CANDOER Retirement Group

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Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

September 16, 2017 - Present
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Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:55 a.m.

We have new members, Lee and Dennis Jackson! Welcome aboard!

Lee married in 2013, maiden name was Thompson!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:40 p.m.

We have new members, Jeff and Lisa Hoover! Welcome aboard!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Death of Larry Banks

Larry Gene Banks

Larry Gene Banks of Spencer passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1950 to Henry and Mae Dell Banks. His family moved to Prescott, Arizona when Larry was in elementary school where he preferred books and technical articles to sports. As a child, he built his own toys and a small steam engine, progressing to building his first dune buggy. In high school and later at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he studied engineering, he was involved in the local school TV network as a technical director in local programming and later as a technical director at a Tucson TV station.

After college, he enlisted in the Army and went to radar school. While at his first post in New Mexico at the White Sands Missile Range, Larry earned his pilot's license and later became a flight instructor. He lived in Rhode Island for a time, and then Naples, Italy where he accepted a job in communications with the US government which took him to Kenya, Togo, and many other countries in eastern Africa over the next few years.

Larry met his wife, Kim Morgan when he returned to the US to work in Albany, Georgia. Soon after their marriage, Larry was assigned to Vienna, Austria where his work involved setting up secured communications networks in Eastern Europe and Russia. Eventually Larry and Kim returned to work in Washington DC, and there they purchased a small farm in Nokesville, Virginia, preferring country life. Their pastoral life was interrupted when Larry had a one-year tour in Moscow where he worked setting up communications at the new US embassy.

Throughout his service for the federal government in Europe and in Russia, Larry nurtured his love of aviation, flying with local clubs. After retiring from federal service, he was able to devote himself to his part-time career as a pilot and flight instructor. Larry and Kim bought their farm in Spencer, Tennessee, and built their goat dairy together.

Larry has always been active in his church, Mt. Crest United Methodist, where he served as a speaker, Sunday school and bible study teacher. He also served as past president of the local Gideons.

Larry is preceded in death by his Father, Henry, Mother, Mae Dell, and older brother Duane, who died in the Vietnam war.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Banks, of Spencer; his brother, David, and wife, Carolyn, of Santa Paula, California; and his niece Andrea, and husband, Robert, and their two sons, Sean and Patrick of Los Angeles, California. A memorial service will be held at the Mt. Crest United Methodist Church in Pikeville on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00vpm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larry Banks Memorial Fund at First Farmers and Commercial Bank, 441 East Spring St. Pikeville, Tennessee 37367. (423) 447-2931.

Editor's Note: Larry was a tech and one of the Warrenton instructors. He was killed in the same small air plane crash that killed Tommy Stills ( note they misspelled Larry's last name in the article)). Anyone wishing to send Kimberly condolences the following is furnished:

Kimberly Banks
8039 Mooneyham Lonewood Road,
Spencer, TN 38585
Tel: (423) 881-5703

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Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 9:15 p.m.

Ron Petrie forwarded the following from Arlette Brandli:

I would like to thank each and every one of you for sending me cards, flowers and calling me.

I greatly appreciate it.

This is a very difficult and emotional time for me, as I always believed that Howard would get better and come back home. But unfortunately a couple of incidents precipitated his death, while he was in rehab, and changed the course of our lives for ever.


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Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 9:05 p.m.

Shannon Lankford furnished a bio up-date! Thanks Shannon!

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Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 10:00 p.m.

1. We have two new members Kevin and Stephanie Dempsey! Welcome aboard!

2. Fred and Rebecca Armand furnished a new snail-mail address and an up-date to their bio!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:00 p.m.

Death of Howard Brandli

I received the following information from Ron Petrie this morning:

It is with great sadness that I report the death of my good friend Howard Brandli. Howard had been in failing health for several months and died under hospice care in Fairfax, Virginia on November 1st. His 96th birthday was last week.

Howard was a WW II veteran. He entered military service just before the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Air Corps on bombing missions over north Africa during the war. He worked in Manchuria after the war before joining the foreign service where during his career, he was posted to great assignments such as Athens, London and Paris.

Howard retired from the State Department in 1971, where he had been the communications officer at the Paris Embassy, and remained in Paris for several years before returning to the US and settling in northern Virginia.

I worked for Howard from 1968 to 1970 in Paris. He was a mentor to me and many others during his long career. He is survived by his wife, Arlette, and will be truly missed by all of us that were fortunate enough to know and work for him.

The following is furnished for anyone wishing to send condolences to Arlette:

Arlette Brandli
12241 Farmberry Court
Woodbridge, Va 22192

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:00 p.m.

Death of Rob Heater

The following was received from Joh D. Woodley today.

Rob Heater passed away on Saturday, October 28th @ 7:30 PM after a long battle with Colon Cancer. He was a true friend and will be greatly missed. I have shared this post on the CANDOER Facebook page as well. I also provided Robert's daughter Maria with the CANDOER Facebook link and this email address so she may pass along word regarding Robert's final arrangements when they are ready.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:20 a.m.

I have added a new link to the Useful Web Links Web page - Stress Management for Seniors

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Death of Carl Obiden

The following was received from Jim Prosser today. He received it from Bonnie ??. It is forwarded for your action/info:

FYI: H/W contact information for condolences to be sent to Lizzette:

Lizzette Obiden
528 Iveys Scenic Drive
Albany, GA 31721
Tel: (229) 438-7877

Hi Bob;

This morning I received the below message indicating CANDOER Carl Obiden died suddenly today. He was a great communicator.

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Lizzette Obiden called to tell me that Carl had died. He was making breakfast and when Lizzette didn't hear anything she went to check and found him. She thinks it was his heart.

I don't know if you knew him. He was communications. He did come to the Vegas reunion. If you know of anyone else who might know him, could you pass this on. Stu Branch would know, I think, but I don't have his email.


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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:20 a.m.

Dick Kalla furnished a picture of the Pacific Northwest CANDOERs October 4 luncheon: October 4 Pacific Northwest Luncheon

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:10 a.m.

J. Edgar McDermott furnished a new snail-mail and e-mail address. Thanks for keeping my records up-to-date!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:05 a.m.

Joe Hazewski furnished a new e-mail address!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

I received the following from Erick Morin who received it from Jon Woodly:

"To all my Foreign Service & Peace Corps friends:

I am currently in Las Vegas visiting Rob Heater who is suffering from terminal stage 4 colon cancer and not doing well. I just took him to the hospital this morning and he might not come out. Rob was in my new hire class and we served together in Togo (Rob 92-95 Telephone Tech, me 93-96). He went on to serve as GSO in a number of posts as well as Vice Consul in Cameroon and retired in 2013. Just wanted to share with people who might know and remember him. I'll try and get a list together of his posts and share so that maybe some of you who might know mutual friends of Rob' s, from his posts, can get the word out."

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 1:30 p.m.

Don Fisher furnished a new snail-mail address. Thanks Don for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:30 p.m.

The fall issue of the CANDOER Newsletter has been posted for your reading enjoyment. I NEED STORIES, PLEASE HELP ME KEEP THIS PUBLICATION GOING!!!

Issue 113-October 2017-Volume 17-Number 3 in Web Format
Issue 113 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 113 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format

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Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Last week I sent an ALCAN to CANDOERs in Florida and Texas that were effected by the Hurricans that hit those areas over the last several weeks to see how they were doing. The below information was received in response to this request:

Judith Fitzgerald - Hi Bob, and those who remember Ed Fitzgerald, this is his wife Judith. I must admit it was scary, the wind and rain was pretty powerful. My friend invited me to stay at their house so my dog Zoe and I did just during the worst part. I lost an awning my shutters and my palm and oak trees took a beating, but my roof stayed on! We were only without power and telephone service for three days that is because we have an awesome electric company. Some people have just gotten their services back. We all appreciate your concern for us, Candoers are the best!

John Davis - We live on the East Coast. Lost part of a roof and my fence last year from Matthew. No damage this year from Irma!

Tom Milliren - Bob and Co.: Thanks for the concerns! All was well in the Florida panhandle area (i.e. Destin/Pensacola area). There was no need to evacuate from this area and no noted damages sort of some very minor wind issues.

Bill Jennings - Cat, my wife Roz and I escaped the brunt of Irma. It shifted to the east of us at the last minute, so we got the easy side of her. Four giant trees blown over on my circle that I live on, but we had removed ours this last spring. Talk about doing something at the right time. Have to give the wife credit for it though, it was her idea that it would be good to make sure it never came down on the house in a hurricane. So thanks for inquiring, and let everyone know we are very fortunate that she changed when she did!

Joe Hazewski - Bonnie and I just returned from a lengthy trip to Maine and all is well on the home front. Harvey hit Houston before we left but when it moved further on land it missed us to the east. We got no rain nor wind.

Jim Davidson - And us in Puerto Rico? Send water!

Chuck Skellenger - The Skellenger family and home received no damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Al Ortiz - No threat to the Austin/Manchaca area! We are located deep in the heart of Texas. However, as everyone now knows, the coastal area got major damage. Thanks to all who inquired of us. Regards to all from the Lone Star State!

Bill Bies - Those of us who live in Palm Coast, Florida area doing fine. Not much damage here!

Bob Ribera - Nivea and I are fine. We lost power for 5 minutes Sunday evening and are missing a few shingles off our roof (we'll take that every time!) We did encounter steady winds of 60 to 106 mph for over 12 hours from Sunday evening through Monday mid-morning which admittedly was worrisome to us. Monday morning the eye of Irma came directly over Clermont in central Florida albeit in a somewhat flattened state. As an aside, we were victims of Hurricane Andrew in Miami 25 years ago. Our brand new home sustained considerable damage (150 mph winds). Former neighbors tell me that our old neighborhood took it on the chin again with Irma but mostly with collapsed screen enclosures, uprooted fences, trees, etc. and the loss of power for about a week. I'm hopeful that former colleagues in Texas and Florida fared as well as we did.

Phil Blanchard - Maryfaith and I weathered IRMA by evacuating to VA to stay a few days with our son and his family. When we got back home all was well with the exception of two small palm trees that got blown over. Although the storm came right over The Villages, damage was minimal. There was minor flooding; ponds overflowed banks; golf cart tunnels got flooded; tree limbs were down and golf courses closed until this week. So we are very thankful that we had no major damage. Things are getting back to normal.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:20 a.m.

I received an e-mail from Joe Chaddic who received one from Mark Cole who reports that he received a call from Tom Montana, his classmate from the class of 1966. Tom said due to stress from Hurricane IRMA in Florida, he had a heart attack. He called me from a hospital in Orlando on his son's cell phone where he is in intensive care. He sounded a bit hoarse and said rehab would take about four weeks.

For those wishing to send a get well card to Tom the following contact information was furnished by Mark:

Thomas Montana
720 Hupa Court
Lake Mary, Florida 32746-2210

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Death of Jerry Joe Malone

Jerry Malone

Jerry Joe Malone of Houston, Texas (formerly of West Helena, Arkansas) passed away peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2017, surrounded by his family. He fought a short and a courageous battle with Alzheimers and its associated complications.

Motivated with an adventurous desire to see the world at a young age, he immediately joined the US Navy after graduating from Central High School in 1955. There he became a skilled communicator which prepared him for his entry into the US State Department as a communications officer. During his long and fascinating career Jerry was awarded for working under arduous conditions, traveling to every part of the globe with the Foreign Service and experiencing highlights that most people only get to dream about.

After an early retirement he settled in Houston, Texas. Jerry continued to travel, especially to Australia to visit his three children and three grandchildren.

Jerry will be remembered by his family for his quiet resolve, love of independence, thirst for knowledge, quick wit, love for and service to his nation.

He is survived by his daughter Sheila Jeanne Malone and sons Michael Joe Malone and Sean Jerry Malone of Sydney, Australia; grandchildren Ella Lesley Holland, Joel Kenneth Holland and Kieran Jerry Holland also of Sydney; sister Nancy Malone of Houston, Texas; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends around the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents Opal Adams Malone and George Wooten Malone, Sr. and his six brothers: George Jr, Paul, Wallace, Charles (Nig), James (Jim) and Donald Malone.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, 508 E. Plaza, West Helena, Arkansas. The burial will follow at 3:00 pm at Maple Hill Cemetery, N. Holly Street, Helena, Arkansas.

Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena (870)-572-2571. The online guestbook may be signed at

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Jerry's name may do so at: Alzheimer's Association in US: or Alzheimer's Association Australia:

Thanks to Rob Robinson and Judy Chidester for furnishing the above information!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 2:20 p.m.

The following link is to a web site with 25 tips to make your home safer for older adults. The link will also be added to the "Useful Web Links" on the Main Menu! Thanks to Kate Massey for furnishing this link!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:20 p.m.

Rob Robinson sent me pictures of the Washington Area CANDOER September Luncheon.