Leonard R. B. Noechel
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1992-1993
Leonard R. B. Noechel was born in Detroit on August 24, 1926. He attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Northwestern High School. He was called into military service as a member of the Army Air Corps Reserve. He saw service in France and Germany as a member of the 14th Liaison Squadron on detached service with General George S. Patton’s Third Army Headquarters and later with the 12th Tactical Air Command near Munich, Germany. He retired in January 1992 after thirty-eight years as a manufacturers representative.
He married Ruth Marie McNabb on September 4, 1948. They were blessed with two sons.
He was raised as a Master Mason in Schiller Lodge No. 263 on March 24, 1948. He served as Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1955. He served eleven years on the Board of General Purposes. He was President in 1980-81. He was elected Grand Marshal in 1987.
In 1950 he became a member of Ionic Chapter No. 161, R.A.M. and served as Treasurer for ten years and High Priest in years 1990, 1991, and 1992. He was a member of Monroe Council No. 1, R. & S. M.; Detroit Commandery No. 1, K.T., where he served as Commander in 1980-81; Detroit York Rite College No. 1; Royal Order of Scotland; Gate of the Temple LXV, H.R.A.K.P.T.; Trinity Council No. 36 Knight Masons; Crusaders Council No. 142, AMD; Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit; Moslem Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., and a member of the Moslem Past Masters Unit and Redford Shrine Club; Detroit High Twelve Club No. 13 and served as a Trustee of the Detroit Masonic Temple Association.
He was a plural member of Phoenicia-Waverly Lodge No. 527, a member of Michigan Lodge of Research No. 1, and held honorary membership in Friendship-Lincoln No. 417, Lola Valley Lodge No. 583, Dearborn Lodge No. 172, and Concordia Lodge No. 345 in North Olmstead, Ohio. He was presented the Meritorious service Award in 1985 by the Masonic Masters Association, and in 1987 the Order of the Purple Cross from the Sovereign York Rite College of North America.
He was elected and installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in ceremonies held in Lansing on Thursday, May 28, at the close of the 166th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, Free and accepted Masons of Michigan. There were 79,000 Masons in Michigan during his term of office.
He dedicated the new Masonic Health Care Center in Alma on January 11, 1992.
He died on February 5, 2002.