Category Archives: Masonic Memorial

Bro. Gordon M. Fairchild

Gordon M. Fairchild, 75, of Shavertown, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011. He was a graduate of Meyers High School, class of 1953, and Milligan College, Johnson City, Tenn. Before retiring, he was employed as a textile designer at Summit … Continue reading

Bro. Earl C. Swan

Bro. Earl C. Swan Sr., 92, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at his home in Loyalville. He graduated from Kingston Township High School, class of 1936. He served in the US Navy during WW II on the USS Telamon and … Continue reading

Bro. Walter Galka

Walter I. Galka, 78, of Noxen passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. Born in Noxen, he graduated at Lake Noxen High School. Before retiring, he was employed as a surveyor, foreman and assistant superintendant by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Tunkhannock, … Continue reading

Bro. Raymond Daring

Bro. Raymond James Daring, 84, of Dallas, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the second son of the late Arthur W. Daring and Gertrude Bruggeman Lenzi. … Continue reading

Bro. Arthur J. Garinger

Bro. Arthur J. Garinger, 89, of Dallas, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011. He was a graduate of Dallas Township High School. Before retiring, he was employed as a machinist by American Party Favor, and later by Party Time Manufacturing … Continue reading

Bro. Peter Paul Mahalick

Bro. Peter Paul Mahalick, 72, of Dallas, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Meadows Nursing in Dallas. He graduated from Swoyersville High School in 1959, and spent his entire career in the textile industry in various positions including … Continue reading

Bro. George Stolarick

Dr. George Alan Stolarick, 59, of Dallas, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012. Brother Stolarick was a graduate of Dallas High School and College Misericordia, and also The Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He became a member of Lodge 531 … Continue reading

Bro. John Holdredge

John C. Holdredge Sr., 83, of Dallas, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. He was an inspector with the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 28 years. Bro. Holdredge was a member of George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 being raised a … Continue reading

Bro. Ralph Garris

Ralph Charles Garris, 89, formerly of Dallas, died Thursday, January 26, 2012, at Indian River Medical Center in Florida. He was born in Trucksville and resided in Dallas until moving to Vero Beach, FLA., 18 years ago. Brother Garris became … Continue reading

Bro. Robert Belles

Robert Zane Belles, 95, of Beaumont, PA, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. After the war, he returned to teaching at the Noxen High School and in 1965 he was appointed supervising principal of the Lake-Lehman School District. Years later, he was appointed Superintendent of Lake-Lehman School District retiring in 1978. The Lake Elementary Building at Harveys Lake was named the Robert Z. Belles Building. He was made a Master Mason in 1954 at George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 F.& A.M. and was a member of Caldwell Consistory for more than over 50 years, and the Irem Temple Shrine.

Interment was held in the Orcutt Grove Cemetery, Noxen.

Please join us in prayer and remembrance of Brother Belles.

Bro. Robert Lewis, P.M.

Robert Kramer Lewis, 77, of Andover Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011. Brother Lewis became a Master Mason in 1960 at Lodge 531 and later served as its Worshipful Master in 1966 and 2010. He was the quintessential Mason serving in many capacities throughout his 51 years as a Member of Lodge 531. He was also a former member of Caldwell Consistory and Irem Shriners. He owned and operated Wilkes-Barre Printing for 60 years and printed most of the materials used by our Lodge and others throughout the area. If he wasn’t in the Lodge he was in his shop, if he wasn’t in his shop he was fishing.

Masonic Funeral Services were conducted by George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 along with several Brothers and Officers from other District 9 lodges. Internment  was held in Oaklawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Please join us in prayer and remembrance of Brother Lewis.

Bro. Edward Powell

Edward S. Powell, 81, of Idetown Road, Dallas, died on Friday, December 9, 2011, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He graduated from Newport High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a salesman for Whiteman Tower Paper Co. Earlier, he was employed by Zoeller Paper Company. Mr. Powell was a 50-year member of Idetown United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Lehman Fire Company. Brother Powell was made a Master Mason in 1959 at Lodge 531 and later joined Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. He was active with the Irem Temple for 50 years, serving as Potentate in 1983. He was Captain of the Arab Emeritus Patrol for many years.

Masonic Funeral Services were conducted by Lodge 531. Interment was held in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.

Please join us in prayer and remembrance of Brother Powell.

Bro. Bill Haddle, P.M.

J. William “Bill” Haddle, 73, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. He was born in Homestead, PA, and moved to Kunkle, PA, in 1945, where he had attended the Dallas Township school. After graduating in 1956, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years as a Chief Quartermaster. His last years in the Navy were spent teaching Navigation to the Navy ROTC students at Penn State University. Following retirement from the Navy, he returned to Kunkle and established Pet Care Associates. He discovered golf late in life, but he made up for that by retiring in 2003 to live on the Blackmoor golf course in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Brother Haddle was made a Master Mason in 1990 at Lodge 531 and later served as its Worshipful Master in 1997 & 1999. He was also a member and active in the Irem Shriners and the American Legion, Post No. 178, Murrells Inlet, and Blackmoor Golf Club.

A Funeral will be held Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at noon from The Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Interment will be with military honors at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Source: The Times Leader.

Masonic Funeral Services were conducted by Lodge 531. An interment with military honors was held at Oaklawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Please join us in prayer and remembrance of Brother Haddle.