Family, friends and a delegation of Freemasons from Oregon and Washington gathered in Walla Walla recently to present an award to a long-serving brother.
Kenneth Barklow, 93, is known among Masons as “Worshipful Brother” for being a past master of his lodge and has been a member of Lostine Lodge 123, Standley Lodge 113 (in Wallowa) and Joseph Lodge 81, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon, since 1951.
The ceremonies were held in Walla Walla where he now resides.
The 65-year award certificate and pin were generated after records indicated to the Joseph Lodge that Barklow was to be honored. Lodge officials learned that he was not far away.
After coordinating with the two state-level executive offices, the ceremony was scheduled with the family. Barklow’s wife, Irene, then got in touch with the couple’s daughter to share news.
“My mom told me that daddy perked up and got a big smile on his face when we told him the Masons had something special planned for him” said daughter Christine Schwanenberg. “Mom immediately remembered all the lodge events and programs, going back to 1968 when he was Master of the Joseph Lodge. She was almost as delighted as my father!”
Being a man of few words these days, Barklow expressed his great appreciation through his still-strong grip, warm smile and nods of gratitude and friendship.
The events were hosted by a special appointee of Most Worshipful Brother Warren Schoeben, the current Grand Master of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. Dutch Meier, a Past Master of Blue Mountain Lodge 13 in Walla Walla, presided as master of ceremonies and host.
The ceremony was turned over to the Oregon Masonic delegation and the award was presented by several distinguished Masons who had come from Joseph Lodge 81.
Worshipful Brother Bill Williams, Joseph Lodge secretary, introduced the Lodge’s Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Skip Weisgerber and Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Briggs, Deputy of the Grand Master of Oregon for District 22.
The certificate was read and presented, Barklow’s wife attached the pin to his suit jacket, and several attendees shared their thoughts and recall about events then and now in the Lodge.
Barklow was joined by four generations of the ladies in his family: wife Irene, daughter Christine, granddaughter Margo Delavan and great-granddaughter Roaryanne Delevan. Other members of his Lodge on hand were Bros. Kent Parsons, Douglas Wickre and Jim Eldred.