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2019 York Lodge Officers


  Position Name
  Worshipful Master Parker Thompson
  Senior Warden Josh Vittie
  Junior Warden Doug Cassingham
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  Assistant Secretary David Keiser, P.M.
  Chaplain Marshall Thompson, P.M.
  Senior Deacon Greg Bennett
  Junior Deacon Michael Drummond
  Senior Steward Michael Threloff
  Junior Steward  
  Lodge Education Officers David Keiser, P.M.
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  3 Year Trustee William H. Hochstettler III, P.M.
  2 Year Trustee Michael Starn, P.M
  1 Year Trustee Adam B. Michael, P.M.
  Golf Club Director David Gizzo, W.M.
  Golf Club Director Rodd Zeller
  Golf Club Director Steven D. Rowe
  Golf Club Director Richard Posey
  Golf Club Director Gary A. Parsons
  Trestleboard Editor David Keiser, P.M.


Distinguished Masons of York Lodge

  • Andrew J. White,Jr. P.M. - Grand Master and Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, F.& A.M.
  • Homer Trantham, P.M. - Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, R.A.M.
  • Ishmael R. Burtnett, P.M. - Grand Master of the Grand Council of Ohio, R. & S.M. & Knight of the Grand Cross of Honor
  • Robert Landry, P.M. - 33° Mason, AASR Valley of Columbus & Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Maine, K.T.
  • Russ Davis - Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Ohio, K.T.
  • Lawrence M. Looker, P.M. - Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Ohio, K.T.
  • Douglas E. Hoover, P.M. - 33° Mason, AASR Valley of Columbus
  • John R. Garvin, P.M. - 33° Mason, AASR Valley of Columbus
  • William H. Hochstettler, III, P.M. – Meritorious Service Award, AASR Valley of Columbus
  • Gordon T. Bond – Meritorious Service Award, AASR Valley of Columbus
  • Robert W. Parsons, P.M. – PDDGM of the 14th Masonic District
  • Chad E. Simpson, P.M. – Knight of the York Cross of Honor & Knight Commander of the Temple, Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, USA
  • Adam B. Michael, P.M. - Past President of the 14th District Masonic Officers Association




Worshipful Master Year Worshipful Master Year
David Gizzo 2018 *Winfield S. Corwin 1951
David Gizzo 2017 *Elden L. Chrissinger 1950
Timothy C. Adams 2016 *Carl W. House 1949
David Keiser 2015 *Paul V. Fisher 1948
Marshall Thompson 2014 *Roy S. King 1947
Adam B. Michael 2013 *Carl E. Shaffer 1946
Kenneth R. Harrington, Jr. 2012 *Clyde E. Martin 1945
Dave E. Ozvat 2011 *B. McGuffey Bowman 1944
Frank Jacobs III 2010 *Edgar S. Pugh 1943
Kenneth R. Harrington, Sr. 2009 *Clifton E. McVay 1942
Douglas E. Hoover 2008 *Normal Phelps 1941
William G. Hall, Jr. 2007 *E. Blair Amos 1940
Jose O. Diaz 2006 *Fred H. Calland 1939
Joshua A. Minor 2005 *Calvin O. Rhoads 1938
Chad E. Simpson 2004 *Andrew J. White, Jr. 1937
Alan Y. Brady 2003 *Daniel Jones 1936
Donald C. Emery 2002 *Samuel E. Forney 1935
Jeffrey T. Garvin 2001 *Homer Trantham 1934
Louis J. Seich 2000 *Charles B. Norris 1933
Richard R. Basom 1999 *Albert C. Wurdack 1932
Edwin F. Rose III 1998 *Gardner G. Stearns 1931
*Hubert S. Marcum 1997 *W. Earl Faun 1930
Gregory E. Mackie 1996 *Leonard V. Rathmell 1929
Ernest E. Suchy 1995 *Albert M. Calland 1928
Donald C. Copenhaver II 1994 *William I. Bishop 1927
Michael W. Starn 1993 *Lorin R. Landis 1926
*Charles L. Copenhaver 1992 *Robert E. Vandemark 1925
James C. Ditty 1991 *Maurice D. Donham 1924
*James H. Leake 1990 *Lytle W. Hunt 1923
John T. Truitt 1989 *Frank H. Davis 1922
John E. Sterba 1988 *Joseph Wurdack 1921
*Howard J. Roby 1987 *John M. Nuber 1920
Thomas E. Pauly 1986 *Walter H. Cranston 1919
William H. Hochstettler III 1985 *Carl H. Valentine 1918
*Richard C. Pfoutz 1984 *David E. Huston 1917
*G. William Henderson 1983 *John A. Elias 1916
Thomas E. Zimmer 1982 *Robert A. Mulligan 1915
John Reed 1981 *Charles E. Rau 1914
Harry L. McCormmick 1980   1913
*William Norris 1979 *Charles T. Warner 1912
*Carl W. Raidiger 1978 *Paul C. Carty 1911
Robert J. Landry 1977 *Frank D. Welsh 1910
James E. Huston 1976 *H. D. Westervelt 1909
Robert W. Parsons 1975 *George Bishop 1908
*Daryl D. LeFevre 1974 *George E. Underhill 1907
*Joseph F. Boyle 1973 *James B. McGaughey 1906
*H. C. Powell 1972 *Harry H. Corns 1905
*John D. Hardie 1971 *W. W. Boman 1904
*Ishmael R. Burtnett 1970 *Charles E. Justice 1903
*James M. Neal 1969 *William H. Wallace 1902
*Durwood A. Dodd 1968 *John C. Pugh 1901
*Noel J. Scheid 1967 *Elias Risewick 1900
*Kenneth A. Jones 1966   1899
*Gordon K. Spain 1965 *C. E. Williams 1898
*Robert W. Foulis 1964 *William E. Holcombe 1897
*Warren M. Wagner 1963 *C. L. Ferguson 1896
*Daniel E. Morley 1962 *Eugene Lane 1895
*Rodney J. Koenig 1961 *J. S. Hutson 1894
*Daniel O. Young 1960 *Charles A. Eckert 1893
*John Linn 1959 *Joseph Cratty 1892
*James A. Acker 1958    
*Merrill Weate 1957    
*Clarence A. Ruth 1956    
*J. Grant Joslin 1955    
*Fred V. Collins 1954    
*Lawrence M. Looker 1953    
*Robert B. West 1952    

* Indicates Deceased


Secretaries of York Lodge Served # Year Reason for leaving Office
J.S. Hutson 1891 1  
W.W. Baggs 1892 1  
Edmond Hatcher 1893-1895 3  
Charles Eckert 1895-1902 7 Resign (Expelled)
Joseph Cratty 1902-1913 11 Died in Office
W. H. Wallace 1913-1917 5 Died in Office
Charles E. Rau 1917-1963 46 Died in Office
Lawrence M. Looker 1964-1974 11  
Daniel O. Young 1975-1980 5  
Gordon K. Spain 1980-1983 4 Resigned
Carl W. Raidiger 1983-2005 22 Resigned
William H. Hochstettler III 2005-2011 7 Resigned
Chad Simpson 2012-2013 2 Resigned
Adam B. Michael 2014-    



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