Sunday, September 10, 2017

Support Our Masonic Brethren

This year’s hurricane season has been particularly rough on the gulf coast area.   Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and the Houston area especially.  The Grand Lodge of Texas has requested assistance and is working through the Masonic Service Association (MSA) of North America for an appeal for funds.

MSA has a long history of coordinating disaster relief appeals on behalf of the Grand Lodges of North America.

MSA has issued this appeal and donations can be made on the MSA website here: or you can send a check to:
Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send them to:
Masonic Service Association
3905 National Drive, Suite 280
Burtonsville, MD 20866. 

When remitting funds to MSA, please mark checks, "Texas Disaster Appeal."
The MSA appeal is the single best way to help other Masons.
As of this writing Hurricane Irma is making its way to Florida.   The Tyler’s Place Podcast has put together a special episode on this storm with some great information.  This episode can be accessed at:

Please keep those that have been affected by this devastation in your thoughts and prayers.  As Freemasons, we have a long history of helping others, including our fellow brothers when they face adversity.

On behalf of Ogden Masonic Lodge, we wish the best for all those whose lives have been affected by this devastation.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ogden Trail Run Raises $7,000

The Ogden Masonic Lodge Charity Trail Run was rained out. But we still raised $7,000 for Crisis Nursery. We are proud to support this great organization.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dale L. Carico

CHRISMAN – Dale L. Carico, 90, well-known area automobile salesman whose career spanned 37 years with the former Mooney Motors of Chrisman, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 26, 2016) in the palliative care unit of the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville.
Dale was born on June 21, 1925, in Danville to Crockett and Nora Hall Carico. He married Virginia Walters on Dec. 2, 1951, in Chrisman.
She survives, as well as one son, Bob Carico; two daughters, Janet (Dale Winans) Kindred of Chrisman and Jean (Tom) Scott of Chrisman; four granddaughters, Michelle (Troy) Lunger of Chrisman, Theresa (Troy) Latoz of Georgetown, Stacey (Todd) Gosnell of Paris and Misty Terry of Turlock, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Vera Carico and Pat Carico.
He was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.
Dale was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chrisman and the former Broadlands Masonic Lodge 791, and a current member of Ogden Masonic Lodge 754, having been a Mason for over 60 years.
He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, Ansar Shrine Club, Chrisman American Legion Post 477 and served on the Chrisman Fire Department for 15 years.
He graduated from Sidell High School. He was drafted in 1949 and served his country in the Army.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Chrisman, with Pastor Gene Creek officiating. Burial with full military honors by the Chrisman American Legion Post 477 will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Chrisman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Chrisman with Masonic Rites at 7:30 p.m. by the Ogden Masonic Lodge 754.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Chrisman, or the Chrisman American Legion Post 477.
The Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences may be offered at

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Charles Hodge

DECATUR – Charles Eugene Hodge, 82, of Decatur, formerly of the Allerton area, passed away Monday (Feb. 22, 2016) at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with Pastor Kathy Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery north of Newman. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday prior to the service.
Charles was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Newman, the son of Claude Elmer and Mary Ruth Brown Hodge. He married Wilma Jean Cross on Sept. 29, 1953. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Bobbi) Hodge of Broadlands and Chris (Kathy) Hodge of Champaign; two daughters, Tina (Gary) Henderson of Allerton and Mary "Cha" (Mike) Bishop of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Hodge of Mansfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
He was employed at USI in Tuscola for many years and worked on the railroad. He belonged to the Army Reserves and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 71 in Urbana.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Raymond F. "Joe" Schnellenbeger

TOLONO – Raymond F. "Joe" Schnellenberger, 91, of Tolono passed away at 6:20 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 14, 2016) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Services will be held at a later date.
Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, is in charge of arrangements.
Joe was born on Nov. 17, 1924, in Adyville, Ind., the son of Albert and Sadie Hobbs Schnellenberger. He married Ethel Gentry on Dec. 22, 1948. She preceded him in death in 1987.
He is survived by his children, Rebecca (Steve) Reifsteck of Ogden, Scott Schnellenberger of Champaign and Jennifer L. Mohr of Tolono; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two half brothers, Alan Schnellenberger of Williamsville, Ill., and Nathan Schnellenberger of Jasper, Ind.
Also surviving from a previous marriage are seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two children, four sisters, three brothers and one grandchild.
Joe was an Army veteran of World War II who served in France and the Philippines where he prepared for the invasion of Japan. After the bomb was dropped, he served in Japan with the occupation forces. He also served on the Al-Can Highway with Operation Snowshoe.
Joe worked as a drainage contractor with Schnellenberger Tiling from 1962 to 1984. Joe was a 55-year member of Ogden Masonic Lodge 754.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Donald E. McKinney

ST. JOSEPH – Donald E. McKinney passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday (Dec. 11, 2015) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with his wife, son, family and friends by his side.
Donald was born on March 5, 1967, in Seattle, Wash. He was adopted by Bruce McKinney and Linda Short at birth. He graduated from Michigan City High School in 1985 and then attended DePauw University, where he graduated with a major in computer science.
At DePauw, he met his future wife, Susan Conger. They dated until May 1989 when they got married after Don completed his degree and Susan completed her master's degree. They settled in Champaign County after the wedding, first in Champaign, then in St. Joseph. Donald enjoyed living in St. Joseph and being "the librarian's husband."
He was den leader and cubmaster in Pack 40; he was committee chairman and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 79 Boy Scouts of America. Donald had many interests that he and his wife enjoyed together. They attended and served at the Church of Christ in St. Joseph, where he had served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, deacon in charge of ushers and a youth group sponsor.
He was a member of St. Joseph Lodge 970 and Ogden Lodge 754 AF&AM. He was a member of the Valley of Danville, Scottish Rite; York Rite Independent Bodies. He was royal patron of Champaign-Urbana Court 17, Order of the Amaranth; and grand associate patron and a past grand royal patron of the Grand Court of Illinois, Order of the Amaranth. He was worthy patron and a past patron of Delmar D. Darrah Chapter 1021, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a past watchman of shepherds, Hope Shrine 106.
Donald was an avid tabletop and computer gamer and was chairman of the Winter War Gaming Convention for 22 years. In his spare time, he collaborated with Marc Miller on Traveller, a science fiction role-playing game, and had written one book and was in the process of writing two other books.
Donald is survived by his wife, Susan, and his son, Michael, with whom he enjoyed political discussions; his parents; siblings; and a niece and two nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Vinny Santanelli officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with Masonic services at 7 p.m. and Order of Amaranth service at 7:30 p.m.