horace "Hank" Gladney, PP, age 83, of Beavercreek, passed away on March 21, 2017.

Hank was born on January 6, 1934 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was devoted to his family, learning, the Masons, the Shrine Organization of North America and its Children along with his Country.

Hank graduated from Ocean Springs Public High School (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) in 1951 and earned his Eagle Scout honor in 1952 by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Post high school studies included enrollment at Mississippi State College earning a Bachelor of Science in Entomology. While at Mississippi State he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and president of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Society. In 1955 from Mississippi State he was Commissioned to the United States Air Force from the ROTC Program. Additional academics took place at the Squadrons Officer School (1962) in Montgomery Alabama, Kansas State University (1965) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and the Air Force Institute of Technology (1970) earning a Master of Science degree in Systems Management.

Hank started his Masonic Career in March 1965 as a member of the McLoed Lodge 424 in Ocean Springs Mississippi. He was raised a Master Mason by his father, Horace Gladney, Sr., in December 1965. He later transferred his membership to the Knollwood Lodge 774 in Beavercreek Ohio, serving as Master in 2000. Accomplishments in Masonry included memberships in the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Knights Templar.

Hank started his dedication to the Shrine Organization of North America and its Children in 1959 as a member of Naja Temple in Deadwood, South Dakota. He later transferred his membership to Antioch Shrine in Dayton, Ohio (1981) eventually becoming Potentate of Antioch Temple in 1996. During his years within the Antioch Temple organization, he served as membership Chairperson from 1992-2008. Additional roles within the Shrine Organization of North America included service as president of the Shrine Patrol Association of North America in 2002-2003 (SPANA) and Director General to the President of the Shrine Circus Association of North America in 2004 (SCANA).

Hank was also an active member of the Royal Order of the Jesters (R.O.J.). He served as Impresario Emeritus from 2001-2012.

Hank served his country as an officer in the United States Air Force for 23 years retiring in 1978 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the USAF, he was a member of the 77th Bombardment Squadron and the 28th Bombardment Wing as navigator and crew member on the B52. During his service, he was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Hank’s additional talents and hobbies included having mastered the art of the profound and often times hilarious one-liner, the gift of wondering off as the “Phantom” with the parting comment, “I’ll be back in a minute!”, identifying every bug known to man under the title of “The Bugologist”, pondering a process for days, months, sometimes years before making a decision, and mastering the use, or over use, of scratch paper to solve math problems. In addition, he loved history to include the classic Western movies, his garden plots, the pipe, his mechanical pencil and eraser, a tasty Manhattan and the McDonalds’ fish sandwich and chocolate shake.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Henrietta Gladney.

Hank leaves behind his beloved wife of 56 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Gladney; son Scott (Amy) Gladney; daughter Susan (Randy) Woods; grandson Christopher Gladney; and granddaughter Rachel Gladney and friend Duane. He is also survived by many loving nephews and nieces: Tam, Wendie (Fred), Ike (Becky), Denise (Rick), Donnie (Pat), Demaire (Terry), and Buck (Bindy).

Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm with Masonic and Scottish Rights Services beginning at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Newcomer Funeral Home Beavercreek, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Road Beavercreek, OH 45432.

Funeral services with full Military Honors will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:30 am at the funeral home, Newcomer Funeral Home of Beavercreek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Antioch Shrine Foundation or Children’s Shrine Hospital Fund.

Illustrious Sir Mike Schnapp, PP

August 8, 1941 - May 31, 2017

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine, Perrysburg, Ohio in 2007

Illus. Sir Michael E. Schnapp, PP, age 75, died peacefully on May 31, 2017 at Flower Hospital. Born August 8, 1941, the eldest of three boys born to Helen M. (Papenfuse) and Bernard R. Schnapp, Mike attended the south-end St. James grade school. He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio as a freshman, but enrolled as a sophomore at Central Catholic, from which he graduated in 1959. He enjoyed being a manager of the football team. He was included in the induction of the Central Catholic Hall of Fame with the 1959 18-0 basketball team.

He engaged in most sports . . . never scored a touchdown, never hit a home run and no one can attest to his ever scoring a basket (free throw, maybe). He bowled for thirty years, never had a 300 (280) or a 700 (680). He loved scouting, Troop #127 (Ad Altari Dei).

Mike worked at Tiedtke’s and Owens Corning before beginning a printing apprenticeship at the Toledo Blade, where he was employed for 38 years. He was a member of Toledo Typographical Union #63 and a member of The Toledo Newspaper Guild. For several years, he was correspondent to the Toledo Union Journal as the writer for Local #63’s ‘PiLines’ column. He also served for a short time as the editor of the Elk’s ‘Eleventh Hour News”.

He married the former Ruth Schlachter in 1962, resulting in four children, Jeffrey (Barb), Jennifer Schnapp-Jacobs (Jeff), Jerry (Lisa) and Jon. Their relationships resulted in twelve grandchildren; Rebecca, Heather, Allison and Zachary; Justin and Joel; Seancy, Marissa, Skylar, Bailey and Brandon; and Mackenzie. The marriage ended in 1982.

Mike married Susan Mierzwiak in 1987. The couple traveled extensively with Shriners groups, and independently to Hawaii, Rome, Barcelona, Nice, and Venice.

He became a Master Mason in 1979 and a Zenobia Shriner in 1985. After an eleven-year stint as the editor of Zenobia’s newspaper, The Hadji, becoming Editor Emeritus, and serving the Shrine in many offices, he became Zenobia Potentate (president) in 2007. He was a member of Damascus-Collingwood Lodge #643 F&AM, an honorary member of Rubicon Lodge #237. Mike was a member of Zenobia’s Director’s Staff (past president), Findlay Clowns, Cabiri #8, Wood County Shrine Club (past president), Hillbillies, Fucowee Tribe, Pharaohs. He was an honorary member of the Legion of Honor, the Evzones, Highlanders and Temple Guards. He was a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo; Fort Miami/Calumet Chapter #191; Toledo Council # 33, R. & S. M.; and a member of Toledo Commandery No. 7, Knights Templar. He was a member of The Royal Order of Jesters and a Kachina. He belonged to Toledo Elks Lodge #53, and was a member of The National Order of Turtles, Pond #1. He was a supporter and former Board Member of the Browning Masonic Community. He was an ESGR (DoD) volunteer.

Mike had been perceived as the first ‘Honor Flight’ instigator. Returning home from a 2004 dinner meeting in Findlay, he told his wife, Susan, he was uncomfortable about a conversation he had had with friend, Glen Robinson, a 94-year old veteran, who expressed doubt that he would ever see the WWII Memorial. Susan encouraged him to take action, whereupon he enlisted the financial support of the Findlay Shrine groups and Zenobia’s Legion of Honor (veterans group). He bought airline tickets and arranged a Washington escort through Congress’ Marcy Kaptur’s office. He enlisted fellow Findlay Shrine Club member, Richard Kelley, to accompany Glen. The flight departed from Toledo, August 18, 2004 with a Ms. Kaptur sendoff. Honor Flight Northwest Ohio began flights in April of 2008.

In 2001, he established, in conjunction with the Shriner’s Burns Awareness Week, a night to honor local firemen. In 2003, Zenobia president, the late Dr. Patrick Pope, requested Dr. Jerry Argabrite to carry on the program to become a Firefighter’s Awards Night, which featured the giving of awards for heroism, innovation and longevity. Those awards were presented by local television celebrities, Toledo mayors and State Rep. Teresa Fedor.

He was a strong supporter of most Central Catholic athletics, especially his “grandsons”, the Irish Wrestling Team.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ronald B., and nephew, Cletus.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Susan. Also surviving are his children, twelve grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; brother, Steven L., sister-in-law, Michelle, and former wife, Ruth (Schlachter). Also, Godchildren, Michelle Heskett, Cheryl Kamencka, Frank M. Incorvaia, Richard Schnapp, and Jay Mierzwiak.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Road on Sunday, June 4 from 2-8 p.m. with at Masonic Service at 7. The funeral service will begin in the mortuary on Monday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m. with the funeral mass to begin at 10:00 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses, doctors, medical assistants, and dietician for their knowledge, kindness, and compassion as we navigated through these past two years.

Tributes may be made in the form of donations to Cincinnati Shriner’s Burns Hospital or to the Shriner’s Red Sneaker Fund for burns research.

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Illustrious Sir Robert Lee Peacock, PP

August 19, 1938 - July 12, 2017

Potentate of Syrian Shrine, Cincinnati, Ohio in 2007

Illus. Sir Robert Lee Peacock, PP, age 78, of Morgan Township, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Mercy Hospital West. He was born on August 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Phillip and Catherine (Jovanovich) Peacock.

He graduated from Loveland High School and on May 12, 1962, he married Phyllis Hill at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1965 where he was an aid to General Curtis LeMay.

He was a farrier and was a member of many farrier organizations, including the International Horse Shoeing Farriers Hall of Fame, and had many patents related to the industry. He was a member of Western Hills-Cheviot Lodge #140 F&AM and a life member of the Syrian Temple where he was past Potentate in 2007.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Peacock; three children, Kimberly (Charles) Garn, Michael (Missy Jo) Peacock, and Matthew (Rachel) Peacock; nine grandchildren, Katherine, Karla, Kristin, Karen, Thomas, Eric, Gavin, Grace, and Griffin; one sister, Phyllis (Donald) Fuller; and many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Mitchell Peacock.

Funeral services will be held at Northwest Community Church, 8735 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Burial will follow in Bridgetown Cemetery. Immediately following the burial there will be a visitation and celebration of Bob’s life at Receptions Banquet Hall, 3302 Westbourne Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45248.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Illustrious Sir Frank C. Pickett, PP

April 19, 1931 - July 29, 2017

Potentate of Ansar Shrine, Springfield, Illinois in 1986

Illus. Sir Frank C. Pickett, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 19, 1931 in Pleasant Plains, IL, the son of the late William Ernest and Dorothy Elizabeth (Gray) Pickett. He married Alice Lynn on January 2, 1952 in Springfield and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Alice, he is survived by a son, William Michael (wife Rene) Pickett of Springfield; his daughter Patricia Louise Kuhn of Springfield; 3 grandchildren, Andrea Kuhn, Alison Kuhn, and Joseph Kuhn, all of Springfield; his brother Ernest Lee (wife Jean) Pickett of New Berlin, IL; his sister Marilyn Pickett of Springfield; his nephews William Pickett and Ernest Lee (wife Sara) Pickett, Jr; his niece Jody (husband Geoff) Sarginson; and several great nephews and nieces.

Frank farmed on Koke Mill Road with his father for the first 30 years of his life. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 as an aircraft and engine mechanic and instructor. Following his military service, he joined the Sangamon County Sheriff's office and achieved the post of Deputy Sheriff. For 34 years, he worked as Sangamon County Zoning Administrator, retiring from that position in 1992.

He was active in many Masonic organizations throughout his life, including Tyrian Masonic Lodge 333 AF & AM. He was a life member in both Ansar Shrine, serving as Potentate in 1986, and the Legion of Honor, serving as Adjutant for many years and participating in the LoH Championship Close Order Drill Team. He was a member of VFW Post 755 and American Legion Post 32.

Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home in Springfield.

Frank's family welcomes friends and family to attend a celebration of life ceremony on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 5 to 7P.M. at Athens Christian Church, 1441 IL Rt. 29, Athens, IL, where he was a member. Masonic services will be held briefly at 6P.M. A Memorial service, also at the church, will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 with visitation at 10A.M., followed by services officiated by Rev. Ken Gennicks at 11A.M..

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO., or to the Athens Christian Church Building Fund. Visit where tributes and condolences may be left for Frank's family.

Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2017

Illustrious Sir Steve Maynard, PP

June 26, 1934 - Sept. 12, 2017

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 2004

Illus. Sir Steve Maynard, PP, age 83, passed away on Sept. 12, 2017.

Born in 1934 to George and Mary Maynard, Steve grew up in Naugatuck, West Virginia. He graduated from Lenore High School in 1951, and married his childhood friend, Vivian Crum Maynard, in 1955.

After moving to Dayton, Steve attended Wright State University and worked for General Motors. He later went on to work for the City of Dayton for 38 years - retiring as Superintendent, Water Distribution in 1995.

Steve was an active member of Alpha Lodge 729, the Scottish Rite and Dayton Antioch Shrine. He served in the Antioch Marching Patrol and was Antioch Potentate in 2004. He also served as a board member of Our Common Heritage - a proud salute to his Appalachian roots.

A small town boy from West Virginia, Steve was able to travel and experience the world. He snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, zip lined across Caribbean islands, sailed around the tip of South America and walked the Great Wall of China. He was funny and fun-loving, and never afraid to be the first one on the dance floor.

Through it all, Steve never met a stranger. He was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, leader and friend. He will be missed so much by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Vivian; son, Rick (Teresa); grandson, Matthew; and many other relatives and friends.

Illustrious Sir George Kenneth "Kenny" Judd Jr., PP

August 24, 1928 - September, 28, 2017

Potentate of Ansar Shrine, Springfield, Illinois in 1983

Springfield, IL - Illus. Sir George Kenneth "Kenny" Judd, Jr., PP, 89, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away at 3:04 pm Thursday, September, 28, 2017 at Concordia Village.

Kenny was born August 24, 1928 the son of George Kenneth and Helen (Robb) Judd Sr. He married Anna M. Hayden in Springfield, March 5, 1949 and she preceded him in death September 5, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Gerald L. Judd, and Donald Judd, and his sister, Eleanor Richter.

Kenny was vice-president at Booth and Thomas Plumbing and Heating Wholesale Supply who merged with King-Piper. He retired from there and then worked part time at S&K Pontiac-Buick. He was an active and devoted member of Tyrian Lodge 333 AF&AM, the Ansar Shrine, Springfield Consistory, Scottish Rite, Legion of Honor, Jesters CT 20 and served as Potentate in 1983. He was a dedicated NASCAR and Sprint Car racing fan for many years.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. The family wishes to express great thanks and gratitude to the Concordia Assisted Living and REACH Program as well as Janet Ziegler, RN.

Visitation and Service: The Judd family will receive friends from 10:00 am until 11:30 am Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield. Tyrian Lodge #333 AF&AM will conduct Masonic rites at 11:30 am at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow with Rev. Vaughn Beeman officiating.

Burial will follow in Old Salem Cemetery, west of Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110

Bisch Funeral Home West is honored to serve the family of Kenny Judd. 544-5424

Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2017

Illustrious Sir Orville Edward Hommert, PP

October 31, 1925 - October 29, 2017

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, IL in 1989

Illus. Sir Orville Edward Hommert, PP, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:22 a.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home.

He was born October 31, 1925 in Granite City, the son of the late Edward and Elsa (Bashick) Hommert.

Orville married Catherine A. “Katie” (Colligan) Hommert on November 1, 1947 at the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City and she survives.

He retired in 1980 from the United States Postal Service after 37 years of dedicated service as a mail carrier. He was a member of the United States Postal Workers Union for 70 years.

The United States Air Force Veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He flew 35 missions and had received an Air Medal, two Bronze Stars and other medals and recognitions. He enjoyed being active with the 15th Air Force Reunion Club and attending the annual gatherings throughout the years.

He was a member of the Granite City Masonic Lodge #877, Masonic Lodge Low Club, the Shriner’s and the Jester’s. He enjoyed his years with the Madison County Geneology Society and was a life member of the National Rifle Association. Orville was known as the “Park Angel” for his dedication in keeping the litter picked up in the park. He enjoyed photography, target shooting and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 70 years, he is survived by a son, John E. Hommert of Ballwin, Missouri; two grandsons, Brian and Crystal Hommert of Granite City and Andy Hommert of Monroe City, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Matthew Hommert and Rachel Hommert; cousins, June and Marsh Mussay, Earl and Marcie Buenger, Karen Cornell and Martin and Carole Cornell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward and Betty Colligan, Doris Colligan, Mary Sido, Patricia and Richard Vorwald and Margaret Zagar; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Jester’s walk through at 7:13 p.m. and Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m.

A funeral service will held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:00 noon with Reverend Karla Frost officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Illustrious Sir William "Bill" Henry Piper, PP

August 4, 1930 - October 30, 2017

Potentate of Ainad Shrine - East St. Louis, IL in 1990

Illus. Sir William Henry "Bill" Piper, PP, 87, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 11:08 P.M. October 30, 2017 at Green Tree in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born August 4, 1930 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Henry Downer and Dorothy Louise (McLaughlin) Piper. He married Mary Marguerite Dare on February 7, 1948 in Nashville, Illinois.

Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Marguerite Piper of Mount Vernon, Illinois; sons, Benny Eugene Piper and wife, Sheila of Mount Vernon, Illinois and William Bradley Piper of Fort Myers, Florida; grandsons, Todd Alan Piper and wife, Gail of Mount Vernon, Illinois and Ryan Glen Piper and wife, Stephanie of Mount Vernon, Illinois; great grandchildren, Benjamin Charles Piper, Christopher Hoyt Piper, Maggie Michelle Piper, and Eli Glen Piper; brother, Thomas Piper and wife, Cuma of Mount Vernon, Illinois; and sister, Nancy Phillips and husband, Joe of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Mr. Piper was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Mike Piper; sisters, Mary Ann Linn and Janice Shurtz; and grandson, Christopher Eugene Piper.

Bill’s hobbies included, tractor pulling, boat racing, hunting, fishing, bowling, playing golf, and watching NASCAR racing. Bill and Marguerite farmed for many years, he was a Landman for several oil companies, and had his own timber business. He was a member of Central Christian Church, a Past Master of Jefferson Lodge #638, Past President of Jefferson County Shrine Club, Past President of Jefferson County Krazy Klowns, and original founder of Jefferson Chapter #686 O.E.S. He was a past member of White Shrine of Jerusalem, Past President of Eagles, Past President of Demolay Advisory Board, Secretary and Charter Member of Dodds Pendleton Coal Association, a Kentucky Colonel, past member of Jesters, and first volunteer of Jefferson Fire District. He was nominated for Outstanding Young Farmers of Illinois, was a past member of Mount Vernon YMCA board, past member of Farm Bureau, member of Surround of Bunker Hill, member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite, and a 4-H Club Leader for several years. He was a Former member of the Moose Lodge and past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge # 819, a member of the Local Musicians Union, member and Past Potentate of Ainad Temple of East Saint Louis, Illinois, and won the Lifetime Member Award TSAP.

Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, November 3, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Shrine Walk Through will be held at 7:30 P.M. Friday during the visitation. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 4, 2017 at the Chapel at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois with Mr. Randy Sells officiating. Interment: Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Memorials: Ainad Shrine

Illustrious Sir Thomas V. Schoff, PP

April 9, 1941 - December 2, 2017

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Oh in 2010

Illus. Sir Thomas V. Schoff, 76, passed away December 2, 2017 surrounded by wife, Collette, and his loving family. Tom was born the son of Bill and Geraldine Schoff on April 9, 1941 in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Tom spent his career in law enforcement serving proudly on the Champaign County Sheriff's Department, Columbus Children's Hospital, the State of Ohio and the McDonald Funeral Home. He is a member of the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, served on various local boards and was President of the Mechanicsburg Village Council.

Tom was a 33 Degree Mason, and Past Potentate of the Antioch Shrine of Dayton. He received the 2017 Champaign County Shriner of the Year Award. He was also elected Vice President of the Antioch Shrine Foundation. Tom served as a member of the York Rite, Member of the Star Chapter #126 - Royal Arch Masons and Imperial Captain Guard Aide Committee and Caroline Chapter #39 Order of Eastern Star. In the Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, Tom served in several capacities including Ambassador and Member of the Champaign County 32 Club. Tom was a Member of the Royal Jesters, Court No. 10, Past President of the Champaign County Shrine Club, and Member of the Logan County Shrine Club. Tom was also a Master Mason of the Indian Lake Lodge #722 and current member of the Mechanicsburg Lodge #113, serving as Worshipful Master in 1998.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother William (Bill) Schoff, and parents-in-law, Howard and Agnes Cretcher.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, Tom is survived by their children, Julie (Mike) Jones and children Jordan and Jake Kielich and Evan and Nick Jones of Mechanicsburg; Cherie (Joshua) Moore and children Elliott, Brookelyn, Katelyn, Ali and Lily of Mechanicsburg; Thomas B. (Mary) Schoff and children Jackie Schoff of Sarasota, FL, Casey (Janelle) Schoff parents of Tom's great grand-children Riley, Carson and Madeline of Michigan; Tara (Rick) Whittaker and children Dylan and Conner; Traci (Steve) Douberly and children Regan and Spencer; Toni (Stan) Carter and children Alexa McGowan and Cole McGowan, and brother-in-law Dr. Keith (Gail) Cretcher of California.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-7 PM on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, 50 N. Main Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044. A celebration of Tom's life will begin at 7:00 PM with Rev. Mimi Ault officiating and Masonic Honors opening the service. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family in DeGraff, Ohio. Services are entrusted to SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Shriner's Hospital, c/o Antioch Shrine, 107 E. First St., Dayton, OH 45402 or the Children's Dyslexia Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, OH 45405 in memory of Thomas Schoff.

Pall Bearers are Mike Jones, Josh Moore, Jake Kielich, Will Link, Brent Zimmerman, Bob Keene, Greg Kielich and Rocky Kelly.

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