The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar
To All Departed Sir Knights
SK Walter Ronald McKenzie, Sr.
Past Grand Commander 2012-2013
Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Kansas
Born August 12, 1938 Died July 18, 2021
SK Gregory L. Andersen, PGHP, PGC
May 27, 1962 - July 10, 2021
Grand High Priest - Iowa, 2006-2007
Grand Commander - Iowa, 2012-2013
Greg Andersen was born on May 27, 1962, the first of three children born to Marcia and the (late) Gary Andersen of Dike, Iowa. Greg graduated from Dike High School in 1980 and from the University of Northern Iowa in December of 1984 with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in corrections. He began employment at the State Training School in Eldora in February of 1985 as a Youth Service Worker. He has served as a Youth Counselor Supervisor since 1998. He retired in October of 2019.
Greg was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on May 20, 1986 in Montague Lodge #117 in Eldora. He served as Worshipful Master in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 2005. He served as Secretary of Montague Lodge #117 from 1994 to 1998. He was a member of the Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation Scholarship Committee for the Grand Lodge of Iowa. He joined Ascension Chapter #158 of the Order of Eastern Star in Eldora in 1991 and served as Worthy Patron on twelve separate occasions. He became a member of Coinette Chapter #285 OES in Reinbeck upon consolidation.
Greg joined the York Rite at a One-Day festival held in Waterloo on November 16, 1991. He was initially a member of Anchor Chapter #69 in Iowa Falls, Aaron Council #58 in Cedar Falls, and St. Elmo Commandery #43 in Iowa Falls. The Iowa Falls York Rite Bodies consolidated with the Mason City York Rite Bodies in 2009. He served as a High Priest of Anchor Chapter #69 and recorder of St. Elmo Commandery #48. He became a dual member of the Marshalltown York Rite Bodies in 1995. He served as High Priest of Signet Chapter #38, Illustrious Master of King Solomon Council #20, and Eminent Commander of St. Aldemar Commandery #30 on four occasions. He became a plural member of the Newton York Rite Bodies in 2012. He served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Iowa in 2006-2007. He served as Grand Treasurer of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Iowa in 2003-2004. Greg first served the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Iowa as Grand Third Guard in 1999-2000. He served as Grand First Guard in 2001-2002, Grand Junior Warden in 2008-2009, Grand Captain General in 2009-2010, Grand Generalismo in 2010-2011, Deputy Grand Commander in 2011-2012 and was installed as Grand Commander on June 2, 2012. He was a recipient of the Knight Templar Cross of Honor and Knight Commander of the Temple from the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America. He was a life sponsor of the Knight Templar Eye Foundation and was a recipient of the Knight Crusader of the Cross.
Greg became a member of the Des Moines Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in March of 1991. He was a member of the Stage Crew since that time. He received the Knight Commander Court of Honour (KCCH) in 1997 and was coroneted a 33rd Inspector General Honorary in 2005. He served as Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose Croix in 2015 and as Master of Kadosh of the Des Moines Consistory in 2016. He was a member of Za-GA-Zig Shrine Ancient and Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine and Des Moines Court #46 Royal Order of Jesters.
He was a member and Past President of Marshalltown High Twelve Club #617. Greg belonged to the following invitational orders: Iowa York Rite College #37 (Past Governor 2007), Lewis and Clark York Rite College #199, Charles Clyde Priory #42 KYCH (Past Prior), St. Bartholomew Conclave Red Cross of Constantine (Junior General), Last Supper Tabernacle XVIII Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests (Past Preceptor), Polaris Council #449 Allied Masonic Degrees, Royal Order of Scotland, Green Degrees Council #93 Knights Mason, and Iowa College Societas Rosicruciana.
He was a member of the Holy Order of High Priesthood (Past President), Thrice Illustrious Masters Association, and Iowa Past Commanders Association. He was a member of Madon Shrine #38 White Shrine of Jerusalem where he has served as Watchmen of the Shepherds. He was a member of Iowa Research Lodge #2 and a lifetime member of the Philalethes Society. During his term of Grand Commander, he was honored by receiving the Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor. Greg was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (Bronze Award) from the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International.
In 2012, he was appointed as Deputy Grand Governor for Iowa for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. He served as Grand Governor from 2016-2020. He was a recipient of the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College.
Greg passed away at his home in Eldora on July 10th at the age of 59. He is survived by his mother, a sister, a brother, and one nephew.
Visitation will be held on the evening of July 15th at the Fredsville Lutheran Church (32767 150th St, Cedar Falls) from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on July 16th at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Committal will be at the church cemetery. Services under the direction of Engelkes-Abel Funeral Homes.
James Preston Smith, 84, of Gladewater, was born April 7, 1937, to Wes and Lena Lucille McKellar Smith and passed from this life July 5, 2021, surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 10, 2021, at McWhorter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Ritter, John Andrews, and Lisa Martin, officiating. The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm prior to the service.
James married Paula Ann Jones, June 4, 1971, in Marshall, Texas. He acquired his RN, BSN, and MBA and retired after 46 years. He was a past Worshipful Master of AF & AM #852 in Gladewater, Texas. James was a Shriner, Potentate in 1994 Shrine Temple in Tyler and later became the Grand Commander of the York Rite Grand Commandry of Texas from 2003-2004. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite of Waco, Texas. James was a member of Pritchett Church of Christ.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Paula Smith; daughters, Dena Mayfield and her husband, Ricky, Mary Ann Tant and her husband, Chuck, and Sandra Thur and her husband, Marc; son in law, Bennie Richardson; sister, Martha Dell Smith; brother, Neal Griffin; and by 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kelly Richardson; and by his brothers, Larry Smith and Sonny Womble.
Please visit James’ on-line registration book at www.mcwhorterfh.com to leave a memory for the family.Please visit James’ on-line registration book at www.mcwhorterfh.com to leave a memory for the family.
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I inform you that Alexis Jean Parent, Jr. 94, passed away this evening at 4:00 PM.
Sir Knight Alex served as the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Vermont in 2005,
as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Vermont Royal and Select Masters in 2004,
as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Vermont Royal Arch Masons in 2013
and as Prior of Vermont Priory #45 in 2012.
Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
Let those who love your salvation say for ever,
“Great is the Lord!”
But as for me, I am poor and needy;
Come to me speedily, O God
You are my helper and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not tarry.
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