Illustrious Sir William Myron 'Bill' Campbell Jr., PP

September 26, 1946 - March 07, 2019

Potentate of Zorah Shrine - Terre Haute, Indiana in 1992

Illus. Sir William Myron "Bill" Campbell, Jr., PP, 72, of Terre Haute, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

He was born September 26, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to William Mryon Campbell and Clara Bernice Kirkpatrick Campbell.

Bill was a 1964 graduate of Garfield High School. He served in the United States Army Reserve and was deployed to active duty and stationed in Alaska. During his service in Alaska, he developed what would be a lifelong interest in Alaska and gold mining. Bill was able to return to Alaska in 2014.

He graduated from Indiana State University in 1978 and began teaching at West Vigo High School in 1982. He taught there until his retirement in 2010, serving as the West Vigo High School teacher and Vocational Department chairman. Bill had a major influence on his many students, including being famous for winning the canned food drives. He was responsible for creating the RATPACK at West Vigo. Some of Bill's other interests included NASCAR, hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge F & AM, Social Lodge #86, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine, serving as Potentate in 1992, and Royal Order of Jesters Court #45, currently serving as impresario.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marilyn Jane Law Campbell, who he married January 27, 1968, in Oxford, Indiana; his daughter, Lynette Lee Campbell Hubbuch (Christopher); his siblings, Sharon Lee Ruddock, Myra Gayle Shew (Loren Ray) and Michael Andrew Campbell; his grandchildren, Lauren Lee Hubbuch and Christopher Andrew Campbell Hubbuch; his nieces and nephews, Donna Adams, Thomas Ruddock, John Ruddock, Rayetta Ferguson, Michael Shew, Daniel Shew, Julie Doane and Jessica Doane; and his brother and sister-in-law, Howard and June Boor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Elsa Alberta Doane and Mark Daniel Campbell; and his brothers-in-law, George Thomas Ruddock and Charles Herschel Doane.

Services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 North 3rd Street, West Terre Haute, Indiana. Pastor Bob Roush will be officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2019. from 4 to 7 p.m. and again Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Masonic services will be performed by F & AM, Social Lodge #86 at 7 p.m. on Friday. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at:

Illustrious Sir Thomas J. Colburn, PP

October 27, 1937 - March 15, 2019

Potentate of Aladdin Shrine - Columbus, Ohio in 2000

Illus. Sir Thomas J. Colburn, 81, of of Westerville, OH died at 12:15 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019.

He was born on October 27, 1937 in Adrian, MI to the late Milton and Ellen (Hoffman) Colburn. On May 17, 1976, he married Becky S. Harden and together they shared over 42 years.

He retired from Columbia Hydrocarbon and one of his greatest honors was to be the Potentate of The Aladdin Temple in 2000. He belonged to many clubs: Masonic, Ambassadors, Jesters, Chanters, Provost and 32nd Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Russell Colburn; sister, Marilyn Cosner and brother, Allen Colburn. He will be missed by wife, Becky Colburn; children, Shelley (Ron) Lauttamus of Westerville, Scott (Mindy) Colburn of Hilliard and Todd (Leigh) Colburn of Powell; grandchildren, Megan and Jack Lauttamus and Carey and Sally Colburn. He has one brother, Milton (Glenda) Colburn of Streetsboro and a sister, Ann (Jack) Ruscilli of Columbus and a sister-in-law, Mary Colburn of Findlay, with many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. A Jester Rose Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. On Thursday, March 21, a funeral service will be officiated by Richard Westinghouse at 10 a.m. with a Masonic Service starting at 9:30 a.m. . Newcomer Funeral Home will open at 9 a.m. and is located at 3047 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43231. Interment will be at Blendon Central Cemetery, Westerville, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Aladdin Temple for Children.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 18, 2019

Illustrious Sir Robert Ronald York, PP

May 20, 1947 - May 12, 2019

Potentate of Orak Shrine - Michigan City, Indiana in 2017 & 2018

Illus. Sir Robert Ronald York, PP, 71, of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 12, 2019 with loving family at his side.

Robert Ronald York was born on May 20, 1947 in Bangor, Maine to the late Ronald Alonzo and Catherine Louise York and was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Constance Joan York, whom he married on Sept. 5, 1967. He is survived by three children, Allen (Tammy) York of Amelia, OH, Shane (Jennifer) York of Danville, IN, and Patrick (Jennifer) York of Brownsburg, IN; his 6 grandchildren; and siblings, Margaret and Madaelynne, Hailey and Brady, and Kennedy and Harper York. He is also survived by his brother, Brian York and his faithful boxer Toby, who has been adopted by Bob's granddaughter Hailey.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, Bob returned home and attended Husson College in Bangor, Maine, graduating with a 4.0 average. Upon graduation Bob was employed by the Internal Revenue Service.

He completed his MBA from Indiana University's School of Business and Economics in 2001 and retired from the IRS with 32 years of service in 2005. He was most proud of his additional careers as a self-employed accountant, tax preparer, professor of accounting at local community colleges, and as an advisor to small businesses in South Bend, IN. He and his wife Connie enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas and other adventures. A longtime member of the Masonic Lodge, Bob recently completed 18 months as Potentate of Orak Shrine in Michigan City, Indiana. He loved reading and collected more books than he could ever read, and often gave them to his friends and family.

A kind, caring, and giving man to his family and friends, he accepted and loved all of them. In retirement he especially enjoyed his grandchildren's numerous sports, school, and music activities and generously encouraged them in all their pursuits. They were a constant source of joy to him.

Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Baker Funeral Home, Danville, with a Masonic Service at 4:30 pm. The Funeral Service will begin at 5:00 pm in the funeral home. A reception will be held from 5-7 pm at Phi Delta Kappa, 801 Phi Delta Kappa Dr., Danville, IN 46112.

In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to the Endowment Fund of , a Colorado corporation, for the use and benefit of the Chicago Hospital.

Published in South Bend Tribune on May 16, 2019.

Illustrious Sir Burtis W. "Burt" Cloud, PP

July 10, 1924 - June 8, 2019

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 1984

Burtis W. “Burt” Cloud, 94, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at his home.

Burt was a CPA, associated with J. D. Turner, Oil Producer, and Big Seven Drilling Company, Inc. for over 50 years. He was in public accounting practice for many years, and finally retired at age 85. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and his association with his clients.

Burt was born on July 10, 1924, in rural Gallatin County, Illinois, to Namen S. and Bertha E. (Turner) Cloud. He graduated from Eldorado Township High School (IL) and Lockyear Business College. He attended University of Evansville.

Burt was a 70 year member of Lessing Masonic Lodge 464 with dual membership in Daylight Masonic Lodge 752. He also had membership in Evansville Scottish Rite, Evansville York Rite, Hadi Shrine Temple, Evansville York Rite College, Eastern Star, St. Cyril Red Cross of Constantine, National International Hi-Twelve, Swords of Bunker Hill, a former member of the Royal Order of Jesters, the Royal Order of Scotland and National Sojourners. He served many of these organizations as the presiding officer. He was Potentate of Hadi Shrine Temple in 1984, and was the recipient of the 33rd Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite; Honorary Legion of Honor of DeMolay, and the Grand Cross of Colors of Rainbow for Girls. He was Drum Major of the Hadi Drum and Bugle Corp for many years.

He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the 9th Army Air Force in the European Theatre of operation. He was a member of VFW Post 1114, and Eugene Pate American Legion Post 265.

Burt was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for ­­73 years. He was on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and involved in other community service organizations. Burt and LaRue enjoyed traveling, family activities and golf trips with friends.

Burt was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, LaRue; parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Burt is survived by his three daughters, Nancy (Dan) Temme, Linda (Andy) Bullock of Evansville, and Becky (Joel) Scherrer of Muncie, IN; two granddaughters, Amy (Nathan) Steele, Jennifer (Josh) Jenks; three grandsons, Christopher and Courtney Campbell, Brian (Stephanie) Scherrer; ten great-grandchildren, Marco and Anna Steele, Hunter, Adrienne and Chase Jenks, Bella, Charley, June and Grady Campbell, and Eleanor Scherrer.

Burt was lovingly cared for by all of his wonderful Care Givers. The family wishes to thank them for their compassionate care. They would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice for their assistance in caring for Burt.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Reverend Dr. Todd Gile and Chaplain Julie Pimlott officiating. Entombment will be in Memorial Park where Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Memorial Club will render full military rites.

Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019 where the Hadi Shrine will conduct a walk through at 6:30 p.m. followed by 33rd Degree Masonic walk through and Lessing Masonic Lodge 464 will conduct a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until time of service, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 216 S. E. 3rd Street, Evansville, IN 47713; Hadi Shriners Transportation Fund, PO Box 1, Evansville, IN 47701; Evansville Association for the Blind, 500 North Second Ave., Evansville, IN 47710; or Heart to Heart Hospice, 2532 Waterbridge Way, Evansville, IN 47710.

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Illustrious Sir David L. Walker, PP

May 20, 1926 - July 8, 2019

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine - Perrysburg, Ohio in 1987

Illus. Sir David L Walker, PP, passed away peacefully with family by his side July 8th at the age of 93.

David was born to Earl Reno and Vivian Gertrude Walker on May 20th 1926 in Minneapolis, MN.

The family resided for a short time in Mankato, MN before moving to Davenport, IA in 1929. He graduated from Davenport High School in June of 1944 and in August of 1944 entered the U.S Army. Following basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, he was assigned to the Third Infantry Division in Europe. Upon discharge, he entered Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, from which he graduated in 1950.

He married the former Margaret (Peg) Albrecht in Davenport, IA in May of 1951. They have two sons, David J (Pamela Herman), Waukesha, WI and Paul R M.D. (Carol) Sylvania, OH

For several years David worked for a large mid-western auto parts distributor. In 1958 he joined the Champion Spark Plug Company as a territory representative in Northern Illinois.

Upon his promotion to Regional Service Engineer, the family moved to Portland, Oregon during which time he provided technical services training to Champion accounts in 9 western and northwestern states. In 1963 he was transferred to Champions world headquarters in Toledo, Ohio and until 1971 held various assignments in the company's Automotive Technical Services Department. In 1971 he was promoted to Director of Technical Services where he remained until retiring in 1987.

He was a member of the Waterville United Methodist Church in Waterville, Ohio.

He was a Mason and a Shriner and in 1987 was Potentate of Zenobia Shrine in Toledo, Ohio. He was also a long time member of the Zenobia Shrine band where he played the euphonium. He is a charter member and past president of the Pilots unit of Zenobia.

His love of music had him playing his euphonium in the Duetschmeister Band for many years and at the age of 77 began taking piano lessons.

He has been an active Amateur Radio Operator since earning his license in 1954 and has been president of the Northwest Chapter 142 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association on two occasions. His Amateur Call Sign is W8FKI.

He had a private pilots license with instrument rating. He and Peg make many cross country trips around the United States.

He was a member of the Whitehouse American Legion and Rubicon Masonic Lodge #237 in Waterville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger C. Walker of Hardwick, Vermont.

His sister Marjorie lives in Morrison, Illinois.

A memorial service is being planned for a future date.

Published in The Blade from July 21 to July 22, 2019

Illustrious Sir L. Milton McClure, PP

August 23, 1941 - July 12, 2019

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 2000

Illus. Sir L. Milton McClure, PP, 77, of Springfield, formerly of Beardstown, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born August 23, 1941 in Chicago, IL, to Lloyd Milton McClure and Margaret Steadman McClure.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzanne [Monts] McClure, three children, Merredith (Alan) Dodds of Champaign; Lloyd M. “Trey” (Dhey) McClure of Chicago; and Kelly (Eric) Grady of Mt. Sterling, four grandchildren, Benjamin Dodds and Caroline Dodds of Dallas, TX; Carlee and Camryn Grady of Mt. Sterling, one brother, George S. (Wyllia) McClure of Beardstown and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son L. Matthew McClure.

Mr. McClure graduated from Beardstown High School in the Class of 1959. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accountancy and from University of Illinois College of Law. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, being named a Significant Sig in 2012. After graduation he worked as a CPA for Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm in Chicago before he was called into service in the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star. He then returned to Beardstown, IL where he joined the family law firm and practiced law for 45 years, retiring in 2014.

Mr. McClure was a member of the Board of Regents for the State of Illinois from 1982 to 1993. He was a member of Cass Lodge #23 AF&AM in Beardstown, serving as Master of the Lodge in 1983; ANSAR Shrine, serving as Potentate in 2000; and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Beardstown and an associate member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. He was a Certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield. Cass Lodge #23 AF&AM will conduct Masonic Rites at 1:45 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019. A brief Memorial Service will begin at 2 pm followed by visitation until 5 pm, all at the funeral home. A private family burial with Military Honors will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

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Illustrious Sir Jerry C. Ulm Sr., PP

August 17, 1942 - July 17, 2019

Potentate of Syrian Shrine - Cincinnati, Ohio in 2010

Colerain Twp. - Jerry C. Sr., PP, Beloved husband of the late Lois J. (nee Porter) Ulm; Devoted father of Deborah Smith, Terri (Greg) Gunther, Jerry A. (Judy) Ulm, Jeffrey Ulm, J.C. (Sheral) Ulm and LeRoy James Ulm; Dear grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; Also survived by his beloved dog Coco; Jerry passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the age of 76; Resident of Colerain Twp.; Visitation will be held at Neidhard-Young Funeral Home 7401 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy on Wednesday from 5-8 PM; Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 AM; He was a member of the Western Hills-Cheviot Lodge No. 140 and Syrian Shrine who will hold services on Wednesday at 7:30 PM; He was the Past Potentate of the Shrine in 2010, the Director of The Corvette Unit and a member of the Hillbillies; In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children of Cincinnati; Condolences may be expressed online at

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 21, 2019

Illustrious Sir George R. Kennedy, Jr., PP

August 23, 1930 - July 23, 2019

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 1993

Illus. Sir George R. Kennedy, Jr., PP, 88, of Springfield, died at 12:12 pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. He was born August 23, 1930 in Chicago, IL to George R. and Helen I. (Rittenhouse) Kennedy, Sr. He married Charlene J. “Char” Williams on August 28, 1976 and she preceded him in death on March 8, 2010.

George R. Kennedy, Jr. 88, of Springfield, died at 12:12 pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. He was born August 23, 1930 in Chicago, IL to George R. and Helen I. (Rittenhouse) Kennedy, Sr. He married Charlene J. “Char” Williams on August 28, 1976 and she preceded him in death on March 8, 2010.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mary Ellen Kennedy and one brother, Eugene “Gene” Kennedy.

George is survived by three children, Rob (Cynthia) Kennedy of Great Falls, VA, John (Linda) Kennedy of Glenarm, IL and Janice (Craig) Singer of Coppell, TX; three step-children, Laura (Brad) Sayers, Janet Leigh Kennedy and Doug Williams, all of Springfield; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandsons; niece, Shelly Roy of Murrayville, IL and nephew, Mick (Kristina) Kennedy of Affton, MO.

George was involved with many philanthropic organizations over most of his life. He joined the Illinois DeMolay when he was 18, and was elected Master Councilor, earned the degree of Chevalier and then became Master Mason of Central Lodge 71. For over 60 years he was a very active member of Scottish Rite, the Ansar Shrine Temple (Potentate 1993), and the Royal Order of Jesters.

George served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of the Springfield Elks Lodge 158, Central IL Mustangers Club, the Automotive Club of America, and Christ Church, where he served as scout leader of Boy Scout Troop 7.

George was the owner of Kennedy Kitchens from 1972 to 2013. His award-winning kitchen and bath designs were often featured in national magazines. He was past-president and district governor of the American Business Club, member of the Springfield Business Builders Club and the Springfield Home Builders Association, in which he was the Parade of Homes Co-Chairman.

Visitation: 4-7 pm, Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield, with a Masonic service at 5 pm.

Funeral Service: 10:00 am, Monday, July 29, 2019 at Christ Church, 611 E. Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701, with Reverend Dr. Gregory A. Tournoux officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO.

Illustrious Sir Frank Edward Streibich, PP

September 18, 1925 - September 9, 2019

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Bartonville, Illinois in 1978

Illus. Sir Frank Edward Streibich., PP, was taken by the Black Camel Monday, September 9, 2018 in Peoria, IL.

He was born Sep. 18, 1925 in Peoria to Frank A. and Lena (Weidknech) Streibich. He married Doris Loheide on Feb. 18, 1951 in Peoria. She passed away Dec. 4, 2016 in Peoria. Following school he served in the United States Army in the Korean War. When he returned from the war he worked at the family hardware store, Streibich's Hardware, becoming owner and operator in 1960 till his retirement and the store closing in 2015. He was involved in many service organizations including the Scottish Rite, order of the Jesters, the Shriners at Mohammed Temple where he was the Potentate in 1978, and a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Frank's life will be Friday, Sep. 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. A memorial visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the church.

Illustrious Sir Verlin Albert Hibbs, PP

February 28, 1939 - September 11, 2019

Potentate of Ansar Shrine - Springfield, Illinois in 2002

Illus. Sir Verlin Albert Hibbs, PP, 80, of Springfield, died on September 11, 2019, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Verlin was born on February 28, 1939, in Bloomington, IL, the son of Albert and Ruth Arahood Hibbs. He married JoAnn Patrick Manion on December 21, 1985, in Springfield, IL.

Verlin proudly served in the United States Army. He graduated from Gridley High School and worked as a meat cutter for 50 years; 34 of those years were with Kent’s IGA in Petersburg. Verlin was a member of Masonic Lodge #4 and Ansar Shrine, Past Potentate 2002. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Fighting Illini. He enjoyed working in the yard and cooking on the grill. Verlin was a devoted husband and father who loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. He was a generous man who always had a big smile and was always there to help someone.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Tipsord; daughter, Cathy Hibbs; and son-in-law, Lanny Barker.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Hibbs of Springfield; one son, Douglas (Taffy Robbins) Hibbs of Springfield; two daughters, Lisa (Stuart) Funderburg of Springfield and Lori Barker of Taylorville; seven grandchildren, Katie Funderburg (fiancé, James Coleman), Maddie Funderburg, Sam Funderburg, Healy Funderburg, Jake Barker, Riley Barker, and Skye Robbins; one sister, Thelma Wesle of Gridley; one brother, Wendell Hibbs of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Ceremony: 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Butler Funeral Home—Springfield, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield, with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating. The Memorial Ceremony will begin with a Masonic Service.

Celebration of Life: Family will receive friends following the Memorial Ceremony until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Butler Funeral Home—Springfield.

A private graveside ceremony will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

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Illustrious Sir Leon H. Larsen, PP

June 28, 1942 - August 12, 2019

Potentate of Tebala Shrine - Rockford, Illinois in 2006

Illus. Sir Leon H. Larsen, PP, 77, of Machesney Park, passed away on August 12, 2019 in Swedish American Hospital. Born on June 28, 1942 in Rockford to Henry and Bertha (Chase) Larsen. Lived all of his life in the Rockford Area marrying Barbara L. Banwell in Rockford on June 19, 1965. Before retiring, Leon was a painter for Rock River Valley Painting.

Member of Grace Lutheran Church, Roscoe Masonic Lodge #75, Valley of Freeport Scottish Rite Bodies, Past Potentate of Tebala Shrine Center, Treasurer of Tebala’s Directors Staff, President of Loves Park Shrine Club and member of the Royal Order of Jesters Ct.#69.

Survivors include wife, Barbara; sons, Edward & Ted, both of Rockford; grandchildren, Dustin, Brooke and Eric; great grandson, Cole; Brother, Bruce (Brenda) Larsen of So. Dakota; predeceased by his parents, siblings, Marilyn, Nancy, Diane & Terry.

Visitation on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. followed by Masonic Services at 2:45 p.m., at Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home and Cremation Services Ltd., 6825 Weaver Rd., Rockford, IL. Funeral Services at the funeral home on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Woody Knutson, officiating. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.

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Illustrious Sir Leonard "Len" George Deynzer, PP

November 16, 1937 - December 3, 2019

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Bartonville, Illinois in 1997

President of the Great Lakes Shrine Association in 2005

Illus. Sir Leonard George “Len” Deynzer, PP, 82, of Peoria, passed away on December 3, 2019 at UnityPoint - Proctor.

Len was born in Peoria, IL on November 16, 1937 to Orval A. & Juanita (Schmidt) Deynzer. His parents and grandparents preceded him in death.

Len married Gayle J. Gouveia in East Peoria, IL on March 18, 1965. They were married for 54 years.

Surviving Len are his children; Jody L Curtis of Washington, IL; Anthony (Tony) & Nicole Deynzer of Windsor, Colorado; 7 grandchildren, Joshua Curtis of Champaign; Amber (Curtis) & Will Edwards of Gridley; Madison Deynzer of Washington; Blaine, Kyler, Chesney & Brennox Deynzer all of Colorado.

Len graduated from East Peoria High School in 1955. He was in the Marine’s earning an honorable discharge in 1962. Len then attended Illinois Wesleyan College, was a charter member of Acacia Fraternity Pia #6.

Len was employed with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department from 1966-1992. From 1973-1974 he attended at Northwestern Traffic Institute. During his years at the sheriff’s department he served as jail superintendent, was in charge if dispatchers, director of police training for correction officers for University of Illinois, firearms instructor, purchasing, training, budget and many other duties. Len retired after 28 years at the sheriff’s department as a Lieutenant.

In 1992 he became Director of MTU #7 Police Training Centers at Illinois Central College for 20 years.

Len served with the security details for several U.S. presidents and vice president at the Peoria Airport.

Len was a 50 year member of Alta Lodge & Mohammed Shrine, serving as Potentate in 1997 and President of Great Lakes Shrine Association in 2005. He was a member of the Brass Band. He was instrumental in starting the Horse Patrol and Police unit. He was Parade Marshall for the Mohammed shrine. Member of the Scottish Rite, Elhajj and ROJ court 40.

He was a member of the sheriff’s Posse – ESDA – IPA and the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

A celebration of Life will be held at Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. with a visitation 2 hours prior from 5 p.m – 7 p.m. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services assisted the family with cremation.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking donations be made to Peoria County Sheriff’s office scholarship fund at 301 N Maxwell Rd, Peoria, IL. 61604 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children at 2211 N. Oak Park Ave, Chicago, IL. 60707 – attn: donations.

A special Thank You to UnityPoint Proctor 2nd floor and the hospice personnel.

Illustrious Sir Walter Metcalfe, PP

August 10, 1930 - December 4, 2019

Potentate of Zenobia Shrine - Perrysburg, Ohio in 2002

Eulogy from Hadji Shriners: Freemasonry and those of us in Northwest Ohio lost a Brother and Shriner. Walter C. Metcalfe moved peacefully on to the celestial lodge in the sky and is now greatly missed by all who knew him.

Brother Metcalfe was raised a Master Mason on May 25, 1968 in Livonia Lodge #586, Plymouth, MI. He later demitted to Findlay Lodge #227, Findlay, OH. He is a member of both York and Scottish Rites and became a Shriner at Zenobia in fall of 1981. He quickly affiliated with the Highlander unit and served in all the elected and appointed offices. Illustrious Sir Metcalfe served Zenobia as potentate in 2002.

Noble Walter is best recognized for his pipe playing, served as unit Pipe Major, instructed many individuals in playing and served as Duty Piper with Legion of Honor. Ill. Sir could be found playing at various events from piping in dignitaries, to solemn events as funerals, or even at scouting events. He was quite proud to play at the Tomb of the Unknown. He was a Korean War veteran, a member of the Legion of Honor, and active in the Great Lakes Shrine Association, especially the Pipe Band.

Illustrious Sir Walter and Lady Phyllis resided just outside of Findlay. He was an engineer and operated the RPM Carbide Die, Inc. in Arcadia. They retired in 1994 and sold the business to their sons. They were able to enjoy their family, travel and antiques, along with many activities at Zenobia.

We express our sympathy to his lady, Phyllis, and his family. Ill. Sir Metcalfe will be remembered as a Brother Mason and a memorable person in the Zenobia Shrine.

Well done… good and faithful Servant, enter now into the joy of your Lord.

Illustrious Sir John C. Milliren, PP

August 10, 1930 - December 4, 2019

Potentate of Tebala Shrine - Rockford, Illinois in 2013

Illus. Sir .John C. Milliren, PP 70, of Rockford, Ill., previously of Stoneboro, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019.

Born on March 11, 1949, in Grove City to Charles and Dorothy (Jones) Milliren. He lived over 30 years in Rockford coming here from Pennsylvania.

John married Bonnie Nothnagel on Nov. 20, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was formerly a truck driver for Meiborg Trucking Co.

John was a member of Lindenwood Union Church, Lake Masonic Lodge #434, Tebala Shriners where he was Potentate in 2013.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie; sons, Charles (Amy), John, Craig and Adam (Erika); brother, Robert (Joyce) Milliren; aunt, Rosa Milliren; grandchildren, Alyson, John, Trent, Marissa, Adam, Austin, Erika, Logan, Leah and Emmie; predeceased by sister, Jean Cassida; brother, Donald Milliren; stepchildren, Greg (Laura) Halverson, Brenda (Stephen) Mains and Eric (Rebecca) Halverson; step-grandchildren, Gunnar, Thor, Jett, Garth, James, Samantha, Megan and Hannah; step-great grandchildren, Tatum, Josephine and Kinsley; predeceased by step-grandchild, Shane.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children in John's memory.