Richard John “Dick” Reilly, 81, Plover, formerly of Wautoma, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, after a bout with cancer. He was under the care of Ministry Hospice.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wautoma, with the Rev. Dominic Israel officiating. Full military honors will follow at the church. Private family interment will be at Wautoma Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by Masonic and Commandery services, and again from 10 a.m. Friday until the services.
Leikness Funeral Home in Wautoma assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.wautomafuneralhome.com.
Mr. Reilly was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Wautoma, a son of the late James Ivan and Anna Marie (Doerfler) Reilly. He was raised in Wautoma, graduating from Wautoma High School in June 1950.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving more than two of his four years outside the U.S.
He was further educated at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, United States Armed Forces Institute-University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, FBI Weapons and Defensive Tactics and the Wisconsin State Academy.
He was married to Jane Gehrke Nov. 23, 1951, at the First United Methodist Church in Wautoma. They later divorced.
Following military service, he was employed by General Motors in Flint, Mich., for a short period until his commission to the Wisconsin-Division of Corrections came through. He was employed at the Wisconsin State Prison in Waupun until Jan. 7, 1983, when he retired as a captain.
He was married to Mary Lou Zemple Nov. 6, 1994, at the First United Methodist Church in Rice Lake.
He was a member of the Barron County Cancer Board of Directors. He was Life Member – more than 51 years — of American Legion Post 210 in Waupun, a Life Member of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association and belonged to AARP, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Waushara/Wautoma Senior Citizens and Telephone Pioneers of America (partner).
Mr. Reilly was a perpetual member and past worshipful master of Wautoma Masonic Lodge 148, member and past high priest of Wautoma Chapter 107 Royal Arch Masons, member and past president of Tri-State Royal Arch Masons (Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and was elected secretary/treasurer emeritus in 2010.
He was a member and past worthy patron of Wautoma Chapter 198 Order of the Eastern Star, thrice illustrious master of Oshkosh Council 8 Royal and Select Masters, served as eminent commander of Oshkosh Commandery 11 Knights Templar, and was a charter member and served as governor of North Central York Rite College 112.
He served as royal patron of Luella F. Nyus Court 1 of the Order of Aramanth, Charter member and past sovereign master of heart of Wisconsin Council 331 Allied Masonic Degrees. He belonged to Simon of Cyrene Tabernacle 15 of Oshkosh, Chippewa Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Wisconsin Past Commanders Association, Chapter 27 National Sojourners and Heroes of Milwaukee, Royal Order of Scotland, Golden Rule Shrine 21 White Shrine of Jerusalem of La Crosse, Valley of Eau Claire Scottish Rite, ZOR Shrine Ancient Accepted Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Madison.
He was also a member of Hayward Musky Shrine Club, Indianhead Shrine Club, Heart of Wisconsin Shrine Club, and Mascoutin Shrine Club.
He was charter first lieutenant, past captain and president of the Zor Mavericks Midwest Shrine motor corps; was a 33rd degree Knight of York Cross of Honor; Knight of York General Cross of Honor with two stars; also Wisconsin College Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatus. In 2001, he was right eminent grand commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Wisconsin and in 2002, he was most illustrious grand master of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Wisconsin. He served as grand royal patron of Grand Court Order of the Aramanth of Wisconsin in 2003 and grand governor for Wisconsin of York Rite Sovereign College of North America from 2002-06.
He received the Distinguished Service Award for Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, York Rite Sovereign College of North America, Order of the Purple Cross York Rite Sovereign College of North America, and Grand Encampment of the United States of America.
Mr. Reilly served as president of the Wautoma Masonic Union and was elected president emeritus in 2013. He was district councilor for Northwest Wisconsin Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. He belonged to the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and received the District 8 Mason of the year award. He was awarded the Grand Cross of Color from the Rainbow Girls. He was Cryptic Mason of the year in 2013 for the General Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters International.
He was active at Grace United Methodist Church in Wautoma, serving an usher and liturgist.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; two daughters, Jan Marie (Tom) Corcoran, Waupun, and Kari Sue (Clark) Blader, Wautoma; two sons, Richard C. (Lori) Reilly, Rice Lake, and Todd R. (Laurie) Reilly, Stevens Point; two brothers, Harvey (Dee) and Charles (Mary), both of Wautoma; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas William, James Robert and Wayne Allen.