The Vacant Chair

The Passing of PER Brother John Loughlan

John Loughlan was born October 26, 1922 in Blue Hill Nebraska. He was initiated into the BPO Elks on September 12, 1963 San Jose California at Lodge #522. Twenty years later on November 29th 1983 Jack demitted to our Lodge. His sponsors at that time were Jerry Serota and Jerry Davis at which point Jack joined our officer corps under the leadership of Exalted Ruler John Nau. Jack went through the chairs and became Exalted Ruler in Elk year of 1996-1997. Jack also served as Officer-At-Large in 1992-1993 and a Trustee in 1993-1994. Just when you think your done they bring you back in, Jack came back into the officer corps to assist Exalted Ruler Jacob Panzack as his Lecturing knight during Elk year 2000-2001. Additionally, Jack served as indoctrination chair and played a major role as a Ritual team coach under P.E.R. Gilbert Riding.

Jack met his wife-to-be, Yolanda, on a cruise to Mexico and they discovered they both lived in Thousand Oaks. After they  married Yolanda played a major role in the Christmas basket program as well as helping with the Spanish speaking families.

Brother Jack Loughlan was a major influence in our lodge and will be sorely missed.

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge 2477
805.496.2477

PER John Loughlan

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:05+00:00 August 27th, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of PER Brother John Loughlan

The Passing of Brother Jim Kellogg

Jim Kellogg was born on September 20, 1919 in the city of Los Angeles and proposed for membership in the BPOE by Sherwood McDonald on August 18, 1993 during the time that Jim Wallace was the Exalted Ruler.

It’s been said if you want something done give the task to a busy person and as such Jim was “busy” personified.

Jim was an engineer and retired as an Aerospace Consultant having served as the president of the society of aerospace Materials and Process Engineers, involved with Automotive Engineers Society, the aircraft Industries Association and a member of the Masons.

A Navy man and stationed at Pearl Harbor he was given an early discharge due to the end of the war, however he never forgot our Veterans.

The Elks say that as long as there are Veterans in our hospitals they will never be forgotten and taking that to heart Jim worked with our Veterans committee for many years going to the V.A. facility in Sepulveda to play Bingo and bring snacks for our Veterans. He saw to it that the Veterans were invited to our yearly Veterans remembrance brunch that the Lodge held and still holds every November.

Brother Jim Kellogg passed away June 24th at 90 years of age and we will be having a memorial service on July 22.

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair, 
But though we no more possess him, 
Still our hearts his memory bear, 
But a while ago we gathered, 
Friendship beaming in each eye, 
Now the golden cord is severed, 
He has passed to realms on high.

Jim Kellogg

 

The memorial for Jim was held at the Conejo Creek North Park on Janss Road in Thousand Oaks on July 22, 2010 with military honors and reading by the lodge officers. Shown below is the Veteran’s Memorial that was donated, in part, by the Elks Lodge #2477.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:05+00:00 July 10th, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, The Vacant Chair, Veteran's|Comments Off on The Passing of Brother Jim Kellogg

The Passing of Brother Larry Morris

Larry Morris

Larry Morris

Brother Larry Morris was born November 27, 1941 in Hermosa Beach. Larry was initiated on Sept 23, 1987 and served as  Treasurer 1991-1992 and  Trustee 1992-1993.

Larry and Colleen put on many Friday night dinners in addition to handling the food for the many memorial services at the Lodge.

Larry passed on December 7, 2009.

A retired Fire Captain, Larry is survived by his loving wife Coleen of 32 years; twin brother, Jerry; sister, Linda; two sons, Larry Jr. and J. Allen; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous relatives and friends.

“The clock of their day has stopped and across its dial motionless shadows mark the hour of eleven. With us, the golden hour of recollection.”

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:28+00:00 January 18th, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of Brother Larry Morris

The Passing of Brother Ralph Vester

Brother Ralph Vester was born November 13th 1928 in Datto, AZ. Ralph was initiated on August 17, 1953 in Oxnard and served as Exalted Ruler of Oxnard Lodge #1443 for the year of 1999-2000. Ralph became a life member in 2000 during his tenure at the Oxnard lodge. He took a Transfer demit to our lodge on 9/22/2004. He leaves behind his spouse Farlin Vester.

Ralph passed on November 15 in Oakridge, Washington where his family resides.

“The clock of their day has stopped and across its dial motionless shadows mark the hour of eleven. With us, the golden hour of recollection.”

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:42+00:00 November 22nd, 2009|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of Brother Ralph Vester

The Passing of Brother Frederick "Bo" Anderson

Federick "Bo" Anderson with Sponsor Harold Calvin October 2003Brother Bo Anderson was born November 23th 1919 In New York City. Bo was proposed for membership into the BPOE by Harold Crain on August 13, 2003 and initiated on October 22, 2003 during the time that Greg Metzgus served the lodge as the Exalted Ruler.

As a US Vet and Pearl Harbor Survivor it seemed bitter sweet that Brother Bo passed the morning of November 11, 2009…Veteran’s Day.

“The clock of their day has stopped and across its dial motionless shadows mark the hour of eleven. With us, the golden hour of recollection.”

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:42+00:00 November 12th, 2009|Blog, elks 2477, Members, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of Brother Frederick "Bo" Anderson

The Passing of Brother John J. Ennis

Brother John J. Ennis was born July 20th 1929 In New York City. John was proposed for membership into the BPOE by Virgil Crane on July 16th 1997 and initiated on September 24th 1997 during the time that John Kelly served the lodge as the Exalted Ruler.

Married to Gladys for 58 years, John enjoyed fishing, camping and ham radio operation. He also served on the Agoura disaster response team and disaster communication system out of the Lost Hills sheriff system.

John served as Lecturing Knight 1998-1999 and on the board of trustees in 2001. John Ennis retired from the board of trustees on June 1 2002

Brother John  passed on 4 am on September 22nd 2009.

“The clock of their day has stopped and across its dial motionless shadows mark the hour of eleven. With us, the golden hour of recollection.”

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:54+00:00 September 24th, 2009|Blog, Members, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of Brother John J. Ennis

Richard Gorino – The Vacant Chair

On May 12, 2009 Lodge 2477 was saddened by the loss of Richard Gorino.

Richard had joined the lodge just under a year ago, May 28, 2008  and began to have challenges with cancer. After recovering from two bouts and just beginning to recover enough to participate in the lodge activities late last fall a third recurrance claimed his life.

Richard was born May 8, 1940 in Emmett, Idaho and sponsored into the BPO Elks by Heather Maddox.

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:54+00:00 June 6th, 2009|Blog, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on Richard Gorino – The Vacant Chair

Fred Britton – The Vacant Chair

On May 12, 2009, Fred Britton, member #862, passed on to leave a Vacant Chair within the Elks Lodge 2477.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 4, 1930, Fred joined our lodge and was initiated on February 25, 1981 being proposed for membership by Bob McKee, PDDGER.

During his 28+ years as a member he served as Trustee from 1987-1992 and Chairman of the Board 1991-1992. Known for a wonderful sense of humor and an ever helping hand Fred will be missed by all who knew him.

“The clock of their day has stopped and across its dial motionless shadows mark the hour of eleven. With us, the golden hour of recollection.”

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:03:10+00:00 May 21st, 2009|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on Fred Britton – The Vacant Chair