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In Memoriam
To All Departed Sir Knights

Morris G. Tucker
ME Grand High Priest of Vermont 1969,
MI Grand Master 1970
RE Grand Commander 1981
Born 1/30/1925 - Passed April 2, 2021

Below is the April 2, 2021 Morris G. Tucker’s death notice from Vermont Grand Secretary/Recorder.
Some dates that I have,
Born 1/30/1925
Installed into DeMolay Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine 11/4/1961, Grand Sovereign of Vermont, KGC, 1984&85, was a current member of Star of Bethlehem Conclave
Knighted into Vermont Priory #45, Knights of the York Cross Honour 8/17/1964, E. Prior in 1967, ME Grand High Priest of Vermont 1969, MI Grand Master 1970, RE Grand Commander 1981
With sadness,
From: Bruce Howard <>
Companions and Sir Knights,
It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform you that my Brother and dear friend Morris G. Tucker passed away on Friday, April 2nd, 2021. Details are still pending and I will forward once I receive. Mo always had a smile on his face and a joke to relay every time he met you. Mo always seemed happy to see you and greeted you with a warm handshake. He was a tremendous mentor to me and encouraged me throughout my way through the lines and was an invaluable source of wisdom. I will truly miss him and I grieve his passing deeply.
Mo served as our Right Eminent Grand Commander, Most Illustrious Grand Master and Most Excellent Grand High Priest and was the eldest serving Prior of VT Priory #45 - KYCH. I will elaborate his lengthy service and honors when I forward the second notice with details of his services.
Please keep his wife Pat and son and daughter in your thoughts and prayers.
With great sadness,
Morris G. Tucker RUTLAND — Morris Gwynn Tucker, aged 96 of Rutland, Vermont, died at his home on April 2, 2021. A combined memorial and committal service will take place at Grace Congregational Church United Church of Christ, date to be determined. Per his wishes, there will be no viewing or visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Foley Cancer, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701; The Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc., 1033 Long Prairie Road Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022; or the Rutland Historical Society, 96 Center St., Rutland, VT 05701. Morris, better known as “Mo,” was born in Michigan Valley, Kansas, on Jan. 30, 1925, son to Frank and Opal (Walker) Tucker. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the famed 81st Division, 322nd infantry in the Pacific Theater, receiving numerous citations and commendations. Following discharge, Mo worked rehabilitating his disabled peers at Winter General Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, where he met his future wife, Martha “Pat” Curtis, R.N. From there, Mo went on to air conditioning school in Chicago, Illinois, for two years, then he moved to Vermont. Pat finished up her six-month Veterans Administration training in Kansas and moved home to Vermont where she was employed by the Rutland Hospital, then located on Nichols Street. On Oct. 22, 1948, they were married in the Rutland Congregational Church. Mo worked at Howe Scale and later, at the 3M Co. from which he retired in 1987. Mo enjoyed the camaraderie of his many friends, making new ones with ease. He was a people-person, known for his humor and dry wit – always ready with a joke or story to tell. Deeply involved with the Masonic Order, Mo served as past master of Rutland Lodge #79 and head of both the Rutland and the Vermont State York Rite bodies and was past director of the Cairo Shriners, AAONMS. In 2003, he was proclaimed the District #4 Citizen of the Year by the Vermont Freemasons in recognition of his superior achievements in local community service activities. Locally, Mo served both on the board and as president of the Rutland Historical Society from 1993–1996. He enjoyed researching the history of Rutland and could often be found poring over the old Rutland Herald newspapers stored at the society facility. Additionally, he functioned as superintendent of the Vermont State Fair Farm Museum where he was responsible for the upkeep of the antique farm buildings and their equipment. He was a member of Grace Congregational Church UCC and a regular attendee of the church's Wednesday Men's Lunch Group at the Holiday Inn. He also served Grace Congregational Church as senior deacon, head usher, co-chair of the property committee and deacon emeritus. Mo was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Opal Tucker; in-laws, Edward and Lucile Curtis; brothers, Charles “Lewis” Tucker and wife Esther and son Steven Brent, and Marlin Wayne Tucker and wife Irene; sister, Bernice Bulmer and husband Drexel; grandson, Matthew Wingfield; and sister-in-law, Sarah Curtis. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Martha “Pat” Curtis Tucker; daughter, Sarah Lucile Carvey; son, Thomas Curtis Tucker and partner Wael Samir Taha Abdelaty; granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Carvey; brothers, Gary Edward Tucker and wife Sharon (Thompson) and their daughters, Melanie and Carrie, and Rosa Ruvalcava and family, Ronald "Bruce" Tucker and wife Carolyn (Thompson) and their daughters, Brenda and Shelli; nieces, Cynthia Tucker Eubanks, Marla Kay Tucker Lavin and husband Fred and their daughter, Kelsey; and nephew, Douglas Tucker. The family wishes to thank Terry O'Connor, Rose Lacascio, Shirley Davis, Art Pivin and Cindy Senecal, RN, for the assistance and care they provided for Mo and his family. Tossing Funeral Home, 39 Washington St., Rutland, Vermont, is assisting the family with arrangements.

SK David F. Snyder,
Past Grand High Priest
Past Mast Illustrious Master
Past Grand Commander
February 23,1930 - March 28, 2021
York Rite
Royal Arch
Member Wichita Chapter #33
High Priest - 1979
Most Excellent Grand High Priest - 1996
Ephraim Kirby Award - 2016
Council of Cryptic Masons
Member Wichita Council #12
Illustrious Master - 1977
Most Excellent Grand Master - 1992
Cryptic Mason of the Year Award - 1982
Chris Tomlinson Ritualistic Award - 2016
Commandery of Knights Templar
Member Mt Olivet Commandery #12
Commander - 1973
Right Eminent Grand Commander - 1985
David served on many Ritualistic and Jurisprudence Committees
in all of the York Rite Bodies. He was a member of the York Rite College,
serving as Governor, and receiving the Order of the Purple Cross in 1994

David F. Snyder, 91, retired Boeing Electrical Engineer, died Sunday, March 28, 2021. David was an active member of many Masonic bodies for 68 years. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am, Friday, April 2, 2021, at First United Methodist Church. Masonic Graveside Service will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Blanch Snyder; and four sisters. Survived by his wife of 70 years, Glenna; daughter, Gloria Summers; sons, Bruce (Gwen) Snyder, all of Wichita, KS, Gary (Nancy) Snyder of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Ginger (Shawn) Farney-Gieger, Jackie (Brian) Wise, both of Wichita, KS, Josi (Nirvan) Khokhani of Louisville, CO, Josh (Angela) Snyder of Valley Village, CA, Jori (David) Whitling of Boulder, CO, David (Deb) Summers of Bloomington, MN, Carl Summers of Philadelphia, PA, Ty Summers of Wichita, KS; great-grandchildren, Abbie, Drew, Mackenzie, Grace, Isabel, Jack, Cade, Kanon, Landon, Anya, Ellery. Memorials have been established with: Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 1033 Long Prairie Rd. S-5, Flower Mound, TX 75022; First United Methodist Church Television Ministry, 330 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202; Angels of America's Fallen, 10010 Devonwood Ct., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

SK Leonard Orville Pierce,
REGC, Texas 1999-2000
FEBRUARY 25, 1937 – MARCH 19, 2021

Leonard Orville Pierce, age 84, left this earth on Friday March 19, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gay Pierce; his daughter Gay Lynn Pierce and her spouse Connie Newkirk; and his #1 grandson, Zachary Connor Pierce : his sister Mary Dinklage and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Cornelius and Nora Pierce; his sisters Martha Jane Strouhal, Bernice Houchin, Joan Tiner, and Liddie Moeller; and his brothers Billy Pierce, and Cornelius Matthew "CM" Pierce.
Leonard was born on February 25, 1937 in Glen Flora,Texas, to parents Corneilus Matthew Pierce and Nora Elizabeth Lowrie Pierce. He graduated from The University of Houston in 1971 with a Masters Degree in Education. He worked as a teacher in HISD, where he taught for more than 39 years.
Leonard was a great family man and a loving father. He married Gay Chapin Pierce on August 30, 1958 and had one daughter, Gay Lynn Pierce.
Leonard was a social, active man who was deeply involved in Masonry for over 60 years. He enjoyed participating in the annual drill competition at Grand Commandery for 50 years, working as a founding member of the Texas Knights Templar Education Foundation, and volunteering as a bailiff for Precinct 4. His family and friends will always remember him as a loving and generous person.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Waltrip Funeral Directors. Services will follow at 11:30am Wednesday, in the RL Waltrip Venue. The family would like to thank Woodhaven Village and Devotion Hospice for their compassionate and loving care. In lieu of Flowers, a donation can be made to the Texas Knights Templar Education Foundation in Leonard Pierce's name at 445 Saguaro Dr. Haslet , Texas 76052.

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