In Memoriam – Brother Robert G. Shepherd

His column was broken and his brethren mourn.

His column was broken and his brethren mourn.

Within weeks of his 100th birthday, our Brother, Robert G. Shepherd passed away on July 8th, 2016.

Bro. Shepherd lived in Morgan Hill, CA.  W:. Bro. Ron Pfeiffer had kept in contact with him in recent years and had many telephone conversations with him in 2013-14 as he arranged to have Bro. Shepherd presented with his 60 year emblem. In their last conversation in January, Bro. Shepherd’s speech was clear and his memory still sharp.

Obituary.   Robert G. Shepherd August 7, 1916 – July 8, 2016
Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:28 pm
Private ceremony in Portland, OR.

Robert was born August 7, 1916, the second of three sons of Robert H. and Jennie Y. Shepherd, in Corvallis, OR, where his father was Professor of Vocational Education at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University).

In 1924, his family moved to Huber, OR, where he graduated from Beaverton High School. He later graduated from the University of Maryland and pursued graduate studies with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Portland State University in Portland, OR.
Robert married Helen Cavaness in 1940 and the couple raised two daughters, Suzanne and Sally, while living both stateside and abroad. Widowed in 2003, he remarried in 2010 to Margaret MacNaughton of Morgan Hill, CA.
Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941, Robert later accepted a post-war commission inthe regular Army and retired in 1969 with the rank of Colonel. During his military career, he was stationed in Europe during WWII, with postwar tours in both France and Germany. He also served in Korea (1947), post-war Japan, and Vietnam.
Robert’s military awards include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and numerous theater and campaign awards.

In 1961, Robert qualified as a Military Aviator, held Pilot ratings in both fixed wing and rotary winged aircraft, and logged over 8000 hours of pilot time.

After retiring in 1969, he returned to Beaverton, OR and pursued additional educational and business interests until 1987, when he and Helen moved to Monterey, CA. In 2001, they moved to Morgan Hill, CA.

Robert was a member of BPOE No 1862 (Hillsboro, Oregon), AF&AM Hancock Lodge No 311 (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), Scottish Rite Bodies! (Fort Leavenworth), and AAONMS MOSLAH Shriner Temple (Fort Worth, TX).
Preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, his brothers, Frank and Donald, and his children, (Suzanne in 1963 and Sally in 2014).

Robert is survived by his second wife, Margaret, his son-in-law, David Large, his grandchildren, Sean Large (Shelley) and Cynthia Bardouka-Large (Dean), step-child, Melinda Pahre (Mike), and five great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Cancer Screening – 16JUL16

 Active Lodge 158 Is hosting a free cancer screening clinic on July 16th in Atchison Ks. The times are from 10-1. I am reaching out to you, as SEMI-LOCAL Masters or Secretaries to assist me in getting the word out. Attached you will find a flyer with the details, and a .jpg to be added to your Facebook page.
This is the day of the Amelia Earhart Festival, So come and make a day of it! Please feel free to spread the word, post it and ask others to repost it!
Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Wade B. Madden
Active 158 Atchison, Ks.

In Memoriam – Brother Tim Preston

His column was broken and his brethren mourn.

His column was broken and his brethren mourn.

Brother Timothy Preston, an active member of Hancock Lodge #311 passed to the celestial lodge above on Sunday, July 10th after a valiant battle with cancer.  Arrangements are still being made but the speculation is that there will be Masonic rites on Thursday evening.  As soon as arrangements are known, local members will be notified by Constant Contact and this web site updated.

Brother Tim support our lodge for several year as Tyler or other appointed positions as needed.  His attendance at all our events was affected only by his physical abilities to join us.  He was a recent recipient of a grant to offset a chair lift that was required in his home.  He was highly regarded by his lodge brothers who mourn his passing and will feel the void he left.


Arrangements that have been passed to us:

  • Visitation.  Wednesday, July 13th, 5:30-8 pm  Family visitation will be at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home, 707 South 6th St, Leavenworth.
  • Masonic Service. Wednesday, July 13th,  6 pm Masonic Service  All Masons Invited (Aprons will be available at Funeral Home)
  • Funeral Service. Thursday, July 14th, 1 pm  Funeral Services at the Funeral Home
  • Interment. Burial to follow funeral at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Desoto Rd & Eisenhower Rd (Across from Dillon’s Grocery Store)
  • Fellowship. Snacks/refreshments to follow graveside ceremony at the Church of the Nazarine, 115 S. 17th St., Leavenworth.

PAIR Day – AUG 13

HL311-20160813-PAIR_DayPost Activities, Information and Registration (PAIR) opportunities are all represented at PAIR Day to be held at Harney Sport complex on Fort Leavenworth, August 13, 2016 from 0900-1300 hours.  Br. Dahl is coordinating this for both Lodge and Scottish Rite and needs help.  All brothers are requested to take an hour or two at our table.   To ensure the right number of representatives are present, please sign up with Bro. Dahl, SW.

PAIR Day is the best opportunity for current and perspective brothers to know we are on post and make the first steps to join us.  It is one of most important recruitment tools.  It is also where all the other activities on post and many who participate form off post to see who we are and make a lasting first impression.  Our new banners and table covers will be on display, too.