Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Midnight Freemasons: The Diamond in the Quarry

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Frederick W. "Rick" Sturts - St. Joseph Lodge

July 8, 1957 -
February 14, 2020
Frederick W. “Rick” Sturts, 62, of Rantoul formerly of St. Joseph died at 11:33 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy with Masonic Rites at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Rick was born on July 8, 1957 in Champaign, the son of Frederick Wayne and Doris McCleary Sturts.
Survivors include one son; Fred (Kati) Sturts of St. Joseph, two grandchildren; Frederick Dennis Sturts and Vivian Jean Sturts both of St. Joseph, one brother; Michael (Georgeann) Sturts of Carbon Cliff, and two sisters; Patty Bloomer and Ann (Darrell) Suits both of Rantoul.
He was preceded in death by his sister Cheryl.
Rick worked for Champaign County for 20 years as a maintenance person.
He was a member of St. Joseph Masonic Lodge #970 A.F. & A.M., Champaign Chapter # 50 R.A.M., Urbana Council #19 C.M. and Urbana Commandery #16.
Rick loved music, being outdoors and was a handyman.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions maybe made to the family.
Condolences may be offered at

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday, December 27, 2019

Donald Wayne Davis - Potomac

POTOMAC — Donald Wayne Davis, 81, of Potomac passed away at 5:56 p.m. Monday (Dec. 23, 2019).
Donald was born Oct. 7, 1938, the son of Vernice Eugene and Wilma Ann (Clem) Davis, in Peoria. He married Jean Brunson on Oct. 26, 1957, in Danville, and she survives in Potomac.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Davis of Potomac; one son, Bradley Wayne Davis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Sharon Baramore of Tampa, Fla., and Janice (Allen) Mansfield of Urbana; and one grandson, Derek Deon Davis of Danville.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kent Eugene Davis; and one brother, Eugene Alan Davis.
Donald graduated from Oakwood Township High School; was a member of the Potomac Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and on the church board for many years; a 50-year member and Past Master of the Potomac Masonic Lodge; member and M.S.A. of the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite; former assistant fire chief and volunteer firefighter for the Bluegrass Fire Protection District for a total of 47 years; member and past Patron of the Order of the Eastern
Star; served on the Potomac School Board; and coached Little League. He was an International Harvester farm equipment dealer for 22 years, of which 10 years he was a partner and retired as a maintenance tech for Midwestern Gas Transmission Company.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834. Dr. Dale DeNeal will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 7 p.m.
Memorials are requested to the Bluegrass Fire Protection District. Please join Donald’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome. com.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Midnight Freemasons: Why the Golden Dawn?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

R. C. Hutchinson - Catlin

CATLIN — R. C. Hutchinson, 86, of Catlin passed away at 9:38 p.m. Monday (Dec. 16, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
R. C. was born June 16, 1933, in Flat Rock, to Raymond Charles and Martha Faye Caldwell Hutchinson. He married Marsha Hout on Aug. 30, 1957, in Flat Rock. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Gregory Mark (Lisa) Hutchinson of Kokomo, Ind., and Joseph Charles (Jackie) Hutchinson of Danville; one daughter, Cheryl (Steve) Liggett
of Catlin; one brother, Jack (Marge) Hutchinson of Austin, Texas; one sister, Joanne McCarthy of Robinson; one sister-in-law, Sally Hutchinson of Lima, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
R.C. served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He was a past member of the Catlin Masonic
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