Masonic milestone


Norris Cromes, center, of Sidney, is pinned by Jay Johnston, of St. Marys, as Jonny Dicke, of rural Celina, looks on, Thursday, April 18, at Cromes’s home in Sidney. The pin ceremony recognized Cromes as a 60-year member of the St. Marys Chapter and the Ancient Council of the Royal Arch Masons and a 50-year member of the Grand Commandery. Cromes joined the Free and Accepted Masons in Sidney in 1958. “That’s been a couple of weeks ago,” he quipped. His father was a Mason and Jim Dekker, who owned a flower shop and was often in the Cromes’s funeral home, was instrumental in sparking Norris’s interest in the organization. Cromes earned the four Masonic degrees of the York Rite — Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch — all in 1958. Also at Thursday’s ceremony was Denny Hughes, of Sidney. Cromes, 99, regaled his visitors with stories of his accomplishments on the Sidney High School football, basketball and tennis teams in the 1930s, the Ohio State University tennis team in the 1940s, and his service in World War II.

Norris Cromes, center, of Sidney, is pinned by Jay Johnston, of St. Marys, as Jonny Dicke, of rural Celina, looks on, Thursday, April 18, at Cromes’s home in Sidney. The pin ceremony recognized Cromes as a 60-year member of the St. Marys Chapter and the Ancient Council of the Royal Arch Masons and a 50-year member of the Grand Commandery. Cromes joined the Free and Accepted Masons in Sidney in 1958. “That’s been a couple of weeks ago,” he quipped. His father was a Mason and Jim Dekker, who owned a flower shop and was often in the Cromes’s funeral home, was instrumental in sparking Norris’s interest in the organization. Cromes earned the four Masonic degrees of the York Rite — Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch — all in 1958. Also at Thursday’s ceremony was Denny Hughes, of Sidney. Cromes, 99, regaled his visitors with stories of his accomplishments on the Sidney High School football, basketball and tennis teams in the 1930s, the Ohio State University tennis team in the 1940s, and his service in World War II.


Norris Cromes, center, of Sidney, is pinned by Jay Johnston, of St. Marys, as Jonny Dicke, of rural Celina, looks on, Thursday, April 18, at Cromes’s home in Sidney. The pin ceremony recognized Cromes as a 60-year member of the St. Marys Chapter and the Ancient Council of the Royal Arch Masons and a 50-year member of the Grand Commandery. Cromes joined the Free and Accepted Masons in Sidney in 1958. “That’s been a couple of weeks ago,” he quipped. His father was a Mason and Jim Dekker, who owned a flower shop and was often in the Cromes’s funeral home, was instrumental in sparking Norris’s interest in the organization. Cromes earned the four Masonic degrees of the York Rite — Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch — all in 1958. Also at Thursday’s ceremony was Denny Hughes, of Sidney. Cromes, 99, regaled his visitors with stories of his accomplishments on the Sidney High School football, basketball and tennis teams in the 1930s, the Ohio State University tennis team in the 1940s, and his service in World War II.

Norris Cromes, center, of Sidney, is pinned by Jay Johnston, of St. Marys, as Jonny Dicke, of rural Celina, looks on, Thursday, April 18, at Cromes’s home in Sidney. The pin ceremony recognized Cromes as a 60-year member of the St. Marys Chapter and the Ancient Council of the Royal Arch Masons and a 50-year member of the Grand Commandery. Cromes joined the Free and Accepted Masons in Sidney in 1958. “That’s been a couple of weeks ago,” he quipped. His father was a Mason and Jim Dekker, who owned a flower shop and was often in the Cromes’s funeral home, was instrumental in sparking Norris’s interest in the organization. Cromes earned the four Masonic degrees of the York Rite — Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch — all in 1958. Also at Thursday’s ceremony was Denny Hughes, of Sidney. Cromes, 99, regaled his visitors with stories of his accomplishments on the Sidney High School football, basketball and tennis teams in the 1930s, the Ohio State University tennis team in the 1940s, and his service in World War II.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/04/web1_SDN042019Recognized.jpgNorris Cromes, center, of Sidney, is pinned by Jay Johnston, of St. Marys, as Jonny Dicke, of rural Celina, looks on, Thursday, April 18, at Cromes’s home in Sidney. The pin ceremony recognized Cromes as a 60-year member of the St. Marys Chapter and the Ancient Council of the Royal Arch Masons and a 50-year member of the Grand Commandery. Cromes joined the Free and Accepted Masons in Sidney in 1958. “That’s been a couple of weeks ago,” he quipped. His father was a Mason and Jim Dekker, who owned a flower shop and was often in the Cromes’s funeral home, was instrumental in sparking Norris’s interest in the organization. Cromes earned the four Masonic degrees of the York Rite — Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch — all in 1958. Also at Thursday’s ceremony was Denny Hughes, of Sidney. Cromes, 99, regaled his visitors with stories of his accomplishments on the Sidney High School football, basketball and tennis teams in the 1930s, the Ohio State University tennis team in the 1940s, and his service in World War II.