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CANDOER Blog
September 01, 2021 - Present
REMINDER

All member's addresses and bio have been removed from the Web site. A member list is available under the heading of "MEMBERSHIP LIST" on the Main Menu. I am still keeping the bio information up-to-date off-line. If you have a change to your information, please send it to be at my e-mail address of CANDOERCat@GMail.com. If you are a member and wish to get information on another member, send me an email message and I will furnish it! I moved the bio's off-line because I was unable to fix the password program I was using, and it allowed ANYONE to see all your information. Everyone who has furnished an email address you can find their email address on the Main Menu under E-Mail Adds (A thru L) and E-Mail Adds (M thru Z).

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Monday, December 06, 2021 - 10:05 a.m.

Babe Martin furnished a new snail-mail address for him and Patti! Thanks Babe for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, December 02, 2021 - 10:45 a.m.

Death of Gary Bowles

Gary Bowles

I received word from the TCU of the passing of Gary:

Gary Ray Bowles passed away on 11/26/21 at his home in Medford, Oregon of a heart attack.

Gary was born on February 26, 1944. No service has been scheduled.

Condolences can be sent to:

Marianne Bowles
3330 Lone Pine Road
Medford, OR 97504-5633
Tel: 541-608-7307

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Friday, November 26, 2021 - 3:31 p.m.

We have new members, Bob and Pamela Granger! Welcome aboard!

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Friday, November 26, 2021 - 3:29 p.m.

Albert Ortiz furnished new contact information for him and Sarah! They have moved to be closer to their grandsons!

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Friday, November 26, 2021 - 3:25 p.m.

Death of Dick McCloughan

I received word from Jake Kocher of the passing of Dick McCloughan:

Richard Farrell McCloughan was born August 8, 1947 to Sidney Lancroft McCloughan and Nellie (Alexander) McCloughan, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Lamar, Colorado. He passed away September 29, 2021, at St. Thomas Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN. He was 74 years of age.

Dick, as he preferred to be called, led the life of a typical, small-town boy. He rode his bike with his neighborhood friends to Boys’ Paradise on Willow Creek, where they spent hours playing on the banks of the creek and in Willow Creek Park. He spent a lot of time at the Lamar Carnegie Library; as well as Mr. Roy Gold’s house; just down the street from his home. Mr. Gold had oddities and collections of things that he had accumulated over the years. He loved recanting his stories to the neighborhood kids. Dick was also a Boy Scout. He graduated from Lamar High School with the Class of 1965, and left Lamar for California.

He joined the U.S. Navy and did a tour in Viet Nam. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Lamar for a short time. He interviewed for a job with the United States Department of State. With his military communications background, he was hired. It became his life’s career.

He traveled the world, setting up communications systems and working as a communications officer in American embassies; to include U.S. NATO in Brussels, Belgium, El Salvador, Venezuela, Cuba (during the Castro regime) Rome, Italy, Bangladesh, Tel Aviv, Israel and in Washington, D.C. He had many stories of his adventures with his travel and work. While in Europe, he met and married Jean Gibbons, who was also employed by the State Department.

He was a voracious reader. Every Stephen King and James Michener book is on his bookshelves. He loved building complex model airplanes, and setting them in dioramas. He spent weeks completing each of his very detailed displays. He was a history buff, especially the Civil War era. He also enjoyed genealogical research.

After retiring from the State Department, Dick and jean moved to Murfreesboro, TN to enjoy their retirement. He returned to Lamar for several high school class reunions. He was instrumental in design of the plaque and coordination of the ceremony honoring Mrs. Dixie Munro, one of his favorite LHS teachers. He was one of the speakers at the Plaque presentation.

Dick was a true American. He believed in God and Country. He was described by his fellow workers as a kind and considerate man. He and his stories will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Nellie McCloughan, his uncle John Alexander and cousin, John Alexander, as well as other relatives.

He leaves his wife Jean and many friends to mourn his passing. Donations may be made to the Lamar Public Library, 102 East Parmenter Street, Lamar, CO 81052 in his name.

He was laid to rest at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee with full military honors on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Anyone wishing to contact Jean the following is furnished:

Jean McCloughan
349 Castlemere Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-1370
mccloughanr@bellsouth.net

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:55 a.m.

Death of Jim Waight

I received word from Archie McLaughlin of the passing of Jim Waight:

Archie received word from Judy Waight, Jim's wife, that Jim passed away Saturday morning, November 13th, from a heart attack. He was undergoing rehab after a fall and was in the hospital at the time of his passing.

Per Jim's wishes there will be no funeral, obituary or any service of any kind.

His ashes wil be spread in the spring!

Condolences may be sent to Judy Waight at: waight@verizon.net

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021 - 2:31 p.m.

I received word from Art Crowfoot that his wife has passed away and that he has moved to California!

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Tuesay, November 02, 2021 - 2:30 p.m.

We have two new members, Howard and Lucia Keegan! Welcome aboard!

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Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 3:30 p.m.

Sanda Lee Williams sent me a new story to publish. The story may be found under New Stories under the main menu!

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Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.

Jane Florence furnished a new snail-mail address. Thanks Jane for helping me keep my records up dated!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 1:55 p.m.

Death of IRM Communicator Christopher Gilbertson

Andy Agan

I received word from Dennis Severns of the passing of IRM Communicator Christopher Gilbertson:

As many of you know Chris was medevac’d from Rome, Italy to Virginia to fight a very aggressive form of Lymphoma. After 6 weeks of fighting like the warrior he was, for his beloved wife, his daughters, his parents, brothers and all his family and friends, he sadly passed away last night. He was undergoing Chemo and Dialysis. There are no words to express how heartbroken we are at the loss of this extraordinary man. Chris was always the first one to try and make any situation funny. He was kind, giving, charming, loving and served his country with pride. I’m not sure I ever saw him without a smile on his face. If you met Chris you were already considered a friend.

If I receive information about a burial service or memorial service I will pass it on!

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 2:00 p.m.

Robert Novak

I received word from Robert Novak that he is again going to participate in the "firefighter stair climb" for leukemia and lymphoma research.

In memory of Rob Nolan, a foreign service colleague for many years, I will be again be participating in Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Firefighter Stair climb, the world's largest on-air stair climb competition, and annual LLS fundraiser held at the tallest building in Seattle, the Columbia Center. All 2,000 participants are career, volunteer, or retired firefighters who will climb up the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi in full turnout gear, weighing over 60 pounds, while on-air. 69 Fights and almost 1400 steps. Throughout this grueling course, we all remember that every step forward is representative of moving closer to a cure. Although this is an extreme test of physical endurance, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients endure. All proceeds raised directly benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and since its inception in 1991, this event has raised over $20 million thus far. Thank you for your time, consideration, and sincere generosity in this cause worth climbing for. Feel free to contact me at robertnovak2016@gmail.com, and to learn more about the climb and Rob's story please follow the link - 2022 LLS Firefighter Stairclimb: Mr. Robert Novak - https://www.llswa.org/site/TR/LLSWA/llswaFF?px=1810471&pg=personal&fr_id=1711

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:50 p.m.

I have received word from Doyle Lee that he has a new snail-mail address. Anyone needing his new address, please let me know and I will furnish it! His telephone number and e-mail address remain unchanged!

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:40 p.m.

Death of Andy Agan

Andy Agan

I received word from Sid Nance who received word from Dennis Thatcherthat Andy Agan had passed!

Andres “Nato” Agan Jr., 83, of Arizona, passed away on August 30, 2021 at his home. Born in Ola’a, he was a retired Air Force Senior Master Sargent, retired Information Specialist with the State Department, and member of Sons of Norway, Filipino Veterans and Air Force Vets, Vietnam Vets, and Magicians Club in Las Vegas.

Church mass service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi, on Tuesday 9/21/21 at 9:00am, veterans burial service followed at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery at 12:00 pm.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Hieger; brother, Nathan Agan; sisters, Marlene Manzano, Charlotte Agan-Paiva, Brenda Okano, Laura Medeiros, Isabel “Pudgie” Smith, Liberty “Lee” Rivera, and Paula “PJ” Hall; 2 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:30 p.m.

Death of Command Sergeant Major Steven Jay Weigel

Steve Weigel

Today I received the below obituary from George McCumber. Steve worked on the fourth floor in the DLO's office before his retirement from the U.S. Army

Retired Command Sergeant Major Steven Jay Weigel passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 15th at the age of 73. Steven is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Rachel Weigel.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Alganesh, his three daughters Janet, Michelle and Ericka and his five siblings Ronald, Chrysann, Gary, Janice and Timothy. He is lovingly remembered by his nine grandchildren.

Born in Las Vegas, NV, Steve proudly achieved Eagle Scout, later attended the University of New Mexico before deciding to serve his country for 26 years in the United States Army. Post military retirement, Steven retired from CSC after 25 years of service.

Steve had a passion for classic cars, especially his 1967 Oldsmobile 442. He enjoyed model Military planes and spending time with his family.

Visitation was held on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge, VA 22192. Interment was held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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Friday, October 08, 2021 - 10:45 a.m.

I have received word from Judy Chidester that she is moving from New Mexico to California! Anyone needing her new address, please let me know and I will furnish it!

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Monday, October 04, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.

Death of Robert Griego

Bob Griego

October 3, 1946 - August 10, 2021

With his wife by his side and surrounded by loved ones Robbie passed peacefully on August 10th in Green Valley, AZ.

Robbie was the youngest of 5 children, born to Eloy and Emma Griego in Albuquerque, NM.

From an early age he had a penchant for adventure that would define him for the rest of his life. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably. He then went to New Mexico Highlands University where he met Neecie who would become his wife. For the next 50 years they would raise a family while traveling the world together. After graduating, Robbie’s country called him once again into service to which he responded spending the next 31 years in the US State Department. He lived and represented his country in Nigeria, Poland, Germany, Yugoslavia, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, Belgium, and Mexico. While living overseas he embraced local cultures and experienced as much as he could in those nations. Never one to shy away from creating memories he lived a life many of us only ever read about in books. Negotiating prices for goods in Turkish markets for days, running with the Hash House Harriers to the top of the Chacaltaya, Bolivia the highest ski resort in the world. He never ran out of incredible stories of his time in the State Department. After his retirement he continued to support the nation working as a government contractor in Sierra Vista, AZ.

When he finally retired a 2nd time Robbie kept himself busy working on house projects, being enthralled with a good book, or continuing to learn new skills all the way into his 70’s. However, his best skill was making strangers, friends, and family laugh with his warm sense of humor and keen ability to listen to those around him.

He is survived by his wife Neecie, son Carlos, his wife Gina and their two children, daughter Hollie her husband Andre and their two children, son Joaquin.

Robbie will be remembered as a patriot to his country, a warm-hearted friend, the most loving father to his children and grandchildren, and a dedicated caring husband to his wife whom he loved deeply.

A memorial was held in his honor Friday August 13th at the Rio Rico Community Center, at 6 pm.

Thanks to Erick Morin for furnishing the above information

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 1:30 p.m.

Death of Nathan Abbott Reynolds

Phil Weissman

Nathan Abbott Reynolds, born February 7, 1929, the fourth child of Dean Stanley Reynolds, Sr. and Theresa Clara Ireland of Etna, Maine, died August 9, 2021.

Nate spent his early years learning on the family farm, in the town’s one room school house and at the family business, Reynolds Lumber Company. Their home was likely the only one in the region that had two telephone lines; one was local, the other was direct to the home of longtime family friends in Milton, MA. Upon graduating from Newport High School in 1947, Nate started his own farm by acquiring dairy cows and selling chicken eggs. In August 1950 he enlisted into the USMC.

Over ten years, Nate built his knowledge of military communications, encryption, field radio, helicopters, foreign relations, crime investigation, national security issues and Marine Corp headquarter operations. His travels included four Mediterranean cruises and visits to near 50 countries. Duty stations included Paris Island, Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, Base Gifu, South Korea, Treasure Island, Norfolk, Cherry Point, Vieques Islands, Cecily, and Crete.

In 1954, Nate proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Virginia “Ginny” June Mann, on her parents’ wedding anniversary. Her parents, Arthur and Ruth Crosby Mann, descendants of founding families of Randolph, MA and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, vacationed frequently to central Maine where Arthur’s co-worker at New England Bell grew up and was married to Nate’s Aunt Edna Reynolds Seavey. Nate and Ginny married February 11, 1956 at Mattapan Baptist Church, Milton, MA. The church was built by Ginny’s grandfather, William H. Crosby, who built over a hundred structures in the Boston area.

Nate’s discharge in November 1960 led to civilian employment at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. There he served 31 years finishing as Chief of the Analysis and Distribution Section of the Diplomatic Communications Center, while he and Ginny raised their girls, both graduates of George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA.

Nate’s long time interests include the Mason’s Benevolent Lodge #87 of Carmel, Maine, Odd Fellows, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, U. S. Naval Institute and various law enforcement groups. Nate asks that in his memory, contributions be made to assist veterans in need.

Nate was predeceased by Ginny (born April 5, 1929 on her father’s birthday) who passed May 30, 2004. Also predeceasing Nate are four siblings, all life-long residents of Maine: Dean “Junior” Stanley Reynolds, Martha Blanche Harmon, Thayes Mariah Harmon and Paul Henry Reynolds.

Nate is survived by daughters, Janet Louise Reynolds Chevalier of Raleigh, NC and Joyce Lorraine Reynolds of Falls Church, VA, three grandchildren and various proud extended family descending from Nathaniel Reynolds, brought by his parents to Boston near 1631, at least 20 Mayflower families and Tom Fowler, a Thoreau wilderness guide, founder of Millinocket, ME and landowner of The Great Northern Paper Company. Nate was laid to rest with Ginny at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA. National Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 9:45 a.m.

A friend of mine, Kelley Dionne, who I worked with at PRO-telligent, is in need of a Top Secret cleared cable installer. I know most of you have been retired for years and no longer have an active TS Clearance, or are looking for work, but if you know a colleague who may be interested, please pass this information on to them.

Full particulars of the job may be found at: https://www.clearancejobs.com/jobs/5804593

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 1:55 p.m.

We had 10 people show up for the September luncheon. Archie McLaughlin and George McCumber came in from North Carolina and Earle Green came up from Fredericksburg. Pictures of the attendees may be found on the picture gallery page as picture148.html!

See you there!

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Monday, September 06,2021 - 11:40 a.m.

Death of Philip Weissman

Phil Weissman

I received word from Phil's son, Joe, that Phil had passed away!

Philip Weissman (10/20/1938) passed away on August 22, 2021.

Phil lived a happy life as a dedicated husband to Kazue, loving father to Joseph and his wife Pooja and proud grandfather to Liam and Alyza . He served his country with honor- first, through the U.S Airforce (honorable discharge), and with the United States Department of State (retired).

Funeral services are private. The online guestbook is available at https://www.moneyandking.com/obituaries/Philip-Weissman?obId=22141505#/obituaryInfo

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Wednesday, September 01,2021 - 2:35 p.m.

Death of Marvin L. Breuer

Marv Breuer

Ret. MSgt. Marvin L. Breuer, 80, of Frederick, Maryland, passed from this life on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at home.

Born on April 7, 1941, in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Estelle (Levy) Breuer. He was married to Heide M. Breuer on November 28, 1961 and will have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

Marvin was a 1959 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. He honorably served in the United States Army for 22 years during Korea and Vietnam wars, where he received the Bronze Star medal. He was employed by the Department of State, Foreign Service, until his retirement in 2006.

In 1976, Marvin was the recipient of the Cubmaster of the Year award. He enjoyed working outdoors and doing home improvement projects; reading mystery novels, watching world news, fishing, hiking, and traveling around Europe.

In addition to his wife, Heide, he is survived by daughter, Michele Ott and her husband, Doug, of Frederick; and his granddaughter, Francesca Ott of Frederick.

Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Gunther Breuer.

A celebration of Marvin's life journey will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick.

Revs. Brad Singer and John Jakupciak will officiate. The family will receive friends on Tuesday immediately following services at the funeral home.

Those wishing to send condolences to Heide the following is furnished:

Mrs. Heide Breuer
7405 Round Hill Road
Frederick, MD 21702-3539
Tel: (301) 473-7595

Thanks to Joe Devlin for furnishing this information

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Wednesday, September 01,2021 - 9:55 a.m.

Memorial Service for Paul DelGiudice

I have received word for Eileen that a Celebration of Life for Paul will be held on October 02, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at:

Church of the Good Shepard
9350 Braddock Road (entrance is on Olley Lane)
Burke, VA

The burial of his ashes will take place as part of the service in the Memorial Garden adjacent to the Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Eileen said, "No flowers, please!"

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