We’re sorry to announce, Retired Member Raymond Forbes passed away yesterday March 11th 2020 at the age of 94. Ray was a member of the Iron Workers since 1951. We have no information on a memorial or service for Raymond as of yet. He passed in Florida however, we believe he will be brought back to Illinois to be laid to rest.
When we receive the burial information, we will pass it on.
Raymond Forbes was a participant of the Voluntary Death Benefit.
I have attached the obituary for Doug Schnor.
Click the link below to read his obituary.
Services are March 7, 2020 11-12:45 at Belvidere First United Methodist Church 610 Bonus Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008. Memorial Service to follow at same location.
We are sorry to be the bearer of more sad news, however we just received notice that Douglas Schnor also passed away Sunday Feb. 23rd. His funeral will be March 7th , the obituary hasn’t been posted as of yet. We will keep the membership posted as more details are received.
Douglas was a participant in the Local Death Benefit Program.
We’re sorry to announce Retired Member John Jay Partington passed away Sunday February 23rd. John was a member since 1974. A Memorial visitation will be 9-11:00 a.m. this Friday the 28th of February at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon followed by an 11:00 a.m. memorial service at the funeral home.
John was not a participant of the Voluntary Death Benefit.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Effectively February 24, 2020 Keith Gahl will be taking over as Local 498 Organizer, I have appointed him to the position and have the utmost confidence Keith will do a fantastic job as Organizer. These positions are nothing like what we are used to in the field. In the field we see progress everyday but organizing you may not see any movement for long periods due to the nature of what it requires to convince people/contractors of the benefits of unions.
Keith will hit the streets and learn all the nooks and crannies of our local along with all the bad players that come here. This will be a learning process for Keith, as it was for me and Ben. We were fortunate to have the backing of all of you during our time as Organizer which is necessary for success. Both Ben and I were grateful for all the help you provided to us. I am sure you will all be as helpful for Keith as well with all the action around our local. Keith will be overwhelmed at first and as Iron Workers we are not always the most tactful with our words, but he will learn how to deliver the correct message for the right situation, because they are all different. As soon as I have his Organizer contact information set up, I will send that out.
If you have a chance, reach out and wish him good luck.
We are saddened to report the passing of Phil Luebke Sr. on Saturday January 18, 2020. Phil was a retired from Local 498 in 1978. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Please check the latest newsletter attached. January 2020 Connector
The International has requested feedback from the members on their thoughts on the Presidential Election coming up. I have attached the link below.
Check out the latest Connector. There are updated dates for weld tests and pictures from the Pin Party. The party was great and it was awesome to see some of the guys we haven’t seen since they “Pulled the Pin” and retired. There was a lot of reminiscing and chatter all night.
It is with a heavy heart Local 498 mourns the passing of Ron Meier who lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday September 18, 2019. Ron was a multi-generational iron worker who became contractor, Advanced Crane Technicians (AACT), that many have worked for in their career.
Ron Meier’s family will be having a Celebration of Life at Williams Tree Farm from 12-7pm October 8, 2019. Come pay your respects to the family for a good Union Man and good Union Contractor.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers in the time of need.
The Labor Day Parade and float was a huge success for us. We made the front page of the Rockford Register Star and all the news cycles. Anyone who understands labor understands what we were representing. “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper”(September 20, 1932) is such an iconic picture that is seen all over the country and Local 498 knocked it out of the park! Thanks to Paul Kauffman for the work he and the apprentices did on the trailer and float. Thanks to all that rode the float:
Austin Savant, Deshawn Simmons, Seth Fish, Dillon Pontnack, Sharon Anderson, Josh Olson, Emerald Sanders, Garrett Schmidt, Eli Monier, Isai Ruiz, and Garret Johnston. With honorable mention to Haley O’leary who couldn’t ride due to a work injury.
We only won 3rd place in the float contest. I don’t believe that the judges actually recognized the reaction and the significance to the people watching along the parade route.