Room of Remembrances

Passing of MIC Frederick "Tiny" Potter, 1945 to 2021

Most Illustrious Companion Frederick James "Tiny" Potter, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master, Grand Council of California
April 8, 1945 to August 4, 2021

MIC PotterFrederick "Tiny" Potter, 1945-2021
PMIGM, Grand Council of California

Frederick James Potter was born on April 8, 1945, in Portland, Maine to Elizabeth L. Potter and Damase F. Potter. He was educated in the Portland Public School system and attended Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland and received an A.A. degree in Marine Technology.  In June 1967 he came to California with 4 school friends.

Employed by the Department of the Navy for 33 years, retiring on January 2, 2001

He married Donna on November 19, 1982. They have no children.

Masonic History

Chapter Dad in 1971 until 1975 in Camarillo Chapter Order of DeMolay, and served as Chairman of the Advisory Council from 1976 through 1978. Received the Cross of Honor. He is a Charter Life Member of the DeMolay Alumni Association.

Raised a Master Mason 1-6-67 in Corner Stone Lodge No. 216 A.F. & A.M. of Maine

Scottish Rite - Valley of Portland 1967

Kora Shrine Temple, Lewiston, ME 1967

Affiliated with Camarillo Lodge No. 824. Master in 1976 and again in 2005 when that lodge consolidated with Channel Islands Lodge No. 214. While Master in 1976 he started the Camarillo Lodge Maine Lobster and Steak Picnic which ran for 29 years. He was the first Hiram Award recipient in Ventura County in 1979.

Member of the Grand Lodge of CA Masonic Homes Endowment Board from 1977 through 1986 and 1998-2003

Life Member of Santa Barbara Scottish Rite. Served as Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 1995.

Charter Member of Valley of Ventura County Scottish Rite. Served as Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 1982, Master of the Kadosh of the Consistory in 1995, and Venerable Master in 1997. Recipient of the Meritorious Service Award in 1996.

He was invested with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH) on 10-21-85. He was coronated as an Honorary Inspector General of the 33° in 1995.  He has serviced as the Personal Representative of the S.G.I.G. and Deputy of CA since 1998.

Oxnard Chapter No. 86 Royal Arch Masons 4-8-78. Served as Chaplain. Life member.

Ventura Council No. 15 Cryptic Masons 4-8-78. Illustrious Master in 2001. Life Member

San Diego Commandery No. 25 Knight Templar 1-31-81. Life Member

He is a Rob Morris recipient and Past Patron of Camarillo Chapter No. 649 and a member of Channel Island Chapter No. 96, Order of the Eastern Star.

Pacifica Conclave Red Cross of Constantine. Puissant Sovereign 2003

Royal Order of Scotland. Life member of Robert the Bruce Assn. and Clan

Kilbrannan which he is Secretary/Treasurer from 1996 to the present.

Past President of National Sojourner’s Chapter No. 494

Past Commander of West Point Camp (200), Hero’s of ‘76

Past Sovereign Master (2005) of Channel Coast Council No. 114, AMD

Past Governor of St. Alban York Rite College No. 130, Sovereign York Rite College of North America

Brian Boru Council No. 38, Knight Masons. Currently serving as an Officer.

Past President of Ventura Shrine Club 1981

Appointed Grand Sentinel of the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California on April 28, 2003.

Passing of MIC Michael Whiting, 1946-2021

Most Illustrious Companion Michael Whiting, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master, Grand Council of Michigan
December 10, 1946 to July 27, 2021

MIC WhitingMichael Whiting, 1946-2021
PMIGM, Grand Council of Michigan

Mike left this earth to join his parents Elmer and Mary Whiting as well as his sister Kathy, the evening of Tuesday, July 27, 2021, surrounded by love and family. He leaves behind his wife and love of his life, Jeanne; his brother, Dennis (Mary) Whiting, and his sister, Cheryl O’Donnell. He will be deeply missed by his children: Dawn (Eugene) Myers and Michael (Melissa) Whiting; grandchildren: Heather (Nick), Caitlyn (Sean), Michael (USMC), Jordan, Eugene, Gage, Perry, Dillon, Harlow, and his great granddaughter, Sophie. He has many beloved in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He would say family was his greatest accomplishment. He retired from General Motors and was a member of Pontiac Lodge #21 and Roosevelt Lodge #510 and actively participated with his beloved friends in several Masonic organizations. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army. Funeral service will take place at 11am on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at COATS FUNERAL HOME – CLARKSTON. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 4-8pm with a Masonic Service at 7pm, and again on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beast Mode Boxing Club 501c3, 4355 Waverly Dr., Waterford, MI 48329, where his grandchildren are active participants, or your favorite charity in his name.

Passing of MIC Gordon J. Karslake, 1932-2021

Most Illustrious Companion Gordon Junior Karslake, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master, Grand Council of Michigan
July 1, 1932 - May 27, 2021

MIC KarslakeGordon J. Karslake, 1932-2021
PMIGM, Grand Council of Michigan

Gordon Junior Karslake, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Lansing, MI. He was born to Gordon Elliott and Neva Ida (Thrasher) Karslake on July 1, 1932 in Burr Oak, MI. He attended and graduated from Vanderbilt High School in 1950. Gordon attended CMU and graduated from Ferris State University in 1954 where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Majoring in Chemistry and minors in Physics, Biology, Language, Literature and English. He taught at Gaylord High and Saginaw Arthur Hill. Gordon met his wife Lucille (Wakeley) while teaching at Gaylord High School. Gordon served in the United States Army National Guard from 1949-1956.

Gordon was employed and retired from Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc. in Mason for 33 years as a Chemist. He often boasted that he was retired longer than he worked!

Gordon married Lucille on December 30, 1954 until her death in 2003. They had one son, George who is deceased and two daughters, Vicky and Jean. Gordon has 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Gordon is a member of the Mason First United Methodist Church. He has served the City of Mason as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He also served on the Water and Sewer Board, the Cemetery Board and the City Planning Commission.

Like his father and grandfather, Gordon started his Masonic career with Cyrene Lodge #352 and transferred to Mason Lodge #50 in January of 1959 where he is a Life Member and Past Worshipful Master and Most Worshipful Grand Master. Gordon served on the Mason Temple Association starting in 1962 when he signed the articles of incorporation.

Gordon joined the Royal Arch, Mason Chapter in 1960 and is a Past High Priest. He was greeted into Leslie Council #50 in 1961. He is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master and served in many capacities which culminated with his election and installation as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Michigan.

Gordon was knighted in 1967 at Jackson Commandary #9. He served as Eminent Commander in 1979. Initiated into Mason Chapter #150, Order of the Eastern Star in 1960 where he served as Patron on numerous occasions.

  • Received a resolution from the City of Mason naming June 18, 1984 as Gordon Karslake Day.
  • Mayor McKane presented the Key to the City of Lansing, MI and proclaimed May 17, 1985 as Gordon Karslake Day.
  • Received over a hundred Honorary Memberships in different Masonic Organizations in the US and Canada.

In 1977 Gordon joined Valley of Bay City, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. In 1978 he joined Jackson York Rite College #3 and in 1989 was nominated and received the Purple Cross. In 1979 received the Royal Order of Scotland in Indianapolis, IN.

1980 Inducted into the Michigan Priory #22 KYCH

1984 Received KYGCH with one quadrant

Gordon was a Life Member of the Masonic organizations of which he was a member reaching the highest levels in each and until his death was the oldest member of all of them.

  • Served as American Legion Post Commander, Vice Commander and Color Guard Captain.
  • Served 5 years as National Sojourners President and was Heroes Commander for 3 years.
  • Gordon retired from the MI Defense Force in April of 2021 with a rank of Warrant Officer V having joined their ranks in 2004.
  • Gordon has served as the State Director and the Regional Director for the MEMS Academy for the State Guard Association of the United States and holds the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist Certificate.

Gordon never met a stranger. While military and civil service were important components of Gordon’s life he is most remember for his loving, gentle spirit. He was generous with his kindness, always reacting to “have a good day” with a strong “only if you have a better one” even to the very end.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Karslake; his son, George Karslake; his parents; and his siblings: Doris, Ronald and Paul.

Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Vicky (Steve) and Jean (Kirk Quenby) Karslake; his grandchildren: Michelle (Christopher), Jaclyn (Kristopher LaClear), Kristopher, Jennifer and Nicole; his great grandchildren: Alexis, Mikaila, Donald, Dylan, Kristopher, Gordon, Abbi, Henry, Bradley, Ryan, Aidan and William; and his great-great granddaughter, Adaline; his sister-in-law, Shirley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, Mason Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St, Mason, MI. A Masonic Service will be performed at 7:30 pm to honor Gordon’s long commitment to the Masons.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 2 pm at Mason First United Methodist Church, 201 E Ash Street, Mason, MI with Military Honors at the conclusion of the service. The family will receive friends from 12 pm until 2 pm prior to the services at the church.

Passing of RIC Ronald Everett Wood, Jr., 1930-2021

Right Illustrious Companion Ronald Everett Wood, Jr., Grand Recorder, Grand Council of Missouri, 1996-2001
July 8, 1930 - May 25, 2021

RIC WoodRonald E. Wood Jr., 1930-2021
Grand Recorder, Grand Council of Missouri

Greetings Sir Knights,

Freemasonry has lost another Jewel in its Masonic Crown. Reverend, Companion, and Sir Knight Ronald Everett Wood, Jr. cast off the chains binding him to this Earthly realm to be with his Lord and Savior at 1:30 am on May 25, 2021.

Ron was born in Rolla, Missouri, July 8, 1930. At an early age his family moved to Tennessee where he graduated from the Tennessee Military Institute (high school) in 1949. After graduation in 1949, he returned to Missouri. While working for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, he served as pastor of several Missouri Methodist Churches. He attended the Flat River Junior College (Mineral Area Junior College) from which he graduated in 1954 with an Associate Degree. He completed his college education at the Southeast Missouri State University and in 1957 graduated with a degree in Secondary Education. He enrolled in Eden Theological Seminary in Saint Louis and graduated in 1960 with a Master of Divinity Degree. After graduation, he was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He served as a Minister in the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.

On April 14, 1951, Ron and Marie were married and became partners in life's journey. To this union were born five children: Ronda, Patricia, Steven, Paula, and Mark (Mark, sadly, died at birth). The kids are all now married and widely dispersed across the country. The extended family consists of nine grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Unfortunately, Marie died on March 2, 2010, after 59 years of marriage. On July 17, 2010, Ron found  happiness again by marrying Betty.

Ron was raised a Master Mason in Ionic Lodge No. 154 in Desloge, Missouri on December 10, 1956. He continued his Masonic journey in 1981 by joining  DeMolay Chapter No. 26, Warrensburg Council No. 57, and Mary Commandery No. 19. He served as High Priest of the Chapter in 1991, Illustrious Master of  the Council in 1992, and Commander of the Commandery in 1992.

Ron served as the Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter of Missouri from 1996 through 2001 and as Grand Chaplain from 2007 through 2008. He also  served as the Grand Lecturer and the Grand Historian of the Grand Chapter. Ron served as the Grand Recorder of the Grand Council of Missouri from 1996 through 2001 and as Grand Chaplain from 2005 through 2006. He also served as the Grand Lecturer and the Grand Historian of the Grand Council.

Ron served as the Grand Captain General of the Grand Commandery of Missouri in 1995, the Grand Recorder in 1996; and as the Grand Prelate from 1989 through 1990 and again from 2005 through 2009. He was elected an Honorary Past Grand Commander in 1996. He edited the Missouri supplement in the Knight Templar Magazine from 1994 through 2010. He also served as the Grand Historian of the Grand Commandery. He was created a Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT) by the Grand Encampment in 1995.

The Masonic service and visitation for Ron will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Meierhoffer Funeral Home and Crematory (5005 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO, 64506). The Masonic service with Commandery Honor Guard will begin at 5:00 pm. The visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The service for Ron will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the MeierHoffer Funeral Home and Crematory. Ron’s final resting place will be in Whispering Pines Cremation Garden at St. Joseph Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be given to either the Eastern Star Training Award For Religious Leadership (send checks payable to the Grand Chapter of Missouri OES with ESTRAL on the memo line to 6033 Masonic Drive, Suite C, Columbia, MO, 65202) or the Grand Commandery of Missouri Holy Land Pilgrimage Endowment Fund (send checks payable to the Grand Commandery of Missouri with HLPEF on the memo line to 107 S. Williams St., Fayette, MO, 65248-1017).

It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of such an Excellent, Illustrious, and Eminent Companion and Sir Knight. Ron, good and faithful Brother, may God bless you and keep you ever in His presence.


Russell S. Hanson, PGC
Grand Recorder
Grand Commandery of Missouri