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Mark your calendars! The August meeting will be on August 28, 11AM at Furr's Cafeteria in Garland

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By Eileen Wahlstrom

July 31, 2019



Guests: Al DeJohn, Don Wilson, Ken Linton, Minyonne Toumbs

LONG TIME: Al DeJohn, Don Wilson, Ken Linton, Minyonne Toumbs

Guests: Jan Bunch (Carroll)


Stan Baker: He has been back in the hospital for a short time but has been home for a couple of months. His and Sandy's middle son, Randy, was killed in an auto accident about the time Stan came home. So, they've had a tough time. Keep them in your prayers.

Jan Bunch (Carrol Bunch’s wife): She has a mass on her pancreas extending into her lower abdomen. Doing well right now! Doctor doesn't know why the mass originated...no bad stuff seen in that area. She has MRI again probably in early Sept to assess what is going on there at this time!!!

Carolyn Gambrell: Bobby’s wife fell and broke her hip while on a trip to Joplin, Missouri. She is progressing slowly.

Raye Ann Farris: After major surgery on her neck, Raye Ann says she is Doing better, I still have good days and bad days, but overall better.

Kathy Chesnut: Undergoing chemo for her Non-Hodgkin’s Leukemia. She seems to be doing ok. She has completed the chemo and will soon start radiation.

Valerie Cox: From Scott Robinson: I visited Valerie one day of each of the last two weeks. Valerie gets up and can walk. She seems in very good spirits and looks forward to getting home. She did mention that her memory was not good. I was friends with Dan Cox and I mentioned a few things and she had no issue knowing what I was talking about.

Carolyn Kerr: June 7th. DANG, I've done it now....fell and broke left humerus just below shoulder. Good report, x-rays show new bone forming but need 6 more weeks of physical therapy twice a week! Thanks for checking on me!

Sue Hartson daughter Kim: Kim’s surgery went well. She is out of the hospital and is doing much better with the help of her sister who is a physician. She will be returning to Sue’s home to further recuperate soon.


Carl Gentine

July 1943 - June 2019

Lt. Col. Carl William Gentine, U.S. Army (Ret.) entered his heavenly home on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Lt. Col. Gentine was born in Ft. Monmouth, NJ to CWO Paul William and Helen Gentine on July 25, 1943. Being in the military as a child, he moved every three or four years, finishing his senior year of high school in Tustin, CA. Upon graduation from high school, it seemed only likely that he continued with the military life he had enjoyed throughout the year. Carl graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965, and almost immediately was assigned to Vietnam where he served two tours. After 20 years of service to his beloved country, he retired from the Army. He later went on to work for E-Systems and Raytheon.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kerri D. Gentine.

Lt. Col. Gentine is survived by his wife and soulmate, Suzi; daughter, Kristin Gentine and husband Jonathon Roberts; daughter, Stephanie Oxford; son, Thad Oxford and wife Jessica; two brothers, Paul and wife Muriel, and Marc and wife Sue. He was blessed with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And last, but never least, his fur babies: Landry, Prince, and Blossom.

The Honor Guard from Ft. Hood, Texas will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be given to The Southwest Parkinson’s Society, 3610 22nd St, Suite 30 Lubbock, Texas 79410.

The family of Lt. Col. Gentine would also like to thank Hendrick Hospice nurses and aides for their kindness and compassion.

Visitation was from 6 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral Services were 11:30 AM on Wednesday, July 3 at River of Life Church, 539 US-83, Abilene, with Dr. David Ray officiating. Interment followed at 1 PM at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene.

Obituary: Click here

Mary Block

September 1947 - May 2019

Mary Evelyn Block, age 71, passed away peacefully on May 19th 2019. She was born September 23th, 1947 in Jacksonville, Texas to Fred and Mamie Childress. She married her best friend and love of her life, Gordon Lee Block in February 1968.

Mary was a dedicated wife and mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Gran. She made friends everywhere she went and would stop and talk to anyone who would engage with her. Mary enjoyed a lengthy career at E-Systems/Raytheon before retiring in 2010

Mary is cherished and survived by her husband Gordon Block, mother Mamie Childress, her sisters Judy Snell and husband Chris and Ann Leach and husband Clifton, son Bryan Block and his wife Lisa, son Mark Block and his wife Kim, Seven grandchildren, McKenna, Kourtney, Morgan, Landry, Hayden, Peyton, and Taytum. In addition, she is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Fred Childress, and Brother Ray Childress.

Those who loved her deeply will never forget her kindness, loyalty, grace, and undying love and caring she had for them.

Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons of Lavon, Texas.

Obituary: Click here

John W. Calvert

July 1939 - July 2019

John Wayne Calvert of McKinney, Texas passed away on July 10, 2019 at the age of 80. He was born on July 9, 1939 to Collie and Vergie (Walker) Calvert in Little Elm, Texas. John grew up in Plano, Texas where he graduated from Plano High School in 1959. He married Linda Jordan on September 2, 1976 in Garland, Texas. John worked for E-Systems for 32 years as a maintenance foreman until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, tractors, ranching, and attending Plano High School football games with his friend of 70 years, R.M. Loftice, and most of all attending any events that his grandchildren were involved. John was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Calvert of McKinney, Texas; children, Dale Hawkins and wife, Kim of McKinney, Texas, Lynn Calvert and wife, Lisa of Farmersville, Texas, and Carole Calvert of Sulphur Springs, Texas; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Collie and Vergie Calvert; brother Roy H. Calvert; sisters, Mary Ariola, Lillie Marie Moore, and Fannye Hamilton.

A graveside servicewas held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. The family received friends during a visitation on Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Barney Barnhart

August 1942 - July 2019

Barney J. Barnhart of Garland, Texas, died of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, on July 16, 2019, at Vibra Hospital in Richardson, Texas. He was 76.

Mr. Barnhart was born on Aug. 5, 1942, in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Bethany Alyssa Barnhart; and parents, Irene Louise Keeler and John Harrison Barnhart who was killed in Germany during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 56 years; daughter, Melissa; son, John, and daughter-in-law, Mary; grandson, Shawn; great-grandchildren, Caysen and Makynlee; brothers, Orville Barnhart and Mike Keeler, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barney worked for E-Systems/Raytheon for 42 years and served as an election judge for 20 years. Early on in his career he worked at Aero Commander in Bethany, Okla., and for Blackbear Bosin, a Comanche-Kiowa sculptor and painter, at the Great Plains Studios in Wichita, Kansas. He attended Abilene Christian College in Texas and Friends University in Kansas. Throughout his life he enjoyed model airplane building, painting, and camping and fishing, and dearly loved spending time with his extended family and friends from work and church.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Williams Funeral Directors in Garland. A memorial service with Pastor Wayne Wood officiating was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Williams Funeral Directors. Barney was buried near his granddaughter, Bethany, at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.

Todd Connors

July 1954 - July 2019

Todd Taggart Connors 65, passed away on July 23, 2019 in a Dallas hospital. Todd was born on July 6, 1954 in Trenton, New Jersey.

After graduating from Amber University with a B.A. in 1991, Todd went on to a successful career in Information Technology. During his 35-year-career with E-Systems/Raytheon, Todd achieved many honorable service certificates and awards; including the prestigious recognition for Best of Best in Information Technology, IT professionals, the Raytheon 2003 Excellence in Information Technology Awards.

He is survived by his loving wife, Priscilla Frye, and her four children and their spouses, Terry Lee Frye, (Josephine), Adrian Garret Frye, Anthia Dawn Frye (Michael Joe Brown) and Daniel Lee Austin.

Todd is also survived by his sister, Jane Rehark and husband Jeff: five nephews and their wives and children, Peter Krysinski (Cathy), Greg Krysinski (Marilyn) and their daughter, Madison; Brad Krysinski (Christy) and their children, Kaylee and Connor; Corey Krysinski (Theresa) and Scott Krysinski (Nikki).

Visitation was held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Monday, July 29, 2019. Funeral services were at 2:00 pm at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home, 4216 S Bowen Road, Arlington, TX 76016.

In lieu of flowers the family would like any donations to be made in Todd’s memory to www.operationkindness.org or www.pawsinthecity.org as Todd loved his dogs.

Obituary: Click here


Raytheon to merge with United Technologies

New name will be Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Commentary: I never heard back from Earl Munns. I mentioned the retirees’ concerns to my CPA who happens to be the CPA who was E-Systems’ CPA at the time of the Rabbi Trust formation which governs the benefits we receive. This type of trust is protected from takeovers whether hostile or not. A question was raised asking “What happens to the annuity/trust funds after the last beneficiary passes away?” I will try to get the answer to this question.

Historical Marker Update:

Jim Gray told me he has made a connection that could open doors for our marker. Stay tuned for more info!

I have name tags for the following people. One line tags are $4.00 and two line tags are $5.00. If anyone needs a name tag, please send your name (as you would like it on the name tag) to me, emmawahlstrom@aol.com or text it to me at 469-475-4884. A second line is optional if you want to include your service dates.

  • Gene Carlton
  • Sam Wilson
  • Chris Berry
  • Terry Gaus
  • Lenny Holt
  • Don Sivley

Mark your calendars! The August meeting will be on the 28th.

I’m still collecting eye glasses for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

Eileen Wahlstrom

Note: We are an independent group of Garland E-Systems/Raytheon retirees and not affiliated with the Raytheon Corporation in any way.