The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar
To All Departed Sir Knights
W. Andrew Emmert
Past Grand Commander, Iowa
August 12, 1914 - October 7, 2014
Sir Knight W. Andrew Emmert was born on August 12, 1914 in Colfax, Iowa the son of George and Ina Emmert. He attended elementary school in Colfax. He and his family moved to Newton in 1928. Andy graduated from Newton High School in 1932. After graduation, he worked for the Des Moines Register and Tribune in Newton for three and half years and as the Service Manager for Dale Scholtfedlt Oldsmobile-Cadillac for ten years.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force on January 14, 1942. The next forty five months were spent in the Southwest Pacific Theater. He was given a Direct Army Commission and transferred into the Adjutant Generals department, concluding his military career as a 2nd Lieutenant. Andy returned to Newton and was the owner of a Texaco and Sinclair gas stations. He retired in 1975. After a short retirement, he joined the Wallace-Pence Funeral Home and later joined the Pence Reese Funeral Home as a funeral directors' assistant. He retired from the funeral home in 2013.
After he returned from service, he married Genevieve Estergard on September 2, 1950 at Clear Lake Iowa She predeceased him on October 18, 1982. On February 20, 1987, he and Carlene Lorenzen were married at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. He has been active participant in his church throughout his life. He served as an usher for 45 years. He served on virtually all of the committees in the church, including 13 years as Chair of the Board of Trustees. He was a 60+ year member of the American Legion Post #111 and a life member VFW Post #1655. Andy was a proud participant of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in his 99th year. He was also happy to have achieved his centennial birthday in August of 2014.
Andy was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Newton Lodge #59 AF & AM on April 27, 1951. He served as Worshipful Master in 1960. At the time of his passing he had completed over 63 years of service to his lodge. He was exalted to the Royal Arch in Gebal Chapter #12 R.A.M. on October 31, 1951. He served as High Priest in 1971.
He was greeted in Malachi Council #55 R. & S.M on March 27, 1968. He served as Illustrious Master in 1982. He received the Orders of Red Cross and Malta on April 9, 1968 and was knighted in Oriental Commandery #22 K.T. on May 7, 1968. He served as Eminent Commander in 1982 and 1991.
Sir Knight Andy served the Grand Commandery of Iowa as Grand Standard Bearer in 1989-1990, Grand Junior Warden in 1991-1992. He was elected Grand Captain General in 1992 and progressed through the line serving as Right Eminent Grand Commander in 1995-1996. He was a recipient of the Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT) from the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the USA.
He was a member of Iowa York Rite College #37, Charles Clyde Hunt Priory #42 KYCH, and St. Ignatius Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He was a member of the Holy Order of High Priesthood, Thrice Illustrious Masters Association, and Iowa Past Commanders Association. He was a recipient of the Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was a former member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, Newton Chapter #100 OES, and the Des Moines Scottish Rite Consistory.
He is survived by his wife, Carlene and two stepdaughters Rhonda Butler and Jean Duggan, four step grandchildren, and 13 step great grandchildren.
Masonic and Templar services were held on the evening of October 9th at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton. Funeral services were held on the afternoon of October 10th with committal at the Newton Union Cemetery.
Sir Knight Andy lived a good life. He was a true gentleman and a gentle man.
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