Urania Lodge 311

Freemasons of Plain City Ohio


William P. Mayberry Passing

William P. MayberryWilliam P. Mayberry, Sr.

Born October 26, 1937—Died July 18, 2015
William Perry Mayberry, Sr. was born on October 26, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio, the oldest of five children born to Cordell P. and Muriel M. Mayberry. Brother Mayberry attended the Dayton Public Schools, graduating from Stivers High School in 1955. Following graduation he went to work for his father at Mayberry’s Van & Storage, Inc., becoming President in 1975 and Chairman in 1995. He had been actively involved in the business for over 50 years.
M. W. Brother Mayberry served as President of the Dayton Movers Association in 1968 and 1979. He was President of the Ohio Movers and Warehousemen’s Association in 1985 and 1986, and in 1992 was elected to The Ohio Movers and Warehousemen’s Associa-tion Hall of Fame.
M. W. Brother Mayberry had been a long time member of the American Moving and Storage Association, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dayton Better Business Bureau.
M. W. Brother Mayberry married Delores May Shannon on March 2, 1957, and they were blessed with two children. Victoria Lynn Voehringer, and her husband Brother Donald Voehringer, have one daughter, Shannon (John) Barth. Right Worshipful Brother William P. Mayberry, Jr., and his wife Teri Sullivan have two children, Lauren (Robert) Smith and William P. Mayberry III. They also have two great grandchildren, Jackson and Mason Barth. The Mayberry’s are members of First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio.
M. W. Brother Mayberry was a devoted Mason and family man, married to his wife for 58 years. He loved traveling, relaxing at his lake house and boating.
M. W. Brother Mayberry was raised a Master Mason on June 19, 1967 in Riverview Lodge, No. 717. He served as Worshipful Master in 1979. In the year 2000 Riverview and three other Lodges consolidated, to become Millennium Lodge No. 779.
M. W. Brother Mayberry became a member of Mt. Moriah Chapter No. 230, Royal Arch Masons in 1975; Silver Trowel Council, No 141, Royal and Select Masons in 1976; and Reed Commandery, No.6, Knights Templar in 1976. M. W. Brother Mayberry joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Dayton in 1967 and was Coro-neted a Thirty-Third Degree Mason on August 29, 1989. He was a member of Thomas Smith Webb Council No. 57, Allied Masonic Degrees, serving as Sovereign Master in 1997 and the Red Cross of Constantine, Holy Grail Conclave, serving as Puissant Sovereign in 2001.
He was also a member of Antioch Shrine in Dayton, the Past Masters Club, the Royal Order of Jesters, Dayton-Victory Chapter, No. 594, Order of Eastern Star; the Royal Order of Scotland, Miami Valley York Rite College, and Irish Council No. 67, Knight Masons. In 1998 he was made a Knight Commander of the Temple, Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA. In 1999, he received the Honorary Legion of Honor designation from the Order of DeMolay. M. W. Brother Mayberry served as a Trustee on the Ohio Masonic Home Board and was Chairman of the Executive Committee, A. A. S. R., Valley of Dayton.
M. W. Brother Mayberry served the Grand Lodge of Ohio as a District Deputy Grand Master in the Second Masonic District in 1995. He was appointed Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge for 1988-89. He was appointed Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Ohio by Most Worshipful Brother Neil M. Smalley on October 21, 1995. He was subsequently appointed Senior Grand Deacon in 1996, Grand Marshal ill 1997, and Grand Orator in 1998. He was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1999, Senior Grand Warden in 2000, and Deputy Grand Master in 2001. On October 19, 2002, Brother Mayberry was installed as Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.


Passing of MWB James Olmstead

 James Edward Olmstead 1936-2015

James Edward Olmstead, 78, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. James Edward Olmstead was born on July 2, 1936, in Hampton, Iowa, the oldest of three sons born to Roscoe L. and Esther A. Olmstead. Jim attended the Hampton Public Schools, graduating from Hampton High School in 1959. Following graduation from Iowa State University, he accepted a position as industrial education instructor for the Sioux Rapids Consolidated Schools. Brother Olmstead received his master’s of education degree from Bowling Green State University.

He married Shirley Anita Crotwell on November 26, 1959, Thanksgiving Day. They have been blessed with two sons. Michael James of Perrysburg, Ohio, has one son and two daughters and David Leonard and his wife, Sherry, of Amelia, Ohio, have two sons.

Jim and Shirley left Iowa to accept positions with the Toledo Public Schools in August of 1962. He served as president of the Ohio Industrial Technology Association from 1980-1982. He was awarded the “Outstanding Industrial Educator” Award from the Midwest Ohio Industrial Technology Association in 1982 and the “Outstanding Educator” Award from the Ohio Industrial Technology Association in 1983. Brother Olmstead was inducted into the professional honorary fraternities of Phi Delta Kappa and Epsilon Pi Tau, the latter of which awarded him the Laureate Citation for professional Accomplishments.

Jim and his wife made their home in Maumee, Ohio, from 1962-1991, when they moved to Perrysburg, Ohio. He retired from Toledo Public Schools in 1992 after 33 years in public school teaching and administration. They are members of the Grace United Methodist Church in Perrysburg.

M.W. Brother Olmstead was raised a Master Mason on March 17, 1969, in Phoenix Lodge No. 123 of Perrysburg, Ohio. He served as Worshipful Master in 1975-76, and as Secretary of Phoenix Lodge from 1981-1987. He was a District Education Officer in the 11th District from 1976-78 and a District Deputy Grand Master from 1978-81.

He served as Excellent High Priest of Fort Miami Chapter R.A.M. in 1987. He was also a member of Calumet Council No. 133, R.&S.M. and St. Omer Commandery No. 59, K.T. where he served as Sword Bearer, Warder, Standard Bearer and Recorder. Brother Olmstead also served as Worthy Patron of Perrysburg Chapter #446 on six different occasions. He was a member of Zenobia Shrine Temple in Toledo, and a Past Commodore of the Zenobia Mariners Unit.

He was actively involved with youth organizations throughout his life and was a member of the Advisory Board of Fallen Timbers Chapter Order of DeMolay. He received the Advisory Cross-of-Honor and the DeMolay Legion of Honor. Brother Olmstead was a Past Puissant Sovereign of St. Thomas Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Past Sovereign Master Key to the Sea Council A.M.D. and Past Sovereign Master of Turkey Foot Council A.M.D. He served as the Most Venerable Grand Master of the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America in 2002.

He was Past Commander-in-Chief of Toledo Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo. He was Coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason on September 17, 1988, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He served as Executive Secretary of the Valley of Toledo, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite from 1992-96. He was elected an Active for the Supreme Council, NMJ in 1995 and appointed Deputy for Ohio in 1996 where he served for nine years. He became an Emeritus member in 2008.

He received the “Medal of Honor” from the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, NMJ and the Medal of Honor from the Ohio Council of Deliberation. He received the “Knight Grand Cross” from the AMD of the United States, the High Council of the Societas Rosecruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis and the Red Branch of Erie. He received the Grand Lodge’s “P. Dean Gerber Award” in 2003. He is a recipient of the “Order of the Purple Cross” from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. The Valley of Toledo awarded him the “Barton Smith Medal” in 2008, the highest award the Valley can present. He is an Honorary Member of the Knights of St. Andrew Chapter in Toledo, OH.

Jim served as the Chief Adept for the Ohio College of Rosicrucian’s from 2003 to 2009.

He also served the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar for the United States as the Chairman of Fraternal Relations.

He was appointed Junior Grand Deacon for the Grand Lodge of Ohio by Most Worshipful Brother George O. Braatz on October 17, 1987. He was subsequently appointed Senior Grand Deacon in 1988, Grand Marshal in 1989 and Grand Orator in 1990. He was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1991, Senior Grand Warden in 1992 and Deputy Grand Master in 1993. He was elected and installed as Grand Master of Masons in Ohio on October 15, 1994.


Passing of Brother Clarence W. Durban

Born: July 23, 1921
Died: October 22, 2014
Services: 10:00 AM Monday, October 27, 2014 at Ferguson Funeral Home, 202 E. Main Street, Plain City, Ohio 43064.
Visitation: 2-4 PM Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Ferguson Funeral Home, 202 E. Main Street, Plain City, Ohio 43064.
CLARENCE W. DURBAN, age 93 of Plain City, passed away Wednesday evening October 22, 2014 at Milcrest Nursing Center, Marysville. Born July 23, 1921 in Hilliard, Ohio. WW II US Navy Veteran
(1944-1946) Fireman First Class stationed on the USS Laub and USS Stevenson. Darby High School Graduate and member of the Plain City Presbyterian Church. Retired farmer from southern Union County. Inducted in the State of Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame. Clarence traveled nationally and abroad for the conservation of our national resources. Active member and past president of the National Association Conservation District (NACD) and Ohio
Federation Conservation District (OFCD) for Land and Soil Conservation. Met with President Reagan regarding the Farm Bill in the early 1980’s. Member of the Plain City American Legion Post # 248, Marysville American Legion Post # 79, Plain City VFW Darby Post # 3268 and 32nd degree mason of Urania Lodge # 311 F&AM.Preceded in death by parents: E. Edward & Grace (Clark) Durban; wife: Eileen (Magill) Durban – 2003; 1 brother; 2 sisters and spouses.

Survived by his wife Polly Scheiderer Durban; daughter: Barbara (Joe Jenkins) Bruning; step-children: Denny (Kay) Scheiderer, Pam (Jeff) McClain; step-grandchildren: Jason (Julia) Jenkins, Jenny (Doug) Davis and 10 additional step-grand and great-grandchildren; sister: Mary Boerger.

The family will receive friends 2–4 PM Sunday at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 202 E. Main Street, (St. Rte. 16W)
Plain City where the funeral will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, October 27, 2014 with Rev. Oluf Kongshaug officiating and burial Forest Grove Cemetery with Union County Honor Guard conducting full military honors.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the PC Presbyterian Church Easy Access Fund, 231 E. Main Street, Plain City, Ohio 43064.
Cemetery: Forest Grove Cemetery (Map)
Church: Plain City Presbyterian Church (Map)
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In Memoriam – Worshipful Brother Marc Iman


Born: March 20, 1956
Died: June 27, 2014
Initiated: 12/19/2000
Passing Date: 01/09/2001
Raising Date: 03/27/2001
13 year member
Past Master 2006

Services: Celebration of Marc’s Life will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University in the Hamilton Willaims Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware on Sunday July 6th at 3:00 PM

Visitation: The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 PM July 6th at the Ohio Wesleyan University in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware with a tribute to begin at 3:00 PM

Marc David Iman, age 58, passed away June 27, 2014 at the Memorial Hospital of Union County. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

Marc will be greatly missed by his wife of 28 years, Christine (Szmagala) Iman; son and daughter-in-law Jeremy & Amanda Iman; son Josh Iman; brother and sister-in-law Greg & Pam Iman; as well as nieces, nephews, other extended family members and freinds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence & Martha (Rustemeyer) Iman.

Marc was a graduate of The Ohio State University. After college he worked as a park ranger for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and for the U.S. Forestry service in Oregon. He had recently retired from Honda after 25 years of service. Marc and his wife have been residents of Plain City for the past 28 years. He was past Worshipful Master of Urania Lodge #311 F&AM, actively involved in the Miami Valley Steam Threshers, and was an enthusiastic collector of all things mechanical & antique.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association in honor of Marc. Donations can be made at his memorial page at honor.americanheart.org.