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Mark your calendars! The January meeting will be on January 29th, 11AM at Furr's Cafeteria in Garland

Don Schools Passed Away

Donald (Don) Schools passed in his sleep January 9, 2020. Don worked at E-Systems for many years, mostly in the Antenna Group, until his retirement in 1992. Don and Janie were heavily involved in the Employees’ Club, specifically Softball. They spent many a night on the ball field serving as commissioners, score keepers, and players.


By Eileen Wahlstrom

December18, 2019

Present: 27

First Time: None

Long Time: None

Guest: None


Kevin Tensley: Knee replacement went well and he is getting around great.

Mike Donohoe: Also had a knee replacement. He is doing well.


John Boardman

Carole Gangstead posted this message on Facebook…

John Boardman's wife, Merrily, reported the sad news that John passed away on November 3. John worked in S&T and was Merv's (my husband) mentor & friend for many years.

Johnny Ray Andrews

February 23, 1959 - December 12, 2019

Johnny Ray Andrews (60 years old) died last Thursday after a major heart attack. He worked in Garland E-systems Security during the 1980-1990's and lived in the Wylie area.

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, Johnnie Ray Andrews, passed away at the age of 60. Ray was born on February 23, 1959 in Rockwall, Texas to Bonnie Harper and Leonard Cornelius. He grew up alongside his 2 brothers, Mathew and Mark and sister, Audrey. He graduated from Patagonia High School in 1977 and later attended and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 1984. In 1982 Ray met Donna Mae Marchetti and they married on December 16, 1985. Together, Ray and Donna shared a love-filled marriage of 34 years and will be together again in Heaven one day. Together they created a life with their two children, Joshua Ray and Rebekka Mae.

Ray was a family man with a love for the simple things in life. He enjoyed the outdoors and experiencing nature. Growing up, he would spend hours and sometimes days outside on the ranch walking, fishing, and hunting for snakes. He then passed this love on to his children by creating some of his children's favorite memories on their summer hiking adventures. He and his best friend of 44 years, Tim Buchanan, shared countless good times, which almost always included fishing and laughing hysterically. Ray loved to read and learn. There weren't many questions that he did not know the answer to. Ray was good with people; he had a compassionate heart that could understand trauma and mental illness. He used this gift to bless and help others volunteering for crisis helplines and various other counseling opportunities. Ray will be remembered by his laughter, quarks and simplicity by which he approached life with.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, grandparents, Edwin C. Harper and Cecile Harper, and Craig Montgomery, nephew and husband to Tara. He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Andrews of Wylie; Son, Joshua, and wife, Brittany Andrews of Nevada; Daughter, Bekka and husband, Hunter Dugan of Plano; Mother, Bonnie Harper of Rowlett; siblings, Mark, Mathew and Audrey; nieces, Bethany, Tara, Megan and nephews Jakob, Carson and Jason, husband to Bethany; great niece, Brooklyn and great nephew, Ivan; His best friend, Tim Buchanan of Blue Ridge. Ray was a soon to be grandfather to his two grandson's Jesse Andrews and Cameron Dugan.

Services were held at Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Sachse, Texas on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 2 pm. Please send flowers to Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, 2925 Fifth St, Sachse, TX.


Marv notified me that our website hosting fees need to be paid and the funds are low. If you can spare a few dollars it would help take care of that. Thanks in advance!

Historical Marker Update:

Jim Gray told me he has made a connection, Mitch Bates – Asst. City Manager, 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
  • Rick Lowe

Mark your calendars! The next meeting will be on January 29th.

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.