Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Joseph Lynn Speiser


MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Joseph Lynn Speiser, 79, entered Heaven on Thursday (April 13, 2017) in Moses Lake, Wash.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary, whom he married in Fayette County, Ill., in 1956. Joe is also survived by his son, Charles, and his daughter, Joni (Don) Harris; sister, Helen "Sue" (Dave) Thomas; and brother, Jim (Kelly) Speiser.
He was born in Hillsboro, Ill., on May 28, 1937, to parents Charles William Speiser and Elta Weisner (Nee) McDonald. He graduated from Champaign High School in 1955 and served our country in the Naval Reserves.
Joe was a carpenter by trade and rose through the ranks to become superintendent and construction manager on several large projects in and around Illinois and Indiana.
On a personal level, he bred, trained and showed basset hounds. His kennel produced over 100 AKC Champions over time.
He was an avid University of Illinois sports fan and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends - especially Pitch and Euchre.
Joe was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
As an adult, he managed the same family farm where he had spent so much treasured time with his grandparents growing up.
Known as "Pap" by all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he will be missed by all.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Woodrow Wilson Brookey - Urbana Lodge


URBANA – Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Brookey, 99, of Urbana passed away peacefully at his daughter's house in California on April 11, 2017.
Woody was born on Feb. 18, 1918, in Ozark, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 70 years, Helen as well as two brothers, Frank and Brown, and two sisters, Geneva and Dorothy.
He is survived by two daughters, Sandra and Marsha, and a sister, Juanita. Also surviving are four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Woody enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served from 1942-1946, moving up in the ranks to staff sergeant when he was honorably discharged.
He worked at the U of I as the equipment manager for the men's basketball team for 31 years and loved every day of his job.
He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge at Urbana Lodge #157. He was a member of the Philo Road Church of Christ and served the Lord in various positions over his 40 plus years of membership.
This man was such a kind, humble and gentle soul. He is truly loved by his family and friends. Words cannot express the sorrow we are all feeling.
The family would like to convey a special thank-you to his friends who were always looking out for him, the staff at Prairie Winds of Urbana, Carle Hospice in Urbana and Hinds Hospice in Fresno, Calif. We are so grateful for the care and kindness shown to Woody.
A memorial service will be held in Illinois at a later date.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Midnight Freemasons: What Is Masonic Education: Part 2

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Dick Peters - Homer Lodge

HOMER – Dick L. Peters, 83, of Homer passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (April 13, 2017) at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer. Pastor Raymie Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Homer. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the funeral home.
Dick was born on April 30, 1933, in Urbana, the son of Clarence and Gladys Swearingen Peters. He married Betty Bukowski on Nov. 23, 1954, in Oakland, Calif. She survives.
Survivors also include son, Randy (Nancy) Peters of Holden, Maine; daughter, Lynn Peters of Monticello; son, Ronald (Salena) Peters of Urbana; grandchildren, Lindsey (Stuart) Purcell, Nicole (Ian) Stanberry, Dana (Dan) Arney, Christopher (Mackenzie) Peters, Katie Peters, Laura (Andrew) VanMeerbeke and David Peters; sister, Joan (Lowell) Terry of Crystal Lake; and great-grandchildren, Scarlet, Ella, Irelyn, Jacelyn and Chase.
Dick was a member of Homer Masonic Lodge.
He owned and operated the Shell Station and Custard Cup in Homer.
Dick taught science and was a coach at the Ogden grade school for 25 years. He was a self-employed flooring contractor, owning his own business for 10 years.
Dick served in the Navy during the Korean War where he was a radio operator for military transport planes.
He was an avid Cubs fan and loved golfing, bowling and hunting.
The family would like to express their thanks to Homer Rescue.
Memorials can be made to Homer Fire and Rescue.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Charles E. Baker Jr. - Bement

BEMENT — Charles E. Baker Jr., 82, of Bement passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 11, 2017) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.
Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, April 15, at the Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement. Pastor Amos Dillman and Pastor Jeff Bealmear will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Masonic services will be at 11:45 a.m. Burial with military honors by the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620 will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Illinois Masonic Outreach, Harbor Light Hospice Program or the Bement EMTs.
Charlie was born on Dec. 19, 1934, in Decatur, a son of Charles E. and Leta Smith Baker Sr. He married Ramo na Darlene Campbell on Oct. 27, 1956, in Monticello, and she survives of Bement.
Surviving children include Rick (Etta) Baker of Bement, Randall (Carol) Baker of Savoy and Pam (Doug) McDonald of Mount Vernon, as well as seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler Auth; and two brothers, Donald R. and Kenneth Baker.
Charlie was a member of the Bement United Methodist Church and was custodian there for over 10 years, a 50-year member of the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620, a U.S. Army veteran, the Bement Masonic Lodge 365 AF& AM. He was a 50-year Mason with the Chapter Council and Commandry. Charlie was on the Piatt County plat committee, ASCS.
He loved racing gocarts, pool, bowling and playing euchre. Charlie just loved to be around people. He loved a good party but his greatest love was watching his grandchildren play sports.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, has the honor to serve the family of Charles E. Baker. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family.”

Friday, April 7, 2017

Robert E. Weaver - St. Joseph Lodge

Image may contain: 1 personST. JOSEPH — Robert E. Weaver, 97, of St. Joseph passed away at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday (April 4, 2017) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, with the Rev. Scott Millis and the Rev. Paul Dinges officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bob was born on Jan. 3, 1920, at St. Joseph, the son of Charles M. and Della A. Farner Weaver. He married Bernice C. Cress on Oct. 11, 1953, at Martel, Tenn. She died on June 27, 1998.

He is survived by one son, Charles R. Weaver of Henderson, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and six sisters.


Bob served as postmaster at St. Joseph from 1950 to 1980.


He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps for four years during World War II. He served on the invasion convoy to North Africa and also served in India.


He was a member of the St. Joseph United Methodist


Church and St. Joseph Senior Citizens. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 634 and served as past commander. He was past president of the St. Joseph Lions Club and early member of the St. Joseph Fire Department, and belonged to 40 and 8.  He was a member of St. Joseph Masonic Lodge No. 970 and the Valley of Danville Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite


He was the St. Joseph Citizen of the Year in 1980 and served as the grand marshal of the Fall Festival Parade in 2011. He also served as the guest of honor at the 2011 homecoming football game, having attended St. Joseph football games for over 80 years.


Because of a letter written by his son to Sen. John McCain requesting help, Bob was a guest of the base commander at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Ariz., for the 2016 Air Show on Heroes Day. He was escorted by Lt. Col. Roy viewing all the planes on the flight Line and Air schedule.


Bob enjoyed traveling to Europe and Hawaii. He also took seven cruises to Mexico and visited most of the States.


He wintered in Tucson for 36 years and was the oldest person in the RV park.


Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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