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The Globe-Gazette
Mason City, Iowa, 2008

Obituary - Robert J. Kornhauser

Robert J. KORNHAUSER, 80, of 1453 Birch Drive, died Friday [March, 14, 2008] at the Good Shepherd Health Center.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 120 First St. N.E., with the Rev. Wendy ABRAHAMSON officiating. Inurnment will take place in St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium.

The family will greet friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kornhauser home, 1453 Birch Drive. Masonic services will take place at 7 p.m. followed by Eastern Star services at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of North Iowa, St. John's Episcopal Church or Benevolence Masonic Lodge.

Bob was born on December 3, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Harold and Margaret Irene (WELSH) KORNHAUSER. He graduated from Des Moines North High School then attended American Institute of Business, AIB, for two years.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as well as the Naval Reserve for several years.

Bob married Elinor TUCKER on November 4, 1950, in Des Moines. They moved to Mason City in 1957.

Bob worked as a department buyer for Damon's Department Store for many years. In 1980, he went to work for the City of Mason City, where he drove a city bus.

Bob was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He was a member of Benevolence Masonic Lodge No. 145 A.F. & A.M. since December 8, 1958, North Iowa Shrine Club, Za-Ga-Zig Temple and was past most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council Royal & Select Masters of Iowa.

Bob was currently serving as Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of Minnesota, a charter member and Past Sovereign Master of T.S. Parvin Council No. 290 A.M.D., a member and Past Sovereign Master of Charlie Stroebel Council No. 247 A.M.D., and a life member of Austin Council No. 7 Cryptic Masons.

He was also a member and Past Worthy Chief of Minnesota Council No. 79 Universal Craftsman Council of Engineers, a member and Past Excellent Chief of Minnesota Council No. 34 Knight Masons and a member and Past Excellent Chief of Kilpeck Council No. 64 Knight Masons.

Bob was a dual member of Unity Chapter No. 58 and South Gate Chapter No. 547, Order of the Eastern Star. He served as Worthy Patron of Eastern Star a number of times including in 1998 with wife, Elinor, who was Worthy Matron, and in 2003 with daughter, Lisa, who was Worthy Matron.

He also served on the Rainbow Advisory Board in Mason City, was District Rainbow Dad for the Mason City Assembly No. 45 International Order of Rainbow for Girls in Iowa and Minnesota and was Chairman of the Grace B. Sprecher Educational Loan Foundation. Bob was also a former member of White Shrine in Mason City.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth I. "Lisa" KORNHAUSER of Des Moines; sister-in-law, Carolyn T. REIGHLEY and husband Fenton J. "Jim" of Boones Mill, Va.; nephews, Kurt B. REIGHLEY of Seattle, Wash. and Todd A. REIGHLEY of Roanoke, Virginia.

Bob is preceded in death by is parents and wife, Elinor.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2011



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