William (Bill) Skrepnek

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William (Bill) Skrepnek, PGM,
William (Bill) Skrepnek, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1991-1992

William (Bill) Skrepnek was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 10, 1937. In 1945 his family moved to Clio where he graduated from Clio High School. In 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years as a radio repairman. He returned to the Flint area and went to work for Buick Motor Company where he was employed as a journeyman machine repairman. He married Doris Jeffers on February 5, 1983. He had five children from a previous marriage.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Flushing Lodge No. 223 on November 12, 1963 and served as Worshipful Master in 1968 and in 1973. He was President of the Temple Board for six years and served as their Secretary – Treasurer. In 1968, he joined Flint Rapids Chapter No. 116, Royal Arch Masons and was installed as High Priest in 1978. He is a member of Flint Council No. 56, Royal & Select Masons, and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1975 and Most Illustrious Grand Master in 1983. He also served as Regional Deputy Grand Master of the General Grand Council from 1984 – 1987. In 1970 he joined Genesee Valley Commandery and served as Commander in 1984. He was also the Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Michigan. He became a member of the Flint York Rite College where he became Governor in 1986. In 1964 he joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Bay City and served as Master of Ceremonies of the Chapter of Rose Croix. He was also a member of the degree teams for the 26th, 28th and 30th degrees. He crossed the hot sands at the Elf Kurafeh Shrine Temple in Saginaw in 1980. He is a member of Flushing Chapter No. 176 O.E.S. and was active in Masonic Youth Programs. He served on the Advisory Board of the Flint and Flushing Chapters of DeMolay. He also served the Guardian Council of Clio Bethel of Jobs’ Daughters. He received the York Rite Purple Cross in 1986, the Knight York Rite Cross of Honor in 1986 honorary memberships in eight Councils and in eight Grand Councils, honorary memberships in numerous Masonic Lodges and was the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodges of Indiana and Alberta.

He was installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan during ceremonies at the close of the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge on Thursday, May 30, 1991, in Lansing, Michigan.

He died March 21, 2012. Most Worshipful Brother Don Baugher, PGM, presided over his Masonic Memorial Service and he was later buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clio, MI.

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