Grand Master Mike J. Jungle Past Master 2008 – 2009

Mike Jungel PGM Portrait

Most Worshipful Brother Michael J. Jungel was elected Grand Master of Masons in Michigan at the 182nd Annual Communication held at the Detroit Masonic Temple in the City of Detroit on May 31, 2008.

Mike was born July 3, 1946 in Paw Paw, Michigan the eldest son of Warren Michael and MaryLou Jungel. He spent 38 years in law enforcement retiring as Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Portage.

Upon retirement from Portage he was hired to develop a police agency and assist in development of the criminal justice system for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, where he retired in 2007.

He was a Michigan State Police Basic Academy graduate as well as a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He also attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University.

Most Worshipful Brother Mike joined Brady Lodge #208 (now Portage-Brady #340) in 1985 and served two years as Worshipful Master. He also served several years on the Vicksburg Masonic Temple Association.

He is a member of Michigan Lodge #1 of Research Kalamazoo Area Masonic Retirees and an Honorary Member of St Albans Lodge #20, Buchanan Lodge #68 and Montrose Lodge #428. Most Worshipful Brother Mike is a member of Loyalty Chapter #497 Order of the Eastern Star. In the York Rite, he is a Past High Priest of Kalamazoo Chapter #13, Royal Arch Masons, Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Kalamazoo Council #63, Past Commander Peninsular Commandery #8, and Past Governor of Western Michigan York Rite College #10. He served, as Grand Prelate for Grand Commandery in 2002-2003.

He is a holder of the Grand Knight York Cross of Honor and the Order of the Purple Cross. He is also a Past Sovereign Master Marcellus Council Allied Masonic Degrees, member of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and St Vincent’s Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.

Most Worshipful Brother Mike was elected and served as Grand Master of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masons in 1994.He is a member of the Valley of Grand Rapids Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and served as Most Wise Master of Robinson Chapter of Rose Croix in 1998- 2000.

He served on the Children’s Learning Center Board of Governors as a member and one term as chairman. He also served on the Board of Trustees a number of years including one term as vice –president and one term as president. He was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason in Indianapolis Indiana in 2001.
He is also a member of Saladin Shrine AANOMS and the Kalamazoo Shrine Club.

Most Worshipful Brother Mike and Rosemary are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portage where he serves as an usher and lay reader.

Most Worshipful Brother Mike married the former Rosemary Brown in 1966. They have three children Elizabeth, Michael Jr., and Heidi. They also have seven grand children Thena, Clara, Crystal and Ashley daughters of Elizabeth and her husband Robert Johnson and Melissa, Ashley and Tiffany daughters of Michael and his wife Ann.

Grand Master Paul N. Cross 2001-2002


Paul N. Cross was elected and installed as the Grand Master of Michigan Masonsat the 175’h Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, on May 23, 2001 , in Traverse City. Most Worshipful Brother Paul is a member of Dearborn Lodge, No. 172, in Dearborn, Michigan.

Brother Paul was born in Windsor, Ontario, on May 28, 1955. He moved with his family to Michigan in June of 1966, graduated from Southfield Lathrup High School, Wayne State University, and Macomb Community College.

He served his country in the 101 •• Airborne Division and his community as a Police Officer and Firefighter until being retired due to a duty related injury in 1990. He is a licensed Private Detective, and is currently working as the Director of Security Operations for a multi-State security and Investigations firm.

Brother Paul started his Masonic Career in Berkley Lodge No. 536, being entered as an Apprentice on October 10, 1977, passed a Fellowcraft on November 21,1977, and raised a Master Mason on January 23, 1978. Shortly afterward, Brother Paul was appointed a Steward of the Lodge, and a member of the DeMo lay Advisory Board. He served the Lodge as an Officer, and the DeMolay Chapter as an Advisor,or the next nine years, serving as Master of the Lodge in 1986, and as Dad Advisor from 1983 to 1986, when the Chapter closed.

By this time, Brother Paul had become active at the state level, his father, Tom, having been elected to the Grand Lodge Line in 1984. Traveling with Brother Tom gave Paul an opportunity to expand his horizons Masonically, and he learned to love traveling to Lodges throughout the State of Michigan, and seeing how different areas were affected by different problems, requiring different solutions.

As he continued his journey, Brother Paul was appointed to various Grand Lodge committees, and served the Parade committee from its inception in 1984 to his election to Grand Lodge in 1996, on the Juvenile Diabetes committee from 1988 to1996, when he served as Chairman.

He also served as the assistant to the Grand Secretary at the Grand Lodge sessions for 11 years, Chairman of Grand Lodge Arrangements, and the Speaker’s Bureau, and has been the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Scotland near the Grand Lodge of Michigan since 1990.

Brother Paul is an Honorary Member of Southfield-Tuebor Lodge No. 573, Lapeer Lodge No. 54, Lake City Lodge No. 408, and Coloma Lodge No. 162. He has received the Grand Cross of Color (Rainbow), the York Rite Gold Honor award, and was Mason of the Year for Berkley Lodge No. 536 in 1993.

He served the Masonic Master’s Association as Sheriff in 1985, First Vice President in 1986, and Chaplain in 1996. He has also served Berkley-Highland Park Chapter No. 483, OES twice as Patron, Aries Grotto, MOVPER as Monarch, and has been an advisor to Berkley Assembly No. 46 and Van Dyke Assembly No. 69, Order of Rainbow, and Berkley Chapter and Frank A. Marshall Chapter, Order of DeMolay. He was named Assembly Dad in Berkley Rainbow twice, and is currently a Rainbow State Official. He is also a member of Royal Oak Chapter, RAM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Detroit, and the Michigan Lodge of Research and Information.

Brother Paul has been married to his wife Jan for 26 years, and they have two sons, Brandon and Shaun. Both sons are Senior DeMolays and members of Dearborn Lodge, and both continue in the family tradition of service, Brandon as a Paramedic, and Shaun as a member of the US Coast Guard.

Brother Paul feels that Freemasonry has a strong future in Michigan, once we fully adopt the principles of Masonic Renewal provided through Acacia+. The Beacon Project, the most visible aspect of Renewal, gives every member a chance to contribute to the future of our state and our craft by helping the children that represent our future.





Grand Master David Bedwell, PGM 2002-2003

BedwellMost Worshipful Grand Master, 2002-2003

David R. Bedwell was born on September 25, 1955 in Dearborn, Michigan. He graduated from Dearborn High School and attended Henry Ford Community College receiving an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. He went on to study at the Detroit College of Business. Shortly after receiving his Degree, he began employment with the Ford Motor Company as a Test Technician, and later became an Engineering Design Technologist working in Powertrain Operations. He continues to work for the Corporation. He married Pauline M. Werth on July 26, 1980. They were blessed with a son and a daughter.

He joined the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout and continued into Boy Scouts where he received the God and Country Award and the Eagle Scout Award at age 14.

He was raised as a Master Mason on February 20, 1989 in Dearborn Lodge No. 172, F. & A.M. In 1995 he served his Lodge as Worshipful Master. In 1997, he was elected Lodge, District and State Mason of the Year. He was elected Worshipful Grand Marshal in the same year.

He holds honorary memberships in Lake City Lodge No. 408 and in Golden Ark Lodge No. 595. His other Masonic affiliations include the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit, Dearborn Chapter No. 172, R.A.M., Redford Commandery No. 55, K.T., St. Clement Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Thistle and Rose Council No. 27, A.M.D., Ahmed Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., and the Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No. 1. He served as President of the Detroit area Masonic Masters Association in 1997, and in 1996 was appointed Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. For his distinguished service to the Craft, he was Coroneted a 33º Mason on September 23, 2003, in St. Louis, MO.

He continues to be very interested and involved in Masonic Renewal at a state and National level.

He was duly elected and installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan on May 31, 2002.

During his term of office he developed and led a one-day program to raise Master Masons. The program held at five Masonic Centers was a success and raised over 500 Master Masons.

Grand Master Richard H. Sands, PGM 1985-1986

SandsMost Worshipful Grand Master, 1985-1986

Richard H. Sands was born on September 28, 1929 in San Diego, California. He moved with his family to Crestline, a small community in the San Bernardino Mountains. He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1946 and started a career as an apprentice die maker. He continued his apprenticeship while attending the University of Redlands, where he graduated in 1950. In 1954, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Ph.D. Degree in Physics. While attending Redlands, he met Emma Grace Allen of Bakersfield, California. They were married on August 11, 1951. They were blessed with four children. After coming to Michigan he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1957 and became a Professor of Physics. He served as Chairman of the Department of Physics for five years. He has been an active research professor, supervising doctoral theses of eighteen Ph.D’s, two in biophysics and sixteen in chemical and atomic physics. He taught and directed several Academic Year Institutes for High School Teachers of Science to introduce them to forefront areas. In 1981, he participated in a mini-course entitled, “Physics and Ethics” and gave two lectures. One was published in the Michigan Quarterly Review under the title, “Physics, the Royal Society and Freemasonry.” It was this article that earned him the 1981 Certificate of Literature Award from the Philalethes Society.

Richard H. Sands was raised as a Master Mason in Golden Rule Lodge No. 159 on March 12, 1964. He served as Worshipful Master in 1971. He is also a plural member of Livingston Lodge No. 76 in Pinckney. He was appointed to the Grand Lodge Masonic Service and Education Committee while serving as the Worshipful Master of his Lodge. Under his chairmanship, the Committee developed “Planning for the East,” “A Lodge System of Education,” “The Intender Handbook,” “The Wardens Workshop” and “From Point to Pointe.” On May 30, 1985, he was duly elected Most Worshipful Grand Master.

He is an Honorary Member of nine Masonic Lodges in Michigan. He is also a member of Washtenaw Chapter No. 6, R.A.M.; Ann Arbor Council No. 86, R. & S.M.; Ann Arbor Commandery No. 13, K.T.; Jackson College No. 3, Y.R.S.C.; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Detroit, where he served as Thrice Potent Master in 1983-84 and was a Trustee; Ann Arbor Chapter No. 122, O.E.S.; Washtenaw High Twelve Club No. 498; Zal Gaz Grotto; Moslem Temple Shrine; Grand Master’s Council “A” Allied Masonic Degrees; Fellow, Grand College of Rites; Provincial Grand Lodge, R.S.Y.C.S.; and Provincial Grand Chapter, H.R.M. of K.I.W.N.G.; Royal Order of Scotland; and St. Clement Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is also a member of several Masonic Research Lodges, including the Michigan Lodge of Research & Information No. 1. He served as President of the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education in 1978. He is a Fellow of the Philalethes Society, which honored him in 1981 with its Certificate of Literature Award.

Grand Master Dean Barr 2012-2013

Most Worshipful Grand Master, Dean A. Barr was born in Detroit Michigan
on September 9, 1951. Our Grand Master was the seventh of nine children
born to Paul and Edith Barr. Growing up in Warren Michigan he attended
and graduated from Fitzgerald Public Schools. Following his graduation
he entered the Lawrence Institute of Technology whereupon he earned a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering. Our Grand Master
proudly served in the United StatesArmy as a field artillery surveyor.
Most Worshipful Brother Barr is married to Cindy and they are the blessed
parents of their daughter Tina. They are also the very proud Grand Parents
of twin boys, Zachary and Garrett, both seven years old.
Currently our Grand Master is employed by the State of Michigan as a “Field
Representative”, overseeing state construction projects ensuring compliance
with design intent and specifications.
Grand Master Barr was raised to the Sublime degree of a Master Mason in
Lola Valley Lodge # 583 in 1986 and served as Worshipful Master of that
Lodge in 1991. He proudly served as President of the Masonic Masters
Association in 1992. In 1994 he transferred his membership to Olive Branch
Masonic Lodge # 542, where he currently holds his membership. Our Grand
Master is an extremely gifted ritualist and as such is Certified as a Master
He is a member of the Valley of Detroit, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
and was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason in 2004. Our Grand Master is a
member of all York Rite bodies and completed that joining process in 2009.
In recognition of his outstanding service to the craft in Michigan he was
honored as State Mason of the Year in 2007.
Under our Grand Master Barr, the craft has a renewed vitality as it faces
its future, a more disciplined approach to its work and a more heightened
commitment to each other. The craft in Michigan is indeed fortunate to have
so good a man as our Grand Master Dean A. Barr.

Grand Master Walter F. Wheeler 2006 – 2007

Walt PGM Portrait Most Worshipful Brother Walter F. Wheeler was elected Grand Master of Masons in Michigan at the 180th Annual Communication held at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel in Grand Rapids on May 24th, 2006.Walt was born on May 12, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the only child of Dale and Helene Wheeler.

Most Worshipful Brother Walt began his journey to the Grand Masters Chair as a member of Grand Rapids Chapter, Order of DeMolay which he joined in 1970.  He served as Master Councilor in 1973 and District Master C ouncilor of District #4 in 1974.  He is a holder of the Representative DeMolay Award, and the degree of Chevalier.   He is a Past Commander of the Great Lakes Court of Chevaliers.   He is an Active member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.   He was a member of Capital Priory, Order of Knighthood.   Most Worshipful Brother Walt also serves on the Advisory Council of Grand Rapids Chapter, and is a Past Chairman.

Brother Walt joined Grand River Lodge #34 (now Grand Rapids Lodge #34) in 1977. He& nbsp;served as Worshipful Master in 1985.   He is a Past President of the Grand Rapids Past Masters Association and the Blue Lodge Board of Control.   He also served for several years on the Grand Rapids Masonic Temple Association.   He is an Honorary member of St. Albans Lodge #20, Kalamazoo-Anchor Lodge #22, Hastings Lodge #52, Buchanan Lodge #68, Livingston Lodge #76, Cornerstone Lodge #158, Middleville Lodge #231, Wabon Lodge #305, Doric Lodge #342, Lake City Lodge #408 and Montrose Lodge #428.

Most Worshipful Brother&n bsp;Walt and his wife Vickie are members of Peninsular Chapter #65 Order of the Eastern Star.

In the York Rite Most Worshipful brother Walt is a Past High Priest of Grand Rapids Chapter #7, Royal Arch Masons, and currently serves as an Officer in the Order of High Priesthood.   He is a Past Commander of DeMolai Commandery #5 and a member of the Michigan Past Commanders Association.   He is a member and Officer in Tyre Council #10, Royal and Select Masons.   He is the Junior Warden of Mt. Moriah Council #128, Allied Masonic Degrees.   He is also a member of West Michigan York Rite College #10, and St. Vincents Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.

He is a member of the Furniture City High Twelve Club, as well as Saladin Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  He is a member of Grand Rapids Court #11, Royal Order of Jesters.   He is an honorary member of Moslem Shrine Temple.  He is a Life Member of the&n bsp;George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association.   He is a holder of the Order of Rainbow for Girls Grand Cross of Color.

In the Scottish Rite he served as Sovereign Prince of Cyrus Council Princes of Jerusalem in 1994-95.   He served as Commander-In-Chief of DeWitt Clinton Consistory in 2001-2002.   He is currently an Officer in Moriah Lodge of Perfection.   He was coroneted a 33rd degree mason in 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   He has twice served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the West Michigan 32nd degree Learning Center for Children.   He has also twice served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Valley of Grand Rapids.   He is a Past President of the Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Club, and a holder of the Valley’s Thespian Award, for distinguished service in the degree work of the Valley.

Brother Walt  married the former Vickie Reese in 1976.   They met at a DeMolay Installation in 1972.   At the time Vickie was a member of Job’s Daughters Bethel #67 in Grandville, Michigan.   Vickie is a Past Honored Queen and also served in the Grand Bethel.  Vickie and Walt have 3 sons, Andrew, Justin, and Tyler.   They also have a Granddaughter Emma Grace who is the daughter of Andrew and his wife Sarah.

Most Worshipful Brother Walt is a partner in Spectrum Lanes, a bowling center, Woody’s Pressbox, a restaurant and sports bar, Wheaton Enterprises, a real estate holding company, BA Northouse and Sons, a trucking company and Wheaton Digital Solutions, a computer company all located in Wyoming Michigan.

Charles S. Moulthrop Jr. Grand Master 1979-1980

Moulthrop GM PhotoCharles Saunders Moulthrop was born on July 19, 1935 in Bay City. He was educated in the Bay City public school system and graduated from Central High School in June of 1953. He also completed a course at the Bay City Junior College. Youthful activities included Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. He attained the rank of Star Scout. He enjoyed sailing and by 1959 he began racing with big boats. In 1967 he piloted the first boat across the finish line and won a class “B” rating in the Port Huron race to Mackinaw. By 1975 he placed third in Division 1, Section 2. His next goal was sailing from Chicago to Mackinaw. He has at least 119 trophy wins. While in high school he played the saxophone in the school band and orchestra and played with at least two dance bands. He started swimming competitively during his freshman year and continued this activity for four years in high school and three additional years in the same activity for Junior College and one additional year for the United States Army Swim Team. He was still in Junior College when he was named to the All American squad for two events. He volunteered for the service and took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood and from there proceeded to Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas and graduated from the Light AAA Gun Mechanic School. He was stationed with the Battery A of the 168th AAA Battalion and then went on to graduate from the 4th Army N.C.O. Academy. He received an honorable discharge and then served for two years in Bay City with the reserves.

He has five children. Two daughters and a son, from his first marriage, and two daughters from his second marriage to the former Nancy Ann DeWyse. He was active in the hardware industry and was an officer of the Bay City Hardware Company. He retired as a Vice President in 1979. He was the Past President of the Downtown Bay City Kiwanis Club and the Bay City Good Fellows in 1976. He is a member of the Tawas Bay Yacht Club, the Great Lakes Cruising Club, and the United States Yacht Racing Union. He was a member of the Bay City Junior Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce.

He was raised as a Master Mason on October 30, 1962 in Joppa Lodge No. 315. He served in several offices and was elected Worshipful Master in 1967 by Joppa Lodge No. 315. He served as High Priest of Bay City Chapter No. 59, R.A.M. in 1976 and is now the Iosco Chapter and a member of Sun Rise Council Under Dispensation, R. &. S.M. and Bay City Commandery No. 26, K.T. He was Commander in 1985. He also holds membership in the Bay City Scottish Rite Bodies and was active on the 13th and 30th degree teams of the Scottish Rite Valley of Bay City. He was coroneted as a 33º Mason in September 1984. He is also a member of Elf Kurafeh Shrine Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Saginaw. He was also a Past Patron of Sharon Chapter No. 20, Order of the Eastern Star and the 2nd Vice President of the Saginaw Bay County Association of Eastern Stars. He is a member of Madison Court No. 11 Order of Amaranth and was a Grand Royal Patron. He served a three-year stint on the Board of General Purposes representing District No. 24. In 1973 he was named Grand Marshal and has steadily advanced through the respective offices until 1979 when he was named Grand Master of Masons in Michigan.

In February 1981, he was present at the formation of the Grand Lodge of Alaska, and acted as the Grand Secretary for the installation of their first Grand Lodge set of officers. For 25 years, he has been a dual member of Glacier Lodge No. 10 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Legacy Series Interivew
Charles S. Moulthrop Jr., John Walsteadt


We interviewed Worshipful Brother Charles on February 6, 2012 at the WKTV Community Media Studios in Wyoming Michigan.

Grand Master John G. Polzin 1975-1976

John Polzin Grand MasterJohn G. Polzin was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 15, 1922. His family settled in Kalamazoo, and he was educated in the Kalamazoo Public School System, graduated from Kalamazoo College and over the years attended a number of post-graduate sessions on food technology. He developed an expertise as a Flavor Chemist, which led him into eminence in a restricted field. He serves as President of National Products Co., which specializes in the manufacturing of a variety of flavoring essences used in the baking, ice cream and confectionary industries. Because of his trade activities he became part of several professional and trade associations affiliated with the products of his company. Professionally, he is a flavor chemist.  With his father’s help, he founded National Flavor Products in 1942.  He continued to head the company after his father’s death in 1972.  The company has changed into an employee owned and managed corporation.  He continues with the company as a member of the Board of Directors and heads up Research and Development of Flavors. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and reached the rank of Sergeant. He served as a member of the Ordnance Division of the Third Army, serving under General George S. Patton in the European Theatre of Operations. He married Kathryn Stimson on December 29, 1956. He has been very active in almost every conceivable civic, social and charitable field in the Kalamazoo Community. He is a Rotary Club member, active for United Way, Red Cross, Project HOPE, and Director of the Kalamazoo Society for Crippled Children, a YMCA member and a former director of the Kalamazoo Civic Players.

He was raised as a Master Mason on March 25, 1953 in the Anchor Lodge of Strict Observance No. 87. Becoming immediately active he had the privilege and pleasure to serve as Worshipful Master in 1960. He was accepted for membership in Kalamazoo Chapter No. 13, R.A.M.; Kalamazoo Council No. 63, R. & S.M.; Peninsular Commandery No. 8, K.T., serving as Eminent Commander in 1969; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Grand Rapids and Most Wise Master of Robinson Chapter of Rose Croix in 1966-67. He holds a membership in St. Vincent Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; Royal Order of Scotland, Thistle and Rose Council A.M.D. (Senior Warden); Saladin Temple Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S.; Royal Order of Jesters. For services rendered the Craft during 25 years of intensive activity he was Coroneted a 33° Mason on September 30, 1970 thus becoming an honorary member of the Northern Supreme Council. His is also a Legion of Honor recipient of the International Order of DeMolay and holds honorary membership in a number of Michigan Lodges. He was elected as Worshipful Grand Marshal in May of 1969 and advanced in office each year until his election as Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 29, 1975.

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