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Richard C. WillyardGrand Master 2nd Veil
I was born on May 23,1953. Growing up, my father was a United Methodist minister, so we move around every few years. We moved four time by the time I was in sixth grade. I graduated from Pendleton Heights High School inn1971.
I entered the United States Army in 1973 and was stationed in Frankfort, Germany.
I attended Ball State University and graduated from Indiana University at Indianapolis with a MS degree in nursing in 1985 and an MS degree in nursing in 1990. I was licensed as a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner.
I married Cynthia J. Crane of New Castle on June 5, 1982 and we had a son named James in 1988. My wife is a 4th grade teacher in the New Palestine School District and my son is an attorney for the Department of Child Services for Indiana in Southern Indiana.
I worked at Riley Hospital for Children as a R.N. for six years on the Teenage Unit and at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati in High Risk Bone Marrow Transplant as a Nurse Practitioner. I then worked for 19 years for the State of Indiana Prison System as a Nurse Practitioner and retired in 2015.
I was raised to The Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on April 23, 2007 at New Castle Lodge #91 F & AM. I was Worshipful Master in 2013 and currently serving in that chair for the second time. I am a Senior Ritualist and am close to having enough point to become a Master Ritualist. I have been made an Honorary Member of Markleville Lodge, Lewisville Lodge, Matthews Lodge and Delaware Lodge.
I took my York Rite Degrees through Mt. Moriah #52 in Anderson in 2012.I transferred to Middletown Chapter #143 in 2013 and to the York Rite bodies in Greenfield in 2015. I served as a Royal Arch Deputy for District G in 2016-17 and was appointed as Grand Master of the Second Veil at the Annual Session in 2017.