Most Worshipful Brother Kenneth A. Hurmence
Grand Master of Masons in Iowa
Brother Hurmence was born on February 1, 1948, at Sumner. He graduated from Shabbona High School in Illinois. He continued his education at Western Illinois University receiving his B.A., Wartburg College for his Teaching Certification, and Northwest Missouri State for his Masters. While at Wartburg he volunteered as a little league umpire. He married Connie Sue Wiebel on July 21, 1974 in Lowden, Iowa. They have 3 children, Damian N. Hurmence, Laura A. Hurmence Mckaskle, and Andrea M. Hurmence Lee, and 5 grandchildren. He served his country from 1970-72 in the United States Army. He started farming in 1972 and left the farming industry in 1985, he taught Junior High Language Arts from 1987 – 1994 and 1998, retiring in 2011 He currently spends his time as a Tour Guide at John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo.
Brother Hurmence is Past Master of Lookout Lodge No.395 at Sumner where he received his Masonic degrees in 1975-76, being raised on March 15. He served the Fraternity as Junior Grand Steward in 1989-90, Grand Treasurer 1994, Deputy Grand Secretary in 1995-98, Deputy Grand Master in 2004-05, Membership Committee 1990-91, member of the Finance Committee 1992-94, Director of the Lodge Service Committee 1995-98, Scholarship Selection Committee 2002-2015, member of the Committee of Division and Reference 2007-08 and 2011-12, Chairman of Division and Reference in 2015-16.
His York Rite Membership is at Trowel Chapter No. 49 R.A.M., Palestine Council No. 27, R & S.M., and Appolo Commandery No. 26 in Cedar Rapids. He is currently a member of the Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite and received his K.C.C.H. in 2015.
Other Masonic affiliations include, Research Lodge No. 2, St. Ignatious Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, and DeMolay Legion of Honor. He holds District Lecturer’s Certificate No. 2878.