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.

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 www.midnightfreemasons.org 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 webmaster@toddcreason.org


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 webmaster@toddcreason.org