E-Systems & Raytheon Garland Retirees

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Mark your calendars! The December meeting will be on December 29th, 11AM at Golden Corral at 1420 Eastgate Dr, Garland, TX 75041 .

Boyd Houston Pepper Passed Away (2021-11-27)

Boyd Houston Pepper passed away on November 27, 2021. For more information: Click Here

Judy Kay Rogers Passed Away (2021-11-18)

Judy Kay Rogers passed away on November 18, 2021. For more information: Click Here

Pat Wooldridge Passed Away (2021-11-15)

Pat Wooldridge passws away on November 15, 2021.

Betty Keck Passed Away (2021-11-07)

Betty Keck passed away on November 07,2021. For more information: Click Here

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By Eileen Wahlstrom

October 27, 2021

Present: 18 (smallest crowd I can remember)

First Time: Kent McClurg, Bill Pettus, Bob Baron, Scott Schultz, Jerry Wagner

Guests: Bill McKinley (Greg McKinley’s father)


None to report.


Bill Paschtag

October 06, 1936 - October 14, 2021

Born in Galveston in 1936, Bill passed away on Oct 14, 2021. Bill was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved spending time with his family and traveling.

He worked for Raytheon for 30 years. Services will be held at Central Lutheran Church, 1000 Easton, Dallas at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct 23. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UTSW Medical Center Stroke Research.

Obituary: Click here

Frank Franceschetti

October 18, 2021

Frank Charles Franceschetti, 62, of Stafford County passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at his home. Frank was a devoted family man who was always there when anyone needed him. He was just as committed to animals as people, and received great enjoyment interacting with his pets. He appreciated being able to spend time in nature, and enjoyed hobbies such as woodworking and astronomy. Frank had a great sense of humor - often displayed through his collection of unique ties, and the occasional treasure hunt. He enjoyed collecting ships and globes, and displayed them in his home office. Frank completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electro-Optics at University of Houston - Clear Lake, within one year of each other. He was a nationally recognized expert for his work for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. A natural leader with a keen mind, his problem solving skills brought him great success and admiration as an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon. For nearly two decades, his innate ability for concept development to create innovative solutions to complex problems led to numerous awards - including a National Treasure Citation, a National Intelligence Award, and many others. Frank is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jacquelyn Kay Franceschetti; his parents, S. Frank and Angela Franceschetti; sister, Brenda Zeoli (Jim) of Florida; brother, Steven Franceschetti of New York; nephew, Jeffrey Zeoli of North Carolina; and many other family members and close friends. Frank's family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg. A funeral mass will be said at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2021 in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, Frank's family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Purrs & Whiskers Inc. Cat Rescue in Stafford, Virginia.

Obituary: Click here

Kenneth Shores

May 5, 1932 - October 21, 2021

Born on May 5th, 1932 in Dupont, Indiana, Ken was a very intelligent man who worked with People To People International on the Board of Directors and was a Gideon, and was in enlisted in the military. He was a teacher, a storyteller, and a traveller. Ken published 16 books in his lifetime, and was a devoted Christian. Ken loved spending his time travelling with his family and friends.

Obituary: Click here

Lloyd Woods

JULY 9, 1939 – OCTOBER 24, 2021

Lloyd Russell Woods, age 82, of McKinney, Texas passed away on October 24, 2021, from heart disease and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was born on July 9, 1939 in Jasper Texas, the first son of six boys born to George Russell Woods and Geraldine Adams Woods


Lloyd enlisted in the United States Navy in 1958 and was stationed in San Francisco, California, where he met his future wife of 62 years, Caryl White. When his tour of duty in the Navy ended, they moved back to Texas where Lloyd attended Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas


After graduation they moved to Garland, Texas and Lloyd began a 25-year career with E-Systems (now Raytheon). He retired in 1992 and continued to pursue his passion for black bass fishing.

Obituary: Click here

Earline Metze

January 9, 1948 - October 20, 2021

Emma Earline Metze passed away Tuesday October 20th in Dallas, Texas after a long and courageous journey as a heart transplant recipient. Earline was born the youngest of 3 children on January 9, 1948 to Edna Earl and Willie Florine Pace in Van Alstyne, TX. She lived an exciting life traveling, shopping, spending time with her friends, family, and her dog Jeter. She will be remembered as being strong, independent, fun, and a wonderful friend


Earline is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Florine; siblings Doyle Ray and Barbara Ann; as well as the love of her life, husband James Lee Metze. Earline is survived by her son Matthew Jason Rollins and wife Danielle of Bonham, TX; stepchildren Steve Metze and wife of Austin, TX; Sharla Davenport and husband of Prosper, TX. Earline was very proud of her grandchildren Brooke Greenley (Justin) of Rowlett, TX and Hunter Rollins of Bowie, TX and her great-grandson, Beau Matthew Rollins. Earline left a big footprint here on Earth and will be dearly missed by many.

Obituary: Click here


Benefits Administrator Change

This info was posted on our Facebook group.

As part of continuing changes from the merger, RTX is changing the benefits administrator to Alight. This change will impact retirees as well as current employees. Current employees have already received information on the changes because their enrollment period starts soon. Retirees are supposed to start getting information in November. The retiree enrollment period will be Nov. 15-24. It appears likely that the insurance providers will be changing but they aren't releasing any details for retirees until November,

Alight has a benefits "Gateway" website that will be used for enrollment and benefits administration. The information coming in November is supposed to have details on setting up an account. I got a link to instructions for setting up an account from a current employee https://rtxhealthyyou.com/enrollment-2" . The instructions indicate to go to a www.yourtotalrewards.com/rtx and select "New user?". I decided to try it out. The "New user?" selection links to a couple of identifying questions and then steps you through the account setup. It recognized me (I'm a retiree) and I was able to set up my account. All I could do at this point was setup my profile and preferences. I also used an online chat feature to talk with a benefits representative and find out additional details about benefits changes and enrollment for retirees will not be available until early November. They had my old employee email address in my profile and I had to call Alight to get that corrected (800-243-8135).

It's my understanding that we should continue to use the current benefits website for the rest of 2021. Alight will handle 2022 benefits enrollment and will take over when the changes go into effect at the beginning of 2022

RTX is also moving the 401K administration from Fidelity to Alight. The 401K change to Alight will not impact you if you've rolled over your 401K to personal IRA(s). It's also my understanding that the Alight change will not impact retirees' Fidelity HSA accounts if you have one.

Darrell Lancaster proposed an idea to create a repository for retirees’ experiences and funny/interesting stories that later can be compiled into a collection and available for all to enjoy. We don’t want to lose these memories. Marv worked hard to create/activate a link for us to view these stories. After consulting with Raytheon External Communications a few guidelines were put in place including a password to access the stories. There are several there for your enjoyment already. Keep sending them in!

New Raytheon Facility in McKinney

There is a new Raytheon manufacturing facility going up in McKinney. Also, word is that the Raytheon employees at the TI North Building will be relocated soon. For more information: Click Here

I’ll be turning in an order for magnetic name tags. Let me know if you want to order yours. One-line tags are $5.00- and two-line tags are $6.00. 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. If anyone needs a name tag, please send your name (as you would like it on the name tag) to me, Eileen
or text it to me at 469-475-4884. A second line is optional if you want to include your service dates.

Our next luncheon will be November 24th. Tell your fellow retirees!

I will resume collecting eye glasses for donation to the Lion’s Club once we can safely get together.
Thank you all who have donated

Eileen Wahlstrom

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  • November 24: Next Meeting
  • Boyd Houston Pepper passed away on November 27, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • Judy Kay Rogers passed away on November 18, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • Pat Wooldridge passws away on November 15, 2021.
  • Betty Keck passed away on November 07,2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-10-24: Lloyd Woods passed away. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-10-21: Ken Shores passed away on October 21, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-10-20: Earline Metze passed away on October 20, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-10-18: Frank Franceschetti passed away on October 18, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-10-14: Bill Paschetag passed away on October 14,2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-09-21: Jonnie Smothermon passed away on September 24, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-09-23: Raytheon Technologies opened a new 178,000-square-foot intelligent manufacturing facility at its McKinney campus. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-09-10: Jerry Yearout passed away on September 10, 2021
  • 2021-08-27: Robert, Bob, Jones passed away. For more information including celebration of life: Click Here
  • 2021-08-26: Virgel Horn passed away on August 26, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • Jean Barnett passed away on August 19, 2021 at the age of 91. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-08-09: COVID disruptions add $13.5 million to the cost of GPS ground control system Click Here
  • 2021-08-04: Paul Martin passed away on August 4 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-07-28: Jim Hester passed away on July 28,2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-07-23: Helen McDowell passed away on July 23, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-06-15: John Hoelzel passed away on June 15, 2021. For more informaiton: Click Here
  • 2021-06-03: Marcia Davis Passed Away
  • 2021-05-17: Jerry Grigsby passed away on May 17, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-05-03: Stephanie Radovich passed away on May 03, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • 2021-04-27: John Philip Rasch passed away on April 27,2021.
  • April 08: Merlin Keith (Ozzie) Osborn passed away April 08, 2021. For more information: Click Here
  • February 23: Photos of the 1979 Golf Team in Our Stories: To View: click Here
  • February 23: LaDonna Bedford (Phil Bedford's Wife) passed away February 11, 2021. For more Information: Click Here
  • February 12: 2020, A year in review for Raytheon Technologies For more information: Click Here
  • February 03: Jim Hallmark passed away on February 3, 2021. For mor information: Click Here
  • 2021-01-18: Frieda Martha Wood Nicks of Garland, Texas, born in Dallas, Texas,passed away at the age of 86, on January 18, 20 For more information: Click Here