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Mark your calendars! The June meeting will be on the 26th, 11AM at Golden Corral at 1420 Eastgate Dr, Garland, TX 75041 . See you there Alligator.

Dallas-Garland & E-Systems Airports

From Dave Waldrup

For those of you interested in the history of our E-Systems Garland site, there is a web site of old abandoned airfields that includes an entry for Luscombe / Temco Garland Airport, Garland, TX. The page at the link below includes information and history for the old Dallas-Garland airport

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We also have a history of Luscombe Field (E-Systems) by Greg McKinley posted on our website in the Stories Section. Here's quick link in case you don't want to clicke into the Stories website menu item

Luscombe Field

SpaceX launches next-generation NRO Satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 22 launched an undisclosed number of small spacecraft into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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By Eileen Wahlstrom

March 27, April 24, May 29 2024

Present: 23, 26, 6 (or so)

First Time: none

Long Time: J.D. Ray

Guests: Phyllis Mosely (Charley), Margaret Auwaerter (Richard)


Sylvia Vaughn – From Marilyn Wink : Sylvia declined the surgery to repair her aorta due to the risks. She is still on oxygen for the pneumonia. She would enjoy a phone call and I will try to get her phone number.” She had a video conference with her doctor on the 5th and will see the pulmonary doctor soon. She is slowly improving.

Update from Bertha Hall : Sylvia has moved to Downtown Baylor Hospital to rehab. She is doing much better and is home now.” Just celebrated her 90th birthday.

Pat Bryner : I’m doing ok, every time I have a new ache I think is this it? Just went through a series of test with my heart Dr. with the last one being in April when I’ll hear the results

Sharon Camp : She had a right heart cath May 23rd. She was having a great deal of shortness of breath and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension which is getting worse. She is hopeful that this treatment will help.

Carolyn Kerr : Knee replacement surgery mid April. "Good news - my blood count is slowly coming back so I didn't have to get the red blood cells shot!! Praise!! Recheck 3 weeks." “April 30th Update - doing great! Got my 28 staples removed today, have had 5 PT sessions so far so truly couldn't be better! Still using walker with 3 pets running around. Suzan is still here full time - couldn't have done this without her. Scott came home last weekend and wasn't phased by walker only that his schedule had to be altered somewhat. Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement!"

Lil and Bill Abston : "It was one year ago yesterday, March 12, that we had our car accident and our lives changed forever. There have been ups and downs, disappointments and blessings. Bill had several injuries and finally had back surgery in August. He is doing well and is gaining stamina to do the walking that he so enjoyed doing before. He walked 5 days a week and 10,000 steps a day. After being injured, he was unable to do that so slowly working back up to that is a major victory. I still have two of the five ribs broken that are not completely healed; taking more steps to rectify that. There is a neck injury we are working with as well as the crushed nerves in the spine. I am to have surgery on Monday, March 18 and praying that will do a lot to get me back to a somewhat normal life! It is a Lumbar Laminectomy ... where surgeon will just go in and clean out the crushed nerves. Our physical and church family has been incredible in their support and we appreciate it so much. I ask your prayers that the surgery is successful. God is good!" Lil had her surgery and is doing well. Her back pain is from the surgery, but the procedure was successful. She is home and recouperating

Marilyn Wink : I had the surgery on the 12th. Dr. Calderon was able to successfully go through my right arm above my wrist to insert the stent in my right coronary artery. That was an answer to prayers that he did not have to do the procedure through my groin. I am right-handed and could not lift anything with that hand for the first 24 hours. I am being extremely careful with it. I have started taking blood thinner medication, so that will mean being careful to avoid cutting myself or bumping into something and bruising easily

I am resting like the doctor ordered. He didn't want me to return to work this week. I understand why. I am having some chest pain and from what I was told that is normal as the stent stretches out into the artery. Dr. Calderon provided a 'before' surgery photo and an 'after photo with stent'. The before photo looks like someone had taken a bite out of it. Then, the after photo showed a stent covering the former opening in the artery

So, I can say for sure, even with this swollen hand and arm that is black and blue, it is an easier healing process than through the groin. I share that in case anyone is ever faced with stent surgery, ask that doctor to go through the vein in your right arm. Just FYI - My daily posts will be on hold until my right wrist / hand / arm is no longer sore from the surgery. I am trying to keep my right arm rested as much as possible. I am right-handed so I have to use it a great deal at work, so when I am not working, I am resting the arm and trying to avoid over doing it

I am also trying to overcome this cough and cold.

I'll be back with daily posts once my arm heals and I am feeling better. Hugs and love!

Jerry Bryant : erry Bryant has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Had eleven pounds of fluid drained from chest at Plano Heart Hospital. Now in a physical therapy hospital in Richardson.

Mickey Wahlstrom : Had the cataract surgery June 4th and lens replacement surgery where the new lens has to be set with UV light once the eye has healed. After several weeks his vision is supposed to be 20/20 or very close to it


Millie Felton DeWoody

January 17, 1924 - March 4, 2024

Millie Felton worked in HR. Her obituary is listed as Mildred DeWoody. Sandy Boyd told me that she had divorced and remarried after she left ESY. Cathy Baker also remembers her well. We all remember her as being a very nice coworker. She turned 100 in January.

Mildred Shoemake DeWoody was born on January 17, 1924, to Howard Shoemake and Maude Hutcherson in Commerce, TX. She passed away on March 4, 2024. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evelyn Gray; brother, Carlton “Jake” Shoemake; and husband, George DeWoody.

Obituary: Click here


Thomas Ross

Passed AwayFebruary 27, 2024

From wife Linda Ross, My husband, Thomas Ross, passed away February 27, 2024. He is greatly missed. He started work with E-Systems in 1989 with an assignment to Australia starting Feb 1990 through July 1993 when he returned to the Garland, Texas facility.

James Jackson

May 1928 – May 2024

It is with great sorrow that we tell of the loss of our loving husband and father James (Jim) E. Jackson on Tuesday May 7th 2024, one day after his 96th birthday. He will be missed but is no longer in pain.

He worked in Special Projects at E-Systems.

James was a WWII Vet - He served his country with the U. S. Navy, joining at the end of WWII with his mother's permission at the age of 17. He was aboard ship during Operation CROSSROADS when the atomic bomb was being tested at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean

Sadly there are not many left from the greatest generation

Kenneth Garner

December 1942 – May 2024

He was born on December 5, 1942, in Brownsville, Texas to Kenneth Wayne Garner and Dean Wade. He spent much of his childhood in and around Abilene, Texas, before moving to the Dallas area

Despite his disability from polio at age three, Ken lived an active and fulfilling life. He was an engineer at LTV/E-Systems. In 1973, he took a leave of absence and started his own business, Kentronix Communications. As the industry changed, he returned to E-Systems where he remained until retirement in 2007.

Ken's hobbies included racing hot rods, shooting skeet and trap, and was an avid ham radio operator since he was 12 years old. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was an active participant with the Shriners. He also volunteered with the Pontiac Club and within his Highland Springs Independent Living community.

Ken is survived by his wife of 15 years, Myra Amerland Garner, his children, Michelle Carter, Christy Garner, Don Garner and wife, Tracey as well as seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Obituary: Click here

Mike Farris

April 1960 – May 1924

William "Mike" Farris, the rock of our family passed away at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, TX on May 6, 2024 surrounded by his family. Arrangements are under the direction of Wise Funeral Home.

Mike was born on April 3, 1960 to William and Shirley Farris in Bonham, TX. He was a graduate of Sam Rayburn High School. Mike married the love of his life, Raye Ann Smith on November 10, 2007 in Ivanhoe, TX. Mike retired from Raytheon on October 31, 2018 and with retirement came more time to spend with his family. Mike adored his family and his favorite pastime was spent spoiling his grandchildren. He also enjoyed cooking and watching the Game Show Network. The dinner table will never be the same without our beloved dad and Papaw Mike. 

He is preceded in death by his father, William Farris, grandparents, Woodrow and Ester Farris, James Womack, and Noreen Robertson.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Raye Ann Farris, mom, Shirley Farris, sons, Michael McCommas and wife Melissa, Jeff Jones and wife Brittany, daughters, Megan Fillner and husband Josh, Erin Jones and husband Tyler, brothers, Ronald Farris and Pattie Sacco, Terry Farris and wife Karla, grandchildren, Emily Jones, Khylee Sisk, Dillan Jones, Shelby Jones, Kinsley McCommas, Makala Klockgether, Austin Klockgether, Sydney Fillner, Kaitlyn Fillner, Caden Jones, Jackson Jones, Jett Jones, Jade Jones, Millee Jones, Wylee Jones, nephew, Dylan Farris, along with many friends

Obituary: Click here

Darrell Ard

September 1937 – February 2024

When Darrell Franklin Ard was born on 16 September 1937, in Linn, Marshall, Oklahoma, United States, his father, Vernon Floyd Ard, was 24 and his mother, Karene Pearl Churchwell, was 21. He married Mary Susanna McClure on 3 October 1959. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Marshall, Oklahoma, United States in 1950 and Dallas, Texas, United States in 1986. He died on 4 February 2024, at the age of 86


At the April meeting/Luncheon we heard a presentation about Stem Cell Patches…..NOT injections, but a technology that activates your own stem cells via a small patch worn daily. It was very interesting. Personally, I have been using these patches for about 6 weeks (directly on my shoulder) and it seems like my shoulder pain is doing better. It’s not an overnight solution or a “Cure All” but reactivating your own stem cells sounds pretty good to me. If you missed the presentation and want to hear about it, contact Alice Bowling at 214-986-1514.

Medical Claims

Medical Claims for reimbursement can be mailed to:
Alight Smart Choice Solutions
PO Box 64009
The Woodlands, TX

At our January Luncheon it was brought up that if you have a SMART phone, using the SmartChoice app is the easiest way to process the medical reimbursement claims. It enables you to take a picture from your phone and submit directly from the app.

This info was posted on our Facebook group.

Alight has a benefits "Gateway" website that will be used for benefits administration. If you haven’t created an account yet go to www.alight.com to do so. Scroll all the way down to the bottom. Click on “Find Your HR Website” and type in RAYTHEON under “Who is your employer?”. This will pop up a link to www.yourtotalrewards.com/rtx and select "New user?". The "New user?" selection links to a couple of identifying questions and then steps you through the account setup. It recognized me and I was able to set up my account so I could create my profile and preferences. They had my old employee email address in my profile and I had to call Alight to get that corrected (800-243-8135). Be sure to check your beneficiary information. This was blank for me so I corrected that. Also, if you are married, your personal information probably transferred over as single. This would cause any medical reimbursement claims for your spouse to be denied. Call the benefits people so they can correct it

Alight will manage the medical reimbursement and we will be able to check our DDB balance, submit claims, authorize direct deposit, etc. online.


Posted by Dave Waldrup via Facebook

For those of you interested in the history of our E-Systems Garland site, there is a web site of old abandoned airfields that includes an entry for Luscombe / Temco Garland Airport, Garland, TX. The page at the link below includes information and history for the old Dallas-Garland airport (where I learned to fly in 1970). If you scroll down on the page, you will find the history of what became ESY Garland.

Little Known Airfields including Dallas-Garland & E-Systems

Eileen continues to collect eye glasses and hearing aids for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

Our next luncheon will be June 26th. Tell your fellow retirees! Bring a Guest!!!

Eileen Wahlstrom


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