Sunday, November 6, 2011

November Stated Meeting

The November stated meeting is this Tuesday November 8 at 7pm at Homer Lodge Hall.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 25th: 1st Degree

Homer Lodge No. 199 will have work on the 1st degree on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 7 PM. We hope you can make it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lodge of Sorrow: Wayne Cope

Wayne E. Cope
(August 3, 1924 - October 4, 2011)

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Wayne E. Cope 87 of Homer died at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Canterbury Ridge, Urbana.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the G.A.R. Cemetery, Homer by the Homer Masonic Lodge #199 A.F. & A.M. Military rites will be accorded. Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cope was born on August 3, 1924 in Westville, the son of Boyd and Bessie Cowell Cope. He married Dorothy M. Endsley on September 20, 1947 in Homer, she survives.
Also surviving are on son; Boyd Dale (Karen) Cope of Brunswick, Georgia, one daughter; Debbie (Greg) Vaughn of Flatville, one son – law; Dennis Rein of Homer, one brother; Dale (Irene) Cope of Littleton, Colorado, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter; Melody Rein, three brothers, one sister and one grandson; David.
Mr. Cope retired from the University of Illinois as a carpenter.
He was an Air Force veteran of WW II, where he was a P.O.W. for eleven months and was liberated by the third Army led by General George S. Patton.
Mr. Cope was Presbyterian. He was a member of Homer Masonic Lodge # 199 A.F. & A.M., Homer American Legion, Illiana P.O.W. Chapters, Moose and Elks.
He enjoyed crossword puzzles and working in his woodworking shop.
Memorial contributions may be made to Provena Covenant Hospice, P.O.W. M.I.A., or the Wounded Warriors.
Condolences may be offered at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stated Meeting at Homer

Homer Lodge No. 199 will meet jointly with Ogden Lodge No. 754 on Wednesday September 14 at 7pm in the Ogden Masonic Lodge Hall.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lodge of Sorrow: Don Wakefield (60 Year Member)

Donald Wakefield

HOMER – Donald Irvin Wakefield, 91, of Homer passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.
He was many things to us, a companion, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a friend, but most of all, he was a gentle man who cared deeply for others.
Born Feb. 25, 1920, to Irvin and Bessie Peters Wakefield, he grew up just outside of Homer with his four brothers, Ralph (deceased), Dale, Robert and Jim (deceased); and three sisters, Marie, Laverne and Arlene.
Don was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 752nd Tank Battalion in Italy and North Africa. He was a life member of the Elks for 58 years, a 63-year member of the American Legion and a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
He owned several businesses in Homer throughout his lifetime, including a corn-shelling business and an anhydrous ammonia plant. He retired in 1985 and enjoyed traveling and visiting his family.
Those honoring Don's life include his companion, Inez Brewer; his three children, Jan (Wayne), Susie and Russ (Sharon); Inez's children, Terry (Deb) and Karen (Dusty); nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family is from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Memorials should be made to the Homer Fire Department.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Joint Meetings Scheduled in July, August & September


This is a reminder (or notification) of the joint stated meetings of Ogden and Homer Lodges for the months of  JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 2011.  All the meetings will be held at Ogden Lodge, and they will alternate between regular meetings nights as follows. 

IN JULY: Homer Lodge and Ogden Lodge will meet together at Ogden on Wed, July 13th at 7:00 PM.  There will be no Tuesday meeting in July for Homer Lodge.  Ogden Lodge will be responsible for opening and closing and providing refreshments.

IN AUGUST: Homer Lodge and Ogden Lodge will meet in Ogden on Tues, Aug 9th at 7:30.  There will be no Wednesday meeting in August for Ogden Lodge.  Homer Lodge will be the host and responsible for opening, closing and refreshments after.

IN SEPTEMBER:  Homer Lodge and Ogden Lodge will meet at Ogden in Ogden on Wed, Sept 14th at 7:00 pm.  There will be no Tuesday meeting in September for Homer Lodge.  Ogden Lodge will host and be responsible for opening, closing and refreshments after.

We do this because the Ogden Lodge building is easier to cool and is on the ground floor.  We had a lot of fun doing this last year, and Dispensation has been granted to both Lodges from our Most Worshipful Grand Master for these stated meeting changes.

If you have any questions, you can contact Todd Creason at

Lodge of Sorrow: Raymond Cope (56 Year Member)

PHILO – Raymond R. Cope, 89, of Philo died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday (June 26, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana, with burial in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo. Rev. Michael Smith will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites accorded by Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199 at 8 p.m.
Mr. Cope was born on April 11, 1922, in Westville, the son of Boyd and Bessie (Cowell) Cope. He married Martha Josephine Van Brunt and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2000. He was also preceded in death by a sister, two brothers, a cousin, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He is survived by sons, James Russell Cope (Thresa) of Urbana and Roger Dale Cope of Champaign; daughters, Carol Beth Cope of Champaign, Evelyn Marie Bowman (Mark) of Ballwin, Mo., and Sandra Lee Cope of South Roxana; brothers, Wayne Cope (Dorothy) of Sidney and Dale Cope (Irene) of Littleton, Colo.; a cousin, Ida May Lodas of Westville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mr. Cope graduated from Homer High School and was a farmer. In addition to farming he worked for awhile at the Government Bin Sites and was a Building Service Worker at the University of Illinois.
He was a 56-year member of Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199, showed cattle and enjoyed riding on the railroad cattle cars, loved animals and was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Memorials may be made to the Homer Masonic Lodge or to the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at

Monday, June 27, 2011

Homer - Ogden Lodge Hold Joint Installation

Ogden Lodge No. 754 and Homer Lodge No. 199 held a joint installation of officers on Sunday June 25 in Ogden.  It was a huge success.  We thank all the installing officers for their support of this historic event.

Ogden Lodge Worshipful Master Aaron Ketchum and Homer Lodge No. 199 Chuck Fritz

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Homer Lodge Holds Elections

Every year, we hold our elections to determine the officers for the upcoming year.  Homer Lodge No. 199 held theirs at their May meeting.  The officers for next year are:

Worshipful Master: Charles Fritz (2nd Year)
Senior Warden:  Eric Bensken
Junior Warden: Stephen Hooper
Treasurer: WB Carl W. Lewis
Secretary: WB Denver Phelps
Senior Deacon: WB Todd Creason
Junior Deacon: Greg Knott
Chaplain: Brad Edwards
Marshall: Jerry Fritz
Tyler: HWB Carl D. Lewis

Homer Lodge No. 199 will be installing it's officers as they did last year in a dual installation with Ogden Lodge No. 754. 

The date will be announced when it's set.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Homer Lodge Receives DDGM Ray Cummings

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Homer Lodge No. 199 received DDGM Ray Cummings of the 7E District at their monthly meeting on April 12th.  Ray shared a lot of information about what's going on in the fraternity, and as always, the members of the lodge enjoyed a few laughs along the way.

Homer Lodge has a lot of things planned for the future.  They are installing new lights in the dining room and hallway.  They'll be electing and installing new officers soon.  There are two new members that will soon be raised Master Masons.  There is even some talk about changing the meeting night so that more members can attend.