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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SR Express - Passing of a Brother

Jack C. Frost, 33°

Scottish Rite Express

Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

September 11, 2018

Jack Curtis Frost, 92, passed away on September 8, 
2018  at Calvin Community Nursing Home in Des Moines. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 13 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory in Urbandale.

Jack was born December 12, 1925 in Ottumwa, Iowa to James and Nellie Frost.  Jack served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a Staff Sergeant and B-17 crew member.  Jack moved to Des Moines in 1956. He worked as an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad prior to working for NW Bell Telephone Company until he retired in 1986. 
Jack was a member of DeMolay in Ottumwa as a teenager and joined Empire Lodge #269 in July of 1948. Jack later affiliated with Daylight Lodge #660 in Des Moines, serving as Master in 1992.  He also served as Treasurer for many years.  He was a member of the High Twelve, Ottumwa York Rite and the Chanters Unit of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine.  Jack served as a Trustee of Za Ga Zig and was a Past Chairman of the Shrine Circus.
He joined Des Moines Consistory in 1987.  He was active as a Ritualist, Sound Crew member, the Breakfast Club, Kitchen Krew and Double Eagle chorus.  He was honored with the rank and distinction of the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1993.  Jack received the 33rd and last degree on November 10, 2007.
Jack is survived by his wife, Wilma; grandchildren, James (Marcy) Heggen and Brenda (Mike) Carter; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Emily Carter; and son-in-law, Tim Cantrell. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Jane Cantrell; brother, Richard; and sister, Marjorie Deets. 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Shriners Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thursday, September 6, 2018

SR Express - Officers for 2019/Fall Reunion Schedule

September 6, 2018

Hill and Cox Elected To Preside in 2019

At our quarterly meeting last night, Rusty Hill, Wise Master of the Des Moines Chapter Rose Croix, was elected to be the Master of Kadosh of the Des Moines Consistory. Rusty has served the Des Moines Valley in the Rose Croix line since 2009.

Rusty joined the Des Moines Consistory in the Spring of 2003 and was invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2009. Illustrious Brother Hill was coroneted with the 33rd Degree in 2015. He is currently the Chairman of the Stage and Property committee as well as Degree Master for the 16th Degree, Prince of Jerusalem. Rusty is a member and Past Master of Gnemeth Lodge #577 in West Des Moines. He is also the Grand Secretary of the Iowa York Rite bodies and is a Past Grand Commander, Knights Templar in Iowa. He is retired from Iowa Export/Import. He and his lady, Robin, live in rural Perry, Iowa.

As Ill. Bro. Hill will move from the office of Wise Master to Master of Kadosh, Thomas D. Cox will become the new Wise Master for the Des Moines Valley, Chapter Rose Croix. Tom is currently the Senior Warden in the Rose Croix line. He joined the Des Moines Scottish Rite bodies on February 12, 2005. He is active in many of our degrees as a ritualist, most notably, as Zerubbabel in the 16th Degree and as Count Reinfred in the 21st Degree. He is also the Degree Master for the 26th Degree, Prince of Mercy. Tom was invested with the rank and decoration of the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2013. Tom is currently serving as Master of Legacy Lodge #678.

Elected to the position of Senior Warden in the Rose Croix was Brad Reichardt, 32° KCCH of Pleasant Hill. Brad joined AASR in the Fall of 2003. He is active as a ritualist in numerous degrees, presiding in the 4th, 17th, and 29th. Brad is the Degree Master of the 29th Degree, Knight of St. Andrew and he was honored with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2017. He is a member of Legacy Lodge #678 and is an officer in the Des Moines York Rite. He is a Past State Master Councilor and Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay. Brad moves up from the office of Junior Warden.

Our newly elected Junior Warden for the Chapter Rose Croix is Brian M. Truex of Rockwell. He Brian serves on the stage crew, technology committee and as a ritualist in several degrees. Brian joined Scottish Rite in the spring of 2013. He has been active in a variety of Masonic bodies, serving as Master of Harding Lodge #649, presiding over the Mason City York Rite bodies and Monarch of HAPAC Grotto.

These officers as well as the officers of the Des Moines Consistory, listed below, will be installed in their new positions on Wednesday, December 12, 2019 in-conjunction with our Holiday Party and quarterly meeting.

Prior                        Eldon F. Walton, 33°
Preceptor                Samuel G. Wise, 33°
Chancellor              Jack R. Schreiber, 33°
Minister of State    William L. Knoll, 33°
Almoner                 Brian D. Pappaducas, 33°
Asst. Almoner       Daniel R. Hobson, 33°
Registrar                Shane A. Harshbarger, 33° G. C.
Treasurer               Richard Koch Jr., 33°
Tiler                        Carl J. Van Der Kamp, 32° KCCH

James L. Bennett, 32° KCCH & William R. Jensen, 32° KCCH
Memorial Reunion Schedule

5:00 PM              DINNER BUFFET
5:45 PM              CLASS ASSEMBLES
6:00 PM              RECEIVE CLASS
6:25 PM              4th Degree    Secret Master
7:15 PM              5th Degree    Perfect Master
7:55 PM              6th Degree    Confidential Secretary
8:35 PM              7th Degree    Provost and Judge
9:15 PM              8th Degree    Intendant of the Building
9:40 PM              DISMISSAL

7:45 AM              CLASS ASSEMBLES
8:00 AM              9th Degree      Elu of the Nine
                           10th Degree   Elu of the Fifteen
8:45 AM              11th Degree    Elu of the Twelve
9:35 AM              12th Degree    Master Architect
10:15 AM            13th Degree    Royal Arch of Solomon
11:00 AM            14th Degree    Perfect Elu
11:45 AM            LUNCH
12:35 PM            15th Degree    Knight of the East
1:40 PM              16th Degree    Prince of Jerusalem
2:35 PM              17th Degree    Knight of the East &                                                      West
3:45 PM              18th Degree    Knight Rose Croix
5:00 PM              SOCIAL HOUR

5:30 PM              CLASS ASSEMBLES
5:45 PM              19th Degree    Grand Pontiff
6:40 PM              20th Degree     Master of the                                                                   Symbolic Lodge
7:40 PM              21st Degree     Noachite or Prussian                                                       Knight
8:50 PM              22nd Degree    Knight of the Royal                                                         Axe
9:30 PM              PIZZA PARTY

5:15 PM              DINNER
6:00 PM              23rd Degree     Chief of the                                                                     Tabernacle
6:30 PM              24th Degree     Prince of the                                                                   Tabernacle
7:20 PM              25th Degree     Knight of the Brazen                                                       Serpent
7:55 PM              26th Degree     Prince of Mercy
8:35 PM              27th Degree     Knight of the Sun

9:40 AM              CLASS ASSEMBLES
10:00 AM            28th Degree     Knight Commander                                                        of Temple
10:50 AM            29th Degree     Scottish Knight of St.                                                     Andrew
11:20 AM            Class Picture
11:35 AM            LUNCH
12:25 PM            30th Degree     Knight Kadosh

1:50 PM              31st Degree     Inspector Inquisitor
3:00 PM              32nd Degree (1st)  Master of the                                                                   Royal Secret        
3:50 PM              32nd Degree (2nd) Master of the                                                                   Royal Secret

Friday, August 31, 2018

Scottish Rite Express, - September 5, 2018

Scottish Rite Express

Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

2018 Fall Quarterly Meeting
Des Moines Consistory

September 5, 2018

6:15 pmQuarterly Meeting of Des Moines Consistory

Consistory Classroom - 3rd Floor

Regular business meeting of the Des Moines Consistory to be held as well as elections for the Des Moines Chapter Rose Croix and 
the Des Moines Consistory, 
Gregory R. Spooner, 33 
° Presiding

~7:15 pm    Pizza Party and Social
Tapestry Room - 2nd Floor
Join us following the meeting for social time and pizza.
All Scottish Rite Masons are invited to attend.
Requested Dress for quarterly meeting is coat, tie and Scottish Rite cap.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Scottish Rite Express


Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

August 29, 2018

5:30 pm: Social Hour
3rd Floor Lounge 
6:15 pm: Scottish Rite Showcase
                   Langdon Auditorium
                   3rd Floor
7:00 pm: Libations & Pork Chop Dinner
Tapestry Room
2nd Floor

This event is for all Symbolic Lodge Masons, Scottish Rite Masons, York Rite Masons, & Shriners
Prospects for Blue Lodge & Scottish Rite are free with a reservation.
All Scottish Rite Masons ($15) are invited & encouraged to attend as a full room adds to the fun!
Business casual attire requested.
Please mail RSVP to:   Scottish Rite 519 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
or 515-288-8927 /
Please RSVP by today!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SR Express - Passing of a Brother

August 13, 2018

Dwight R. Hunnell, 32° KCCH
It is with regret that I inform you that Honorable Brother Dwight R. Hunnell passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
Dwight was born on November 16, 1922, in Runnells, to Jesse and Anna (Vaughn) Hunnell.
He was drafted in the Army Air Force on March 26, 1943 and was honorably discharged on February 16, 1946. Dwight went to business college then to the Open Bible College. He owned and operated Hunnell Construction and Pools of Iowa.
Dwight was a member of Highland Park Christian Church. He was a master gardener and an ordained minister for many years, officiating many weddings and funerals in his retirement.
Dwight was raised in Union Park Lodge #658 in 1961 and served as Master in 1976. He was a Past Master of Westgate-Adelphic Lodge #509. He was a member of the Newton York Rite Bodies, Za Ga Zig Shrine, and Charles Clyde Hunt Priory, KYCH.
Hon. Bro. Hunnell joined the Des Moines Scottish Rite bodies on November 22, 1969. Dwight was a ritualist in the 16th Degree, 31st Degree, and Maundy Thursday Soliloquies. He was active for many years on the Kitchen Krew and served as Chairman. He also coordinated the Marsengill Christmas Dinner. Dwight received the Knight Commander Court of Honour on November 16, 1995, his 73rd birthday.
He passed to the Grand Lodge above on August 8, 2018.
Graveside services were held at 11 A.M., Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Lowman Cemetery in Runnells, IA. Memorial contributions may be made to Shrine Children's Hospital.