Passing of MIC Albert Hugh "Sonny" Miller, 1934-2021
Most Illustrious Companion Albert Hugh "Sonny" Miller Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Missouri
July 8, 1934 - February 26, 2021
Albert Hugh "Sonny" Miller
PMIGM of Missouri
Companions all, it is with much sadness that we report the death of Most Illustrious Companion Albert H. “Sonny” Miller, Past Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Missouri, 2006-2007. Sonny passed away on February 26, 2021, and is under the care of Dardenne Baptist Church.
The officers and members of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Missouri express their deepest regrets to the family of our friend and companion. Contributions in memory of M.:.I.:.C.:. Miller may be made out to the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Missouri, CMMRF in the memo field, and forwarded to the Grand York Rite office.
As a tribute of respect and by order this day of M.:.I.:.C.:. Wayne B. Fryer, Grand Master, all Missouri Councils of Royal and Select Masters will present this communication along with the attached Memoriam at their next stated assembly. Councils will drape their charters for a period of 30 days from that meeting for our departed Companion and duly record this action in the minutes.
Kevin B. Sample
Albert Hugh "Sonny" Miller was born July 8, 1934, in Sainte Genevieve Country near Coffman, Missouri. He is the eldest son of the late Albert Benedict Miller and the late Sofia Blanche Bloom Miller. He received his education in the Coffman grade school and from the Sante Genevieve public high school in 1951. Also, he graduated from the Saint Charles Police Academy; receiving 160 hours of police instruction. He was married to Betty Jane Harter in 1955, has four married children: Janie, Carl, Carol, and Randy, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He retired from Service American Vending Company in 1996 after working as a route salesman for thirty-five years. He served as a police reservist for eighteen years in the cities of Wentzville and O'Fallon, Missouri, and Saint Charles County, Missouri.
Miller received his Masonic degrees in Saint Francois Lodge No. 234 at Libertyville, Missouri being initiated March 11, 1958, passed April 10, 1958, and raised May 9, 1958. After turning in his proficiency in June, he moved to Wentzville, Missouri permanently, transferring his membership in 1959 and serving as Worshipful Master of Wentzville Lodge No. 46 in 1962. During his term, twenty-one men were raised that year. After moving to Wentzville, he was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board of Daniel Boone Chapter, Order of Demolay, and served in that capacity for close to ten years. He received the Honorary Legion of Honor in 1977. He also served as Associate Guardian of Job's Daughters Bethel No. 45. He is a past Worthy Patron of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 37 and a member of the Sword of Bunker Hill. Miller served his community of Wentzville by serving on the Board of Education for four years for the Wentzville R-IV school district and also worked with the little league of softball and baseball for ten years as coach, manager, and umpire. He also worked with the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Master, Troop Committee Chair, and Unit Commissioner. He served on the board of the Performing Arts Association of Saint Charles County.
Miller is proficient in his Masonic work, receiving all five cards from the Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge degree ritual award, all thirteen cards from the Grand Council, and the card in Opening and Closing from the Grand Chapter. He received the Scottish Rite degrees in the Oscar Jost spring reunion class, Valley of Saint Louis in 1962, the K.C.C.H in 1979, served as Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 1983 and was director of the work for the council for two years. He served as a counselor for the New Valley Scottish Rite club for five years, formed a Rose Croix funeral team west and north of Wentzville, performing twelve funerals in ten months. He also served as chaplain for the Daniel Boone Shrine club for four years
Miller was appointed District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the 30th district of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri and served four years from 1968-1972, and again as D.D.G.L. for the 37th district in 2005 and 2006. He holds a certificate of proficiency No. 010 for candidate's lectures.
He received his York Rite degrees in 1986-1988, serving as High Priest of Saint Charles No. 111 in 1991, Master of Hiram Council No. 1 in 1992, and Commander of Saint Charles Commandery No. 73 in 1994. He received the K.Y.C.H. in 1995. He is a member of the Order of the High Priesthood, Order of the Silver Trowel, and the Past Commanders Association.
Miller is also a member of the Olin S. McDaniel No. 259 A.M.D. and the Bruce Harmon Hunt No. 162 York Rite College and Greater Saint Louis York Rite Council Club. He also served as the Regional Deputy Grand Master and Region Deputy Grand Lecturer of Region 6, receiving the Lewis & Clark award in 1993 and the Cryptic Mason of the Year award in 2000. He was appointed to the advancing Grand Council line by MIC Leroy D. Unruh in 2001. He served as Grand Master of the Grand Council in 2006-2007.
Miller is a volunteer at the Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Missouri, and president of the hospital auxiliary there. He is a member of Pine Log Baptist Church having served as Sunday School Director and deacon. He is also Chairman of three cemetery associations near Coffman and is the chaplain for UEL Chapter No. 129, Royal Arch Masons, and Bonne Terre Council No. 43. Miller is also a member of the KYCH club in Farmington.
Passing of MIC Theodore "Ted" Fricke, 1942-2021
Most Illustrious Companion Dr. Theodore "Ted" Albert Fricke Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Idaho
February 15, 1942 - February 18, 2021
MIC Theodore "Ted" Albert Fricke
PMIGM of Idaho
Past Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of Idaho, 2002-03
Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Idaho, 2002-04
Eagle, Idaho - Dr. Theodore "Ted" Albert Fricke passed away peacefully at the age of seventy-nine on February 18th, 2021. He was surrounded by his family and chose to go his own way on his terms and his terms only.
Theodore A. Fricke DDS was born in Rupert, Idaho February 15, 1942. His parents were Albert Fricke, from Mackay Idaho, and Georgetta Miller from Nampa. He and his sister Anne were a handful, but their childhood was wonderful.
Ted graduated from Pocatello High school in 1960. He loved school and learning, was an Eagle Scout, and was active in many organizations. He had many jobs and professions and worked continuously until he was 67.
He worked his way through Pharmacy School, graduating in 1965. Then he went to Dental School in Kansas City, working as a Pharmacist, graduating in 1969.
He was selected for General Practice Residency by the Air Force at Travis AFB, and then stationed at Anderson AFB, on Guam for 2 years, during the Vietnam Nam War.
Ted returned to Idaho and went into practice in Weiser and Cambridge. He loved Cambridge but got an opportunity to buy a practice in Boise in 1974.
He practiced in Boise for 34 years, his success largely due to his great staff, some of who were with him for 20 or 30 years. His patients were or became friends. After selling his practice he practiced for several years in Payette.
Ted was very proud of his Masonic work. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Order. It started as Master Councilor of Pocatello Chapter Order of DeMolay, then Mt. Kinport Masonic Lodge in Pocatello. In 1985 Ted joined El Korah Shrine in Boise and was Potentate in 1997. He was the villain in their Melodrama several years and loved doing the part. He was a member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; he was very active in York Rite, serving as Commander of Idaho Commandery #1 of Knights Templar, and Grand Commander of Idaho. He was Grand Illustrious Master of Cryptic Masons of Idaho, also a member of HRAKTP. He was a past director of the Royal Order of Jesters where he made eccentric friends all over the country.
He married Linda Stevens in 1964, they were later divorced. In 1974 he married Marci Mosman. She had a 3 year old daughter, Dianna, which he raised and loved as his own. They built a home on McCall golf course in 1997 and spent many wonderful days there. When he had a stroke, he could no longer play golf and missed his golfing buddies immensely. He spent many days bird hunting with his dogs and friends.
Ted, Dr. Theodore A. Fricke was preceded in death by his mother Georgetta Miller, father Albert William Fricke and sister Ann Louise Fricke Brownlee. He leaves behind his wife Marcia A. Fricke and Daughter Dianna Fricke.
Ted will be remembered for many reasons but here are a few nuggets from family and friends:
- His contagious smile and unmistakable laugh
- His knack for story telling
- His gentle and giving heart
- His inappropriate sense of humor
Passing of MIC Patrick A. Curtis
Most Illustrious Companion Patrick A. Curtis
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Maryland
MIC Patrick A. Curtis PMIGM of Maryland
Patrick A. Curtis of Clinton, MD. Passed away at his home on February 13, 2021. MIC Patrick A. Curtis served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of Maryland in 2002 and later served as the Ambassador to Maryland for the General Grand Council. He also served as Grand High Priest of Maryland from 2016-2017. and Grand Commander of Maryland from 2007-2008. MIC Curtis was a member of Camp Springs Lodge No. 227 for 47 years.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Mary Karkulis Curtis, daughter, Shawn M. Garren (Harold) and brother, William J. Curtis "Bill." Mr. Curtis is preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Francyne Pell and and parents, Aurthur B. Curtis and Goldie F. Luke Curtis. Family will receive friends at Lee Funeral Home, Clinton, MD, on Monday February 22, 2021 from 10 a.m. until time of Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Columbia Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church, Lanham, MD or the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.