In Memoriam

 

…Death, when unmasked, shows me a friendly face,
And is a terror only at a distance;
For as the line of life conducts me on
To Death’s great court, the prospect seems more fair.
‘Tis Nature’s kind retreat, that’s always open
To take us in when we have drained the cup
Of life, or worn our days to wretchedness.
In that secure, serene retreat,
Where all the humble, all the great,
Promiscuously recline;
Where wildly huddled to the eye,
The beggar’s pouch and prince’s purple lie,
May every bliss be thine.
And ah! bless’d spirit, wheresoe’er thy flight,
Through rolling worlds, or fields of liquid light,
May cherubs welcome their expected guest;
May saints with songs receive thee to their rest;
May peace that claimed while here thy warmest love,
May blissful endless peace be thine above!

– from “Threnodia Augustalis” by Bro. Oliver Goldsmith, ~1730-1774

 

Enlightenment Lodge # 198, A.F. & A.M. is saddened by the loss of one of its own. Be they exalted or be they ordinary folk, we lift up their lives for the World to see how our Supreme Architect would have all of us live and serve.

An Alarm at the Gates of Heaven is met by an exclamation from within, “who comes here?” The guard without the gate replies, “A man under the tongue of good report, and coming well recommended.”

In Memoriam

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Walt Stewart

Brother Walter Modern Stewart


Brother Walt Stewart was born on March 20, 1948, in Los Angeles, California and grew up in that area.
Brother Walt resided and worked as an artist in Southern California.
Initiated an Entered Apprentice on December 12, 1978, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on March 27, 1979, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on May 22, 1979 in Arcadia Lodge # 278, Arcadia, California. While in California Brother Walt was a ministerial student of and personal assistant to Illustrious Brother Manly P. Hall.
He received The Scottish Rite Degrees in Pasadena California, was a member of the Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council, Knights Templar and a Frater of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (SRICF).
Brother Walt honored Enlightenment Lodge # 198 by becoming a dual member on April 12, 2008. He likewise affiliated with East Denver Lodge # 160 on November 11, 2009. He was made an Honorary Member of Esoterika Lodge # 316 in Seattle Washington in December 2010.
On November 21, 2012, Bro. Walt Stewart took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dana, daughter Jennifer Kant, and six grand children.

Todd Melcher

Brother Todd Ray Melcher

Brother Todd was born on August 28, 1948.
Brother Todd resided and worked in the Colorado Springs area as a Defense Contractor.
Initiated an Entered Apprentice on February 23, 1972, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on April 5, 1972, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 29, 1972 in Northern Light Lodge #41 in Stanton, Nebraska.
He was a member of the Southern Consistory of the Scottish Rite.
Brother Todd was Mason for more than 41 years.
He petitioned for and was granted Dual Membership in El Paso Lodge #13 on January 10, 2006.
Brother Todd honored Enlightenment Lodge # 198 by becoming a Charter Member on January 26, 2008.
On December 27, 2013, Bro. Todd Melcher took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Roxanne, daughters Andrea Melcher, Heidi Conrad (Paul), and one granddaughter.
He is gone, but the memory of his work is safely deposited in the repository of faithful breasts of all Freemasons who have known him.

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WB Alan Frost

Worshipful Brother Alan Frost was born on March 9, 1933.
Brother Alan resided and worked in the Colorado Springs area after he retired from the US Air Force. He worked here as an Engineering Manager.
Initiated an Entered Apprentice on February 24, 1992, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on April 27, 1992, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 8, 1992 in Tejon Lodge # 104 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was a member of Memorial Lodge #2, the Southern Consistory of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite Bodies and Al Kaly Shrine. Brother Alan served the Grand Lodge of Colorado on the Custodians of the Work Committee from 1995 up until his passing and as Grand Orator in 2008 and was designated “Mason of the Year” by the Grand Lodge in 2012.
Brother Alan honored Enlightenment Lodge # 198 by becoming a Charter Member on January 26, 2008.
Brother Alan was a Mason for more than 22 years.
On October 5, 2014, Worshipful Brother Alan C. Frost took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Debora Price, and son Greg.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

He is gone, but the memory of his work is safely deposited in the repository of faithful breasts of all Freemasons who have known him.

Mike Bricker

WB W. Michael Bricker

Worshipful Brother William Michael “Mike” Bricker was born on August 13, 1970 and grew up in Georgia. After his service in the US Army, Brother Mike resided and worked in the Colorado Springs area where he owned and operated Craftsman Roofing.
Initiated an Entered Apprentice on January 26, 2006, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on April 1st, 2006, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 10, 2006 in Fountain Valley Lodge No. 191 AF&AM in Fountain, Colorado.
Brother Mike was the sitting Secretary of Fountain Valley Lodge No. 191, Junior Deacon of Enlightenment Lodge No. 198, Second Vice President of the El Paso County Actual Past Masters Association, and Past Associate Bethel Guardian of Bethel No. 31. He served Fountain Valley Lodge No. 191 as Worshipful Master in 2013. He was a member of Memorial Lodge No. 2, the Southern Consistory of the Scottish Rite, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Worshipful Brother Mike was currently serving the Grand Lodge of Colorado as a member of the Youth Committee and as a District Lecturer.
Brother Mike honored Enlightenment Lodge No. 198 by affiliating on November 9, 2011.
Brother Mike was Mason for nearly 9 years.
On March 20, 2014, Worshipful Brother William Michael “Mike” Bricker took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

He is survived by his wife Christal, daughter Catilin, son Kyle, and foster daughter Giavanna.
He is gone, but the memory of his work is safely deposited in the repository of faithful breasts of all Freemasons who have known him.

Reimar Von Kalben

WB Reimar Von Kalben

Worshipful Brother Reimar Von Kalben was born on February 26, 1931 in Vienau, Germany and raised in Stendahl, Germany. Brother Reimar immigrated to Canada in 1956 then to Pueblo in 1959 where he resided and worked until his retirement. He founded, owned, and operated Allied Refrigeration.
Initiated an Entered Apprentice on November 16, 1961, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on January 18, 1962, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on April 7, 1962 in Silver State Lodge #95 AF&AM in Pueblo, Colorado.
Brother Reimar served Silver State #95 as Worshipful Master in 2008. He received his Fifty Year award in 2012, which was presented to him by his son-in-law, Karl Hinkle, who was Grand Master of Masons in Colorado that year.
Brother Reimar was a Charter Member of Enlightenment Lodge #198 in 2008. He was a Mason for nearly Fifty Four years.
On March 21, 2016, Worshipful Brother Reimar von Kalben took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.
He is survived by his wife Dagmar, son Stephan, daughter Gytha Hinkle, sisters Helga Hou & Dagmar Borkowitz, and five grandchildren.
He is gone, but the memory of his work is safely deposited in the repository of faithful breasts of all Freemasons who have known him.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

Brother Reimar von Kalben will be long remembered by the members of the Masonic community but no more so than by his brothers in Enlightenment Lodge No. 198 who held him in the absolute highest esteem.

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WB James A. Stivers

Born on April 8, 1934 in Colorado Springs, WB James A. Stivers had a 42 year career with Mountain Bell. Initiated an Entered Apprentice on August 17, 1956, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on September 21, 1956, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on October 5, 1956  in El Paso Lodge No. 13 AF&AM in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Brother Jim was active in the Shrine, the York Rite, and the Scottish Rite. He was awarded the 33rd degree in Scottish Rite, was a founding member of the Potentates’ Motor Escort, was awarded the title of “Santa Claus Emeritus”, and was Excellent High Priest in Colorado Springs Royal Arch Chapter No. 6. He was Treasurer of the El Paso County Past Masters Assn. for many years. Brother Jim served El Paso Lodge No. 13 as Worshipful Master in 1964. He received his Fifty Year award in 2006.

Worshipful Brother James was a Charter Member of Enlightenment Lodge #198 in 2008. He served our Lodge as Chaplain from 2010 to 2014. He was a Mason for nearly Sixty years.

On July 2, 2016, Worshipful Brother James Alfred Stivers took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.

He is survived by his wife Cindy, Sons Roger & Jack, daughter Suzette Keating, and five grandchildren. He is gone, but the memory of his work is safely deposited in the repository of faithful breasts of all Freemasons who have known him.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

Brother Jim Stivers will be long remembered by the members of the Masonic community but no more so than by his brothers in Enlightenment Lodge No. 198 who held him in the absolute highest esteem.

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Brother Randal M. Kirk

Born on January 29, 1951 in New Jersey, he was an attorney and an entrepreneur. He graduated from Dartmouth College, with a Bachelor of Arts., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1973 and from the University of Texas, School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate in 1976 where he served as the Articles Editor for the International Law Journal.

Initiated an Entered Apprentice on January 7, 2012, he was Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on March 16, 2013, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 29, 2013 in East Denver Lodge #160 in Denver, Colorado.

Brother Randal was active in both the Scottish Rite and York Rite.

Brother Randal honored Enlightenment Lodge #198 by affiliating as a member on November 3, 2013.

He actively served Enlightenment Lodge as both Tyler and Steward.

He was a Mason for nearly Five years.

On November 7, 2016, Randal Mel Kirk took a breath, waited for a word, and moved on to a Higher Degree.

He is survived by his wife Donna, Son Randal Kirk II, and cousins Brother Michael Morrow and Stephen Morrow.

He is gone, but the memory of his work is safely deposited in the repository of faithful breasts of all Freemasons who have known him.

And the Guard at the Gates of Heaven finished the report. And the God of Abraham and the God of his Fathers said unto him who waited without, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ye into the joy of thy Lord.”

Brother Randal Kirk will be long remembered by the members of the Masonic community but no more so than by his brothers in Enlightenment Lodge No. 198 who held him in the absolute highest esteem.