Richard H. Schnakenburg, 33°

ILL. Richard Henry Schnakenburg, 33°           

  Born – March 21, 1924
Died – May 25, 2019      

Ill. Brother Schnakenburg was born in Evansville, Indiana on March 21, 1924 to Rudolph Schnakenburg and Irene Hebbeler Schnakenburg. He attended Bosse High school and Purdue University. He left Purdue to serve in the United States Army during WWII in Burma as a Technician 5Th grade – 3101 Signal Service Battalion signal corps. He returned to Purdue University to obtain his degree in electrical engineering. went to work for Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company in 1959 and retired from S.I.G.E.C.O./Vectren as director of Systems Engineering in 1987.    Ill. Brother Schnakenburg married Patricia Margaret Weiss June 20, 1948 they had three children. David, Linda, and Karen, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death.   Ill. Brother Schnakenburg was a 70 plus year member of Central United Methodist Church of Christ and the FaHolo Sunday School Class, an active leader in the United church of Christ /Methodist church men’s Lenten breakfast for many years.   Ill. Brother Schnakenburg was raised a Master Mason in 1946 in Evansville Lodge #64, serving as Master in 1992. He was awarded the Masters Award in 1996 and served as Area Representative in the Grand Lodge. Richard took the degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Evansville in December of 1957, serving as Commander in Chief of the Evansville Consistory 1977-1979. He received the Thirty Third degree in Cleveland Ohio in 1980, the Double Eagle award in 1997.   Ill. Brother Schnakenburg served on the Board of Directors of the Evansville Valley 32° Masonic Learning Center for many years and was chairman of the Walk for Dyslexia for several years; He received his Fifty Year award from the Evansville Scottish Rite in 2007.   Ill. Brother Schnakenburg was also a Hadi Shriner color guard, serving as director, Sergeant and Captain. He received the prestigious Ditzer Award and was awarded a lifetime membership in 1991. He served as President of the Uniformed bodies of the temple budget and finance committee for several years.   Services were held on Wednesday May 29, 2019 at Alexander Funeral Home West Chapel, with interment at Alexander Memorial Park. A Masonic and 33° walk through was also held.       May our heavenly father have him now in his holy keeping. He will be dearly missed.

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