"The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and He is their Strength and their Redeemer. In the sight of the unwise, their departure is taken for utter destruction; but they are in peace. For though they be perished in the sight of men, yet are their spirits released from the body of flesh, and their hope is full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded, for God proved them, and found them worthy.
As gold in the furnace hath He tried them, and received them to Himself. The righteous live forevermore; their reward is with the Lord; and the care of them is with the Most High. Therefore shall they receive from the Lord’s hand a glorious kingdom and a victor’s crown of righteousness.
We meet because of his passing from our circle to the Chapter Eternal; and yet in our hearts is the confidence that his living spirit hovers near. To his dear ones and friends present, we would bring our expression of sympathy; and to his memory we would offer our homage for his qualities of heart and mind.
As a friend, as a brother among us, and as a man of affairs, we have known him as loyal and devoted to the high ideals of The White Cross which we wear. His friendship was enduring; his generosities were large; and his life was an inspiration.
He loved his Fraternity; but he knew that its helpfulness and sympathies were meant to be broader than the bounds of the organization. His loyalty was grounded in the faith that fraternalism stands finally for better citizenship, for a more noble civilization, and for the higher ideals of life in its service to man and reverence to God.
In this sacred place and reverent moment the thought is dominant that life and its true friendships are indestructible. Because of the spirit in man, death cannot have the victory. That which we call death is but the gateway to the life immortal; for the life of the spirit does not die."