William Lee Kugel
August 15, 1936- June 25, 2020
William Lee ”Catfish” Kugel passed away June 25, 2020 at Calvert Health Medical Center in Prince Frederick, MD- where he had spent many years serving as a volunteer. Bill was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Edna and George Kugel, spent his youth there working in the family grocery store. He later joined the U.S. Air Force when it was still a very young military service branch, where he served until 1961 as an Airman Second Class. After his military service Bill worked at several professions including being an EMT in Nevada, captain of a security company in Buffalo, NY, and a Security Officer for IBM in NY and at the Naval Research Lab in North Beach, MD. He was also a construction foreman with Morrison Knudson Company.
Bill’s passions in life were music and Freemasonry. Bill sang in many bands and quartets during his lifetime. In one of the quartets, he used to brag that the alto was Dolly Parton’s niece. Bill played various instruments, including piano, organ, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, drums and vibraphone.
In Freemasonry, Bill (known as “Catfish” by most of his lodge brothers) was a 44-year member and Past Master of Prince Frederick Lodge; a member of Bonnie Blink Daylight Lodge, and an honorary member of several others, including Thomas J. Shryock, Annapolis, Collington, and probably a few others unknown to his survivors. He was also a member of many collateral bodies including the York Rite, Scottish Rite, the Shriners and the Allied Masonic Degrees- to name but a few. He served many terms in various Grand Lodge offices, and helped countless Brethren to learn their ritual.
Bill was preceded in death by a son Kenneth Kugel. He is survived by his son Kirk Kugel and wife Kendra of Tenino, WA, his daughter Karen Scribner and husband Brian of San Antonio, TX, and grandchildren Joelle, Nathaniel and Tabitha Scribner.
Monday, July 6, 2020