Ill. Walter Henry Kropp, 33°, an Active Emeritus Member of this Supreme Council for the state of Ohio, died on Monday, January 9, 2012, in Reynoldburg, Ohio.
Ill. Brother Walter Henry Kropp, 33°, was born the son of Walter C. and Vernon Rose (Shawaker) Kropp. He was educated at the Greenbrier Military School and attended Denison University and Ohio State University.
With a longtime career in the banking industry commencing in 1948, he was employed as a savings and loan association executive. He was the former chairman and chief executive officer of Franklin Federal, Ohio Federal and Mid-America Federal Savings and Loans Associations of Columbus, Ohio. He retired in 1987.
He was a member and officer of numerous boards, including president of the board of trustees of the Columbus Public Library; executive committee of the United States League of Savings Institutes; chairman of the Ohio League of Savings Associations; thrift advisory committee to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC; vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; Camco Financial Corporation of Cambridge; Ohio Chamber of Commerce; Elford General Contractors; Columbus Home Builders Association; Pauline Home for the Aged in Columbus; chairman of the board of trustees and treasurer of First Congregational Church; Downtown Kiwanis Club; Bexley Historical Society; the Columbus Club; the Athletic Club of Columbus; and the Columbus Country Club, where he was an avid golfer.
On October 10, 1952, at Columbus, Ohio, he was united in marriage to Lucille Anne Thornburgh, who survives with two sons, Walter B. and Karl V.; and six grandchildren.
He answered the military call to serve his country in the United States Army during World War II. He served with distinction as an infantry captain in Germany and in Italy at the Anzio beachhead. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and two Silver Star Medals for valor.
Our Illustrious Brother had a distinguished career in Freemasonry:
SYMBOLIC: Raised a Master Mason in Humboldt Lodge No. 476, F. & A.M., Columbus, Ohio, October 31, 1949 and served as Trustee in 1975.
CAPITULAR: Exalted in Temple Chapter No. 155, R.A.M., Columbus, on November 4, 1959.
CRYPTIC: Greeted in Columbus Council No. 8, R.& S.M., Columbus, on March 3, 1966.
CHIVALRIC: Knighted in Mt. Vernon Commandery No. 1, K.T., Columbus, on February 5, 1966.
SCOTTISH RITE: Completed the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Columbus on April 21, 1950. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Enoch Lodge of Perfection in 1974.
SUPREME COUNCIL: On September 30, 1970, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was elected an Active Member of the Supreme Council on September 30, 1976, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served as Deputy for Ohio from 1978 to 1981. He also served as Grand Representative to Uruguay from 1982 to 1989. He assumed Active Emeritus status on August 30, 1989, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He performed various special assignments and served on the following committees and assignments:
Benevolence Committee 1976-1979
Special Committee on Annual Meeting 1979-1981
General State of the Rite 1981-1988
Finance Committee 1986-1988
Special Search Committee 1991
Masonically active, he was a member of Aladdin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. and Jerome Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
The family received friends on Friday, January 13, 2012, at the Schoedinger Midtown Chapel in Columbus. Following a private family burial, a memorial service was held on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio.
It is hereby directed that this balustre be communicated to each Body of the Rite and suitably mentioned at the first meeting after its receipt.
May our Heavenly Father have him in His Holy Keeping.