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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

MIC MiddletonRodney 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

RIC BeltJerry L. Belt, 1945-2021
Grand Marshal
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

MIC SnyderDavid F. Snyder
PMIGM of Kansas
1930-2021

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

Obituary

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.

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

MIC Miller Albert Hugh "Sonny" Miller
PMIGM of Missouri
1934-2021

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.

Fraternally,

Kevin B. Sample
Grand Recorder

Masonic Bio

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.