Tuesday, April 7, 2009
RONALD D. KENYON 32° KCCH Reunion - April 17/18
We have chosen Ronald D. Kenyon 32° KCCH to be the honoree for a special two-day condensed Scottish Rite reunion. The condensed reunion is for those who cannot make both weekends of the full reunion but will unfortunatley miss many great degrees. This class will begin on Friday April 17th and conclude on April 18th.
The class will receive 8 degrees of the Scottish Rite; the 4th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 30th, 31st, and 32nd degree in full form. The class will receive the 21st, 22nd, 30th, 31st, and 32nd degrees inconjunction with the Paul Knapp 33° Memorial Class.
Ronald Deforest Kenyon was born on July 13, 1918 in Toledo, Iowa. He was a lifelong resident of Iowa spending more than 60 years in the Des Moines Area. He had a distinguished career in business and was the owner of the West Des Moines-based Ronald Kenyon Construction Co.
In 1991 he received the National Asphalt Paving Association's Man of the Year Award. He was inducted into the Iowa Hot Mix Asphalt, the National Hot Mix, and the Association of General Contractors of Iowa Halls of Fame.
An engineering scholarship at Iowa State University and an endowed chair at Auburn University are named in his honor. He was a member of the National I-Club and the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation. He and his wife Margaret were major contributors to the Iowa State Fair's new museum.
His community service included service on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA, Midwest Diabetes Foundation of Iowa and the Board of Trustees of Drake University. He was also instrumental in the development of the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery in Van Meter.
He was a member of Capital Lodge # 110, A.F. & A.M. of Des Moines, Iowa. A 50-Year member of the Des Moines Scottish Rite and was awarded the honor of Knight Commander Court of Honor in 2005. Kenyon was a charter member of the Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation Heritage Society. He was a member of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and also a member of the Royal Order of the Jesters.
Ron was married to his wife, Margaret, for over 68 years. The couple have two daughters, Sandra (Jim) Grider of Louisville, KY and Rhonda (Derek) Hill of Clive, Iowa. They had five grandchildren and six great grand children. A daughter Sharon preceded him in death. His church affiliation was the First United Methodist Church in Des Moines.
Ronald passed to the Grand Lodge above on September 20, 2008.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
KENYON CLASS ORIENTATION 4:00 PM
BBQ DINNER 4:30 PM
RECEIVE KENYON CLASS 5:20 PM
The 4th Degree-Secret Master* 5:35 PM
The 14th Degree-Perfect Elu* 6:30 PM
The 21st Degree-Noachite or Prussian Knight 7:20 PM
The 22nd Degree-Kinght of the Royal Axe 8:50 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
KENYON CLASS ASSEMBLE 8:15 AM
The 18th Degree-Knight Rose Croix* 8:30 AM
The 30th Degree-Knight Kadosh 10:45 AM
LUNCH 12:00 PM
The 31st Degree-Inspector Inquisitor 1:00 PM
The 32nd Degree-The Royal Secret (1st Section) 2:20 PM
The 32nd Degree-The Royal Secret (2nd Section) 3:30 PM
SOCIAL HOUR 5:00 PM
BANQUET 6:00 PM
*These degrees will preformed in the Blue Lodge Room