Thursday, December 27, 2018

Carl D. Lewis

OGDEN — Carl D. Lewis, 93, of Ogden passed away at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Kathy Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Stearn Cemetery, Fithian. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Masonic rites will follow. Military honors will be done by Legion Post 996 at the cemetery.
Carl was born July 23, 1925, at El Cajon, Calif., the son of Oatis and Susan Waters Lewis. He married Charlene Denhart on Dec. 7, 1944, at MacDill Field, Tampa, Fla. She preceded him on Jan. 5, 2017.
He is survived by his sons, Carl W. (Linda) Lewis of Ogden and Richard (Kathy) Lewis of Marshall; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven R. Lewis; and daughter-in-law, Maureen Lewis.
He was a member of the Ogden United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in World War II as a ball turret gunner on a B-17.
Carl worked for Standard Oil. He ran his own heating and air company.
He enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Ogden 754 and Homer 199 and Ogden American Legion Post 998.
Memorials can be made to the Ogden Masonic Lodge 754 or the Ogden-Royal Volunteer Fire Department.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Homer Lodge Hosts the Illinois Lodge of Research

Donald Arthur Morgan

HOMER – Donald Arthur Morgan, 87, of Homer passed away at 12:56 a.m. Tuesday (March 13, 2018) at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer. Randy Walters and the Rev. Teri Shane will officiate. Burial will take place in G.A.R. Cemetery, Homer. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Donald was born March 19, 1930, in Danville, the son of John Arthur and Sarah Alice Coy Morgan. He married Louise Cromwell on March 24, 1951, in Homer. She preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2016.
Survivors include son, John (Deborah) Morgan of Batavia; daughters, Peggy (Michael) Jenkins of Homer and Nancy (Steve) Hoffman of Farmer City; grandchildren, Tara Jenkins, Josh Jenkins, Leslie (Ryan) Frenk, Danielle (Paul) Huston, Michael Morgan and Rebekah Hoffman; and great-grandchildren, Mya Huston, Juliana Frenk, Ian Huston, Virginia Frenk and Kyle Huston.
Don was a member of Homer United Methodist Church, Homer Lions Club and Homer Masonic Lodge. He earned his national farmer degree from FFA in 1950, with his state degree in 1948.
He was former South Homer Township supervisor for many years. Don was a Cardinals and Green Bay Packers fan and loved to bowl.
Memorials can be made to Heritage FFA or Homer United Methodist Church.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dick L. Peters

HOMER – Dick L. Peters, 83, of Homer passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (April 13, 2017) at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer. Pastor Raymie Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Homer. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the funeral home.
Dick was born on April 30, 1933, in Urbana, the son of Clarence and Gladys Swearingen Peters. He married Betty Bukowski on Nov. 23, 1954, in Oakland, Calif. She survives.
Survivors also include son, Randy (Nancy) Peters of Holden, Maine; daughter, Lynn Peters of Monticello; son, Ronald (Salena) Peters of Urbana; grandchildren, Lindsey (Stuart) Purcell, Nicole (Ian) Stanberry, Dana (Dan) Arney, Christopher (Mackenzie) Peters, Katie Peters, Laura (Andrew) VanMeerbeke and David Peters; sister, Joan (Lowell) Terry of Crystal Lake; and great-grandchildren, Scarlet, Ella, Irelyn, Jacelyn and Chase.
Dick was a member of Homer Masonic Lodge.
He owned and operated the Shell Station and Custard Cup in Homer.
Dick taught science and was a coach at the Ogden grade school for 25 years. He was a self-employed flooring contractor, owning his own business for 10 years.
Dick served in the Navy during the Korean War where he was a radio operator for military transport planes.
He was an avid Cubs fan and loved golfing, bowling and hunting.
The family would like to express their thanks to Homer Rescue.
Memorials can be made to Homer Fire and Rescue.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Marvin "Gene Jackson

 In loving memory of Marvin “Gene” Jackson, 98, who went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 

He lived in Speedway, IN for many years, was a printer all his adult life and was part-owner of Crippens Printing Corp. in Indianapolis, IN. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marines during WWII and was stationed in the South Pacific. He retired to Auburndale, FL in 1988.

He was a member and deacon of Havendale Christian Church in Auburndale, FL, member of the American Legion in Homer, IL, member of the Masonic Lodge in Homer, IL. ,member of the Shriner’s Reception Committee in Indianapolis, IN., and a member of the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis, IN.

Gene was born January 6, 1918 in Ludlow, IL to Herbert O. Jackson and Cecile (Walker) Jackson. His parents, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Also his first wife, Zula (Logsdon) Jackson passed away January 2, 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Cook) Jackson of Auburndale, FL.., 2 daughters, Sandra (Bob) Danner of Homer, IL, Betty Ruth of Indianapolis, IN; and step-son, John Somoya of Auburndale, FL, 4 grandsons, Jeff, Jim and Rick McPherson, Indianapolis, IN, Greg Ruth, Riverview, FL., granddaughter, Kari Corbett, Fairland, IN; 8 grandchildren and 6 great great grandsons.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 1:30-2:30pm at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. St. Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN with the service following at 2:30pm. Burial will be in Greenwood IN. Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Family and friends are invited to join us after the burial at Cheddar’s on E. Co. Line Rd., Greenwood.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lodge Re-Dedication September 3

Homer Lodge No. 199 will be holding a re-dedication ceremony Saturday September 3. The Ceremony begins at noon, lunch after at the Homer Methodist Church. Come help us celebrate 160 years! Homer Lodge is located in Homer at 128 E. Wabash Street.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

News-Gazette Article on Homer

N-G photo by Rick Danzl

N-G photo by Rick Danzl
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette writer Paul Wood recently visited the Homer Masonic Temple & Museum and wrote about the renovations being made at the lodge, the museum room and other items.  

Homer Lodge No. 199 A.F. & A.M. has just refurbished the building with loving care. From an attic that had been left to the decades, members found enough cool stuff to make a mini-museum in the structure.
Lodge member Denver Phelps says the attic included old phonograph records, canceled checks, junk mail, ceremonial garments of the secret society and a strange variety of other objects.
Todd Creason, one of the people who put in three years of work at the lodge, says it had been neglected and was in poor repair, so the easy thing to do would have been to merge with another lodge. Instead, members of other lodges helped rebuild it from the roof down.
Three stained-glass windows shed light on the fraternal organization's immense meeting room, which is looking better than ever, like other places in town, include the Homer Opera House.
Greg Knott, one of the restorers, notes that the lodge was chartered about the same time the town was rebuilt to be near the Great Western Railroad, later the Wabash Railroad.
Before that, Homer, originally called Union, had come to be as a river town, on the Salt Fork.