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Memorials For Lodge Year 2008
(second saturday in December 2007 to the Second Saturday in December 2008)
Departed Brethren
Robert Clifton Melius
Donald H. Longanecker
Holgar J. West
Jorvard T. Smith
Max Roushman, Jr.
Richard Ernest Knott
James Madison McCrary
Clarence "Bud" Harris Glandon
Lawrence Albert Watkins
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Robert Clifton Melius - 1/15/19 - 12/24/07

Robert C. Melius passed away peacefully on December 24, 2007. Brother Melius was born on January 15, 1919 in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1937. After high school, Bob joined the United States Army where he served his country for more than 24 years. When WWII broke out he served in the 278th Field Artillery. In 1944 his unit was deployed to Darmstadt, Germany, where Bob served his country and in 1945 was awarded a purple heart.

While in Germany, Bob met his wife Marie and married her in 1947. The couple later moved back to the states where Bob worked as an instrument operator in the Civil Service in White Sands, New Mexico. They later moved to El Paso, Texas, where they raised their son Mike. They were married 52 years until she passed away in 1999. After Marie's death, Bob returned to Seattle where he remained a loyal Dallas Cowboys Football Fan.

Bro. Melius was initiated into Ionic Lodge No. 90, March 6, 1946, passed to a Fellowcraft, November 21, 1949, and raised a Master Mason, December 14, 1949. He was Master of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 823 in Pirmasens, Germany in 1958. He was a charter member of Wallace Hughston Lodge U.D. (No. 1393), El Paso, TX, before his dimit in 1962. He was an unaffiliated Mason for 22 years before his association with St. John's Lodge No. 9 in 2000.

Bro. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Marie. He is survived by his son Mike and good friend and "Masonic Brother" Ken Wehl. Other friends included the brothers of St. John's Lodge No. 9. A small graveside service will be held on January 9, 2008, where he will be laid to rest at Fort Bliss Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.

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Donald H. Longanecker - 1/1/39 - 12/19/07

Donald H. Longanecker passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 in Seattle, WA. Bro. Longanecker was born January 1, 1939 in Brainerd, MN to Harold and Eunice Longanecker. He was raised and went to school in Baxter, MN.

Bro. Longanecker was initiated into St. John's Lodge No. 9, July 31, 1965, passed to a Fellowcraft, October 30, 1965, and raised a Master Mason, March 26, 1966. He was a Master Mason forty-one years.

Bro. Longanecker suffered a brain injury twenty-five years ago, which required supervised care. He loved to attend lodge on occasions when Bro. Frank Cushman was able to still drive and would chauffeur him to and from our fraternal meetings. He is survived by his children, Jill Lefebre of Everett, WA and Jeffrey Longanecker of Shoreline, WA and four grandchildren, Gabrielle, Sean, Amy and Sarah. He is also survived by his mother, Eunice Longanecker of Baxter, MN and his five siblings, Gary Longanecker of Bellingham, WA, Gordon (Connie) Longanecker of Bellingham, WA, Michael (Kathy) Longanecker of Klamath Falls, OR, Thomas (Eunice) Longanecker of Pillager, MN and Scott Longanecker of Baxter, MN. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Longanecker.

Services are to be held in Seattle, WA.

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Holgar J. West - 8/29/12 - 12/23/07

Mender of toys,
leader of boys,
Changer of fuses,
kisser of bruises,
Bless him, Oh Lord.

Mover of couches,
soother of ouches,
Pounder of nails,
teller of tales,
Reward him, Oh Lord.

Raker of leaves,
cleaner of eaves,
Drier of dishes,
fulfiller of wishes,
Bless him, Oh Lord.

- Author Unknown


Holgar J. West was born August 29, 1912, in South Bend, Washington, and died December 23, 2007, in Seattle, Washington, with his family at his side. He graduated from Broadway High School in 1932 and attended the University of Washington. In 1982 he retired from the King County Assessor's Office at the age of 70 years old.

Bro. West was initiated into St. John's Lodge No. 9 as an Entered Apprentice Mason, September 24, 1966, passed to a Fellowcraft, October 29, 1966, and raised a Master Mason, November 26, 1966. He attained his proficiency February 25, 1967.

Bro. West was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Seattle.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gladys; parents, John E. and Olga S. West; brothers, Bertil and Algot. He is survived by daughter, Janet; son, John (Dianne); grandchildren, Julie, Paul, and James; great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Luke, and Aaron: and a niece and nephews.

Remembrances may be sent to the Holgar J. and Gladys H. West Endowment Fund, c/o Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Ave. West, Suite 305, Seattle, WA 98119 - 1957. At his request, no memorial service will be held.

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Jorvard T. Smith 7/14/12 - 1/21/08

Jorvard Thorgeny Smith arrived at his Celestial Home on Jan 21st, 2008, at 95 years of age. Born in Ballard, where he lived much of his life, he was the last remaining child of Carl and Hilda Smith. Bro. Smith and his wife Harriette raised a son (Harold) and two daughters (Harriette and Carol Marie). Known as Yobe or "Smitty," Bro. Smith was a Seattle Firefighter, Teamster and Commercial Fisherman.

Bro. Smith was initiated into St. John's Lodge No. 9, March 9, 1946, passed to a Fellowcraft, April 6, 1946, and raised a Master Mason, April 20, 1946. He belonged to the Scottish Rite, the Nile Shrine, and Crown Chapter 249, Order of Eastern. He received his 40 and 50 year pins and was a member of the fraternity for nearly 62 years. A member of the Lions and Elks Clubs as well as the fraternity, Yobe valued community involvement. He closely followed the Seahawks and Mariners, occasionally attending spring training in Arizona. An active and athletic man, Yobe played baseball and basketball at Ballard High where he was a graduate in 1931. In later years he enjoyed golf, and bowling. A proud man with an active and curious mind, Bro. Smith was constantly observing life.

Our brother is survived by his two daughters, six grandchildren, eleven great grand children and an extended family of friends from throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his wife Harriette and son Harold. Bro. Smith enjoyed his final fourteen years at Bayview Manor. Donations to Shriner's Children's Hospital are suggested by the family.

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Commander Max Roushman, Jr., ret. 8/29/19 - 2/9/08

CDR Max J. ROUSHMAN, Jr. passed away at his home February 9, 2008. Bro. Roushman was born August 29, 1919, in Cascade, MT, and served 34 honorable and medaled years in the Navy, finishing his career as staff pilot of the CINCPAC fleet in Hawaii. Retiring from the Navy in 1974, Bro. Max moved his family to Burien.

Bro. Roushman was initiated into Elliot Bay Lodge No. 257, June 23, 1944, passed to a Fellowcraft, August 17, 1944, and raised a Master Mason, August 31, 1944. He received his 50 year pin and was a member of the fraternity for nearly 64 years. He belonged to the Scottish Rite and was a member of the Legion of Honor in the Nile Shrine. Bro. Roushman was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

An enthusiastic contributor to public service, our Brother served 30 yrs as a volunteer firefighter for KCFD #2, serving also as a fire commissioner until 2005. He is an honorary life member of the WA Fire Commissioners. Cmdr. Max is survived by his wife of 64 years, Josephine; son Max III (Sandy) of Auburn; daughter Carole Ann Thomas (Curt) of Barrow, Alaska; grandsons Randy and Robert Thomas and great-grandson Dylan Lamar Thomas.

The family suggests donations be made to your favorite charity, KCFD #2 or KC Medic I. A Memorial including a Masonic funeral service was held at Forest Lawn, West Seattle, on February 16.

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Richard Ernest Knott - 11/12/23 - 3/3/08

Richard Ernest Knott was born November 12, 1923, in Garber, Oklahoma. He served in the Navy during the 2nd World War, and found himself in Seattle near the end of his navy career.

Bro. Knott was initiated into Ionic Lodge No. 90, April 24, 1946. He was passed to a Fellowcraft Mason, July 24, 1946, and raised a Master Mason, August 21, 1946. He was presented his 50 year pin as a Master mason by his cousin, VWBro. Don Ward, on October 2, 1996. He was a member of the Craft for nearly 62 years.

Our brother passed to the Celestial lodge in McLean, Virginia, on March 3, 2008, leaving his wife Louise Lorraine and two children, Devah Louise and Ricca Elaine Sarson.

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James Madison McCrary - 5/6/17 - 1/6/08

James Madison McCrary was born in Chicago, IL, on May 6, 1917.

Bro. McCrary was initiated into St. John's Lodge No. 9, April 19, 1941. He was passed to a Fellowcraft Mason, May 10, 1941, and raised a Master Mason, May 31, 1941. Bro. McCrary was also a member of the Scottish Rite. Our brother was presented his 50 year pin as a Master Mason on May 31, 1991. He was a member of the Craft for nearly 67 years.

Bro. McCrary passed to the Celestial lodge on January 6, 2008, in Lacey, Washington, leaving his wife Dorothy and three children, Mark, Janeen, and Megan.

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Clarence "Bud" Harris Glandon - 5/11/16 - 12/30/07

Clarence "Bud" Harris Glandon was born in Grants, County, Washington, on May 11, 1916. He enlisted as a married man into the United States Army, serving as a Private during WWII.

Bro. Glandon was initiated into St. John's Lodge No. 9, May 27, 1950. He was passed to a Fellowcraft Mason, June 24, 1950, and raised a Master Mason, August 26, 1950. Bro. Glandon was also a member of the Eastern Star, the Royal Arch Masons and the Knights Templar. He was also a member of the Nile Shrine. Our brother was presented his 50 year pin as a Master Mason in October of 2000. He was a member of the Craft for 57 years.

Bro. Glandon passed to the Celestial lodge on December 30, 2007, in Peoria, Arizona, joining his wife Dorothy. He leaves three children, Sid, Bert, and Ray.

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Lawrence Albert Watkins - 2/21/29 - 5/2/08

Lawrence Albert Watkins was born in Everett, Washington, on February 21, 1929. He served in the armed forces as a Marine. Following his discharge, our brother worked his way to a foreman of Pacific Garage of Inland Trucking.

Bro. Watkins was initiated into St. John's Lodge No. 9, September 26, 1953. He was passed to a Fellowcraft Mason, November 28, 1953, and raised a Master Mason, January 30, 1954. Our brother received his 50 year pin as a Master Mason May 5, 2004. He was a member of the Craft for 54 years.

Bro. Watkins enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles, and people watching.

Bro. Watkins battled lung cancer. He experienced dehydration following a fall and pneumonia led to his passing to the Celestial lodge on May 2, 2008, in Federal Way. He is survived by his wife Lois, two daughters, Louis DeGarmo and Melody Peterson, three grand children, and one great grandson. He was buried with his Masonic apron at Tahoma National Cemetery.

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