Mark W. Rantala, P.M. - Worshipful Master
My Masonic history started when I joined John T. McMillan Chapter Order of DeMolay in Ashtabula in 1965. I served as Master Councilor and then as District Chairman of the Second District and as State Senior Deacon. I was awarded the DeMolay Degree of Chevalier and the Active Legion of Honor.
I was raised in Harbor Lodge # 558 (my grandfather’s Lodge) in Ashtabula in 1973. I am also a member of the A.A.S.R. Valley of Cleveland. I demitted to Rocky River Lodge in 2000 and served as the 75thMaster of Rocky River Lodge in 2003-04. I am honored to be serving as Senior Warden this year and look forward to returning to the East next year if elected by the brethren. I look forward to helping return Rocky River Lode to the top of the District.
My two greatest thrills as a Mason were seeing my Father become a member of the Fraternity in the one day class and sitting in Lodge with him at Rocky River #703. My second greatest thrill was to have Steven J. Krekus (now Past Grand Master) raise me in Harbor Lodge and have him install me as Master when he was Deputy Grand Master.
My wife Mary Anne and I have lived in Rocky River for 22 years. We have two daughters who graduated from Rocky River High School. I am the Executive Director of the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority.
Rodger Edwards - Senior Warden
Rodger Edwards spent 39 years as a product development chemist in the metal casting industry serving foundries and steel mills. The last 36 of those years never holding a title lower than Vice President and the last 18 as founder of Phoenix Foundry Chemicals Inc. during this time selling 100% of his target accounts and developing new and novel products for these industries. Was nominated for Whose Who in Science in 1996. Due to industry downsizing and closures, at age 60 he enrolled at the University of Cincinnati graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004 and spent 6 years as a dialysis nurse until his retirement in 2010. Was elected to the Kentucky Colonels in 2008. His hobbies were officiating high school and collegiate sports - baseball, football, volleyball, softball, and basketball at each level. He also holds a private pilots license, single engine land, and accumulated much air time flying to accounts in the US and Canada. He is now a proud member of Rocky River Masonic Lodge 703 serving as the newly elected Junior Warden.
William P. Ritley, P.M. - Junior Warden
Keith H. Blume - Senior Deacon
Karl Hoffman, P.M. - Junior Deacon
Russell A. Kilpatrick, P.M. - Secretary
Brian G. Spooner, P.M. - Treasurer
Brian Spooner was born in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. He was raised in Fellowship, Florida at Friendship Lodge #53. Join Rocky River Lodge January of 2006. He is also the Past Monarch of Al Sirat Grotto in Cleveland, Ohio. Brian is a member of York Rite. He is also an amateur photographer.
Johnny Idemoto - Senior Steward
- Junior Steward
Michael J. Goldbach, P.M. - Chaplain
Michael Goldbach was born in Cleveland Ohio, and grew up in Hinckley Ohio. He attended Highland High school and graduated in 1978. In 1979 he started an apprenticeship with Cleveland Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local Union # 5. He continues to work the trade as a bricklayer, stone mason and marble mason. He has worked on many of Cleveland's landmarks, as Terminal Tower, Progressive Field, Tower City to name a few. Has Attended Tri-C, Cleveland State, studying construction technology, business, and real estate. Holds a license as a Realtor with Russell Real Estate Services. Michael was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Rocky River Lodge #703 on April 21, 1994. He is also a 32 degree mason with the Scottish Rite.
Paul M. Hartman, P.M - Tyler