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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spring Reunion named for "Pete" Paschal

Harold D. (Pete) Paschal was born on September 27, 1916 in Colfax, Iowa. At the age of 13 he and his family moved to Newton where he graduated from Newton High School in 1934. He attended the University of Iowa. In 1938 he began his employment with the Maytag Company which continued until his retirement in 1982 as Manager of General Accounting after 43 _ years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Pete was involved in a variety of community activities: life member of VFW Post #1655, Newton American Legion Post #111, Maytag Management Club, past president of the Newton Noon Kiwanis and Newton Chamber of Commerce. He was long and active member of the Newton First United Methodist Church.

Pete was a gifted musician and music was a big part of his life. He was secretary/treasurer of the Newton Municipal Band from 1928-2001, member of the Iowa Veterans Band, Scottish Rite Band, and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Band. His favorite instruments were the trumpet and bass drum.

Bro. Paschal was raised in Newton Lodge #59 on November 12, 1948. He served as Worshipful Master in 1955. In 1960 he was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Custodians and served in that capacity for 45 years.

Companion and Sir Knight Paschal was a member of the Newton York Rite Bodies and had served as High Priest, Illustrious Master, and Eminent Commander. He was a recipient of the Knight of York Court of Honour (KYCH). In 1998 he was the recipient of the Cryptic Mason of the Year award. He was a member and past Sovereign of St. Ignatius Conclave Red Cross of Constantine.

Bro. Paschal was a member and past patron of Newton Chapter #100 Order of the Eastern Star. He had served the Grand Chapter of Iowa as Grand Trustee.

He was a member of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and charter member of the Jasper County Shrine Club. He was a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

In the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Bro. Paschal served as Grand Treasurer, Deputy Grand Master, and Grand Master of Masons in Iowa for the year of 1985-1986. He had served as Trustee of the Rowley Masonic Home and was trustee emeritus of the Grand Charity Fund.

Bro. Paschal received the Scottish Rite degrees in 1975. He was invested with the Knight Commander Court of Honour in 1987 and was coroneted a 33° IGH in 1997.

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