Born – July 10, 1924 
    Died – June 8, 2019         

Ill. Brother Cloud was born on July 10, 1924 to Namen S. Cloud and Bertha E. (Turner) Cloud in Gallatin County, IL. Burtis attended Eldorado Township High school and later attended Lock year Business College, and the University of Evansville becoming a Certified Public Accountant. He was a treasurer with Big Seven Drilling Co. & J.D. Turner Oil Producer. A Deputy Collector for the Internal Revenue Service and served as an Instructor at Lock year business college.

Ill. Brother Cloud served in the United States Air Corps in WWII from March 20, 1943 to November 1, 1945 in European operations. He married his wife LaRue (Edwards) April 24, 1946; they had three daughters Nancy, Rebecca, and Linda. LaRue preceded him in death; his daughters, three grandsons, and ten great grandchildren survive him.

Ill. Brother Cloud was raised a Master Mason in Lessing Lodge # 464 February 23, 1949 he also held dual membership in Daylight Lodge # 752. He took the degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Evansville on November 3, 1953, serving as Sovereign Prince on the Council Line from 1977 to 1979. He was created a Grand Inspector General, 33° honorary member of the Supreme Council in Boston, MA in 1984.

Ill. Brother Cloud was a member of the Knights Templar, York Rite, Hadi Shrine Temple, Evansville York Rite College, Eastern Star, St. Cyril Red Cross of Constantine, National International Hi Twelve, Swords of Bunker Hill, Royal order of Jesters, Royal order of Scotland, National Sojourners, Honorary Legion of honor of DeMolay and Grand Cross of Colors of Rainbow girls.

Ill. Brother Cloud was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for 73 years, on the advisory board of the Salvation Army, Member of the Petroleum Club, The American Institute of certified public accountants CPA Society, and Vice President of Indiana Oil & Gas Association.

Funeral services were held Wednesday June 12, 2019 at Boone Funeral Home with a walk through by Hadi Temple Shrine and a Thirty-Third masonic walk through, Lessing Lodge # 464 conducted a memorial service. Entombment was held in Memorial Park where Vanderburgh County Retired veteran’s memorial club will render full military rites.

As we remember our departed brethren with gratitude and affection, may we grow in wisdom, knowledge, and love and be better able to serve our fellow man, country, and God.

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