Passing of MIC Rodney D. Middleton, 1961 - 2021
Most Illustrious Companion Rodney D. Middleton, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Kansas
May 11, 1961 - April 21, 2021
Rodney Middleton, 1961-2021
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master, 2017-2018
Grand Council of Kansas
Rodney Dean Middleton was born in Newport Beach, California in 1961 and is the oldest of four children. After a few short years, his family relocated to Kansas, finally settling in Mound Valley where he grew up. Rodney’s father worked for the Kansas State Extension office and farmed at his family homestead in a neighboring town. After graduating from Labette County High School in Altamont, Kansas in 1979, Rodney joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980, serving 21 years and retiring in 2001. During his time in the Air
Force, he obtained an associate degree in Science from Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Oklahoma, as well as an associate degree in Airframe Repair Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Rodney joined the local Masonic Lodge, Altus Lodge #62, and became a Master Mason in 1990.
During his time at Altus, Rodney was appointed Sr. Deacon. However, because of a transfer to Hill Air Force Base in Utah, he was required to move his membership to Gateway Lodge #29 in Clearfield, Utah from 1994 to 2001, where he was eventually elected Sr. Warden. At this time, Rodney joined the local Chapter, Council, and Commandery (Ogden Chapter #2, Ogden Council #3 and Ogden El Monte #2 Commandery).
Rodney was next transferred to Kunsan Air Force Base in Korea, but after returning from his assignment, he finished his military career at McConnell Air Force Base and retired in 2001. Shortly thereafter, Rodney relocated to Altamont, Kansas with his son where he joined Parsons Lodge #117 and Altamont Lodge #69, going through the chairs to eventually become Worshipful Master at both lodges in 2005 and 2006.
Currently Rodney is serving as the secretary of Altamont Lodge, an office he has held for the past ten years. In addition to this service, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 2014 and 2015. Rodney joined Parsons Chapter #39 in 2001, becoming High Priest in 2004, 2009, and in 2017. He has also been the District Deputy Grand High Priest #2 forthe past five years. In 2013, he was appointed as Illustrious Grand Conductor of the Council, and in 2017 Rodney was elected Most Illustrious Grand Master.
Some other Masonic degrees and affiliations of Rodney’s include:
Order of the Eastern Star, Clearfield, Utah #24 – 1994 to 2002
Parsons Chapter Royal Arch Masons #39 - 2001
Independence Council Cryptic Masons #15 – 2001
Illustrious Master of Independence Council Cryptic Masons #15 – 2009, 2013
Coeur de Lion Commandery Knights Templar #17 – 2001
Eminent Commander of Coeur de Lion, #17 – 2005, 2009, and 2017
Order of the Eastern Star, Parsons #49, Erie #136 & Chanute #147 – 2002
El-Kalah Shrine, Salt Lake City, Utah – 1997 to 2001
Mirza Shrine, Pittsburg, Kansas – 2001
Red Cross of Constantine, Crispus Conclave, Pittsburg, KS – 2006 (Eminent Viceroy, 2012)
Knights of the York Cross of Honour, Kansas – Priory #33 – 2010
Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, River Jordan Tabernacle – 2012
Kansas York Rite College #125 – 2016
Sword of Bunker Hill #117 – 2008
Council of the Thrice Illustrious Master, Order of the Silver Trowel – 2012
Order of the High Priesthood – 2013
Kansas Association of Past Commanders – 2013
General Grand Ambassador to Kansas, General Grand Council – 2017
Passing of RIC Jerry L. Belt, 1945-2021
Right Illustrious Companion Jerry L. Belt, Grand Marshal, Grand Council of Ohio
November 14, 1945 - February 26, 2021
Jerry L. Belt, 1945-2021
Grand Council of Ohio
Jerry L. Belt, 75, of Richwood, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 at The James Cancer Hospital.
He was born Nov. 14, 1945 in Columbus to the late Julius Ellsworth and Edith Frances (Ellinwood) Belt. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Howard Paul Belt; a sister Terry Lockwood; and a step-son, Andy Beltz.
A 1963 graduate of Richwood High School, Jerry served in the Marine Corps for four years where he earned the Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star. In 1967, he began working for Nestle R&D in Marysville until his retirement in 2001. Jerry enjoyed open water SCUBA diving.
He was a charter member of VFW Post #870 in Richwood where he had served as Commander from 2013 to 2016 and was currently Commander. He had also actively served on the funeral detail.
A well-traveled Mason, Jerry was raised in Mt. Carmel #303 F&AM in Richwood where he served as Worshipful Master in 1984, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2010-12. He was an honorary member of Indian Lake #722 F&AM. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 15th Masonic District from 2001 to 2004. His satellite memberships include S. S. Jewel Council #89 where he served as Illustrious Master in 1990, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and Super Excellent Master in 1985; Marysville Chapter #99 where he served as High Priest in 1989, 2000, 2002 and 2005; Bellefontaine Commandry #61 where he served as Eminent Commander in 1995 and 2015; Ohio Priory KYCH; Ohio Northern Forest #188 Charter Member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon where he served as Grand Tall in 2007; High Point Council #120 AMD where he served as Past Sovereign Master in 2010; Valley of Columbus, AASR; Knight Commander of the Red Branch of Eri in 2011; Life Sponsor of the Eye Foundation; Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, where he served as 5th Arch Adjutant from 2015 to 2017 and was currently serving in the Grand Line as Grand Marshal.
On June 13, 1987 he married the former Dianne (Yoder) Beltz in Raymond and she survives in Richwood. He is also survived by sons, Justin Tyler Belt, Prospect; Todd McKee, North Carolina; step-daughter, Amanda Schultz, Marion; step-son, Daniel Robert (Angie) Beltz, Lakeview; special daughter, Betsy (Keith) Hicks, Cardington; eight grandchildren, Kayla (Nick) Jester, Dylan Beltz, Terra Beltz, Jacob Belt, Brooklyn Belt, Journey Belt, Landon Hicks, Katey Hicks; and a great-grandson, Aiden Hicks.
Memorial gifts may be made to an organization that is dear to the hearts of Ohio Masons, Special Olympics Ohio, 3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232; or the VFW Post 870, P. O. Box 164, Richwood, OH 43344.
Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com
Passing of MIC David F. Snyder, 1930-2021
Most Illustrious Companion David F. Snyder Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Kansas
February 23, 1930 - March 28, 2021
David F. Snyder
PMIGM of Kansas
York Rite History:
Most Illustrious Grand Master - 1992
Right Eminent Grand Commander - 1985
Most Excellent Grand High Priest - 1996
Grand Master General (KYCH) - 2009-2010
David F. Snyder, 91, retired Boeing Electrical Engineer, died Sunday, March 28, 2021. David was an active member of many Masonic bodies for 68 years. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am, Friday, April 2, 2021, at First United Methodist Church. Masonic Graveside Service will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Blanch Snyder; and four sisters. Survived by his wife of 70 years, Glenna; daughter, Gloria Summers; sons, Bruce (Gwen) Snyder, all of Wichita, KS, Gary (Nancy) Snyder of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Ginger (Shawn) Farney-Gieger, Jackie (Brian) Wise, both of Wichita, KS, Josi (Nirvan) Khokhani of Louisville, CO, Josh (Angela) Snyder of Valley Village, CA, Jori (David) Whitling of Boulder, CO, David (Deb) Summers of Bloomington, MN, Carl Summers of Philadelphia, PA, Ty Summers of Wichita, KS; great-grandchildren, Abbie, Drew, Mackenzie, Grace, Isabel, Jack, Cade, Kanon, Landon, Anya, Ellery. Memorials have been established with: Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 1033 Long Prairie Rd. S-5, Flower Mound, TX 75022; First United Methodist Church Television Ministry, 330 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202; Angels of America's Fallen, 10010 Devonwood Ct., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.