The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar

In Memoriam
To All Departed Sir Knights



Born in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania on October 26, 1931.
Died in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania on March 15, 2018.

        Ill. John L Winkelman, 33°, was born the only son of George Frederick Winkelman and Eva Lucille (Bingaman) Winkelman. He graduated from the Reading Public School System in Reading Pennsylvania and later received a Bachelor's Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He returned to Temple University and received a degree in Microelectronics. For most of his career he worked for The Western Electric Company and AT&T, retiring as the Department Manager in the microelectronics division. He also owned JW Marine, Inc., a recreational water sports company. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 through 1956 attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class in Electronics. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and Telephone Pioneers of America.

        Ill. Brother Winkelman never married.

        Ill. Brother Winkelman was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Memorial United Church of Christ in Reading, Pennsylvania, where we served as the Church Treasurer, a Deacon, a Lector, and a Liturgist. St. Paul's later merged with First United Church of Christ in Reading, where Illustrious Brother Winkelman again served as Treasurer.

        Ill. Brother Winkelman was raised a Master Mason in Chandler Lodge No. 227, F&AM of Pennsylvania, meeting in Reading, on February 23, 1966. He served as Worshipful Master in 1973. He served as High Priest of Excelsior Chapter No. 237, Royal Arch Masons, in 1979. He also served as Thrice Illustrious Master of Creigh Council No.16, Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania, in 1979. Ill. Brother Winkelman is a Past Eminent Commander and Past Treasurer of Reading Commandary No. 42, Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, presiding as Commander in 1977. He served as The Rite Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandary of Pennsylvania in 1988 and as Northeast Department Commander of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. He was inducted in membership as a Knight of the York Cross of Honor. Ill. Brother Winkelman was Knighted a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32° Scottish Rite Mason in Reading Consistory, S.P.R.S., on May 21, 1966. He was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council on September 27, 1994 at Cleveland, Ohio. He presided as Most Wise Master of Francis Marion Highley Chapter, Knights of Rose Croix in 2000 and 2001.

        Additionally, Ill. Brother Winkelman was Knighted a Legionnaire of The Order of DeMolay in 1987. He was first elected a Deputy Member of DeMolay International's Supreme Council in 1992 and an Active Member in 1999, retiring as an Emeritus Member in 2006. He is a member of the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, Rajah Shrine Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a Past President of Kutztown Chapter of High Twelve International, and the Philalethes Society. He was also a Past Celebrant of the Pennsylvania College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Frederatis; and a Past Master of Keystone Frei Mauer Mark Lodge No. 400, Order of Mark Master Masons. He also maintained memberships in Erin Council No. 6, Knight Masons; Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; The Pennsylvania Lodge of Research; Pennsylvania York Rite College No.11; The Lehigh Valley Joshua Association; William Allen York Rite College #116, York Rite Sovereign College of North America; The Grand College of York Rites of the United States of America; The Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania; The Royal Order of Scotland; The Esoteric Order of Clement V, and The Forty-Fivers, an Association of Past Grand Commanders of Knights Templar.

        A grave side service was conducted with military honors and Illustrious Brother Winkelman is interred next to his parents at Laureldale Cemetery, Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

        Farewell My Brother, you have gone to meet your God and may he approve of you.

S K Earl R. Little
Past Grand Commander, Louisiana, 1980-1981
Department Commander , 1988-1991
Born: Texarkana, AR, March 14, 1925
Died: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 11, 2018

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing last night of Earl R. Little, IX°, KGC and Past Chief Adept of Louisiana College. I understand he was 94 or thereabouts. Many of you may not have known him as he has not been active on a national stage for some 10 to 15 years. Earl, as Chief Adept, set the stage for the active and engaged College we have in Louisiana.
Earl served the Grand Encampment as a Department Commander of the Grand Encampment for Marvin Edward Fowler, Grand Master from 1988 – 1991. During the 1991 – 1994 Triennium, he served William Henry Thornley, Jr., GM as his Chief of Staff coordinating Grand Master Thornley’s programs with his Department Commanders. In January of 1991, Earl Little conducted the first training session for Bill’s Department Commanders and had it all compiled in a booklet named “So you want to be a Department Commander.” In 1991, presentations were done by overhead projection as PowerPoint Presentations were well into the future! Much of the material still utilized in the Department Commander training sessions came from Earl’s book. At Earl Little’s encouragement, Bill Thornley began the practice of encouraging all of his Dais Officers to attend every Department Conference thinking it was necessary for them to become familiar with the people in each Department so effective Committee People and Department Commanders could be chosen. He was a mentor to me and many others. His quiet and direct manner effected many improvements in our fraternity.
In my 47 years of involvement in this Fraternity, there are a handful of people who actually made a difference and left us better for his involvement. Earl was one of those people. He was an honest man of impeccable integrity and set a high standard for all of us.
Yours in the M***** C*****
Bill Koon

Biography of Earl R. Little, Jr.
From the proceedings of the Grand Commandery of Louisiana
Earl R. Little, Jr., son of Earl R. Little, Sr. and Noble D. Little, was born on March 14, 1925 at Texarkana, Arkansas. He acquired his elementary and high school education at Gilmer, Texas and graduated from Texas A. & M. University in 1951 with a BBA degree in Management. Sir Knight Little served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He married his wife Evelyn in 1947 in San Bernardino, California. They have one son, Steven.
After college, he was employed by Humble Oil & Refining Company and worked in Winters, Texas for ten years. He was transferred to New Orleans in 1961. The company is now Exxon Company, U.S.A.
Earl is very active in civic affairs in New Orleans. He presently serves on the boards of three non-profit corporations, one of which Southern Baptist Hospital, Inc. in New Orleans and is a past President of the board.
He and Evelyn attend Oak Park Baptist Church, where he has served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Church Treasurer, and also as Trustee. They both have taught in Sunday School. For a number of years he served on the board of the New Orleans Baptist Association.
His Masonic record is as follows:
Blue Lodge - Raised as a Master Mason in Bethesda Lodge No. 142, Gilmer, Texas on August 30, 1948; served as Master of the Winters Lodge No. 743, Winters, Texas in 1958; District Deputy Grand Master 105th District in Texas in 1960; dual member of Louisiana Lodge No. 102, New Orleans, Louisiana; member Philalethes Society; member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London, England. He has served on several Grand Lodge committees.
Chapter - Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Gilmer Chapter No. 49, Gilmer, Texas on May 1, 1950; served as High Priest, Winters Chapter No. 401, Winters, Texas in 1957; District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1960, 1974. Member of Saints John Chapter No. 98, New Orleans, receiving the Order of High Priesthood in 1957; served as a member of committees for the Grand Chapter.
Council - Greeted as a Royal & Select Master in Gilmer Council No. 35, Gilmer, Texas on May 8, 1950; served as Illustrious Master, Winters Council No. 333, Winters Texas in 1956; District Deputy Grand Illustrious Master in 1959; member of Saints John Council No. 41, New Orleans; received the Super Excellent Master in 1955 and the Order of Silver Trowel in 1957. He has served on several Grand Council committees.
Commandery - Knighted in San Angelo Commandery No. 28, K.T., San Angelo, Texas on April 27, 1957; served as Eminent Commander of Indivisible Friends Commandery No. 1, K.T., New Orleans, Louisiana in 1973; Past Captain, New Orleans Temple Guard; Past Crusader of the East, Knight Crusaders of the Cross. Elected as Grand Junior Warden of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 7, 1975 and was installed as Grand Commander on April 15, 1980 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Grand Representative of the Grand Commandery of South Carolina to the Grand Commandery of Louisiana.
Scottish Rite - Member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, New Orleans, Louisiana. Member of the Royal Order of Scotland.
Shrine - Member of Suez Temple, San Angelo, Texasa

Sir Knight and Rev. John F. Dale
Grand Commander of Nebraska in 2006-2007

The Rev. John F. Dale, Grand Commander of Nebraska in 2006-2007 laid down his sword on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
John was born July 26, 1932, in Peoria, Illinois, the only child of Franklin and Gladys Dale. Both of his parents were teachers and were active in various musical interests. Gladys taught private piano pupils and Franklin played the organ, banjo and mandolin. John participated in Boy Scouts during junior high and high school and as a camp counselor in summers during college. In 1949, John became a member of Irin Chapter, Order of DeMolay, in Pekin, Illinois, and through DeMolay began to become acquainted with the Masonic family or organizations. In preparation for a vocation as a United Methodist Minister, John pursued graduate study at Boston University (Bachelor of Sacred Theology cum laude 1957), the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado (Master of Sacred Theology 1965), Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, Illinois (Doctor of Ministry 1978) and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (Certificate in Spiritual Formation 1988). He was first appointed the pastor of a church in 1953 while he was a senior in college. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1957 and retired after 40 years of service in 1995, having served churches in Illinois, Vermont, Colorado, and Nebraska. From 1981 to 1987 he served as District Superintendent of the Southwest District of the Nebraska Annual Conference, United Methodist Church.
John is survived by his wife, Jean Esther. Funeral service will be on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Stromsburg, NE
Dennis Newman
Grand Secretary/Recorder
Grand York Rite of Nebraska

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