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S.K. Ronald P. Schmidt
Grand Commander, Arkansas 2015-16, MIGM 2017-18
Born April 9, 1943 - Died May 1, 2018
Ronald P. Schmidt, 75, of Cherokee Village, AR, formerly of Fond du Lac, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at St. Agnes Hospital. He was born on April 9, 1943 in Fond du Lac, the son of Paul and Margaret (Jagow) Schmidt. On February 24, 1962 he married Karen Steffen. He was a graduate of Goodrich High School and Moraine Park Technical College.
Ron was a member of Hartford Masonic Lodge, Oshkosh Council #8 and a member of Tyrian Chapter #15 of Oshkosh. He was a member of Wisconsin Commandery #1 (formerly Galilee #38) of Brookfield and an Honorary Member of the Grand Commandery of Wisconsin. He was an Area Administrator for the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. A member of the Wisconsin Soccer Foundation for 12 years. He was a life member of the North Central York Rite College #112 in Oshkosh. Ron was a member of the Wisconsin Masonic Skunk Patrol and was also the Grand Representative from Wisconsin to Tennessee from 2003 to the present.
He had plural memberships in Wilson Lodge #432 in Hardy, AK, Ivanhoe Commandery #18, Jonesboro Chapter #79, and Gideon Council #65 all of Jonesboro, AK. Ron was the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Arkansas in 2015. He was Most Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Arkansas in 2018. He was a President of the Past Commanders Association in 2017 and a member of the Sword and Trowel. He was Anointed, as a High Priest on March 11, 2010. He was a member of Bendemeer Grotto, F. J. Skully #267 Allied Masonic Degrees, Arkansas Council #80 of Knight Masons. He became a member of the Albert Pike Priory #20 of KYCH in May of 2010 serving as Prior in 2017. He was a member of Rosicruciana and Red Cross of Constantine, Trinity Conclave #90. He was the Treasurer for the North Sharp County Ministerial Alliance and served as secretary of the Sharp County Regional Airport Authority.
Ron was a member of the Cherokee Village United Methodist Church serving various duties. He worked for Giddings & Lewis Machine Tool Company for 36 years, retiring in 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of Fond du Lac; one son, Brian (Bobbi) Schmidt of Fond du Lac; two daughters, Sue Kleinschmidt of Fond du Lac and Debra (Bob) Raab of St. Cloud; two granddaughters, Tanya (Alisha) Schmidt and Olivia (Cory) Schmidt; one grandson, Jeremiah Schmidt; two step grandsons, Joshua Raab and Derek Wensel; one great granddaughter, Skylar Raab; one brother, David (Barbara) Schmidt of Fond du Lac; brothers-in-law, Bill Steffen, Bob (Kathy) Steffen, John (Alice) Steffen, and David Steffen; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister, Sharon (David) Miess.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. A Masonic and Knights Templar service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home. Private entombment will follow in the Chapel of the Risen Christ Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation in Ronald’s name.
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SK JAMES STEWART De MOND
Grand Commander, Indiana 1975
REPDC East Central 1991-1994
Jan. 4, 1924 - Died April 6, 2018
JAMES STEWART De MOND went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 6, 2018. He was born in Coldwater, Mich. in the home of his maternal grandfather, Dr. Frederick W. Stewart, on , to Raymond John De Mond and Beatrice Gracia (Stewart) De Mond.
The De Mond family enjoyed summers at Ackerson Lake, where Jim developed his great love of fishing. He was a scholar and avid reader, a champion swimmer, and lead the Jackson, Mich. High School swim team in breaststroke and butterfly becoming an All-American Swimmer. De Mond matriculated at Michigan State College in 1941, leaving shortly thereafter to serve with the U.S. Army in the European Theater of operations; James served his country with honor in World War ll from 1942 to 1945. He returned from the war to surprise his mother on Thanksgiving Day, 1945.
Following the war, he returned to his home state of Michigan to resume his education at Michigan State College (now MSU). He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and sang in the men's glee club. His daughter, Camille Marie, was named after the song " Marie" that he sang in competition. Jim met his true love at the MSU Student Union, and married Patricia Ann Bullis on Sept. 4, 1948, following graduation. He continued his studies in their graduate school. He and Pat were loyal Spartan fans, never missed a game, and flew the MSU flag with pride. Jim is a fifth generation Freemason on both sides of his family dating back to the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Grand Lodge National Française in France. The sword utilized by his son-in-law Dr. William Pond, for his installation as Commander of Fort Wayne Commandery No. 4, was on loan from James De Mond and which sword belonged to his father Raymond J. De Mond, who was knighted in 1922 in Havana, Ill.
He loved his Masonic career and served in both state and national bodies: M.I.P.G. National Grand Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine; Royal Order of Scotland; Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; Societas Rosicruciana; as well as Past Grand Commander, Knights Templar Indiana. He was awarded the 33 Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the Order of Purple Cross, the Caleb. B. Smith Award, Grand Lodge of Indiana in addition to numerous other high honors of distinction.
Jim always said being Worshipful Master of his lodge was the highest honor of his 60-year career. In 1951, he began a 27-year career in transportation, leaving his position as director to accept an appointment as Executive Director of the Scottish Rite Valley, serving 17 years until his retirement. Jim was very active with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 419, where his son, Paul, and grandson, Scott, both achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He accompanied Paul to Philmont Scout Ranch, as did son-in-law, Bill, with his son, Scott. The De Monds also shared a love of bridge and sailing and sailed the Great Lakes each summer with good friends from college days, Jack and Muriel Rillema. Jim loved family gatherings, grandchildren and dogs abounding, and will always be remembered as a patriarch who delivered the most eloquent Grace. He was a man of high integrity and will be greatly missed.
A faithful Christian, Jim is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Patricia; son, D. Paul (Diana) De Mond; daughter, Camille (Dr. William) Pond; grandchildren, Evan (Dr. Jill Anderson) De Mond, Jeremy De Mond, Jennifer (Jon-Jon) Knepp, Dr. Gregory (Amy) Pond, Joel Aiken, Scott Pond; and great-grandchildren, Beatrice, Walker, Eleanor and Holden Knepp, and Catherine De Mond. Also surviving is his brother, John E. De Mond of Alanson, Mich.; nieces, Laurie (Gerald) Rosen, Cheri (Jeff) Lusis; nephew, Wade (Michelle) De Mond; and grandnieces and -nephews. Also included as family are life-long dear friends, the Rillema Family. Funeral Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Ind. There is no calling at the church prior to the funeral service. Private burial will take place at Waldron Cemetery, Waldron, Mich. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church with Masonic Service conducted to follow at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Trinity Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home.
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