The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar
To All Departed Sir Knights
S.K. Richard ‘Butch’ A. Zummak
Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Iowa 2002-03
Passed Away - June 13, 2017
Butch was born August 19, 1943 in Oelwein, Iowa and raised on a farm south of Westgate, Iowa. He attended Fremont Number Seven one-room country school until the eighth grade and then attended Maynard High School at Maynard, Iowa. He enlisted in the US Navy on May 14, 1961 and served on the USS Salisbury Sound (A V-13) Taiwan Patrol Force 7th Fleet until August 10, 1964.
Butch married Barbara Jean Harriman on December 5, 1964 and they were blessed with two children, Allen on October 24, 1965 and Debbie on October 29, 1966. They have eight grandchildren.
Butch started work at John Deere and Company on August 26, 1966 and retired September 28, 2001 after 35 years of service. He now works as a tour guide at the John Deere Tractor Works.
Butch was made a Mason on January 30, 1978, passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft April 3, 1978, and raised to a Master Mason on May 1, 1978. He served as Worshipful Master of Waterloo Lodge Number 105 in 1983 and again in 1997. He has served as Chaplain of Waterloo in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Butch petitioned for the degrees and orders of the York Rite on November 11, 1978. He served as High Priest of Tabernacle Chapter No. 52 in 1989 and as Illustrious Master of Crescent Council No. 16 that same year. He served as Eminent Commander of Ascalon Commandery No. 25 in 1990. He was appointed as District Commander's Aide for the Grand Commandery in 1988-1989, Grand Second Guard in 1989-1990, Grand Junior Warden in 1996-1997, Grand Senior Warden in 1998-1999. He was elected and served as Grand Captain General in 1999-2000, Grand Generalissimo in 2000-2001 and Deputy Grand Commander in 2001-2002.
Butch served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Northeast Iowa York Rite Club from 1987 to 1992 and served as President in 1993. He was invited to be a member of the Order of High Priesthood on August 10, 1990; Thrice Illustrious Master, August 11, 1990; Past Commanders Association, June 1, 1989. He received the Ish-Sodi on August 1, 1997; Knight of York Cross of Honor and became a member of Charles Clyde Hunt Priory No. 42 in 1997. He is a Companion Knight of York of the Iowa York Rite College No. 37. He received the Super Excellent Master degree of Royal & Select Masters in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19, 1987. He has served as Treasurer of the Waterloo York Rite since 1990 and takes an active part in the York Rite degrees each year in Waterloo, Iowa and elsewhere in Iowa when called.
Butch served as President of the El Mecca Firehouse Gang in 1986 and again in 1996, an active parade member starting in 1983, doing parades in Iowa and serving as Captain of small Firetruck 1997-2001. He served El Kahir Temple as Potentate Aide for George Peirce in 1997 and is holder of the Samson Jewel.
Butch served as Watchman of Shepherds of Madonna Shrine No. 47, White Shrine of Jerusalem with his wife Barbara serving as Worthy High Priestess in 1989-1990. He served as Special Supreme Fraternal Rela-tion Committee in 1991-1992 and again in 1996-1997.
Butch is a member of Becker Chapter No. 499, Order of the Eastern Star, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and AMVETS Post No. 31 of Evansdale, Iowa.
Services for Richard ‘Butch’ A. Zummak, REPGC, will be start on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
with a visitation being held from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.
The Masonic and Templar Service will begin at 7:00pm. These will be held at:
Locke Funeral Home, 1519 W 4th St., Waterloo, IA, (319) 233-6138
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30am.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4031 Lafayette Rd.,Evansdale, IA
Butch had requested cross swords as his body is leaving the church.
Memorials should go to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation or directed to the family.
Rusty Hill, PGC
S.K. Thomas Barry Goringe
Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Oregon 2008-09
Passed Away - June 6, 2017
S.K. James H. Rixon
Grand Commander of Knights Templar of New Mexico
9/24/1961 - May 1, 2017
June 1, 2017
I will gladly serve to my best ability the king who serves his people.
~Adapted from Adam Hathaway, PC, DGM
Brother, Companion and Sir Knight James Rixon passed to the Grand Lodge above on May 1, 2017. He was our Grand Commander and certainly an example of a leader who lived his life as the king mentioned above. His preferred activities were doing the work in our degrees and orders, building his relationships with the Brethren to, from and during festivals and reunions, and then in his "free" time, he would run Bingo and work with the Color Guard for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Farmington. A man and a Mason, Symbolic, Capitular, Cryptic and Chivalric, Jim Rixon was a true example for us all.
Jim's memorial was held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The services started at Cross Roads Community Church of the Nazarene, where several people reminisced their experiences with him. Ernie Shoup, Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico, was the last to speak before benediction and then we reconvened at the cemetery. More than twenty Sir Knights in full dress represented the Grand Commandery of New Mexico in escorting our fallen Brother, providing an arch of steel as the casket was delivered to his grave site. Most Worshipful Brother Jeff Jordan, and Right Worshipful Brothers Adam Hathaway and Dan Lucero provided a traditional and emotional Masonic graveside service for our Grand Lodge's Grand Marshal. The honor guard and chaplain from Hugh K. Gale VFW Post 2182 then delivered a riveting service, twenty-one gun salute, and closed his services with TAPS.
We have lost a good man and a great Mason. Our charters will be draped, as will our hearts, but we should all hope to keep his memory and the example he gave us alive in our Masonic endeavors. This is the memorial he deserves, this is our best way to show homage and respect to someone who gave so much of himself. In fulfilling my duty as his Deputy, it is my intention that the activities of the Grand Commandery for this year reflect his love and dedication to our gentle Craft, our Chivalric duty.
Stephen A. Balke
James Herbert Rixon passed from this life on May 1, 2017. James was born September 24, 1961 in Farmington, New Mexico. Graduating from high school in 1980, he enlisted in the Unites States Army and served as a medic for the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon his return, he worked for his father's flight instruction school as a mechanic. In 1990, he re-enlisted and served during Operation Desert Storm. After serving, he was able to work as an installer for carpet, vinyl, tile, etc. for ten years before his injuries from the war caught up with him. He has spent his time since in service to his community and Masonry.
James was always proud of his military service and became an active member of the Hugh K. Gale VFW Post No. 2182 in Farmington, NM; where he was the Chaplain, member of both the Honor and Color Guard, and managed the Post's Bingo game for several years. He was also a member of the congregation at Cross Roads Community Church of the Nazarene in Farmington, NM. His faith was well founded and unmovable; filling his soul with love and kindness. He was always ready and willing to contribute to the relief of a distressed individual in any way he was able; without judgement or thought of receiving anything in return.
Brother Rixon was Initiated May 2, 2005, Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on January 5, 2006, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on August 1, 2006 in Animas Lodge No. 15 in Farmington, New Mexico; and affiliated with San Juan Lodge No. 25 in Aztec, New Mexico on February 27, 2007. He served as Worshipful Master of Animas Lodge in 2009 and again in 2014. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Mexico, serving from 2012 to 2014. And in 2013, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the 1st Masonic District.
Worshipful Brother James H. Rixon was currently serving as the Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of New Mexico.
Companion James was Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in November, 2006. He served as Excellent High Priest for Basin Chapter No. 19 in 2010 and 2011. Excellent Companion Rixon was a member of the Order of the High Priesthood, and served as President in 2015. He was appointed to the Grand Chapter line as Grand Master of the 1st Veil in 2013 by R. Gary Browne, PGHP. The same year, he was appointed as the Ambassador for New Mexico of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, International. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Service Award in Bronze in honor of his consistent contributions to Royal Arch Masonry and the Craft in general.
Most Excellent Companion James H. Rixon was continuing his service and currently serving as the Ambassador for New Mexico for the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International; and had been elected and was serving as the Grand King of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Mexico.
Companion Rixon was Greeted a Royal and Select Master in November, 2006. He served as Illustrious Master of Navajo Council No. 6 in 2014. Illustrious Companion James was a member and serving as an officer in the Order of the Silver Trowel. In 2015 Paul A. Brehm, PGM, appointed him as the Grand Conductor of the Council.
Right Illustrious Companion James H. Rixon was currently elected and serving as the Grand Principal Conductor of the Work for the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of New Mexico.
Sir Knight Rixon was Knighted in the Order of the Temple in November, 2006. He served as Commander for Shiprock Commandery No. 15 in 2012 and 2013. James was a member of the Past Commanders Association of New Mexico and currently serving as an officer. In 2013, he also received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor for his service as a Chivalric Knight - in all of his life; and was appointed as Grand Standard Bearer by Dickie W. Winchester, PGC.
Sir Knight James H. Rixon, KTCH was currently serving as the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of New Mexico.
Brother, Companion and Sir Knight James served in many of our Appendant and Concordant Bodies. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and continued to be an active member in the Valley of Santa Fe, serving on eight separate degree teams. He was an active member or officer in several invitational bodies, including the New Mexico College of Masonic Rosicrucians, Mount of Olives Tabernacle of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, St. Sophia Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine, New Mexico College No. 145 of the York Rite Sovereign College, and in the Chapter of the Knights of York Cross of Honour. In his spare time, he also served as an Advisor of the James H. Gibson Chapter of the International Order of DeMolay in Farmington, New Mexico. He was known for his constant work throughout all of these bodies, and his endless pursuit of more Masonic knowledge.
The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon were charged with protection of the Pilgrims who were seeking the road to Jerusalem. Jim was a Chivalric Knight and a true Mason, he would help any time and any way he could whenever asked. He was truly a servant of the Craft, and a great example of a friend, Brother, Companion and Sir Knight. He will be missed. May we all be blessed enough to have learned from and to continue his work.
Sir Knight ROBERT M. ABERNATHEY
Southwestern Department Commander in 1991-1994
Nov. 7, 1924 – May 31, 2017
Robert M. Abernathey, 92, of White Rock, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at home. Born November 7, 1924, in Gaylord, Kansas, he was the son of the late Perry and Ollie Abernathey.
Bob grew up on a Kansas farm. He went to school in a one room school house from first through eighth grade before attending high school in Cedar, Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the week after Pearl Harbor, and it was during his service time that he developed a lifelong love of flying planes. Bob put himself through school at Fort Hays Kansas State College using the GI Bill, earning a masters degree in chemistry.
While at college he met Esther Rice and they were married in 1949. His first job after college was as a high school science teacher and bus driver in Otis, Kansas. He then worked at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan for 4 years. In 1957, the family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he worked at the National Reactor Testing Station. In 1970, Bob took a job at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory where he worked until his retirement.
Bob was a 70-year Mason and held many local and state offices during that time.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Esther; daughter Mary Ann Harless and son James Abernathey, both of White Rock; and 4 grandchildren, Daniel Harless of Tempe, AZ, Ryan Abernathey and wife Chiara of New York City, Elizabeth Abernathey of Seattle, and Leslie Godwin and husband Geoffrey of Rio Rancho. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, Maya Rae Godwin and John Mario Abernathey and by 8 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son John, infant daughter Delores Jean, and sisters Joy Carlson and Dorothy Everett.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Los Alamos.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico or to the Memorial Fund of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The family of Robert Abernathey wishes to thank A Nurse in The Family and Ambercare Hospice for their compassionate care.
Sir Knight August C. (Jerry) Holzer
Grand Commander of Ohio
Born: Aug. 11, 1940 - Died: May 16, 2017
August C. “Jerry” Holzer, Jr. age 76, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 near his Napoleon home.
His Legacy… He was born August 11, 1940 to August Carl, Sr. and Flo McMillan in Napoleon, Ohio. He married Millie Shisler on June 5, 1965 in Oakwood. Jerry has lived in Napoleon all of his life. He graduated from Napoleon High School in 1958, from The Defiance College with a bachelor of Arts, and took classes in statistics at the University of Tennessee. Jerry’s Masonic life began in Napoleon with membership in DeMolay. He was a Past Master Counselor and was the recipient of the Legion of Honor in August, 2007. Holzer was a Past Master of Napoleon Lodge #256, Past High Priest of Haly Chapter #136, Past Illustrious Master of Oc-Co-Nox-ee Council #55, and Past Commander of Defiance Commandery #30. He was a Past President of the First Division CTA and had served Ohio’s Grand Commandery as Deputy Division Commander of the First Division, Grand Representative of New Jersey near Ohio, and Eminent Grand Warden 2007. He served as Eminent Grand Commander in 2012. He received the Knight Commander of the Temple in 2006. Other Masonic memberships include Ohio Priory #18, Allied Masonic Degrees Council #158, and Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo. He served in the Ohio National Guard as a First Lieutenant, was a sojourner, and was a Life Member of the American Legion Bert G. Taylor Post 300. He was a member of the Antique Truck Historical Society. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Deshler Chapter. Jerry was a Manager of Planning at Campbell Soup Company. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique trucks and cars, and John Deere tractors. He also enjoyed golf, reading, and woodworking. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Holgate and had served as Chairman of the Consistory, Elder, and in various other capacities. He served as a Trustee.
His Family… Jerry and his wife, Millie, have one son, Eric, who served as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years; son, Eric; granddaughter, Erin (Dan) Diehl, step grandchildren, Aaron Oneal and Stephanie Oneal; and great granddaughter, Chloe Copenhaver. He is preceded in death by parents; and daughter-in-law, Katie Holzer.
His Farewell Services… Friends will be received in St. John’s United Church of Christ, Holgate on Sunday May 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the masonic service at 3:00. The funeral will follow at 4:00 officiated by Reverend David Orr. A fellowship meal will be offered at 5:00. The burial will be held on Monday May 22, 2017 at Riverview Memorial Gardens with military honors at 11:00 am. Contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Holy Land Pilgrimage or St. John’s United Church of Christ
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