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Frank E Capler , Jr.

Right Illustrious Grand Steward
Home 227 N. 9th Avenue Beech Grove Indiana 46107 United States Cell Phone: (317) 777-8221 Birthday: Sunday, May 12, 1957

Biography

I was born on May 12, 1957, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first of 4 children of Frank E. Capler and Mary Alice Capler. My sister Mary died in 1997 at age of 36. I have a sister Beverly Stout and brother William Capler. I was lucky in marrying Cheryl Capler 1983. We were married for 23 years until her death in 2007. We have 2 daughters (Allison, Sarah). I have been blessed that my parents traveled on vacation to many parts of the United States and parts of the World. I enjoy Country Line dancing and think I am pretty good at it.

I graduated from Southport High School 1975. Received a bachelor’s degree, in Computer Technology from Purdue University at Indianapolis 1980 (IUPUI).

I worked as a floor guard at the United Skates of America on the Southside of Indianapolis for 2 years (rom 1975-1977). I worked there before the skating rink opened. I played Uncle Skates for a while and Officer Friendly in morning skates.

I worked at Burger Chef on the Southside of Indianapolis for 4 years (from 1977-1980). I became a group leader for the store while going to college and became a Freemason.

I worked for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Gate 6 for 33 years. I became an assistant Gate Captain to my father. I asked for a ticket from Jim Hurtubise coming into the track in a beat-up VW Minibus with a shack on the back half.

I started in 1981 working for the State of Indiana at Workforce Development as a Computer Programmer and now Database Administrator for 40+ years.

I am 4th generation on my father’s side and 5th generation on my mother’s side in Freemasonry. My family members have been very busy in many of the organizations. Which has formed the basis of my life and tradition to participate in. My Great-Great Grandfather was Raised 1868 in Ireland Lodge No. 388 in Jasper Indiana.

Freemasonry has been a wonderful journey for me. I have meet so many wonderful and memorable people. Had many special fond memories. A German member at Prospect. Sang a German lullaby to me during a degree. Or being escorted in the Grand Lodge of England to the Dais. For the St. Luke’s #44, 250th year celebration in front of 400 Mason’s. Just to mention a few.

DeMolay
  • Prospect Chapter
  • Past Master Councilor 1973
  • Past Master Councilor’s Meritorious Award 1973
  • Representative of DeMolay Award 1975
  • Voted the first DeMolay of the term for Prospect Chapter
  • Chevalier award 1975
  • Blue Honor Key for top line of 10 members
  • 43 merit bars
Masons
  • Prospect Lodge #714 – 1978 – Life Member
  • Past Master 1998
  • Order of Service to Masonry 2016
  • Past President of Breakfast Club for 17 years
  • Activities Directory for 17 years
  • Past editor of the newsletter for 17 years
  • Still gives 4 of the lectures since 1996
  • Received – The Fourth and Final Lecture
  • Past President of the Marion County Masters and Wardens Association 1998
  • The only living Honorary Member of Tower Lodge #5159 in London England 2006
  • Organized 3 trips to London to visit with Tower Lodge, St. Luke’s Lodge and Holy Preceptory in the years of 2005, 2015 and 2018. Plus planned an agenda of sites to see.
  • Instrumental in Tower Lodge visitation at Prospect Lodge in 2008 and had over 300 masons in attendance for their presentation of the Master Mason degree.
    • Established/created Prospect Lodge’s logo for the event.
  • I designed/created/printed the certificate having each attendee’s name printed while the degree was occurring. They were presented at conclusion of the degree.
  • Organize Indianapolis Indians Baseball game for multiple lodges since 1996 (over 100 attend).
  • Organize visitation with Shawnee Lodge in Louisville Kentucky at Churchill Downs in June.
  • Assisted in selling nuts as a fund raiser for Prospect Lodge, Prospect DeMolay, Murat Shrine And Sahara Grotto.
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
  • 1978 – Life Member
Murat Shrine
  • 1979 – Life Member
  • Past President of the Past Masters Club
  • Member of the Hillbillies Clan #14
Order of the Eastern Star
  • Prospect Chapter #452 – 1998
  • Past Patron – 4 times (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007)
  • Past Grand Usher for General Grand Patron Harles Creech 2003
Sahara Grotto
  • 1998 – life Member
Job’s Daughters
  • Beech Grove Bethel #32
  • Past Associate Guardian – 2 years
  • Member of Honor
York Rite
  • Prather – 2006 – Life Member Council
  • Past High Priest 2015 – Prather 157 – Indianapolis
  • Past Illustrious Master 2012 – Prather 100 – Indianapolis
  • Past Eminent Commander 2016 – Prather 62 – Indianapolis
  • Participates in several degrees on One Day Classes
  • Arch Deputy for 6 years
  • Senior Arch Deputy 1 year
  • General Grand Council Youth Award 2016
  • Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA – Pro Merito (10 members active) 2018
  • Grand Commandery of Indiana Distinguished Service Award 2018
  • Top line signed 17 members
Other York Rite Groups
  • KYCH Indiana Priory #62
  • Yeomen of York Preceptory No.4
  • Marvin Isley York Rite College No. 129
  • The Royal Order of Zanzibar
  • Sword of Bunker Hill
  • Goose n Tatter