Illustrious Sir Stanley Ray Nevill, Jr. D.D.S. , PP

May 10, 1936 - January 4, 2022

Potentate of Hadi Shrine -  Evansville, Indiana in 1989

Stanley Ray Nevill Jr. D.D.S., 85, who courageously battled cancer, died peacefully at his home on January 4. Stan, a native of Evansville, Ind., was born May 10, 1936, the only child of Stanley Ray Nevill Sr. and Blanche Irene (Smithhart) Nevill.

Stan married his college sweetheart, Joan Caroline (Willman) on June 18, 1961. Together they were blessed with three children; Caroline, Laura and Matthew. They were members of St. Paul’s UCC where Stan taught Sunday school, then the family joined Methodist Temple Church, where Joan was Director of Music.

Stan graduated from Central High School in 1954 and University of Evansville in 1959, where he played football and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry then began practice with Dr. James Bishop. In 1971, Stanley R. Nevill and John B. Schymik founded their dental partnership, Tri-State Family Dental Center, where Stan practiced dentistry until his retirement.

Stan’s focus was his faith, family and a passion for helping others in need. It brought him great joy to provide food and dental care to those who needed it. He helped organize several mission trips to Jamaica where he provided dental care and necessary dental equipment to those in need.

Inspired by his beloved Father-In-Law, Leonard Willman (“Chief”), he joined the Masonic Lodge and the The Hadi Shrine Temple, where he became a lifelong member. He was a member of Motor Patrol and served as Potentate in 1989. He also served on the Beacon Board of Evansville, the Board of Directors of the Parenting Time Center and “100 Men Who Cook” annual event.

Stan was a devoted husband and father. He raised his children with unconditional love, always teaching them to see the best in every situation. He took great pride in his grandchildren, attending almost every musical, athletic and school event. He spent countless hours teaching them that the principles of hard work, a good attitude, sheer determination and grit would help them overcome life’s obstacles to achieve their goals, just as those principles helped him.

He was whip-smart, vivacious, brave, loyal, strong and loving. His zest for life, joyful and optimistic spirit, and big bear hugs will be greatly missed.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Ray, Sr. and Blanche (Smithhart) Nevill and Son-in-Law, Michael Cox.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan Caroline (Willman) Nevill of Evansville, a daughter, Caroline Jo (Nevill) Ellspermann and son-in-law, Ken Ellspermann of Evansville, daughter Laura (Nevill) Cox of Evansville; a son, Matthew Willman Nevill and daughter-in-law Christina (DeMarco) Nevill of Boston; his grandchildren, Caleb Joseph Ellspermann, Luke Nevill Ellspermann, Alexander Brayden Heck, Audrey Caroline Heck and Allison Norah Heck; step-grandchildren Lauren Battcher and husband, Austin of Mt. Washington, KY; Kara Garcia and husband, Marcel of Evansville, Nate Cox of Indianapolis and Gabby Cox of Bloomington.

A special thanks to Dr. Chad Perkins, Dr. Todd Renschler, Kendra Hosplehorn, Dennis Webb and Heritage Hospice for their loving care.

Visitation will be from 2-7 pm Monday, January 10 at Ziemer East Chapel located at 800 S Hebron Avenue. The Hadi Shrine will have a walk through at 6:45 p.m. and the Masonic Lodge will conduct a Memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life service will be at 10 am on Tuesday, January 11 at Methodist Temple Church located at 2109 Lincoln Avenue. The service can also be viewed via live stream at Burial will follow at Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery. Masks will be required at visitation and celebration services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Methodist Temple Church, 2109 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714 or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Processing Center, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394.

Condolences may be made online at

Illustrious Sir Robert Bret Stahler, PP

September 15, 1958 - January 12, 2022

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 2018

Robert Bret Stahler 63 Born September 19,1958 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Went to be with our Lord January 12, 2022. Bret was a 1977 graduate of Bellefontaine High school.  He received his Associates Degree in Wildlife Management from Hocking Tech, he later in life, went back to school and received his Bachelors in Logistics Management from Ohio Christian Academy minoring in Theology. Bret used his love of nature becoming a Natural Resource Officer at Multiple State Parks in Ohio.  He also served as a deputy sheriff in Logan County, before settling at Honda of America Manufacturing in 1986. 

Bret was a fourth generation Mason, second generation Shriner and Clown.  Through the years Bret won many awards in clowning the most prestigious being Clown Extraordinaire in 2007.  Bret served the Shrine in several capacities, he was elected President of the Great Lakes Shrine Clown Unit Association in 2003.  He has served as the Education Director for the International Shrine Clown Unit association, Past President and Director Emeritus of the Antioch Funsters.  He also was the past President of the Logan County Shrine Club.  In 2018 Bret was Elected Potentate of Antioch Shrine. Bret’s passion was entertaining children and adults alike.  Making people laugh and smile was his greatest gift, and he shared that with all of us.

When Bret wasn’t clowning or entertaining he could be found hunting, fishing, birdwatching, spending time with his dogs or watching a John Wayne movie.  Bret is preceded in death by his parents Paul ‘Bud’ Stahler; mother Betty Flora Stahler; sister Jeraldine Wagner

He is survived by wife Susan Post Stahler whom he married in a surprise ceremony December 19. 2003.  His son Kevin Stahler; four beautiful grandchildren whom he adored Mitchell, Landen, Klara, and Jax.  Sister Judy (Kyle) Buck; nephew Greg Wagner; great niece Sevianna and children Bella and Gregory.  A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday February 5, 2022 at Jennings Farley & Seeley Funeral Home and Crematory 5591 US Route 68 South West Liberty, Ohio 43357. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of service.  In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the ISCA Sneaker Fund 107 East First Street Dayton, Ohio 45402

Illustrious Sir Ronald M. Elliott, PP

April 1, 1943 - January 14, 2022

Potentate of Murat Shrine - Indianapolis, Indiana in 2008

Indianapolis – Ronald M. Elliott, 78, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022. He was a life time resident of Indianapolis. 

He was born April 1, 1943 in Indianapolis to Maurice and Betty (Cullings) Elliott. He married Sally Jo Campbell on March 21, 1981. Survivors include his wife, Sally Jo Elliott; daughter, Dawn Elliott; three sons, Jeff (Barb) Elliott, Scott (Renee) Elliott, and Ryan (Courtney) Elliott; brother, Walt (Vicki) Elliott; granddaughters, Kristen and Kate; and nephews, Jon (Jen) Matchett, Chad (Lynn) Matchett, and Brian Elliott.

Ron was a graduate of Warren Central High School. He worked as a carpet installer and opened his own business. Professionally, Ron was a firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department, retiring in 1994 as a lieutenant. He went on to work for the Marion County Sheriff's Department in the Civil Office for two years.

For many years, during the month of May, he worked on the Fire Crew at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ron was a member of Brookside Masonic Lodge #720, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Prather York Rite and the Murat Shrine. As a member of Murat, he was the 97th Potentate, leading the Murat Shrine during 2008. He was involved in many units at Murat. Ron was also active with the Shrine nationally, serving as Imperial Chaplain 2013-14. In addition, he served on the Board of Governors for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.

He was crowned with the honorary thirty-third degree by the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.

Ron loved NASCAR and Indy Car racing, Colts games, and traveling to various race tracks with his family.

Calling hours will take place from 3-7 PM, Tuesday, at the Murat Shrine, Arabian Room 2nd floor, 510 N. New Jersey Street , Indianapolis. A 33rd Masonic Tribute followed by a Masonic Service will take place at 7PM.

Calling will also take place from 10-11AM, Wednesday, followed by a service at 11AM at the Murat Shrine, with Firefighters honors. He will be laid to rest at Washington Park East Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Murat Shrine, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

You are invited read Ron's obituary at, where you may share a personal tribute or leave a condolence for the family.

Arrangements are being cared for by Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory.

Illustrious Sir William "Bill" Fisher, PP

May 31, 1936 - January 16, 2022

Potentate of Tebala Shrine - Rockford, Illinois in 1990

William (Bill) Fisher, age 85, formerly of Cherry Valley, IL passed away peacefully in his Ft. Myers, FL home on Sunday, January 16th, 2022.

Bill was born in Rockford, IL on May 31,1936. He graduated from Rockford East High School in 1954. Bill went on to be a well recognized business owner in Rockford, IL, as the founder of Fisher’s Appliance and TV Centers. He grew Fisher’s to 10 stores, with hundreds of employees and became a household name in Northern Illinois. He won the Forward Rockford Award, Illinois Retailer of the Year, National Merchandiser of the Year, and National Retailer of the Year. Throughout his working years, Bill spent time serving in dozens of advisory roles for retail associations, most notably as Board Member, Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board for NARDA. He was also a Board Member, Vice President, and President of MARTA. He was the longest seated Board Member in history for both organizations.

Bill also served his local community in dozens of capacities, including board positions with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Memorial Hospital Foundation, Northern Illinois Epilepsy Association, The Valley Bank of Illinois, Alpine Bank, Cherry Valley School District 205, and the Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago. He was a Commissioner for the Winnebago County Police Department, a long time Shriner, and served as “Member of the Divan”, Potentate, and Past Potentate for the Tebala Shrine in Rockford, IL.

Bill always had a heart to help others less fortunate, and those who knew him were lucky to witness firsthand his countless acts of generosity and charity to others. As an avid pilot, Bill flew nearly 150 round trip flights to the Shriners Burn Hospital in Cincinnati.

Each flight was free transportation for a burn victim (and their family) in need of world class care.

Although he kept a busy schedule, Bill always made time for his family. He was known for his weekend family get togethers at his

home in Roscoe, IL, and he jumped at every opportunity to spend time with his Grandkids.

Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years Charlene Fisher, sister Jan Bauer, and Great Grandson Eli McHugh. He is survived by his brother John Fisher, his 4 children, Kevin Fisher, Lori (Fisher) Reyes, Jennifer (Fisher) Chamberlain, Kimberly (Fisher) Monson, his 11 Grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on January 27th at the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church 112 Cherry St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 at 3pm. Live stream of the service can be view on Bill’s obituary page at A visitation will be held on January 26th at Anderson Funeral Home 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 from 5-7pm., with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m.

The family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in lieu of flowers. They would also like to thank Bill’s girlfriend late in life, Donna, for the selfless care and love she provided during his final months and days.

Bill lived a remarkable life and leaves an amazing legacy. He wouldn’t have it any other way, because “THAT’S THE FISHER WAY”.

Illustrious Sir Thomas C. Duncan , PP

October 6, 1931 - January 29, 2022

Potentate of Mohammed Shrine - Bartonville, Illinois in 1996

Potentate, illustrious Thomas C. Duncan, is an extremely active Shrine Mason who is determined to let "Work and Fun Mix in '96". Potentate Duncan is certainly no stranger to hard work, yet he tempers that with liberal doses of fun, and expects that game plan to carry over to the Nobility of Mohammed Temple for the ensuing year.

Potentate Duncan was raised a Master Mason in Illinois Lodge #263 in 1955, served as Worshipful Master in 1990, and is now a life member of that Lodge.

He is also a life member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Peoria. He joined the Scottish Rite in the fall of 1968, and immediately became an active member of the Scottish Rite Stage Crew, later becoming Director, and then Director Emeritus. He then served as Scottish Rite Dining Room Chef as well as Scottish Rite Bratfest Co­ Chairman for many years. He was Thrice Potent Master of Central City Lodge of Perfection in 1990, and is currently Color Bearer in the Scottish Rite Consistory Lin, He is a member of the Scottish Rite Mens Club, and is active in Scottish Rite degree work as well as the ongoing presentation of "December's Rose". He received the Scottish Rite Meritorius Service Award in 1981 at the Council of Deliberation in Bloomington, and was awarded the Scottish Rite 33rd Degree in 1991 at the Supreme Council Session in Indianapolis.

He is a life member of the York Rite Bodies, Peoria Chapter #7, Royal Arch Masons. He is also a member of Peoria Council #l 1, Cryptic Masons; Peoria Commandery #3, Knights Templar; Earl of Torrell Council #24, Knight Masons; York Rite College #42; and Grand Encampment, Royal Order of Scotland. He received the Gold Honor Award for outstanding service in York Rite Masonry in 1991.

Potentate Duncan is a member of Creve Coeur Chapter #946, Order of the Eastern Star; Queen Christina Court #4, Order of Amaranth; Judea Shrine #10, Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem; Abbas Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.; and the Yellow Dog Association where he served as Secretary for six years.

He joined Mohammed Temple at the spring ceremonial in 1969 and immediately petitioned to join the Mohammed Arab Patrol where he eventually served as President, and later as Captain/Director. He was a charter member of the Mohammed Temple Broilers where he served as President and later as Director. He has also served as President of the Senior Nobles, the Traffic and Transportation Cl and the Greater Peoria Shrine Club. He is currently a veteran of the Arab Patrol and of the Broilers. He is a member of the Senior Nobles, the Hillbillies Clan #44, the Traffic & Transportation Club, the Greater Peoria Shrine Club, a life member of the Past Masters Club, and a member of the International Shrine Club. He is a charter member of El Hajj Caravanserai #6 where he served as Big Hump. He has served Mohammed Temple as Director of Units, Parade Coordinator, Temple Director, Oni, Sales Chairman, Seafood Dinner Chairman, Temple Garage Sale Chairman and Spaghetti Dinner Chairman. He has also represented Mohammed Temple as President of the Great Lakes Shrine Patrol Association, and as President of the Shrine Patrol Association of North America. He is an honorary member of Aladdin Temple in Columbus, Ohio, as well as Rameses Temple in Toronto, Canada.

He was instrumental in the enlistment of Mohammed Temple Senior Nobles as Methodist Medical Center Escorts and was a charter member of that volunteer organization. He was a volunteer for the Visiting Nurses Association, delivering Meals on Wheels for several years. He was active on the Bar Bucks Committee of the Easter Seal Center and was recognized by this organization for his outstanding contributions in 1984. He has participated annually in the ringing of the Salvation Army Christmas bells for many years. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #265; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #20; the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #1571; and an active member of the Peoria Heights Zoning Board.

Potentate Duncan was born in Bath Springs, Tennessee. He came to Peoria in 1951. He joined the Northside Baptist Church, and taught Sunday School there for some time. He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1982 with more than 31 years of service.

He married Mary Kay Lewis on April 6, 1981. She preceded him in death on January 4, 2021 in Peoria. Together they have four children; Thomas "Glen" Duncan of Peoria, who is a member of Mohammed Temple; Ronald L. Duncan of Pekin, who is also a member of Mohammed Temple; Mrs. Richard (Carolyn) Ferguson of Arkansas; and Ralph E. Lewis of Lombard, IL. They also have 11 grandchildren ranging in age from 11 to 22 years, 19 great-grandchildren and one great great grandson. Potentate Duncan's brother, Larry M. Duncan, and his brother-in-law, William Hunsaker, are both members of Hella Temple in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral Service will be at 11 AM on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with Rev. Stephen Barch officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior also at the mortuary. Burial will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Please follow COVID regulations.

Memorials in Thomas's memory may be made to Shriner’s Hospital.

Illustrious Sir Benjamin G. Hardin , PP

March 3, 1927 - January 30, 2022

Potentate of Antioch Shrine - Dayton, Ohio in 1988

Benjamin G. Hardin, Jr. age 94, of Riverside, passed away on January 30, 2022. He was born on March 30, 1927 in Lima, Ohio. Son of the late Benjamin & Mabel (Bennett) Hardin. Benjamin retired from Delco Products after 34 years of service. He was the director of Material and Production Control, a Veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Maryland, BB46, and was on the “Honor Flight”, July 11, 2009. 

He attended Wilbur Wright High School the Class of 1945. He was a prominent athlete in the Dayton area in basketball and baseball and was inducted into the Slow Pitch Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Wilbur Wright High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Benjamin was a 70 year member of Millennium Masonic Lodge #779 and had served as Worshipful Master in 1980-1981, a member of each of the bodies of the Scottish Rite and York Rite. He was made an honorary member of the Supreme Council, 33rd degree in 1997, a member of the Antioch Shrine & Server as their potentate in 1988. He also served as the deputy Imperial Chaplain for the Shrine of North America 2002-2003. Served as President of the Ohio State Shrine in 1995, was a member of DeMolay Legion of Honor, Community United Methodist Church, the Milton Athletic Club, and member of the VFW #657. 

He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife of 67 years, Janet Hardin, parents, sister Doris (Seldon) Blaylock, and son-in-law Ronald Ross. He is survived by his son Dr. Gary (Terry) Hardin, daughter Gail Ross, and his wonderful grandchildren Dr. Tara Hardin, Tyler Hardin, Eric Ross, and Joshua Ross. He loved his great-grandchildren very much; Lillian Nicole, Kayla Rose, Carson Francis Dwyer, Charlotte Lee and Ben Hardin, Peyton Alan, and Preston Edward Ross. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel. Interment will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. until the time of services on Friday, March 4. Contributions may be made to Antioch Shrine Foundation, or the Dayton Masonic Foundation.

Illustrious Sir James Allen Lobsiger, PP

November 4, 1937 – February 19, 2022

Potentate of Mizpah Shrine - Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1998

James "Jim" Allen Lobsiger, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 19, 2022. Born November 4, 1937, Jim grew up on a farm around the Monroe, Indiana area. As a kid he loved his pups the horse he had and loved to make things out of wood. He was a boy scout and followed in his father's footsteps with the scouts. He was a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. With his degree he worked at International Harvester (Navistar) for over 55 years in heavy duty truck brakes. He loved the big trucks and got his CDL so he could drive them around the test track and loved his IH Scouts. He owned two scouts and was proud to be a part of the group starting the museum for all things International Harvester. 

Kaye was the love of his life. They were high school sweethearts and he loved her from the moment he met her and continued to love her every day after she passed. They were married 63 years and are now together again. They had lake cottages over the years and always loved when the children and grandchildren would come up on the weekends. Dad showed us all up when he took to the water skis when he was 70 years old. We cannot forget his sense of humor, his jokes and his "Dadisms". His hobby was woodworking in his shop. He made so many beautiful pieces over the years for his family and friends. He was a kind and gentle soul, and was always available if you needed him, he was always there to help family and friends. If you need something fixed, he was always your first call. 

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 34 years and carried his building talents with him to the church. He was Potentate at the Mizpah Shrine in 1998 and loved helping the children from the children’s hospitals He was also a 32nd degree Mason, 3Rivers 733 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite. Lamp Lighters Past President Society of Engineering Employees, Chairman of the Board, and an Air Force Veteran, Airman 2nd Class, and Air National Guard. He loved God, his country, and adored his family. As he always loved so deeply, he was so very proud to be Gramps to his two grandchildren and two beautiful great-granddaughters. He would always lite up when he saw their faces. 

He is predeceased by his loving wife Kaye (Heare) and grandson James (Fletchall) and several of his Mizpah Shrine brothers. He is survived by his daughter Rebecca (Becky Lobsiger-Lamier), son-in-law Steve (Lamier); and son Jeffery and son-in-law Gregorio (Olivares); granddaughter Jillianne (Reichard); grandson, Jacob (Sydney) Lamier; great-granddaughters, Tyler Kaye (Reichard) and Charlee Mae (Reichard). In addition, he is survived by his sister Beverly (Rich) and many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his seven 4-legged grand-pups.

Funeral service at 11:00 am Friday, February 25, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to the service. Calling will also be held from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Thursday, February 24, 2022 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, with a Masonic Service at 8pm. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospitals for Children, or First Presbyterian Church: Buildings and Grounds. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Lobsiger family at,

Illustrious Sir Larry R. Ode, PP

March 21, 1938 - March 18, 2022

Potentate of Moslem Shrine - Novi, Michigan in 1993 and 1999

Larry Ronald Ode, age 83 of Sterling Heights, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2022. Larry was born on March 21, 1938 to Louis and Jemina Ode in Detroit, Michigan. As a young man, Larry met the love of his life and future bride, Mary VanHulle. They married on August 8, 1959 and together raised four boys; David, Daniel, Darin, and Derrick. In 1969, Larry opened his successful shop, Ode Auto Repair and Tire, which has been running for 53 years strong. And was the first shop in Michigan to bring custom wheels to its customers. 

Larry was a longtime Shriner, and one of few that had two consecutive terms as the Potentate. Working with the Shriners truly meant a lot to him, he enjoyed the good work that they did, and was the master of ceremonies for many of the Shriner events throughout the years. Larry had a passion for motorcycles, and was a member of the ‘Hells Our Home’ motorcycle club for many years. He also loved classic cars, owning his distinctive pink 1959 Ford Thunderbird and being a member of the Roll-N-Relix car club. Larry also enjoyed boating, and spending time with his cherished family and many, many friends.  Larry will be forever remembered by all who loved and knew him.

Beloved father of David (Sandy) Ode, Daniel Ode, Darin (Brenda) Ode, and Derrick (Sherrie) Ode; proud grandfather of Kayla, Kyle, Brianna, Alyssa, Nicholas, Amber (Agim), Brandi (Aaron), Heather, Amando (Justine), Sarah (Andrew), Jenna, and Devin; cherished great-grandfather of Amando III, Savannah, Anila, Dean, Avin, Asim, Reagan, Kosta, Ari, Jaxson, Hazel, and Roman; loving uncle and second dad to Elana (Harry) Goldwater. Larry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and countless friends. 

Visitation to take place on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21 from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Shriner Ceremony on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 PM.  Funeral service to take place on Friday, April 22 at the funeral home. Instate, or gathering time, 10:00 AM. Service at 11:00 AM.  Donations in Larry's memory can be made to the Shriners.

Illustrious Sir Robert Sheets, PP

December 28, 1934 - June 10, 2022

Potentate of Hadi Shrine - Evansville, Indiana in 1990

Robert D. (Bob) Sheets Sr., 87, of Evansville passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 10, 2022 with his children by his side. He was born December 28, 1934 in Shawneetown, Illinois to Charles A. and Marguerite (Locklar) Sheets.

Bob grew up with three sisters and graduated from Shawneetown High School in 1952 where he was the captain and a star athlete in Basketball and Baseball. He married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Wilson on June 20, 1954 at the Presbyterian Church in Shawneetown. The two of them were married for 67 years before she preceded him in death on March 21, 2022. He will be missed but we take comfort in knowing that he is reunited with the love of his life. They had two children, Pamela and Robert (Bobby) Jr.

Bob graduated from Lockyear Business College. After graduating, he began a 42-year career with Indiana Wholesalers where he was the General Manager. After retirement, he worked part time at Hamilton Golf Course and then became a greeter at Alexander Funeral Home.

He was a godly man who loved the Lord and was guided by his unwavering faith. On June 10th he finished the race and heard the words ‘well done, good and faithful servant’.

He loved his family and was a ‘Hall of Fame’ husband, dad and PaPa to five grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Bob lived a very active and full life. He was truly an extraordinary and hardworking man. He made friends with many and was a firm believer in giving your all to everything you did in life.

He was a member and involved in the following: Riverside Church, he was Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and Admiral by the Governor of Kentucky, Lifetime member and Past President of East Side Optimist Club, 60 Year Member and Past Master of Lessing Masonic Lodge, 50 Year Plus Member of Scottish Rite, a 33rd Degree Mason, York Rite, Red Cross of Constantine, Royal Order of Scotland, York Rite College, 50 Year Plus Member of White Shrine, Past Patron Robert Morris Chapter of Eastern Star, 50 Year Plus Member Sword of Bunker Hill, Lifetime Member of No Ruz Grotto, Downtown High Twelve Club, 34 Select Group and Royal Order of Jesters.

Bob joined Hadi Shrine Temple in 1963 and was passionate about the Shriners Hospital, helping children and was proud to be a part of the Hadi Shrine Circus for many years. He was Past President of Hadi Funster Clowns, was “Funster of the Year” in 1973 and in 2004 was elected to the Funster Clown Hall of Fame. As a clown, he put smiles on countless numbers of children performing in many circuses and parades.

In 1990 he became Potentate and then served as Chaplain Emeritus for 29 years. He was also chaplain of Hadi Temple Past Masters Club, a member of the Kachina Billikin Klub and a Past President of Hadi Cabiri, Shrine Luncheon Club, the Shrine Bowling and Golf Leagues. In October 2016, he was named International Shriner of the Month

He was a friend to children and youth, whether serving as a Little League coach, making kids laugh at the circus or driving children to the Shriners Hospital.

In his spare time Bob enjoyed sports, playing golf, Thursday nights with his friends at the Shrine, watching Gunsmoke and John Wayne movies and he was a dedicated and enthusiastic St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Bob is survived by daughter Pamela (John) Paul and son Robert (Saundra) Sheets Jr., grandchildren; Katie (Patrick) Kelley, Abby (Brad) Angel, Chelsea (Adam) Pruitt, Zack (Samantha) Sheets, Kiley (Tim) Doherty and fourteen great grandchildren; sister Paula (Joe) Minor and Peggie Coleman; and several nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents; sister, Shirley Morris; and brother-in-laws, Clyde Morris and Ted Coleman.

Illustrious Sir Dick Church, PP

April 6, 1941 - December 8, 2022

Potentate of Antioch Shrine -  Miamisburg, OH in 1989

Past President of GLSA in 1993

Age 81, of Miamisburg, passed away Dec. 8 after a brief illness. Dick was born April 6, 1941, to the late Richard and Nellie Church. He is also preceded in death by his older brother, James. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dr. Judith Church.

Dick was raised in Miamisburg and lived nearly his entire life there. He graduated from Miamisburg High School in 1959, where he was a member of the marching band and editor of the school newspaper. Attending the annual Buckeye Boys State while a student was a life-changing event for Dick. He developed a deep interest in local government and told his friends afterward that he would someday become mayor. It was a vow he kept.

After attending Miami University for a short time after high school, he spent his early adult years working jobs such as police dispatcher and reporter for the Miamisburg News. He later became co-owner of the family business, Church’s Flowers. He was also active as a volunteer during those years serving on the City of Miamisburg Parks Board and the committee that wrote the city’s charter in the 1960s.

After retiring, Dick moved quickly to pursue his political dreams. He won a seat on Miamisburg City Council in 1987, and after one term ran for mayor as promised decades before. In a hard-fought campaign, he defeated the incumbent by 27 votes.

The position of mayor in Miamisburg is a part-time role, but Dick Church had a full-time passion. Over the next 28 years in the mayor’s chair, he proudly served his community and embraced the role of leadership. He adopted the slogan “Great things are happening” and worked tirelessly to make sure those words remained accurate. During his record-setting tenure, Miamisburg overcame the loss of its largest employer (Mound Lab), revitalized its historic downtown district, grew in both population and land size and evolved in many ways. While in office, he also served on many local, regional and national boards.

After leaving office, he became part-time administrator of the Mound Development Corp., which oversees the reuse of the Mound Business Park.

Illustrious Sir Gail MacKay, PP

October 6, 1940 - December 28, 2022

Potentate of Mocha Shrine -  London, ON in 2008

Donald Gail MacKay, in his 83rd year, passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 28th, 2022. Predeceased by his loving wife, Marlene, his parents Donald and Laura MacKay, and sisters-in-laws Lora MacKay and Gail Ann MacKay. Gail leaves behind his children Robb (Robin), Kim, (Brian), Trace (Stephen), and Dan (Meg). Gail was a proud papa to Alex, Tom, Scott, Aggy, Forrest, and Teddy, and ready-made grandkids, Jake, and Michaela. Gail is survived by his siblings Larry-John, Valerie, Sandy, Kevin, and Merilee. Gail was loved by his brothers and sisters-in-law Jack, Ruth, David, Marilyn, Lynn and Don, Ken, Bill and Bob, and Lana, many nieces and nephews, cousins, bandmates as well as fellow Masons, Shriners, and teachers.

Gail was a lifelong Ingersoll resident, most recognized as the drum major, leading the Ingersoll Pipe Band in many parades - he received his 70-year pin earlier in December. He served on town council and led the charge (Let’s Pool Together!) to have the Victoria Park Community Centre and indoor pool built. He was a devoted Mason and active Shriner, serving as Potentate in 2008 and member of the Royal Scots of Mocha Pipe Band. Gail was a teacher and principal in Beachville, Tillsonburg, and Ingersoll, and in his retirement, a school bus driver. If you needed a skunk trapped, some smokey maple syrup, or an extra-large vegetable, Gail was your man. Gail was a long-time Canasta partner to Aunt Lora, a fearless euchre player, and a renowned worm-washer (his version of fishing). Potato chips would fly from the recliner chair when the Leafs scored or the Blue Jays notched up a homerun. Although it has been many years since Gail doffed a ball uniform, he was a slo-pitch pitcher, coach, and league treasurer.

Gail’s family would like to thank Merilee, Kevin, and Lana for supporting dad in staying in his home to the end, and his nurses at Woodstock General Hospital (Heather, Gemma, Jenna, and Trish) for giving him a comfortable and peaceful last day. A special thank you to Dr. Tara Walker for years of excellent care and making herself available to his family.

Illustrious Sir Joseph (Joe) Kenneth Kish, PP

February 22, 1943 - December 13th, 2022

Potentate of Al Aska/Moslem - Detroit, MI in 1993

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, Joseph (Joe) Kenneth Kish passed away at age 79 in Macomb, Michigan. 

Joe was born on February 22, 1943, to Joseph and Elizabeth Kish in East Chicago, Indiana. He was an electrician by trade managing large construction projects throughout his career. For over forty years, Joe dedicated a lot of volunteer hours and work for Shriner's Children. He was a Potentate of Al Aska Shrine in 1993. He then became an associate member of Moslem Shrine in 2000. Joe was a hospital board member of Shriners Children's Ohio for 12 years. He was also co-director of the Detroit Shrine Circus for the past ten years at the Michigan State Fair, LLC. Joe was instrumental behind the scenes to make sure the Shrine Circus was ready for the Labor Day weekend. He helped bring smiles to children of all ages as they viewed the big top circus tent. For the past 15 years he worked side by side with the Circus Chairman to bring Metro Detroit the Winter/Spring Detroit Shrine Circus. Joe's selflessness was evident, and he always put others first in anything that he did/ Through the years. Joe enjoyed playing golf and bowling/ He loved traveling and spending time with his friends and family. Joe will be forever remembered by all who had the privilege to know him. 

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, and his mother, Elizabeth.

He is survived by his wife Roselyn, his three children and two stepchildren, Debbie (Steve) Lowde, Michael (Tonya) Kish, Steven Kish, Scott (Bridget) Shideler, and Annabel (Timothy) Hootman; proud grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 2; dearest brother of Terry (Sharon) Kish, and Don (Diane) Kish; and sister-in-law Heather Murray.

Illustrious Sir Richard Yardley, PP

November 1, 1929 - August 15, 2022

Potentate of Aladdin - Grove City, OH in 1998

Richard (Dick) Yardley born November 1st 1929 passed away on August 15th 2022. He was an Aladdin Shrine past potentate. He was proceeded in death by his wife Carolyn and son Richie. He is survived by his daughter Patti and her husband Tracy Staats, grandson Joshua Staats and his wife Elise.

Illustrious Sir Robert "Bob" Bollman, PP

July 8, 1938 - February 11, 2023

Potentate of Ansar - Springfield, IL in 1994

Robert "Bob" Bollman, 84, of Cantrall, IL, died at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2023.

Bob was born on July 8, 1938 in Springfield, IL to Gladys and Paul Bollman. He married the love of his life, Janice Arlene Pehlman, on Nov. 2, 1957. Their love lasted and grew for 65 years. Together, they raised 4 children: Don (Melissa), Deanna, Doug (Denise), and Danice. They also share 4 grandchildren: Haley, Charlie, Madeline, and Sophia. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deanna, his parents, 4 brothers who served our country in the United States Military (Earl, Jim, Roland, and Richard), and 2 sisters (Norma Gebhardt and Mary Alice Benjamin).

Bob graduated from Lanphier High School in 1956. He was raised in the Third Presbyterian Church, then attended Elliott Avenue Baptist Church where he was baptized and married, and is a current member of the Athens Christian Church.

Bob met his wife while they were both working at Kroger in Springfield. He then worked in several trades including building houses and having his own electrical business. He then opened his own pool and spa business, Bollmans Pool & Spa Co., where he enjoyed many years of working with his family.

Some of his most enjoyable activities were being a Mason with Tyrian Lodge #333 AF & AM where he served as Worshipful Master and a Shriner where he made many great friends and gave his all for crippled children. He was honored to be Potentate of the Ansar Shrine in 1994 and served as treasurer for seven years. Bob also enjoyed woodworking, planting trees on his property, restoring his fathers '56 Chevy, and working on basically anything. But spending time with his family was what he enjoyed the most.