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PGM Richard M. Wilson

Richard M. Wilson
Born June 3, 1932—Died May 25, 2017
Richard Moore Wilson was born June 3, 1932, in Jerusalem, Monroe County, Ohio, one of three children born to Charles and Alice Wilson. He graduated from Beallsville High School in 1950.
He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1952-56 beí ng stationed in New York State for two years and then in Japan for two years.
On July 9, 1960, he married Eleanor Elaine William-son. They are the proud parents of two children, Bradley (Jeri) Wilson, Cathy (Scott—Deceased) Christy. Bradley and Jeri are the parents of Nicole and Anessa, Cathy is the proud parent of Michaela , Faith, and Morgan.
Brother Wilson was a retired electrician having worked 37 years at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, Ohio. He had served the United Methodist Church as a pastor for 43 years. He was ordained in June of 1973 as a Deacon by the late Bishop Francis E. Kearns. Brother Wilson was an active pastor at age 83.
He was a Monroe County Park District Board Member, also on the Board of Directors, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, having served as Secretary, Vice-president and President. He served on the Board of The Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority. He had also served on various others Boards in the area of Southeast-ern Ohio.
Brother Wilson was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Sunsbury Lodge No. 362, Beallsville, Ohio, on October 23, 1956, and served as Worshipful Master in 1966. He has since served as Master on three other occasions and was Secretary of his lodge for 18 years. He is a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cambridge; Grand Council Royal & Select Masons, Guernsey Council No. 74, Cambridge, Ohio; Royal Arch Masons, Cambridge Chapter No. 53, Cambridge, Ohio; Cambridge Commandery No. 47, Knights Templar.
He served the 18th Masonic District as District Deputy Grand Master in 1974, 1975, and 1976. In 1977 Most Worshipful Brother Jerry C. Rasor appointed him as Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Ohio. In 1978 Most Worshipful Brother Daniel F. Iceman appointed him to the office of Junior Grand Deacon. He was subsequently ap-pointed Senior Grand Deacon and Grand Marshal. Brother Wilson was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1981, Senior Grand Warden in 1982, Deputy Grand Master in 1983. On October 13, 1984, at Columbus, Ohio, he was elected and installed as Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.
Brother Wilson was a member of Beallsville Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron four times. In 1998 he served as the Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter of Ohio along with Worthy Grand Matron, Eloise Wise.
M. W. Brother Wilson and his wife Eleanor reside in Jerusalem, Ohio (Monroe County).

Fifth District 300 Year Celebration

Fifth District 300 Year Table Lodge Celebration 
300 Years of Modern Masonry
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Defiance Masonic Temple
Gavel drops at 8:30 AM
This is a Table Lodge, open to all Masons
Breakfast will be served, Dress is business casual

Keep checking back for details.


District Awards Night 2017

The 5th District Awards night was held in Delta, OH at Memorial Hall. There were 63 in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the Hawaiian Themed evening and buffet. Many thanks to our DDGMs and most especially to their wives for putting this evening together.  Award recipient follow:

  • Hackett Award: Hicksville 478
  • Grand Masters Reception Award: Sycamore 520
  • Traveling Trophy: Bryan 215
  • Best Attended Inspection: Wauseon 349
  • Best Inspection: Fulton 248
  • Bee Hive: Jeffrey Odenkirk, Fulton 248
  • Education Award: Tom DeFrieze, Sycamore 520
  • George O. Braatz Award: Sycamore 520
  • Perfect Attendance: Doug Parker, Doug Eis, John Carlston, Ken Crouch, Ken Snyder, Chris Rohrbaugh, Steve Brunn, Dan Hall, Bill Pacak, Dick Bocik, Gery Ries, Gaylord Proxmire, Jim Manning, Larry Lyne, Bruce McKibben, Jay Jimison, Richard Snyder, Richard Evans Jr., Paul Kelly, Marty Lawrence, and Bob Rettig
  • Best First Time Lecturer: Jeffrey Odenkirk, Fulton 248
  • Master of the Year: Luis Rivera, Omega 564
  • Hiram Abif Award: Craig Szczublewski, Fulton 248
  • Mason of the Year: Tim Churchill, Fulton 248

Passing of WB August C. (Jerry) Holzer

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, WB Jerry Holzer laid down his working tools and entered the celestial lodge above as the result of a mowing accident.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, May 21, at St John's United Church of Christ, Holgate, OH from 1:00-3:00 pm. The church is located 3 miles north of Holgate on St. Rt. 108 at the corner of Co. Rd. J. Masonic services will be at 3:00 with a Commandery service to follow. Funeral service will be at 4:00 with a lunch after.
WB Holzer was a Past Master of Napoleon Lodge #256, a member of the AASR, Valley of Toledo, active in all the York Rite Bodies but most especially the Commandery where he served as Grand Commander in 2011-12.
If using GPS to locate the church, use the address 13039 Co Rd. J. This is actually the address of the parsonage which is across the road from the church. Using the actual church address seems to confuse GPS and will many times not get you to the correct location.

5th District Lecture Conference

The 5th Masonic District will be holding a lecture conference on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 10:00 am until noon, at Liberty Center lodge # 518. I encourage anyone interested in learning the 3 Masonic Lectures to come and be a part of this experience! Doesn't matter whether you have already started or just considering learning a lecture, WE WANT YOU! The Typewritten Ritual will be there, as learning the correct words are the first step in a correct and effective lecture. We will divide up by lecture and there will be well versed brothers leading each group. We will have carpets and dvd's to work with also.
There will be pizza at noon for all!
Then at 1:00 pm Liberty Center Lodge will be conferring the Master Mason Degree, probably on an exemplar candidate. Please consider joining them and finish out the afternoon with one of our Most Solemn Ceremonies.
Dress will be casual!
Come Join us for a time of Instruction and of course some food and Masonic Fellowship. BRING YOUR RITUALS!  My email list does not include all, but, Please pass the word around to those you feel would enjoy and benefit from this worthwhile endeavor! Please RSVP to me by May 18th so I can get a count for lunch.
Doug Eis

5th Masonic District Awards Banquet - "Hawaiian Luau"

5th Masonic District Awards Banquet - "Hawaiian Luau"

Please plan to join your brothers, ladies, family and friends for a Hawaiian themed party at the Delta Memorial Hall on Friday, May 19.  Doors open at 6:00pm with dinner at 6:30pm.  The menu will include pulled pork sandwiches, teriyaki meatballs, salads, fruit, punch and dessert.  Tickets are $10 per person by reservation with your Lodge Secretary. Deadline for reservations is May 12. Attire for the evening is tropical wear or other casual wear.  We will have a backdrop for taking pictures of your Hawaiian adventure.  Join us for an evening of fellowship and support the hardworking brothers who will be honored this evening.



5th District Chair List Request for Leaders

Brothers all, below is the start of a list of potential district chairs for next year and beyond. if you are interested in one of them, even if they are currently staffed by someone we will love to hear from you and get you started on next years agenda for leading the District. If there is a need for a chair I have omitted please volunteer and I will help you make it happen.

Fraternally, Matthew Gloor, 5th District Advisor
cell: 419 591 8264   email:
  • Membership
  • Parliamentarian
  • Education
  • Fundraising
  • Protocol
  • Ritual
  • Wardens
  • Deacons
  • OMH/Browning
  • Widows Contact
  • Community Involvement
  • Newsletter
  • MORI Sec/Treas

Benefit for Tatum Untied Cancer Support

Brothers of the Fifth District,

I received this communication from a fellow brother from Fulton 248 who recently lost his wife to cancer.  He is taking on the noble task of forming a non-profit to help others battling this horrible disease. 

I'm not sure if you are aware of the non-profit that I've started in Tatum's honor, or of our goals, but I assure you we will improve the quality of life of those battling cancer, and have a significant impact on the direction of research into treatments and an eventual cure for cancers. To that end, we are having our first fundraiser to Benefit the non-profit on Saturday May 13, 2017. Any support that I might get from my Masonic brothers would be VERY much appreciated. I'm not looking for donations, but it would mean a lot to me if some of my brothers would be interested in attending. It will be a great evening of fun and will support a worthwhile cause.
Thank you in advance for any support you may be able to provide.

Fraternally yours,

Chris Hummel - Fulton Lodge 248

Obituary: James Beck

James “Jim” Beck, age 79 of Wauseon passed away Thursday April 20, 2017 at the University of Toledo Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Prior to his retirement he had worked for the City of Wauseon for many years. In retirement he had volunteered with the Fulton County Senior Center, Sauder Village and the Fulton County Historical Society

Mr. Beck was born on August 9, 1937 in Toledo, the son of the late Ed and the late Nina (Krieger) Beck. On September 18, 1960 he married the former Anne Hyatt and she survives. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon, the Wauseon F&AM #349 and the Wauseon American Legion Post. He was also a member of the Northwest Ohio Blacksmith Club. He was an amateur radio operator KC8DPM and a member of the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club. He held an Associate Degree in Manufacturing Technology from the University of Toledo and held a Class III Waste Water Treatment license and a Class I Water Treatment license from the State of Ohio.

Surviving besides his wife Anne is daughter; Cindy (Tom) Savage of Wauseon, son; Chris (James) Beck of Wauseon, grandchildren; Nick (Jackie) Savage and Catie (Jordon) Lemley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Monday April 24, 2017 at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon with Pastor Roger Marlow officiating. Interment will follow in the Wauseon Union Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday from 2:00-6:00pm where there will be a Masonic service at 5:30pm. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to either the Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon F&AM Lodge #349 or the Fulton County Historical Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements.

Sycamore Lodge Annual Steak Fry


District Deputy Grand Masters
R.W.B. Robert "Joe" Stotler
Hicksville Lodge #478
R.W.B. William "Bill" Pacak
Fulton Lodge #248
District Education Officers
W.B. Dan Hall
Omega Lodge #564
W.B. Martin L. Lawrence
Sycamore Lodge #520
District Advisor
R.W.B. Robert R. Rettig
Napoleon Lodge #256
District Education Chair
R.W.B. Darrell Miller
Hicksville Lodge #478
W.B. Todd Evans
Wauseon Lodge #349
1st Vice President
W.B. Luis Rivera
Omega Lodge #564
2nd Vice President
W.B. David Downs
Bryan Lodge #215
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
707 Main St
Delta, OH 43515
Fulton Lodge #248
R.W.B. Douglas W. Eis
Napoleon Lodge #256
District Membership Chairman
R.W.B. Paul Kelly
Bryan Lodge #215
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
Fulton Lodge #248