Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lodge Of Sorrow: Joe Silkey

Joe Silkey (2010) Celebrating 70 years as a Mason at Ogden Lodge No. 754

CHAMPAIGN – Joseph Silkey, age 95, of Champaign passed away at 1:37 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at G.A.R. Cemetery, Homer. Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Silkey was born Aug. 27, 1917, at Ogden, the son of Chester and Crystal Austin Silkey. He married Fern See in 1945. She survives.

He is also survived by a son, Leslie Silkey of Champaign; a sister, Irma "Slick" Keith; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Mr. Silkey worked for the Unit 4 school district in the Data Processing Department from 1961-1982. He was valedictorian at Ogden High School.

He was a Master Mason for 72 years at Ogden Lodge 754. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force From 1935-1959. He was a member of the Ogden Christian Church from 1945-2012. He was a member of the Boots and Bows Square Dancing Club.

Memorials may be made to the Ogden Masonic Lodge 754.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ogden Lodge's Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner

It's become an annual tradition at Ogden Lodge to sponsor a dinner for our local senior citizens group, and this evening's event was very well attended--about 50 guests joined us for fried chicken and all the fixings. Special thanks to the Girl Scouts for coming in and singing for us again this year (that's become a tradition too).  They always do a great job getting everyone in the mood for the holidays.  Thanks to all that attended, and all that helped put everything together.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Ogden Past Master Honored

W. B. Stephen Hooper
Ogden Lodge is pleased to announce that Past Master Stephen Hooper was honored on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, by the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville with the Double Eagle Award for his years of dedicated service to the fraternity.  It is a very prestigious award, and we give our heartfelt congratulations on his receipt of the much deserved award.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ogden Lodge's First Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run

And the runners are off!
Ogden Lodge held it's First Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run today (September 15, 2012) at Homer Lake, and it was a resounding success.  It was a beautiful day, and we had 30 runners pre-registered for the 5K, and wound up with a total of 44.  Racer No. 34 was the first one across the finish line with a time of 35' 30:48. 

Thanks to the assistance of so many individuals and businesses in the area, we're going to be able to make a sizable contribution to our selected charity--The Developmental Services Center in Champaign.
Setting up Headquarters early
St. Joe IGA donated the trailer
 It was a non-competitive fun run--we had runners and walkers.  The participants ranged in age from 7 to 70.  We were told by many of the participants that the Homer Lake trails were both beautiful and challenging.  We had some good suggestions for next year, and if participants have other suggestions, we'd like to hear them.  You can send those suggestions to our Lodge Secretary

The community came out in force.  We not only had a lot of Masons there, but the Homer Fire Department and Arrow Ambulance was on hand to keep things safe.  We also had a lot of help from the Girl Scouts, and the Boy Scouts, who helped sell shirts, run the concessions, and helped keep time at the finish line.  We also had a great trailer that was loaned to us by the St. Joseph (IL) IGA.  The St. Joe IGA also donated many of the refreshments along with Village Pantry in Ogden.  The entire list of donors is listed here

A few of our helpers, and representatives of DSC
After the race, we had a lot of great door prizes that we gave away from many of the local businesses in the area.  It was a lot of fun, and a great day.  We're already looking forward to next year--armed with the experience we gained from this first event.

Thanks to everyone involved. 

~Ogden Lodge No. 754

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ogden Lodge No. 754 and Homer Lodge No. 199 Joint Installation

Homer Lodge No. 199 and Ogden Lodge No. 754 held a joint installation of officers on Sunday June 10 at Ogden Lodge in downtown Ogden, Illinois.   WB Dave Harry was installed as Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and WB Aaron Ketchum was installed as Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754.

Lots more pictures here

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Installation of Officers for Ogden No. 754 & Homer No. 199

The installation of officers for both Ogden Lodge No. 754 and Homer Lodge No. 199 will take place at Ogden Lodge on June 10th.  We'll have dinner at 5 PM with installation to begin at 6 PM.  Congratulation to Aaron Ketchum having been elected Worshipful Master of Ogden Lodge for a second year, and to Dave Harry, who was elected Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Work On The 1st Degree Wednesday, May 2nd @ 7 PM

This is a reminder that Ogden Lodge will have work on the 1st Degree this coming Wednesday, May 2nd, at 7 PM with a meal to follow.  We hope you can all come out to join us.  We always have a very good time.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ogden To Hold 1st Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run

The planning for Ogden's 1st Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run are well underway.  The event will be held at Homer Lake on September 15th at 9 AM.  The course is 4.25 miles.  There is a link above which will soon have much more information, and the registration form. 

This is a "fun run"--you can run it or walk it.  We'll continue to post updates as they become available.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Special Thanks From Family Of Bro. Frank Hays

We received a card of thanks from the family of Bro. John "Frank" Hays who passed away last month--he was 100-years-old!  The family asked for me to share this with everyone . . .

April 6, 2012 
Dear Members of the Ogden Masonic Lodge, 
Please accept this donation in memory of John F. Hays.  Our family appreciated the [Masonic Funeral Rites].  Please extend our thanks to all who participated.  Also, a special thanks to those who were pallbearers: Tom Barrett, Curt Bolding, Todd Creason, Stephen Hooper, Paul Noerenberg, and Denver Phelps 
The John F. Hays Family

And I'd also like to thank the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville and several local lodges for helping us out with this request.

Thanks For All The Help This Morning!

We had work on the 2nd Degree in Ogden this morning, and the turn-out was outstanding!  I think we had over twenty all together.  We'd like to thank everyone that turned out to support our candidate, and put on what was a splendid degree.

Here's some more pictures:

JW Steve Guess doing a fine job with the meal

We like to keep an eye on this bunch . . . 

WB Greg Knott waiting for things to get started

Our DDGM Ray Cummings (third from left) was there, and you'd
think everyone would be on their best behavior--
but he's usually the one causing the problems!
 Thanks again everyone!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Work On The Second Degree: Saturday, April 14th 10 AM

Ogden Lodge No. 754 will have work on the 2nd Degree on Saturday, April 14th at 10 AM.  I'm sure there will be donuts and coffee upon arrival, and refreshments afterwards.  We hope you can join us.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Masonic Dues Card

I hold in my hand a little scrap of paper 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size. It is of no intrinsic worth, not a bond, not a check or receipt for valuables, yet it is my most priceless possession. It is my membership card in a Masonic Lodge.
It tells me that I have entered into a spiritual kinship with my fellow Masons to practice charity in word and deed; to forgive and forget the faults of my brethren; to hush the tongues of scandal and innuendo; to care for the crippled, the hungry and the sick, and to be fair and just to all mankind.
It tells me that no matter where I may travel in the world, I am welcome to visit a place where good fellowship prevails among brothers and friends.
It tells me that my loved ones, my home, and my household are under the protection of every member of this great Fraternity, who have sworn to defend and protect mine as I have sworn to defend and protect theirs.
It tells me that should I ever be overtaken by adversity or misfortune through no fault of my own, the hands of every Mason on the face of the earth will be stretched forth to assist me in my necessities.
It tells me that, and a great deal more, this little card, and makes me proud yet humble, that I can possess this passport into a society of friends and brothers that are numbered in the millions.
And finally, it tells me that when my final exit from the stage of life has been made, there will be gathered around my lifeless body, friends and brothers who will recall to mind my virtues, though they be but few, and will forget my faults, though they may be many.

How was that for a subtle reminder to pay your dues if you haven't yet? 


Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't Forget: Blood Drive Saturday!

Don't forget that Ogden Lodge is sponsoring a community blood drive Saturday Morning, March 17th, between 10 AM and 1 PM. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lodge of Sorrow: John "Frank" Hays

John "Frank" Hays

VILLA GROVE – John F. "Frank" Hays, 100, of Villa Grove, formerly of Ogden and rural Fithian, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Friday (March 9, 2012) at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer. The Rev. Nicholas Showalter will officiate. Burial will be in the Stearns cemetery in Fithian. There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with a Masonic Rites Service at 7 p.m.

Mr. Hays was born on June 26, 1911, in rural Ogden. He was the eleventh child of Willard and Margaret Wright Hays.

He married Mildred J. Baker on Feb. 15, 1936, at Danville. She passed away on Feb. 1, 2003. He was also preceded in death by five sisters, Myrtle Hackler, Jessica Gooch, Jennie Hart and Maude and Mabel (twin infant sisters); and five brothers, David, Vincent, Thomas, Glen and Fred Hays.

Mr. Hays is survived by one daughter, Margaret (Lance) Herrmann of Villa Grove; two granddaughters, Denise (Jason) Zander of Tolono and Bekki (Joel) Canine of Lafayette, Ind. There are six great-grandchildren, Daniel Zander, Haley Zander, Jillian Zander, Sophie Canine, Logan Grimm and Gabrielle Canine.  He was also very close with his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, joining in 1943, and he joined the Valley of Danville Consistory in 1946. He was also a member of the Ansar Shriners of Springfield and the Eastern Illinois Shrine Club.

Mr. Hays joined the Vermilion County Farm Bureau in 1934. He served on the Muncie Consolidated Grade School Board for 12 years and during his presidency of the board the new Muncie Consolidated Grade School Building was completed. He later served on the Oakwood Township High School Board for nine years.

During World War II, Mr. Hays had a "farm release," permitting him to work at the General Motors Central Foundry in Danville and later he fired on the Peoria and Eastern Railroad. He retired from grain and livestock farming in the Muncie-Fithian area in 1976 after moving to Ogden in November 1975.

While living on the farm he and Mildred experienced two tornadoes and while living in Ogden their home was struck by the tornadoes of 1976 and 1996. When asked by local media,"Do you think someone is looking out for you?" Frank replied,"I think somebody's trying to get us."

He served on the Ogden Village board for four years. After the town of Ogden purchased the former high school grounds, he assisted in making the grounds into a park. He was also on the streets and alleys committee and the water committee. He was a member of the Ogden Lions club for several years. While living in Ogden he enjoyed drinking coffee with his many friends and being part of the Tuesday morning pocket knife-swapping group. After moving to Villa Grove in 2001 Mr. Hays maintained an interest in family, current events, politics and sports. He enjoyed gardening and playing cards, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and for the University of Illinois football and basketball teams. This year he especially enjoyed the UI volleyball team's successful season. He was an avid fan of WDWS Penny for your thoughts and various political programs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ogden Rose Public Library in memory of Frank and Mildred Hays.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reminder: Worker's Club

Here's a reminder that Worker's Club will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 7 PM @ the Champaign Masonic Center, 14 Bel Air Court, Champaign.  It's a good opportunity to have a little fun, learn a few things, and brush up on a few points.  Our instructor, DDGM Ray Cummings, makes the meeting a lot of fun for all who attend--and they quit promptly at 9 PM. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lodge Of Sorrow: Robert Hitt

ST. JOSEPH – Robert "Bob" Hitt, 82, of St. Joseph, formerly of Hopedale, entered into God's kingdom on Tuesday (Feb. 7, 2012), surrounded by his family at his home in St. Joseph.

Bob was born on Feb. 24, 1929, in Allen Grove Township, to Melvin and Mildred (Hunt) Hitt of Hopedale. Raised in Hopedale, he attended elementary and high school with interests including student council, basketball and music.

After graduation he worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co., drove a truck hauling farm equipment, and was a grain inspector for the State of Illinois. Bob joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1952 following the death of his father.

Bob married Bonny Orr of Stanford on Valentine's Day in 1952 at Sumter, S.C. Upon discharge, Bob and Bonny returned to Hopedale where he began working for Pioneer Seed Corn.

Later he joined Pyrofax gas company and was transferred to Eldridge, Iowa, in 1960, followed by a transfer to Urbana in 1962.

He later became an auditor for Tuloma gas company, which merged into Standard Oil where he was district manager. He retired in 1993 from Trisler Seed corn, Fairmount.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Terry (Teresa) and Todd (Jamie), all of St. Joseph; four grandchildren, Tracy (Marcy) Hitt, Tiffany (Justin) West of Farmer City, Jody (Brent) Bohnert of Perryville, Mo., and Jessie Hitt of St. Joseph; four great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Judi (Alan) Spear of Batavia.

Bob was a trustee with the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District for 12 years and a longtime member of the United Methodist Church, St. Joseph, and Ogden Masonic Lodges, ANSAR Shrine, Illini Shrine, Scottish Rite and St. Joseph American Legion. He was a member of the International Association of Turtles, Inc.

Funeral arrangements include a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Freese Funeral Home in St. Joseph. Masonic rites will be accorded at 7 p.m.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Freese Funeral Home, with interment in Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview.  Services are entrusted to Davis Mortuary, Hopedale, and Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2/9/12: First Degree Work

One Thursday, February 2, 2012, Ogden Lodge No. 754 will have work on the 1st Degree started at 7 PM @ Ogden Lodge with food and refreshments to follow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Newsletter


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ogden Lodge Hosts Record Breaking Blood Drive

Thank You!

On Saturday, January 14th, donors turned out in record numbers to give blood at the Ogden Community Blood Drive at Ogden Lodge--19 pints of blood was donated! 

We want to thank everyone that helped to make this a very successful event. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lodge of Sorrow: Gerald DeVon Meade

Gerald DeVon Meade
FITHIAN — Gerald DeVon Meade passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Columbia, Mo., with his family present.

He lived in the Fithian, Ill., area 89 years before selling the family home in April 2005 to move closer to family.

Gerald was born Oct. 27, 1915, to Earl Meade Sr. and Neva Ellen Poage Meade on the old Meade homestead in Fithian. He was the oldest of four sons, M. Ithul, Earl Jr. and Donald.

In 1934, he graduated from Oakwood Township High School, the first of his family to do so. While there, he read every book in the library.

He worked at Hegler Zinc Co. in Danville until October 1941 when he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served as drill sergeant and demolitions expert and earned recognition as sharpshooter.

After discharge in February 1946, he returned to Fithian and ran the Fithian bulk plant for Standard Oil Co. for 30 years. As a trainer-agent, he trained his brothers, Ithul and Donald, the first brothers ever hired by Standard Oil. After retirement in 1975, he returned to farming and worked for Gerald Barnes 25 years before retiring again at age 86.

Gerald met Mary Casari in November 1945. They married May 18, 1946, and had two daughters.

Gerald was very active in the Fithian community, serving more than 50 years on various boards: Fithian Village Board (12 years as mayor); Fithian Grade School Board; Oakwood Township High School Board; and 30 years on the Fithian-Muncie Stearns Cemetery Board.

He initiated and collected donations for a memorial to honor all war veterans. Gerald was a 53-year member of the Mason Ogden Lodge 754; 63-year member of American Legion Post 998 (Ogden); Scottish Rite in the Valley of Danville; lifetime member of Vermilion County Museum and Vermilion County War Museum; lifetime Charter member, National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.; and member of NRA.

Gerald loved the outdoors and roamed the woods and Salt Fork River mushroom hunting, fishing and game hunting. For 61 years he made annual trips to northern Wisconsin to visit family and to fish. He enjoyed several trips to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, with his fishing buddy, Raymond VanBuskirk and family. He loved going to the Oakwood truck stop every day to meet friends.

Gerald was a great family man during his 49 married years, enjoying many family dinners and croquet games on the farm as well as euchre and canasta. In later years, he loved cribbage. He was an honest, fair and generous man to all who knew him.

He is survived by his two daughters, Carole Jean (Guy) Rodon and children, Andre Rodon and Melinda (Brant) Campbell; and Robin Jane (Matt) Cadwell and children, Katie Devon Cadwell (Jesse Bond), Emily Cadwell and Alexandra Cadwell; great-granddaughter, Zion Avery Richardson; sister-in-law, Janet Casari; and many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on March 28, 1996; his brothers and their spouses; and two brothers-in-law.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel, Oakwood, with service immediately following. Burial will be at Fithian Stearns Cemetery, with military rites.

Condolences in care of: Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel, 105 E. S. Main St., Oakwood, IL, 61858.

Memorial donations suggested to: Vermilion County Museum or Vermilion County War Museum Society in Danville.