Departed Brethren

It is with sorrow and sense of loss that I inform you of the loss of these Brethren.

Euin “Sam” Sandusky, 86, of Coal Valley, IL, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, at UnityPoint Trinity West in Rock Island, IL.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated.  A visitation will be held Sunday, March 25th, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Coal Valley, IL.  Services will be Monday, March 26th, at the church, at 10:00 a.m., with burial in Western Cemetery near Orion, IL.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Sam was born in Bronte, TX, on September 25, 1931, son of Jesse Mack and Martha (Lowry) Sandusky.   On August 28, 1953, he married JoAnn Hedrick, who preceded him in death September 29, 2004.

He attended schools in Gainesville, TX, and then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  During his life, he owned Sandusky Construction, Quint City Barricade.  He was born a cowboy, and enjoyed stock car racing, rodeos, and running heavy equipment.

Survivors include sons, Jim (Cindy) Sandusky, Todd (Kelli) Sandusky, and Scott Sandusky; a brother, Billy Joe (Betty) Sandusky; grandchildren, Cassie (Nate) Leffler, Jessica (Ben) Proust, Zane (Cory Wessells) Sandusky, Erica Sandusky, and Landon Sandusky; great-grandchild, Ariah Leffler; and special friend, Gwen Emerson of Coal Valley.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

A Masonic service will be accorded for Brother Sandusky on Sunday the 25th of March at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church 2431 1st Coal Valley, Illinois.  He was a 54-year member of the Fraternity



Max Dean Wright, 53, of Rock Island, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-7 the funeral home with a Masonic service at 3 p.m. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made to the family.

Max was born on July 12, 1964, in Moline, the son of LaVernon P. and Katherine Emma Moritz Wright. He married Mary J. Dodson on July 12, 1986, in Union City, Mich. He was the owner and operator of Certified Cleaning and Restoration and Lucky Ducky’s Video Poker and Slots.

Max was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and Coordinate Bodies Valley of Moline, member of the Doric Lodge 319 AF + AM, Moline. He was also an instructor for the Illinois Child Identification Program.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Wright, Rock Island; daughter, Amie (Jordan) Bonilla, Moline, and Ashley (Chrys) Wright, Rock Island; grandchildren, Malaya Bonilla, Tristan Bonilla, Tatum Garrett; brother, LaVernon (Bonnie) Wright, Moline; sisters, Debbie (Larry) Carlson, Florida, Nina Diane Sentner, Florida, and Ginny (Ron) Potter, Missouri; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Lou and Tom Dodson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Rich; and one sister, Velma Lorraine Wright.

Memories may be shared online by visiting

Please plan to attend his Masonic service on Monday.

Arcie A. Sapato, 96, of Moline, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted by the Moline American Legion Post 246. Memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, Moline.

Arcie was born on Oct. 29, 1921, in Dallas, Texas, the son of John and Lucille Sapato. He married Dorothy Fern Arnold on Sept. 23, 1946. In his early years, he worked as a welder, and later as an inspector for John Deere for 33 years, retiring in 1983.

Arcie was a veteran, having proudly served in the United States Army during World War II, where he served in the European Theatre. Arcie was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Moline. He was a former Moline VFW member and was a member of UAW 865. Arcie was a member of the Silvis Masonic Lodge No. 898 AF & A.M. and the Moline Consistory.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; children, Stephen (Kristen) Sapato, Tampa, Fla.; son-in-law, Gerald Schmidt, Moline; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Daniel Sapato, Chicago.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Cheryl Schmidt; parents; sisters, Violet, Marie, Judy, Margaret and Gloria; and brothers, Albert, Paul, Tony and John.

Memories may be shared online by visiting


Ill ⸫ Allen Gilbert “Bud” Spencer 33°, Marseilles, Illinois.

Allen Gilbert “Bud” Spencer was born on December 24, 1920 in Niagara Falls, New York and passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018, Marseilles, Illinois.

He was raised a Master Mason March 21, 1942 in Marseilles Lodge, No. 417 A.F. & A.M. and was a seventy-five-year member of the Lodge.  He served as Worshipful Master in 1952, and for some number years thereafter as Treasurer.  He was a member of the Spring Reunion Class, Valley of Bloomington, in 1948.  He was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° and made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 29, 1976 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He was also a member of Mohammed Shrine, Ottamar Shrine Club, and the Order of Eastern Star.

After study at Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, and graduation in 1942 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illustrious Brother Spencer was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the 745th Tank Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) which landed on the beaches of Normandy.  He participated in five campaigns and twelve major battles including the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, So. Lo, and Mons, Belgium.  He received a battlefield commission, and promotion.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, and a Silver Star.  He was a Past Secretary-Treasurer of the 745th Tank Battalion Association, and a charter member of both the Marseilles American Legion Post No. 235 and the Marseilles V.F.W. Post No. 5506.

Upon his return to Marseilles he, and his wife, “Lainie”, owned and operated Spencer Insurance Agency for over fifty years.  Brother Spencer’s civic service included Past President, Marseilles Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors for Community Hospital of Ottawa; Twin Oaks Savings Bank; Marseilles Nursing Service; Marseilles Recreation Board; and the Marseilles Cemetery Association.  He was proud of over fifty-years perfect attendance in the Marseilles Rotary Club and was also a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Illustrious Brother Spencer was active in the First Congregational Church, Marseilles serving as Moderator, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Church Clerk, Finance Secretary and Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent.

Bud was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Elaine “Lainie” Carlson Spencer.  He is survived by his daughter, Sally Spencer of Marseilles: a son, Rom (Tracy) Spencer of Marseilles; seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles with Masonic Services at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 7 at First Congregational Church, Marseilles, with interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles with Military Honors.

D.D. Darrah Thirty-Third Degree Club members will be seated together and serve as honorary pallbearers.  Please plan to arrive at the Church around 10:30 a.m. with your caps.

Memorial gifts to the Permanent Fund, Valley of Bloomington A.A.S.R. will be appropriately acknowledged.

Take thine ease,

Rest and refresh thyself,

Enter into the Holy House of the Lord,

Thou good and faithful servant.

Thus ends the Masonic record of this just and upright man and Mason.


Barry D. Weer, 33°

Executive Secretary


Dennis C. Whicker Jr., 52, of Rock Island, passed away Friday Feb. 2, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the family.

Dennis was born Feb. 17, 1965, in Rock Island, the son of Dennis C. Whicker Sr. and Dianne Peasley. He married Tammara S. Britcher on Oct. 22, 1988, in Moline. Dennis was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Whicker had been employed as a sheriff’s deputy and later a correctional officer with Rock Island County. He had also been employed with McGiverns Jewelry Store as a jeweler.

Dennis had formerly been a member and trustee of the Fraternal order of Police District 12 and the Trio Lodge in Rock Island.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy; children, Joshua Whicker, Amanda Whicker; granddaughter, Joshlynn; mother, Dianne Paulsgrove; stepfather, Lyle Paulsgrove; stepmother, Mary Whicker; siblings, Patty Fisher, Tiffany (Tom) Sanborn, Todd Whicker, Jimmy (Val) Paulsgrove; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded by his father, Dennis Whicker Sr. in 2009.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Ill. John T. Phillips, 33° Memorial, 1947-2018

It is with great sadness that I relay the passing of our dear friend and brother, John Thomas Phillips.  In the comfort of home, surrounded by close friends and family, and while in the loving embrace of his bride Cathy, Illustrious Brother Phillips was called to eternal refreshment by the Grand Architect of the Universe on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  He was 70 years old.

A memorial service and visitation open to all who wish to attend will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago, located at 383 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108.  Masonic funeral services conducted by Illumination Lodge No. 5, A.F. & A.M., will take place at 8:00 pm. Dinner service will be available starting 6:00 pm.

Illustrious John T. Phillips, 33°, was an accomplished Freemason and devoted Scottish Rite member.  As an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Grand Lieutenant Commander, and Deputy for the State of Illinois, John was instrumental in leading the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Illinois Council of Deliberation, and Valley of Chicago.

As a personal mentor and friend to all, John’s legacy will live on through the hearts and minds of the so many men and women whose lives he has touched throughout his life’s journey.  If we may feel like there is one less tie binding us together here on earth, may we feel that there is an even stronger, deathless tie, binding us to Heaven.

I am sure that John will be remembered for many things, but by far his greatest quality was simply how kind and generous of a man he was.  We have suffered a great loss, but John provided us with an example of how to live one’s life to its fullest.  Even though we mourn his passing, we celebrate the life of a man who so many of us knew and loved.


Edward J. Witas III, MSA, 33°

Executive Secretary & COO