Departed Brethren

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

Lewis R. Jinks, 95, of New Boston, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Crest Care Center at Ridgecrest Village, Davenport, where he had lived the past six years.

Funeral services will be held at Dennison Funeral Home in Aledo on Thursday, June 14, at 11:30 a.m., with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in New Boston Cemetery, with military rites by Aledo American Legion. Following the graveside is a time of food and fellowship at the First Christian Church, Keithsburg. Memorials may be left for Keithsburg First Christian Church, Ridgecrest Foundation Koning Charitable Fund or New Boston Fire and Ambulance.

Lewis Robert Jinks was born April 23, 1923, on a farm south of Viola to Clarence and Barbara Smith Jinks. Lew attended Rock Island public schools until his senior year, when his family moved, he graduated from Port Byron High School in 1942. After high school he went on to graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Lew entered the Army during World War II, serving in the South Pacific and Iwo Jima with the 147th Infantry. On March 7, 1948, he married Betty J. Clauson in Aledo. They were married for 62 years until Betty died on Aug. 17, 2010. Lew was a licensed funeral director and embalmer, working for Larson Funeral Home in Rock Island for over 20 years. In 1980, the family moved to Joy when Lew purchased the Olin Funeral Homes in Joy, Keithsburg and New Boston and the Crummy Funeral Homes in Viola and Reynolds. He then opened a funeral home in Aledo … all of which became Jinks Funeral Homes of Mercer County. A few years later, Lew and Betty moved to their cabin in New Boston where they spent many happy years overlooking the Mississippi River. Lew retired from funeral service in 1992. He was a member of the Aledo Masonic Lodge and Aledo Exchange Club. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters and sons-in-law: Elizabeth and Arthur Stewart, of Round Rock, Texas, and Kristen “Tina” Nelson-Boutros and Dr. Rami Boutros of Iowa City, Iowa; grandchildren: Kaden (Jillian Hennenfent) Nelson, Garen Nelson, Taven Nelson-Boutros, Laken Nelson-Boutros and Lilien Nelson-Boutros; best friend: Barbara Thede; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Marjorie Jinks, Lawrence Jinks, Grace Brown, Wilbur Jinks and Dorothy Wright Prahl.

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James W. Dunn, 71, died at home in the care of family and Hospice, on June 6, 2018, after an 11-month struggle with cancer. He resided between Buffalo Prairie and Reynolds.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan.

Private burial will be at a later time. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the Development Office, Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

Jim was the son of William Dunn and Florence L. Roberts Dunn. He attended Southside Grade School, in Aledo, until 1955. He then attended Woodside, Oswestry, England; Eastern Green Jr. High and Heart of England High School, Coventry, England, from 1957 until 1963. Jim attended Aledo High School from 1963 through his graduation in 1966.

Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in August 1966. He went to technical training for electronic warfare repair at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss., before being stationed at Mather (1967) and McClellan

(1969-1970) Air Force Bases near Sacramento, Calif. Jim spent 1968 at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, with temporary duties in Vietnam.

After completing military service, Jim was employed by Illinois Bell, then Ameritech and A.T. & T. for 40 years before retiring in 2012. He served on the board of what is now Vibrant Credit Union for 13 years. A marriage ended in divorce in 1996.

Jim had many interests and hobbies. He spent a lot of time beekeeping with his grandfather, Rollie Dunn, before going in the Air Force. He loved fishing both locally and on the Great Lakes, golfing with fellow telephone guys and in tournaments, and was an avid hunter and tracker.

He was past master of Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge 679. He also was a member of Scottish Rite, Moline, and Mohassan Grotto, Davenport.

His real passion was breeding and training Drathaars/German Wire-haired Pointers and working to improve the breed both nationally and internationally. He was a member of VDD GNA-Group North America. He was a performance judge and a breed show judge for the same international organization. Jim was a member and judge for NAVHDA (North America Versatile Hunting Dogs). He continually promoted the development of the Drathaar breed and was actively involved in training of hunting dogs. He regularly advised on general dog training, even through his long illness. He will be met by Rusty, Dolly, Amsel, Pasha, Anuschka, Aster and Otto, among many others. He loved puppies and the challenge of training them.

Jim is survived by his sister, Sandra, and her husband, Bill Farrington, and their son, John Farrington, Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; his nieces, Jennifer, and her husband, Ben Cook, New Orleans, La, and Jolene, and her husband, James Burns, Sacramento, Calif.; and two great-nieces, Zena M. Cook and Avery E. Burns.

His parents; grandparents; nephew, James Farrington; and friend of 50 years, Gary Castor, died before him.

Jim treasured his many friends from all walks of life. His family is very thankful for the love and support of all his friends over the years, especially through his long illness.

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James Joseph Lerch Sr., 77, of Rock Island, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. with a Masonic service being conducted at 7 p.m. at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made in care of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.

James was born in Rock Island on Nov. 1, 1940, a son of Joseph H. and Julia VanDenHende Lerch. He married Patricia Kester on July 31, 1965, at South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.

James was a U.S. Navy veteran. He worked as a cold mill operator at Alcoa for 36 years. He was also the chief of police in Sherrard for 25 years and served 10 years with the Milan Auxiliary Police.

James was a member of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, a Mason of the Scottish Rite, member of the Masonic Lodge No. 1014 AF & AM, Moline and the Evening Lions Club, Rock Island.

He enjoyed gardening, canning, golfing and bowling.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Lerch, Rock Island; children (and spouses), James (Julie) Lerch Jr., Glen Ellen, Ill., David P. (Julie) Lerch, Fruitland, Iowa, Melissa K. (Dale) Partain, Rock Island, and Paul M. (Charity) Lerch, Greenwood, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sue Horsman.

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James H. Hamer, 86, lifelong resident of Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, Ill., surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Atkinson Congregational Church. The Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will take place Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where a Masonic ritual will be conducted at 5 p.m. by Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 92 AF&AM. Memorials may be left to the Jim Hamer Memorial Fund, which will be distributed among several local organizations.

Jim was born July 19, 1931, the son of William and Julia (Nowers) Hamer, in Geneseo, Ill. He graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1949. Jim married Edley A. Taber on May 27, 1951, in Atkinson, Ill. He was a lifetime and very active member of the Atkinson Congregational Church. Jim worked for John Deere Foundry Works in East Moline as a grinder for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army Reserve. Jim was a member of the 32nd degree of Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 92 AF&AM, where he served as Worshipful Master. Jim was also active on the Atkinson School Board and Kiwanis Club for many years. Jim was very dedicated to the Village of Atkinson and was the mayor of Atkinson for several years. He loved his family and church very much and was always helping others.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Edley; sons, Jim (Lori) Hamer, and Jon (Renee) Hamer; daughters, Janis (Lloyd) Smith, and Juli Hamer; along with eight grandchildren, Holly (Scott) VanOpdorp, Kate (Brock) Wyffels, Nick Hamer, Leslie (Kris) Judd, Eric (Amber) Hamer, Austin Hamer, Preston Cartwright and Jessie Cartwright; and four great-grandchildren, Carter, Lilly, Hadley and Sawyer.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; William and Julia; brothers, Bill, Walt and Roy Hamer; and sisters, Wilma Seyller and Janet Gustafson.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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