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Mark your calendars! The July meeting will be on the 31st, 11AM at Golden Corral at 1420 Eastgate Dr, Garland, TX 75041 . Can't get closer to the end of the month than that.

Wayne Benson Passed Away (2024-07-16)

Services will be in Kaufman, TX on Saturday morning at 11:30 at Parker-Ashworth funeral home.

Class action suit alleges Raytheon discriminates against older job seekers

A class action lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that RTX Corporation, the multinational aerospace and defense systems giant formerly known as Raytheon Technologies, has been discriminating against job seekers who are 40 years or older.

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Jerry Bryant Passed Away (2024-06-28)

Jerry passed away on June 28,2024. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 20 2-4PM at Spring Creek church in Garland. For more information: Click here to read his Obituary

Some newly retired or thinking about retiring people might find this insurance information helpful

Some newly retired or thinking about retiring people might find this insurance information helpfup.

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FSA Eligble Expenses List

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By Eileen Wahlstrom

June 26, 2024

Present: 30

First Time: Richard Stephens, Nancy Lovett, Matthew Garrett

Long Time: Richard Ellison, Steve Ross

Guests: None


None to report


Lynda Crane - Electronic Systems Admin. Assistant

August 29, 1940 - June 7, 2024

Lynda Williams Crane, our beloved “Nonna” died peacefully in her sleep next to her husband, Sam LaCroix Crane, on June 7, 2024.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  Lynda was born on August 29, 1940 in La Fourche Parish, Louisiana to parents John and Mary Bell Williams.  She grew up in New Era, Louisiana with her parents and brothers, Larry Bell and Dickie Williams.  She graduated Monterey High School in 1958 as co-valedictorian with her future husband, Sam Crane. They were high school sweethearts and would have been married for 63 years on June 22, 2024.  She graduated college at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with a BA in Business Administration.

She lived in Helotes, TX (near San Antonio) for the last 22 years to be near her children and grandchildren and attended Oak Hills Church. Prior, she lived in Garland, TX for 40 years attending Saturn Rd. Church of Christ.

She fought cancer like a warrior. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46 (1986) and lived until the age of 83. She was known for her servant heart and always helping others. Per her wishes, there will not be a memorial service. We will continue to honor her life. We have no doubts that she is sitting with Jesus right now.

Lynda was a loyal servant to God, first and foremost, and spent her life serving others and sharing the love of Jesus. To family, friends, and strangers, she was known as fulfiller of needs. Countless stories can be told of this included lending her car, furnishing homes, and spending hours purchasing items for those in need. Her generosity truly knew no bounds.

She is survived by her husband, Sam LaCroix Crane. Her children and spouses Lynn and Lorna Crane and Dr. Eliot and Julie Young.  Her grandchildren Andrew Crane, Garrett Crane, Conner and Courtney Young, Macy and Sam Manselle, and Spencer Young.

While this is the end of Lynda’s physical life on Earth, it is the beginning of her eternal journey with Jesus. Her legacy and love will always be a part of us.

Her favorite bible verse: Isaiah 43:1 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Obituary: Click here

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Medical Claims

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

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.


Question from Pat Bryner: Hi, do you have an updated address for Betty White? I sent a birthday card to her at her address 1802 Millwick Garland and it came back. I knew Bob passed away in 2023 so thought maybe she moved in with one of her kids although I would have thought it would have been forwarded. Maybe it’s been past a year.

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 July 31st. Tell your fellow retirees! Bring a Guest!!!

Eileen Wahlstrom

Marv Olson (E-Systems/Raytheon Retirees Group “behind the scenes” Administrator of all things communicated) has requested assistance with the duties he has been faithfully overseeing for the past several years. He has his hands quite full attending to his ailing wife and needs help with the tasks involved with communicating news, website, death notices, information of interest, etc.

The effort can be divided into several parts:

  1. Website - meeting minutes. Updating the website with the meeting minutes provided by Eileen Wahlstrom.
  2. Website - Weekly information post. Lately, Marv has been trying to post something new on the Website every week - Raytheon news or items of likely interest.
  3. Email posts - MailChimp to post obituaries and other announcements to the retirees.
  4. Retiree list & Obituary list - I use Google Docs for this effort and post on website

I will host the Website on Github so several of us can update it.

Finally, I'm willing to train anyone who wants to help out with this effort.  We could use Zoom instead of trying to meet in person.

Anyone who is interested or has questions contact me.
Marv Olson


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