CHAMPAIGN – Winfred J. Rodell died on Tuesday (April 28, 2015) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., Champaign, with Masonic rites accorded by Paxton Lodge No. 416 AF&AM. Lux Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.
He was born Aug. 17, 1920, in Fidelity, Ill., a son of Winfred Jacob and Margaret (Donahoe) Rodell. He married Norma L. Avers on Aug. 3, 1947, in Springfield. She survives.
Survivors also include one son, Gordon J. Rodell of Fort Myers, Fla.; one daughter, Valerie Rodell Hart of Marion, Ky.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Mr. Rodell graduated from Athens Community High School, Athens, Ill., in 1937, and Springfield Junior College in 1939.
Prior to the war, he was employed by the Shell Oil Co. in St. Louis, Mo., and the Shell Pipe Line Corp. in Houston, Texas. He served in the Navy during World War II and was recalled for the Korean War. He was a Navy Chief and taught in ground school, Radio Navigation and Instrument Flying to cadets and pilots.
He was a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force at Chanute Air Force Base for 26 years, retiring in January 1980. He was a member of University Place Christian Church, Champaign; the Champaign-Urbana Elks Club; and Carle Foundation Hospital Auxiliary.
He was a member and Past Master of Rantoul Lodge No. 470, and transferred to Paxton Lodge No. 416 AF&AM; member of and Past High Priest of Chanute Chapter No. 267, which then merged with Ford Chapter No. 113, serving also as Past High Priest; member of and Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Urbana Council No. 19, and served as recorder for six years; transferring to Paxton Council No. 129, and served as recorder for 16 years; recipient of the Super Excellent Master Degree in 1978; member of and Eminent Past Commander of Mount Olivet Commandery No. 38; and served as recorder for 22 years; District Inspector for Grand Council of Illinois for two years; Grand Representative to Vermont for the Grand Commandery of Illinois for seven years; member of East Central York Rite College No. 81, Danville; recipient of York Rite Sovereign College Service award in 1994, and received the Order of the Purple Cross in 1998; member of and Past Sovereign Master of Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 (AMD) and created a Knight of the Red Branch of Eri; member of Saxa Rubra, (Red Cross of Constantine), Champaign; admitted into the Order of High Priesthood, Illinois Council of Thrice Illustrious Master and Illinois Knights Templar Past Commanders Association; admitted into Priory No. 873, Knights of the York Cross of Honor; recipient of the Grand Chapter of the State of Illinois Secretary of the Year Award for 1995-96 year; founder and editor of the Paxton York Rite Newsletter, and was the recipient of Best Newsletter Award from the Grand Commandery in July 1992.
Memorials may be made to the Echo Program through the Carle Development Foundation.