Not long ago, Brother Vanderhoef’s (Van for short) wife became ill. I had visited her in the hospital and brought a card and some flowers. Van thanked me of course and some considerable time had passed. She was sent home and then back to the hospital several times due to complications. Van would leave his loving bride at home briefly to make appearances at our stated meetings and degree work. He worked so hard at dividing his time.
It didn’t take a genius to see that Brother Van was down in spirits, but stormed on through everything he could, providing care for his wife until the day she passed, not long ago. There was no doubt that countless Brothers attended her service, where Brother Van performed her service himself as it was his duty. Flash forward a month or two and we come to my Blue Lodges annual installation of officers.
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Sir Knight Robert Johnson, 32° is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois. He belongs to Waukegan Lodge No. 78. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and Knights Templar, and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts a weekly Podcast (internet radio program) Whence Came You? which focuses on topics relating to Freemasonry. In addition, he produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and writes original Masonic papers from time to time. He is a husband and father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a photographer on the side as well as an avid home brewer. He is also working on two books, one is of a Masonic nature.