Sunday, August 9, 2015

In Memorium - Dane Paul Lareau

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dane Paul Lareau passed away on the morning of Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the Washington, D.C., Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 45 years old and a proud veteran.
Dane is survived by his fiancee, Sonia Hutchinson Trask; three children, Austin (20), Madison (11), and Caitlyn (5); five siblings, Cherie Libka of Homer, Susan (Mike) Scruggs of Bourbonnnais, Michele Lareau of Savoy, David (Phyllis) of Allerton and Dan of Urbana; and close family and friends.
Dane was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Mary (Morris) Lareau of Allerton.
He served in the U.S. Army for six years as a diagnostic radiology technologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WDC) and in Frankfurt, Germany, achieving the rank of E4. Later, he served as an interventional radiology technologist at George Washington University Hospital (WDC).
He was a member of the Broadlands Masonic Temple Lodge 791. As a constant learner, Dane continued his professional education at Howard Community College (Columbia, Md.).
Dane was a kind, caring, deeply emotional man who will be dearly missed by his family and numerous friends around the world. His presence in our lives will be greatly missed.
Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of life event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Walnut Hill Shelter at Homer Lake Forest Preserve.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please send donations to The Lareau Children Education Fund at Morton Community Bank, 721 W. Jackson St., Morton, IL 61550.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Registration Now Open! 4th Annual Ogden Lodge Masonic Charity Trail Run!

Registration for Ogden Lodge No. 754's 4th Annual Masonic Charity Trail run is now open!  This year's fun run will feature our original 4.25 mile trail, along with a new 1.25 mile trail.  You can register now to either walk or run either course.  You can follow the link on the right of your screen, or follow this link to the registration page!

Visit the Masonic Charity Trail Run page for more information!

Let us know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creason Named Fellow By The Missouri Lodge of Research

Todd E. Creason, 33° recently was named as the 15th Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research.  Creason is the author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemason series.  He is Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and currently serves as Secretary.  He is also a member and Senior Warden of Homer Lodge No. 199.  He is a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, the York Rite Bodies of Champaign/Urbana (IL), the ANSAR Shrine, Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, Charter President of the Illini High Twelve No. 768.   He was recently awarded the 2014 Illinois Secretary of the Year Award by the Illinois Masonic Secretaries Association.

Brother Creason is also the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and continues to be a regular contributor. 

The Missouri Lodge of Research is a group of Freemasons interested in the history and study of Freemasonry, and who by their contributions make it possible to publish and distribute the results of their studies and investigations.  It was charted by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF&AM on September 30, 1941 under the direction of MWB Harry S. Truman.   The Lodge gathers and disseminates, by discussion and/or publication, information primarily of historical character pertaining to the origin and development of Freemasonry and to the members who have contributed to its growth and development.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

4th Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run To Add A New Trail!

Ogden Lodge No. 754 has decided to add something new this year to our Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run.  There is no question that our trail run is a challenging course--in fact, it's one of the things our participants enjoy about our event.  It's not only different, but it's more difficult than most runs. 

However, we're going to add something for those of you that would like to participate in our run, but might prefer something a bit less lengthy and difficult.  Not only will we have our traditional 4.25 mile trail, but we will be adding a shorter, less challenging course for our walkers and runners. 

We will be putting out additional details in the next few weeks as we prepare to open the event for registration.  If you have questions, you can contact our Secretary at


Friday, February 27, 2015

News: 4th Annual Trail Run Selects Charity!

During our 1st Annual Ogden Masonic Charity Trail Run, the members of Ogden Lodge wanted to pick a charity that was known throughout the Central Illinois area as providing an invaluable resource to the community.  The Lodge voted unanimously that Developmental Services Center would be our charity that first year, both because of the important work they do, and the fact that they would most benefit from our charity trail run.

Now in its 4th Year, and Ogden Lodge Masonic Charity Trail Run has announced that it will once again partner with DSC.  

DSC serves approximately 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disabilities, Down syndrome, or other conditions. Individuals seeking services may experience functional or environmental challenges that require extra support to live more independently. These challenges may include assistance in adequate daily living skills, adequate work skills, recognized social behaviors, or the ability to access community transportation.

The members of Ogden Lodge are looking forward to once again working with DSC on what we hope will be our best trail run ever.  We hope you will help us spread the word.

Stay tuned for more news and registration details.


2nd Degree Work on March 3rd @ 7PM

Ogden Lodge will have work on the 2nd Degree on March 3rd, 2015 at 7 PM with a meal to follow.  We hope you can attend!  Contact me if you have any questions at


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

David Plotner

David Plotner

OGDEN – David Lynn Plotner was born on June 22, 1931, at Ogden. The youngest child of Fred Plotner and Carrie Adeline Hays Plotner, he died peacefully at home on Father's Day, June 15, 2014.
After attending a one-room schoolhouse and graduating from Ogden High School, David, with his Dad's legal permission, married his childhood sweetheart, Gwendolyn Jane Hiser, on Oct. 28, 1951.
David proudly served in the Illinois National Guard, which was deployed during the Korean conflict, and he was stationed in Santa Maria, Calif., and later in Heilbronn, Germany.
David and Gwendolyn celebrated 62 years of marriage in 2013.
Always interested in agribusiness, he managed Shaff Implement Co. in Mayview for many years. Beginning in the early 1970s, he owned and operated his own dealership, Plotner Ford Tractor Inc. After it was sold, he worked for Pioneer and with several other seed corn companies.
An avid and very talented photographer his entire life, he enjoyed countless trips and international travels capturing stunning memories along the way. David and Gwendolyn especially enjoyed several tours with Judy Fraser of WCIA and her husband as their guides.
His retirement never seemed to let him rest as there was always some kind of workshop project or the lawn mowing that needed his constant attention.
David was a member and trustee of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, served on the Ogden Grade School Board and Village of Ogden Board and belonged to the Masonic Lodge.
He was particularly proud of his role as treasurer of the Ogden-Royal Fire Department for more than 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all five of his siblings.
David is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; sons, Greg (Virginia) Plotner of Houston, Texas, and Eric Plotner of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Nickolas (Kate) and Kyle (Julie) Key in Kentucky, Zach and Emily Modis in Houston, Texas. One great-granddaughter, Autumn Hope Key, was born to Nick and Kate in November 2013.
Despite several battles with cancer, a stroke-like incapacity from which he fully recovered, knee replacements, macular degeneration, and some hearing loss, David never lost his enthusiasm for life and what he could yet accomplish. He was an inspiration for all who knew him and he was always kind to everyone he met.
Memorials may be made to the Ogden United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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