Friday, September 27, 2019

The Midnight Freemasons: A Lesson In Humility

The Midnight Freemasons: A Lesson In Humility: by Midnight Freemasons Founder Todd E. Creason, 33° "Humility is not thinking  less of yourself,  it is thinking of yourself ...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Midnight Freemasons: Thank You for Being a Mason

The Midnight Freemasons: Thank You for Being a Mason: by Senior Midnight Freemason Contributor  WB Gregory J. Knott  On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early September, my wife Brooke an...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Raymond Householder

FAIRBURY — Raymond Householder, 98, of Fairbury passed away at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 18, 2019) at Clark-Lindsey Nursing Home, Green House, Urbana.
F u n e r al services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at First United Methodist Church of Fairbury. Pastor Ann Champion is officiating.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church of Fairbury or SELCAS.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond was born April 17, 1921, in Fairbury, the son of Debold and Lottie Freeman Householder. Ray graduated from Fairbury High School in 1939. After serving in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946, he married Alice Swanson on July 20,1947. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2015.
Surviving are his son, Jim (Nancy) Householder of Mahomet; two grandchildren, Natalie and Nikolai Householder of Mahomet; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sue Ellen; and his sisters, Irene Hodgson, Florence Day and Janet Woodall.
Raymond was a member of Fairbury United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Lions Club, Chapter No. 99 of the Royal Arch Masons, former director for the Fairbury Grain Co., director of Livingston County Farm Bureau, John Joda American Legion Post No. 54 and a deputy sheriff of Livingston County.
He farmed in the Fairbury area all his life.
Online registry is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome. com.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Truman Price

CENTRALIA — Truman Price, 98, of Centralia passed away on Friday (Sept. 6, 2019) at Nature Trail Nursing Home in Mount Vernon.
He was born March 7, 1921, in Griffin, Ind., a son of Clarence L. Price and Arvilla (Conner) Price. Truman married Patricia McRoy on Sept. 25, 1978, and she preceded him in death on July 13, 2019.
Truman is survived by two nieces, Shirley Taylor of Montana and Roberta Cooley of Montana; and several additional nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; five brothers, Ernest Price, Robert Price, Delbert Price, Lawrence Price and Lester Price, who was killed in 1925 when a tornado went through Griffin, Ind.; and two sisters, Estelle Price and Permelia Price. 
Truman worked at Illinois Central Railroad for two years until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He was placed in the 722nd ROB (Railway Operation Battalion) that hauled troops and supplies to the front and would also bring back German prisoners. After World War II, he went back to work at Illinois Central and Amtrak until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Centralia. Truman was also a member of the Centralia VFW Post 2055, Centralia American Legion Post 446, Centralia Elks Lodge 493 and Centralia Masonic Lodge 201.
Funeral services for Truman Price will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia with Tommy Henegar officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. Military honors will be accorded at the gravesite by the Centralia American Legion Post 446 and Centralia VFW Post 2055. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Hillcrest Memorial Park Care Fund and will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 N. Sycamore St., Centralia, IL 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Price family. Condolences may be offered online at

William "Bill" Carroll Dillon - Arthur

ARTHUR — William "Bill" Carroll Dillon, 92, of Arthur died at 9:49 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 5, 2019) at his residence.
Masonic services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Arthur United Methodist Church with funeral services following with the Rev. Bruce Weiman and Pastor John Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bill was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Arthur, the son of Charles and Grace Kinney Dillon. He married Carol Howell in Arthur on May 16, 1948. She preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2003.
He is survived by his son, Brett Dillon of Hesston, Kan.; daughter, Calene Kohn of Arthur; aunt, Mary Dillon of Arthur; four grandchildren, Nicholas (Kylie) Dillon, Luke (Tiffany) Dillon, Adam (Alexis) Kohn and Kellye Kohn; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Clint Dillon; sister, Charlene Dick; nine uncles; and five aunts.
Bill’s employment included Aschermann Ford as an accountant; U.S.I. as a bookkeeper; and Schrock Cabinets as an office manager. He later worked for VOA, a department of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in Kansas City and Witchita, Kan., where he managed apartments until retiring in 1989. He and Carol then moved back to Arthur where he worked at Oye’s Hardware Store for several years.
Bill was a member of the Arthur United Methodist Church and served on the Arthur Library Board, Arthur Park Board and Arthur Rotary. He was a member of the Arthur AF&AM Lodge No. 825 for more than 75 years, serving as Past Grand Master; and was a member of the Danville Consistory.
Memorials are suggested to the Arthur EMT Association or the Arthur Public Library.
Condolences may be offered online at

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Jack Albin Allen - Tuscola

TUSCOLA — Jack Albin Allen, 92, of Tuscola passed away at 11:12 a.m., Wednesday (Sept. 4, 2019) at the Tuscola Health Care Center. He was surrounded by his wife of 70 years, Wilma, and the very caring staff of Tuscola Health Care Center. Jack’s family cannot adequately express their appreciation of the tenderness and love that helped Jack peacefully leave us.
Jack was born on Oct. 27, 1926, in Newman, the son of Ray and Lela Albin Allen. Jack was brought up on the family farm in Newman and loved farming his entire life. He was a graduate of Newman High School, where he played football, learned to play trombone and worked hard to take care of his father and mother. Around 1947, Jack met Wilma Armstrong and convinced her to marry him in 1949. They continued to farm and teach until Jack was enlisted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany. In 1953, their first daughter Debra was born; in 1958, their daughter, Ginger (deceased), completed the family.
From the moment Jack returned home from the service, he continued to serve God, family and country. Jack worked at USI, became a partner in the Tuscola John Deere dealership and later started the Dodge/Chrysler/ Plymouth dealership with Whitey Walker. He did all of these jobs at the same time. He was dedicated to making his family happy and safe.
In 1974, Jack was elected County Clerk for Douglas County and served in that position through 1990. Prior to being County Clerk, Jack was a county board member and a Tuscola City alderman.
He was 50-year member of Newman Masonic Lodge #369, where he served as Worshipful Master, and 50-year member of Tuscola Chapter #66 Royal Arch Masons, where he served as Excellent High Priest.
He loved playing golf, going to Florida and visiting his daughters, especially when his grandsons, Spencer, son of Debra and Gus Smith, and Jack, son of Ginger and Mark Heretik, came into the world. His grandsons adored their grandfather.
Jack loved his yard and taking care of his home. He planted many trees to “live past him” at
both his home and at his church, Tuscola United Methodist Church.
Jack loved his hometown of Newman, his adopted town Tuscola, Douglas County, and the United States of America. He and Wilma were truly life partners and always shared with family and friends.
Jack loved refinishing antique farm toys and would work for hours in his man cave. He loved the I & I Club and never missed a meeting.
He loved his model trains, his ukuleles and playing the piano. He was a trombonist in Gene Trimble’s orchestra. Jack was a superb dancer and taught both daughters to dance while standing on his feet.
He rarely missed a weekday morning going to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen for breakfast with Don, Red, Jim, Dale and others. Then he would carry a very heavy bottle of quarters to the 9 o’clock game of the Sons of Retirement at the back table at Flesor’s.
Jack is survived by his wife, Wilma; daughter, Debra; and grandsons, Spencer A Smith and Jack J Heretik. He was fortunate to be loved by nieces, Connie, Doris, Becky, Linda, Rita and Marsha; and nephews, Ken, Steve, Jim, Mike, Jerry, Harry and Richard (Sexton).
The summary of Jack’s life? He loved. He helped. He built. He will be so lovingly missed. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie St., Tuscola, with the Rev. Terri Haas officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairfield Cemetery, north of Newman, Illinois, with military graveside rites accorded.
Memorials may be made to either the Tuscola Health Care Center or SAM Food Pantry.
Online condolences may be shared via hilligossshraderfh. com.
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