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 www.methodisttemple.church. 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 www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.
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 www.stpierrefamilyfuneral.com, 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 www.AndersonFCS.com. 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 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.