Tribute to Our Departed Brothers


 WB Don Plotz being presented a 60 year membership pin in 2007 by WB Eric Melin


On Friday, March 6, 2009 we learned that WB Don Plotz had ascended to the Celestial Lodge, and that his family had requested a Masonic graveside service by Chehalis Lodge #28 .   He was 84 years old.  WB Don had been Master of Chehalis Lodge #28 in 1953.  WB Don was a member of this lodge for over 60 years & a Past Master for over 50 years.  He had delivered the 1st degree lecture on so many occasions in the past 50+ years, even during 2008 for this lodge.   It would be hard to count the number of times he performed this lecture in very fine fashion & all from memory.   He will be sorely missed.

The ceremony was beautiful.  11 brothers appeared clothed as Masons, the family was impressed.   As a bonus, we learned that WB Don's son David is a Masonic brother, an entered apprentice who never finished taking the degrees.   He now knows more, and has committed himself to being Passed and Raised into the fraternity his father loved so dearly.

VWB Brian Morgan, District Deputy of District #17 did an admirable job conducting the services with WB Master Steve Carmick as Chaplin & WB Manley Michler as Bible Bearer.



Charlie Shafer as our Worshipful Master in 1972 This photo was taken 3-14-2009 in his home, the day before Charlie went into the hospital.

VW Brother Charles Lewis Shafer ascended to the Celestial Lodge on  May-------2009  after a period of hospitalization at the age of 94.   A private family service was held,  with a memorial put on later by O. E. S.   Foster Farms (the chicken processor that bought Charlie's chickens) donated chicken tenders from Charlie's farm.  Biscuits, honey, by friends & members.  Blue Lodge #28 supplied the salads for the service that was performed at the lodge hall.

Charles L. Shafer was born 9-26-1914 in Bozeman MT.    He married Anna Svinth in 1939 & they had 2 children, Donald & Joanne.  He worked 29 years as a heavy equipment operator.   He became self-employed in 1955  raising chickens commercially, producing 800,000 fryers annually.  Charlie was charter member & first chairman of the Wash State fryer commission.    He was master of Pomona Grange in 1961, 62 & 63.  He was Worthy Patron for Chehalis O. E. S. many times during his Masonic career.  He was Rainbow Dad, for Chehalis Order of Rainbow Girls #45. 1965-68.  He was initiated 10-26-60, passed 11-18-60, raised as Master Mason 12-28-60.  Was District Deputy for #17 1980/81.  He was president of Lewis County Shrine Club & President of Masters & Wardens Assn.  He was Secretary of the Lewis County Past Masters Assn.

In 2007 Charlie was presented a 40 year pin & certificate of appreciation from the lodge.  Charlie was the historian for those who followed him & will be missed by all as he was always involved in the lodge's doings.  You always knew where Charlie was coming from as he was not afraid to say what he thought.  He was a very generous person.



Brother Carl Titus, installation of officers 2008

Brother Carl Francis Titus ascended to the Celestial Lodge on  June 19th 2010  after a period of hospitalization.  He was married to Sandy who preceded him in death.  He was initiated 3-24-69, passed 4-24-72, raised as Master Mason 6-19-1972.

Carl found a home as Tyler for Chehalis Lodge #28 & had no desire to move into the chairs of the lodge.  He was a member of Chehalis O. E. S. attending with his wife Sandy.

A private service was be held.



Brother James William Essensa, 77,  ascended to the Celestial Lodge on October 13,2010 at Providence St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia, WA.
He was born July 29, 1933 in Vail, WA to Raymond and Blanche Essensa - both deceased.  James was the seventh of eight children.
He is preceded in death by Audrea Snaza Essensa (wife), Chehalis WA, Patricia Wesen (daughter), Centralia, WA and Jack Tomlinson (son), Hilo, HI.
James is also preceded in death by Edison Essensa (brother), Seattle, WA, Winona Wheeler (sister) Albany, OR, Maxine Essensa (sister), Rainier, WA and Jean Rota (sister), Tenino, WA.
James is survived by Bonnie (daughter) and Clayton Smith, Chehalis, WA, Carl (son) and Cheryl Tomlinson, Fresno, CA, Joseph (brother) and Dee Essensa of Tenino,
WA, David (brother) and Alice Essensa of Rainier, WA and Marie (sister) Gehrke of Rainier,
WA.  In addition, James is survived by six grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
was initiated 4-9-64, passed 4-22-64, raised as Master Mason 6-11-1964.  James was a long time Shriner and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He was a retired railroad conductor for Weyerhauser Chehalis - Western Railroad, work the for  37.  Working was what James loved to talk about.  After he retired, James enjoyed buzzing around and visiting several local establishments.  He also enjoyed his routine visits to the casino.    Above all else, James's main priority after retirement was spending time with his grandchildren.
A service was be held in James's memory at Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary of Wed. Oct. 27, 2010 at 11:00 am & conducted by the Chehalis Masonic lodge.



Aubrey Weeks Worshipful Master in 2000

Aubrey Freeman Weeks was born 11-11-1923 in Kansas.  He moved with his family to Longview TX at an early age & attended school there.  Without his parents knowledge, he learned to fly small aircraft.  He served in the Army Air Force during WWII from 1942 to 1945. 

He was widowed from his first wife Adel of 32 years & later married Mary Wautgh 06-06-1991.  He worked in the construction business in California, & then as a civil engineer. He also worked as a fixed base airplane mechanic in Michigan & Whidbey Island where he restored planes for others as well as himself over the years.   He retired in 1987 with the hope of restoring more. 

He & Mary moved to the Boistfort International Airport vicinity in 1992 so he could be near his lifelong dream.

Initiated into the Masonic Lodge 11-10-1976, passed 02-09-1977, raised as Master Mason 05-18-1977 in Chehalis #28.    He was a life member Chehalis #28

VB Aubrey passed to the celestial lodge on December 26th 2010 at his home surrounded by family.

Services were conducted by & at the Chehalis Masonic lodge #28 January 2011.  Remembrances may be sent to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.



Originated 03-16-09  Last updated 01-15-2011