E-Systems & Raytheon Garland Retirees

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Mark your calendars! The December meeting will be on December 18, 11AM at Furr's Cafeteria in Garland Note: this is a week early because our normal meeting date is Christmas Day

Dennis Picard Passed Away

Dennis Picard passed away October 21. He was the Raytheon CEO when Raytheon procurred E-Systems Click here for the full story


By Eileen Wahlstrom

November 20, 2019

Present: 24

First Time: Mike Keebaugh, Chris Center

Long Time: Cheryl Martin

Guest: Sue Derrick (Kemp)


Kathy Chesnut: Kathy is still improving with her radiation treatments continuing.

Sue Hartson: Is slowly recovering from pneumonia. She is at home and taking it easy. Doctor said the pneumonia is still there but better. She took the pneumonia immunizations too!

Jan Bunch: Will have her cataract surgery.

Chris Williamson Reynolds: Have an appointment on December 19 with Dr. Mack Lancaster, the hip surgeon recommended by my friend, Larry Waisanen, the ortho oncologist I saw yesterday and the Occupational Therapist I have seen to deal with my pain issues. The OT has seen him and he had asked the surgical nurses at big Baylor what hip doctor they would recommend and they all said "go see Mack." So feel I will be in good hands! Ready to get the ball rolling on this next journey!


Duane Powers

November 1938 – October 2019

POWERS, Duane Duane Paul Powers, 81, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in Garland, Texas. He was born on Sunday, November 7, 1937, to his parents, Lewis Calvin Powers and Elsie Margaret Breeding in Pittsburg, Kansas. Duane will be sincerely missed by his loving family, his devoted friends and all the wonderful individuals who knew and loved him. Duane spent 23 years in the Air Force, retiring on Nov 30, 1982 as a Lt. Col. He joined E-Systems in Dec '82, where he worked until his retirement in August 2010. He loved baseball, square and round dancing, and clogging. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Powers , Garland, Texas, son Gary Powers, daughters Patti (Joe) Hebert, Paula Powers all of Sachse, TX, grandchildren Taylor, Riley, Joey, Sam and Kaci, great grandchildren Aydin, Tristan and Emmalynn. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Powers, his granddaughter Lyndi Grace Hebert, and his brother, Patrick Powers. Visitation for Duane will be held prior to funeral service on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 2:00. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church 801 W. Avenue D. Garland, TX 75040. Funeral arrangements for Duane have been faithfully entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, which is located at 13005 Greenville Ave., at the intersection of Restland Road, Dallas, Texas 75243, and can be reached at (972) 238-7111.

Obituary: Click here

Millie Martin

December 1940 – November 2019

Tyler, Texas - Mildred Mae Martin, 78, a long-time resident of Van, Texas, died Friday, November 1st at The Heights of Tyler.

Mildred Mae Martin (Simpson/Irvin) was born December 29, 1940 in Caney, Oklahoma to the late William Green Simpson and Emma Lois Brister Simpson. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Roger Dale Simpson, Billy Ray Simpson, Harvey Simpson, Nathan Simpson, Watus Simpson and AB Simpson; and former husband, Arvle Andrew Irvin.

After attending Abernathy High School, Ms. Martin worked her way through the ranks of type-setting and publishing which included several newspapers. She very quickly mastered expert skills in copy editing and data entry; which ultimately lead to her job at Raytheon E-Systems Inc., Aerospace & Defense for most of her long career. In that position she held a position with the highest civilian government clearance due to the sensitivities of her assignments. It took her on several assignments around the world, including Australia and England. She relished the travel opportunities and made many, many friends along the way. Millie, as she is most known by, was awarded several high honors of excellence for her outstanding work, which she truly loved.

Even though Millie enjoyed her work and travels, nothing compared to her love and devotion to her family here at home. She was very kind-hearted, never met a stranger, and was extremely generous to all. One of her favorite things to do was to prepare a big Thanksgiving meal every year for her entire family and their friends - her dressing was a tradition. When Millie wasn’t working, or helping someone - she loved to go to garage sales. She always had an eye for things that could be useful to someone she knew.

Survivors include her two children, Greg Irvin and wife, B. J. of Ben Wheeler and Cheryl Farquhar and husband, Ross of Van; stepdaughters, Susan Herring of Clarksville; Pam Worsham and husband Robert of San Antonio; Gail Crider of Coleman; stepson, Allen Martin of Fruitvale; sister, Fadre Simpson of Murchison; brothers, Floyd Simpson of Dallas and Doug Simpson and wife, Diane of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Rhiannon Sibley and husband, Johnathan of Ben Wheeler; Christopher Farquhar and wife, Brittany of Ben Wheeler; and Nick Sacerdote of Cleburne; former husband, Paul Martin of Van; and numerous great-grandchildren.

If desired, memorials can be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association.

Ione Heitman

Mar 29, 1927 – Nov 10, 2019

Temco/LTV/E-Systems/Raytheon retiree. Started circa 1957


Raytheon/United Technologies Merger

You can find a searchable version of the Raytheon/United Technologies merger document (9/10/19) at investor.raytheon.com!

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 December meeting will be on the 18th since our normal date is Christmas Day

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.