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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 1:50 p.m.

Death of Walter 'Mick' Miller

Walter "Mick" Miller passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019 - 9:20 p.m.

Death of Ralph R. Crain

Ralph Crain

Ralph Rendell Crain (age 93) passed peacefully in his home on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Dolores Atkinson Crain.

Ralph was born August 12, 1925 in Union City, Tennessee the son of the late Blannie B and Francis Sawyer Crain.

He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, always putting others' needs before his own, and serving his family and his country with grace and honor. Ralph began his service to our country as a radioman for the US Navy in the South Pacific during WWIl. At the end of the war, he began with the GSA in the typing pool, working his way up to a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. He traveled to Saigon during the Vietnam war, working at the US Embassy in Communications. After that, he became Head of Communications in the US Embassy in his favorite of all posts, Paris. Ralph was proud of his career, and frequently said that he felt fortunate to be able to provide well for his family, which eventually came to include the generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Upon retirement, Ralph became an avid gardener, creating an outdoor space that could have been a spread in a Home & Garden magazine. He and Dolores spent much of their time antique hunting, and would explore different towns, finding old treasures then bringing them home to fix them up using his talent for painting. He was a lover of mystery books, good music, and cooking. His grandkids will always think of his spicy cornbread as his best dish! In his later years, he was a doting grandfather, and great-grandfather to a growing family. He was always making the kids giggle, and he could still dance around the floor with his walker as partner at his grandson's wedding at the age of 91.

Ralph is survived by his three loving children, Terri Crain and husband Frank Moran of Adamstown, Betsy Blatchley and husband Scott of Monrovia, and Scott Crain of Venice, FL; seven grandchildren, Desiree DiFabio and husband John, Chaise Blatchley and wife Jennifer, Joshua Blatchley and wife Jessica, Adam Crain and wife Courtney, Stephen Crain, Michael Crain, and Mallory Crain; ten great-grandchildren, Maxwell DiFabio, Chloe DiFabio, Gia DiFabio, namesake Franco Rendell DiFabio, Carter Blatchley, Bowen Blatchley, Emory Blatchley, Mason Crain, Emery Crain, and Evan Crabbe. He is also survived by many dear friends with whom he was most thankful to share his last few years.

Memorial services will be held at Interfaith Chapel, 3680 S. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 on Saturday, February 9, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Blind 672 Old Mill Rd #128, Millersville, MD 21108-1363 or online at https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/support-nls/

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019 - 6:35 p.m.

I received the following from Robert Novak:

A number of FS colleagues have reached out to ask if I am again participating in the annual Fire Fighter Stair Climb to support the important battle against Leukemia. The answer is yes. I am back in the gym training and getting ready. This year the climb will be on March 10, only five weeks away. During my climb of 1,356 steps in full gear (about 54 lbs.) I will carry the names of people and families impacted by this disease to inspire me. If you know someone fightingthis disease, I would very much appreciate carrying that name with me. Please send it directly to me at: Robert.Novak@PLFR.org and include any note or remembrance you would like included.

If you wish to make a tax deductible donation, use the link below and then select the red DONATE NOW button to the right. As always, I very much appreciate the support and words of encouragement. An added bonus has been reconnecting with a number of friends from the FS.

PS - The climb is in Seattle, the home of Medic One - the Gold Standard on Emergency Cardiac Rescue. During the climb I will be in the stairwell of the Columbia tower surrounded by 1600 fire fighters/paramedics. What could go wrong!

www.llswa.org/site/TR/LLSWA/llswaFF?px=1688814&pg=personal&fr_id=1620


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Tuesday, February 05, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.

Alberto Ortiz sent me the snail-mail address for the people who handle the 1099R in Charleston:

U.S. Department of State
Foreign Service Annuity Roll
Post Office Box 150008
Charleston, SC 29405-0008

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Saturday, February 02, 2019 - 2:30 a.m.

Tom Bell sent me a comprehensive list of information for retirees titled "Retirement Services: Who Does What?" This list may be found under the Useful Information tab on the main menu! Thank You Tom!

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Saturday, February 02, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.

I wish to extend my sincere thanks to the MANY of you who responded to my query for contact information at the Human Resources Services Center in Charleston, SC. For future reference, this information will be permanently posted to the Useful Information tab on the main menu!

Human Resources Services Center in Charleston (HRSC)

First point of contact for retirement-related questions

Receives and processes forms from annuitants for FEHB, FEGLI, and beneficiary changes
Quickly answers basic questions (typically 2/3 of those received)
Forwards complex questions to HR/RET retirement counselors for their response

1-866-300-7419 (Toll free)
1-843-308-5539 (Outside U.S.)
1-843-202-3807 (Fax)
HRSC@state.gov (E-mail address )

Telephone number for questions to the Consolidated American Payroll Division (for 1099R, etc.)

1-800-521-2553 (Toll free)
1-843-308-5626 (Local telephone number)
1-843-308-5425 (Fax)
PayHelp@State.gov (E-mail address)

Director of HRSC is: Jeff Mounts - 1-843-308-5301 (Only as a last resort)

Mailing address

Office of Retirement (HR/RET)
U.S. Department of State HR Service Center
1999 Dyess Ave, Building E
Charleston, SC 29405

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Friday, February 01, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.

The following was received from Jim Prosser:

Robert Novak

Here's a report on CANDOER and former CEO Robert Novak's update on his training for his annual 65 story climb to support leukemia and lymphoma victims.

First off I wanted to thank you all for the generous donations and warm wishes for my participation in the Fire Fighter Stair climb for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With the climb next month (5 weeks from this Sunday) I wanted to give you an update on my training progress.

Thanks to your generosity I have just about qualified for "early bird" registration for the 2020 Stair Climb - With the climb so popular and limited participants, this is a big deal and lowers the stress for making sure you get signed up successfully. I also caught a matching donation promotion and won another promotion that allows me to bring my brother Dann to the venue. This is another big deal as the Columbia Tower site is limited to fire fighters and support staff only, with family and friends observing via CCTV from some nearby hotels.

On the actual physical training - With about five weeks to go I am meeting my personal training goals - As of the end of January I am on the stair master machine at the appropriate pace and carrying the correct weight (54 lbs.) and working for my target time of less than 30 minutes for the 1400 steps. The weight vest is on my arm in my "resting" photo.

Robert Novak

More to come on March 10th! Thanks again for your support. Robert

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:50 p.m.

Received a note from Ed Ferry today in reference to the article about FEHB/Medicare coverage for retirees. Ed pointed out that if you plan to travel overseas that Medicare will not cover you. If you do not have an FEHB plan you may need to purchase an expensive health plan for your travel!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:50 a.m.

Jim Prosser sent me a story written by Michael A. Hiltzik about the founding of the internet. It may be found on the "New Stories" page on the Main Menu!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:50 a.m.

Death of Charles L. Christian, Jr.

Charles Christian

I received the below from three people, Carmen Bevacqua, Dick Kalla and Elaine Christian:

Charles Lawrence Christian, Jr., aged 86, died peacefully in Fairfield, CA on January 24th, 2019 after a prolonged battle with Interstitial Lung Disease. He had been in hospice care for the last few months of his life where he was able to maintain his independent spirit to the end.

Charles was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Christian (nee Cocanougher). He is survived by his daughters Elaine Christian of San Francisco, Margaret Christian of Citrus Heights, son Douglas Christian and his wife Danilda of Fairfield and his grandchildren; William Steele, Gregory Steele, Chianne Skidmore, Cali Debevoise, and by Daphne Tan, Dee Jay and Darryl John Ibanez.

Charles was born in Portland, Oregon July 20th, 1932 to Charles and Eunice (nee Homm) Christian. His father was a chief steward for Matson Lines which led to Charles spending his childhood in various locales including, the family farm in Gaston Oregon, Portland, San Francisco, Honolulu, Long Beach and Burlingame.

At the age of 17 (1949) he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was advanced to Senior Cryptographer during the Korean War. He was stationed in Texas, Wyoming, Alaska and Washington, D.C. He returned to the Bay Area where he graduated from San Mateo Junior College and worked for United Airlines (1952-1955) at SFO as a Communications Operator and Passenger Agent. In 1955 Charles was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and began his career as a Communications Specialist. From 1955-1967, he served in this capacity in Washington DC, Turkey, Lebanon, Cyprus, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Greece, West Germany and Southern California. He returned to the State Department (1982-1986) as a Communications Officer and served in Muscat Oman, and Bonn Germany.

In 1959, he married Mary Lou Cocanougher, a vivacious young woman from San Bruno and a United Airlines Stewardess Supervisor who would later become a beloved elementary school teacher in Rincon Valley. After three children and life in three different countries Charles resigned from the CIA in order to provide a more stable upbringing for his children. He relocated in 1967 to Santa Rosa, California where he and his wife remained for 47 years. During the next 15 years, Charles worked in sales for AAA, Hearst Corporation, and as a General Agent for health and funeral insurance in Sonoma County.

He is best remembered in his later years for his keen interest in history, specifically the American Revolution and the American Civil War. As a descendant of an American Revolutionary war soldier, he was past president and chaplain of the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. As a descendant of a Civil War veteran he was past commander and chaplain for the Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, Camp 23 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

Other clubs and memberships include: North Bay Civil War Round Table, Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Amateur Radio Club, Roadrunners Internationale, Dragon Lady Association, and Blackbird Association, the last three having to do with his involvement in the Cold War.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on February 16th, 2019 at 11:00 in the Chapel at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. A graveside ceremony will be presented in the Veteran Urn Garden by the SUVCW at the conclusion of the Memorial Service.

Special thanks are extended by the family to the caregivers, Miho Tyson of Continuum Hospice and Emmanuel Salas of Serenity Care Manor who provided him with comfort and respect to the end.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Noon

Following is an article that every retiree that is about to reach 65 should read. It helps to answer the question "Should Federal Retirees Enroll in Medicare?"

This article will be placed under the USEFUL INFORMATION Tab on the Main Menu for future reference.

Should Federal Retirees Enroll in Medicare?
By Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner

Federal employees have numerous questions as they plan for their retirement from federal service. One of the most often-asked questions is whether a federal retiree, a CSRS or a FERS annuitant, should enroll in Medicare when he or she becomes first eligible.

This question is difficult to answer for many federal annuitants. The reason for this difficulty is that most federal employees are eligible to keep their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) health insurance benefits throughout retirement and the federal government continues to pay on average 72 to 75 percent of the FEHB premiums, identical to what the federal government pays on their behalf for their health insurance premiums when they are employees.

The question therefore becomes: Why does a federal annuitant need to enroll in Medicare when they have full insurance coverage under the FEHB program? This column will attempt to answer this question and will also answer other frequently asked questions, namely:

When should federal retirees enroll in Medicare and in which parts of Medicare?
Is there a late enrollment penalty for Medicare and when does the penalty apply?
Which is "primary" coverage - FEHB or Medicare?

It is important to first review the different parts to Medicare. There are four parts to Medicare - Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D.

Part A (Hospital Insurance) Helps pay for inpatient hospital care, home health care, and hospice care and prescriptions dispersed in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

Part B (Medical Insurance) Helps pay for covered services received from a doctor, outpatient hospital car, durable medical equipment, ambulance services, and many other health services and supplies that are not covered by Part A. Part B does not pay for most routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, most immunizations, or most prescription drugs. Beginning in 2011, Part B covers an annual wellness visit where beneficiaries are provided a personalized prevention plan, including a health risk assessment.

Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), formerly called Medicare Choice plans These plans are offered by private companies that are approved by Medicare. Federal annuitants covered by a FEHB plan do not need Medicare Part C.

Part D (Prescription Drug Plans) which helps pay for outpatient prescription drugs These plans are approved by Medicare but are managed by private companies. Different plans cover different drugs and may be offered only in specific areas of the country. Federal annuitants covered by FEHB plans usually do not need to enroll in Medicare Part D.

Medicare Parts A and B are called the "original" Medicare. Federal employees are eligible for Part A if they, or their spouse, worked in a Medicare Part A-covered employment for at least 10 years (40 credits), are 65 years or older, and are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. If an individual is eligible for Medicare Part A, then the individual and the individual's spouse is automatically eligible for Medicare Parts B, C and D.

An individual pays no monthly premium for Medicare Part A, assuming the individual has at least 10 years-worth (40 credits) of Medicare-covered employment. Since all federal employees have been paying the Part A payroll tax since Jan. 1, 1983, all federal employees will be eligible to enroll in Part A when they are age 65 and there will be no monthly premium cost. Annuitants age 65 and employees who are working past age 65 are strongly encouraged to enroll in Part A within a few months of their 65th birthday. In so doing, this may help cover some of the hospital-related costs that a FEHB plan may not cover, such as deductibles, coinsurance, and charges that exceed the plan's allowable charges.

Any federal annuitant 65 and older enrolled in a fee-for-service (FFS) plan such as Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), GEHA, or Mail Handlers should seriously consider enrolling in Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B enrollment and one's FFS plan may combine to provide almost complete coverage for all medical expenses. In other words, between the FEHB plan and Part B, an annuitant would have minimum - probably no - out-of-pocket expenses to pay, including no deductibles, copayments or coinsurance.

Those annuitants who are enrolled in an HMO may not need to enroll in Part B. HMOs provide most medical services with usual small copayments. But some annuitants enrolled in HMOs may want to consider enrolling in Part B as Part B pays for costs involved with seeing doctors outside the HMO network. Part B also pays for costs for non-emergency care in the US if traveling is involved.

The employees with FEHB coverage and who work past age 65 do not have to enroll in Part B when they become age 65. As long as they continue to work in federal service, their FEHB coverage will be primary for medical services such as doctor visits and laboratory services, and they can use their health care flexible spending account (HCFSA) to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses. These individuals will have a special enrollment period (see below under "Medicare Parts A and B Enrollment Periods" #3) when they retire or when their spouse retires to enroll in Part B without paying a penalty.

Unlike Medicare Part A which is free for most enrollees, there is a monthly premium for Medicare Part B. Most individuals will pay the standard monthly premium, but some individuals will pay a higher premium based on their modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A.

The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees is $135.50 during 2019, an increase of $1.50 from $134 during 2018. An estimated 2 million Medicare beneficiaries will pay less than the full Part B standard monthly premium amount in 2019 due to the statutory "hold harmless provision", which limits certain beneficiaries' increase in their Part B premium to be no greater than the increase in their Social Security benefits. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $185 in 2019, an increase of $2 from the annual deductible $183 in 2018.

Since 2007, a beneficiary's Part B monthly premium is based on his or her MAGI. These income-related monthly adjustment amounts (IRMAA) affect roughly 5 percent of people with Medicare Part B.

Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage) Generally, it will almost always be to a federal employee's advantage to keep their FEHB coverage in retirement without any changes. The exception is for those with limited incomes and resources who may qualify for Medicare's extra help with prescription drug costs. Prior to retiring, federal employees should contact the benefits administrator or their FEHB insurer for information about their FEHB prescription coverage before making any changes.

It is important to note that FEHB prescription drug coverage is an integral part of a federal employee's total health benefits package. An employee cannot suspend or cancel FEHB prescription drug coverage without losing the FEHB plan coverage in its entirety (in other words, losing coverage) for hospital and medical services which could mean significantly higher costs for those services.

Since all FEHB Program plans have as good or better prescription drug coverage than Medicare, FEHB plans are considered to offer "creditable" prescription drug coverage. Therefore, if a federal employee decides not to join a Medicare drug plan when first eligible but changes his or her mind later and while still enrolled in a FEHB plan, the individual can do so without paying a late enrollment penalty. As long as the individual has FEHB coverage, they may enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan from during the Medicare Part D "open season" (October 15 to December 7 of each year) at the regular monthly premium rate. However, if the individual loses FEHB coverage and wants to join a Medicare prescription drug program, they must join within 60 days of losing their FEHB coverage and the monthly Part D premium will include a late enrollment penalty. The late enrollment penalty will increase each year that one waits to enroll and will be included in the premium each year for as long as coverage is maintained.

When Should a Federal Retiree or Annuitant Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B?

Individuals already receiving monthly Social Security retirement benefits are automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B in the month they become age 65. Individuals who are within a few months of their 65th birthday and not receiving monthly Social Security retirement benefits must apply for Medicare Parts A and B by contacting the Social Security Administration. They may do so by either calling 1-800-772-1213 or going online at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

Medicare Parts A and B Enrollment Periods

An individual can enroll during one of the following periods:

Three months before, the month, or three months after the month the individual becomes age 65. Between Jan. 1 and March 31 of each year - with coverage becoming effective the following July 1. Within eight months of losing health insurance coverage provided by an employer or union or retiring from an employer providing health insurance in retirement such as the federal government through the FEHB program.

The following examples illustrate:

Example 1 Larry retired from federal service on Jan. 3, 2019 and will become age 65 in July 2019. Larry is enrolled in FEHB and will be throughout his retirement. Larry needs to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B between April 1, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2019 in order to avoid paying a late enrollment penalty for Part B.

Example 2 Fran, age 66, is a federal employee and intends to retire from federal service on Dec. 31, 2019 at the age of 67. When Fran became age 65 in 2017, she enrolled in Medicare Part A but did not enroll in Part B. This is because she continued to work in federal service and is enrolled in a FEHB plan. When Fran retires on Dec. 31, 2019, she must enroll in Medicare Part B between Jan. 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020. She will do so in person at a local Social Security office, bringing with her two items as proof that she continued to work past age 65 and had health insurance through her employer. She needs to bring her last statement of earnings and leave, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Form CMS-L564 (Request for Employment Information). This form is downloadable from https://www.cms.gov and is completed by Fran's Personnel Office.

Is There a Late Enrollment Penalty? If an individual did not sign up for Part B when he or she was first eligible, then the Part B monthly premium may be higher. In particular, the cost of Part B may go up 10 percent for each 12-month period that an individual could have been enrolled in Part B but did not sign up for it. The individual will have to pay this extra monthly premium as long as the individual has Part B, except in special cases. For those individuals who miss the deadline to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B when they are first eligible, Medicare has an "open season" enrollment for Parts A and B each year between January 1 and March 31 with coverage becoming effective the following July 1. But a late enrollment penalty for Part B (not for Part A) will apply equal to 10 percent per year of the first tier Part B monthly premium amount in effect that year ($135.50 per month during 2019). The penalty period is measured from the last month the individual could have enrolled in Medicare and July 1 of the year Medicare Part B becomes effective.

Which is "Primary" Coverage - Medicare or FEHB?

A FEHB plan must pay first when an individual is an active federal employee or rehired annuitant. When an individual is an annuitant and is enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and in a FEHB plan, then Medicare is primary coverage and the FEHB is secondary coverage or Medicare supplement.

FEHB premiums will not be reduced when an employee or annuitant enrolls in Medicare. Annuitants pay the same FEHB premium for the same FEHB plan as active employees. However, once Medicare becomes the primary payer of an individual's healthcare related expense, the individual may find that a lower cost FEHB plan is adequate for their needs, especially if the individual is currently enrolled in a FEHB plan's high option coverage. Also, some FEHB plans waive deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments when Medicare is primary.

Since enrolling in Medicare is considered a "life event", an annuitant or employee can change his or her FEHB plan to any available plan or option at any time beginning 30 days before becoming eligible for Medicare and ending 30 days after the day the individual becomes eligible for Medicare. Changes to one's FEHB plan can also be made during the annual FEHB open season.

TriCare Health Insurance Coverage and Medicare

Those federal employees who are receiving, or who will be receiving, military retirement pay (for active duty or for reserve duty) are or will be eligible for TriCare health insurance coverage. There are different types of TriCare health insurance, including TriCare Standard and TriCare Prime. But at age 65, a military retiree receiving retirement pay is eligible to enroll in TriCare-for-Life health insurance. There is no monthly premium cost for TriCare-for-Life provided the military retiree (and spouse, if applicable) is enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. This is because when a military retiree becomes age 65, Medicare is considered primary coverage and TriCare is considered secondary coverage.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 9:32 a.m.

We have a new member, David Chinn! Welcome aboard!

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Monday, January 14, 2018 - 4:15 p.m.

Death of Mark Abbey

Mark Abbey, Branch Chief/BIMC, passed on December 22, 2018. Mark was FS for 15 years and then switched to GS! ((No other information is available!))

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Friday, January 11, 2019 - 2:32 p.m.

We have new members, Gene and Guojiao Thompson! Welcome aboard!

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Friday, January 11, 2019 - 2:22 p.m.

A new link has been added to the Useful Links page. It is entitled "Senior Safe Driving." Thanks to Grace from teens4safety for furnishing this link!

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Friday, January 04, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

We have a new member, Dick Jacob, from Virginia! Welcome aboard!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.

We have a new member, Daniel Aguayo, from California! Welcome aboard!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

We have two new members, Stephen Provencal, from Texas, and Ritchie Miller, from Virginia! Welcome aboard!

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Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 12:50 p.m.

Death of Robert 'Bob' Cumming

Bob Cumming

Robert Joseph 'Bob' Cumming, age 74, died December 7, 2018, at his home in Cedar Crest, NM. He was born October 27, 1944, in Newark, NJ, the second son of John William and Marthe Guignon Cumming.

Bob was educated in Saranac Lake, NY and Dunedin, Fl. In 1969 he began his 30 year career with the US Department of State, serving entirely overseas as a Communications Officer in various diplomatic posts.

Bob was an exceptionally talented artist in many mediums but perhaps was best known for his custom, hand-made knives. In 1976, while serving in Ethiopia, he began working with renowned custom knife maker Jim Nolan. Since that time he worked diligently at his craft and became internationally recognized for his beautifully fabricated, handmade custom knives, see cummingknives.com.

Survivors are his sons, Kirk (Em), Vista, CA and Thomas Lillilund (Sarina), Luxembourg and three grandchildren; siblings Guignon John, Isle of Palms, SC and Marthe Cumming, Nashville, TN; niece Cathi Ciappa, Mt. Pleasant, SC, and nephew, Michel, Phoenix, AZ; great-nephews Christopher and Joshua Ciappa, Mt. Pleasant, SC and Travis Cumming, Prescott, AZ; and great-nieces Ashlyn and Constance Cumming, Prescott, AZ.

Inurnment took place4 at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. FL. No services were planned.

Thanks to Lary Ward for furnishing the above obituary!

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Friday, December 28, 2018 - 11:50 a.m.

Death of Harry Schneider

I received word from Wade Taylor that Harry passed away from heart failure just before his 76th birthday back in September of 2018!

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Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 9:20 p.m.

Death of Robert R. Walker, III
Bob Walker

Robert Roy Walker III, 75, of Monett, MO, passed away on Friday morning, September 7, 2018, while at Lacoba Homes in Monett.

Robert was born on August 3, 1943 in Springfield, MO, son of the late Robert Roy Walker, Jr. and Mary Ann (Gibbons) Walker Herriman. He graduated from Monett High School and was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. Robert worked as a diplomat in the US Department of State Foreign Service and had lived in France, West Germany, East Berlin, Malta, Zaire, Malaysia and England. He was a train enthusiast and enjoyed collecting arrow heads and coins.

Robert is survived by two sons, Robert R. Walker IV and his wife Molly, of Leesburg, VA and Philip Walker, of Ranson, WV; two sisters, Jackie Snow and her husband Glen, of Owensboro, KY and Sally Nichols, of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren, Robert Walker V, Jenna Marie Walker, Wesley James Walker and Madeline Enola Walker; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Monett, with interment and military honors in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Reverend Paula Lively officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the USO in care of the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.

Thanks to Rob Robinson and George McCumber for furnishing the above obit!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 4:20 p.m.

Death of Michael "Andy" Jordan

Lynn Crammer asked me to add "Andy" Jordan to the "In Memory" page.

Andy passed on December 18, 2016.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 4:20 p.m.

Death of Christy (Stout) Kraemer

Christy Kraemer

Daughter of Carlus and Patricia Stout

Christy N. Kraemer, 50, of Stockertown, PA, formerly of Wilson Borough, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Born Oct. 13, 1968, in Scranton, PA, she was a daughter of Carles Stout Sr. and Patricia (Thiel) Stout, of Lake Ariel, PA. She and her husband, Jonathan C. Kraemer, celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on July 14, 2018.

Christy graduated from the International School in Manila, Philippines. She was employed by Brown-Daub Chevrolet, Nazareth, for 31 years.

Christy loved traveling. Since her diagnosis, she traveled to Great Britain twice, Sweden, Bermuda, France, and the Bahamas! She grew up in Pakistan, Bonn, and Frankfurt, Trinidad, East Berlin, Philippines, Iceland, Canada, and Turkey.

She enjoyed reading, coloring, music, and putting the top down in the classic car and cruising to wine tastings.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and parents, are two sons, Evan M. Kraemer and his partner, Jessica Santos, of Bethlehem and Jon Kraemer at home; two brothers, Curtis W. Stout and Carles E. Stout Jr., both of Lake Ariel, PA; a sister, Tara L. McClintock and her husband, Jeffrey of Kingsland, GA; a niece, Jessica Varju; two nephews, Robert McClintock and Noah Stout; a grandnephew, Miles Varju; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her beloved furry kitty, Pumpkin.

She was predeceased by her in-laws, John and Jean Kraemer; maternal grandparents, James and Reine Thiel; paternal grandparents, Ernest and Margaret Stout, and her toy fox terrier, Lucy.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Christ United Church of Christ Social Hall, 109 S. Chestnut St., Bath, PA 18014. Please use the rear entrance. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at strunkfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Strunk Funeral Home Inc.
2101 Northampton Street
Wilson Borough, PA 18042
610-258-7211

Condolences may be sent to Pat/Carl at the following:

Carles Stout
476 Goose Pond Road
Lake Ariel, PA 18436-5720
Tel: (570) 689-1998
carlesstout@gmail.com
or
srfotog43@gmail.com

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 8:10 p.m.

I received the following from Lizzie Slater: ((If you were assigned to Cairo and know Ms. Sousou Badawi, request you contact Ms. Slater directly. Her e-mail address is listed below.))

Hello Robert

Shari Wagner has passed along you name and email. I wonder if you could help me get in contact with some former CPOs and IMOs that were stationed in Cairo over the last 38 years so I can ask them to write me a note of congratulations for their old Admin Assistant Sousou Badawi as she is retiring next month. I know that many of them would want to send a message to wish her well, she remembers everyone so fondly as I am sure they do of her. These are the folks that I am trying to contact and perhaps you know of them.

Harold Jefferson
Mr. Chushner (sorry no first name)
John Whitridge
Marvin Konopick
Joseph Devlin
Joseph Zeman
Alma Pabst

All the best,
Lizzie Slater
Attache, Information Management Officer - US Embassy Cairo
email:slaterem2@state.gov

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 7:50 p.m.

Rob Robinson sent me a picture of the attendees at the November 13 Washington DC Area CANDOERs. It may be found here!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 7:40 p.m.

Death of Howard E. Harrison

Howard Harrison

Retired Chief of Reproduction, OC/T

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Howard Earl Harison, of Laurel, Maryland died. Father of Wanda and Dorothea Harrison and Talaya Coleman; grandfather of Ishtaire Worthy and Sajae Fisher; brother of Dezell Tucker, Carol Hargrove, Windell and Orlander Harrison; god-father of Kimberly Jones.

Relatives and friends may call at Colesville Presbyterian Church, 12800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, on Saturday, November 24, 10 to 11 a.m. where services will be held at 11 a.m.

Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Arrangements by COLLINS FUNERAL HOME.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:40 a.m.

Death of Marvin E. Leneave

Marv Leneave

Marvin Eugene Leneave, 85, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Halifax Health Hospice Care Center, Port Orange. He was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 7, 1933, to Grover Cleveland Leneave and Edna Krause Kriebel Leneave.

He spent his childhood and adolescent years in the Oxford and Wildwood areas where his family had a dairy farm and also maintained several orange groves. He learned about construction from his father when they built several houses in the area. He later put this knowledge to use overseeing the construction of the family home in Port Orange.

After graduating from Wildwood High School in 1953, he joined the Air Force, spending most of his tour in Germany. Upon his military discharge, he began his 28 year career with the U.S. State Department. His Foreign Service assignments included American Embassies in Guatemala City, Bangkok, Rome, Helsinki, Paris, Moscow, Valletta, Port-of-Spain and Santo Domingo.

Upon his retirement in August 1985, he returned with his family to the U.S. and settled in Port Orange. He enjoyed working on and restoring cars and has a collection of vintage cars.

He was a member of Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach Shores, where he served as an elder for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol, who he met and married in Rome where both were working at the American Embassy; his son, Brian Leneave (Linda), Jacksonville and two grandsons, Christopher and Alexander Leneave, Jacksonville. Additional survivors include his two sisters Mary Sowers, Bunnell and Kathryn Kalen, Panama City Beach; nephew Scott Sowers (Lisa) and their children Ben and Matthew, Bunnell; and niece Kristi Kalen (Panama City Beach).

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Leneave.

A memorial service celebrating Marvin's life was held on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach Shores. A reception followed for family and friends in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Interment will take place at the Jacksonville National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marvin's memory may be made to Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach Shores.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:20 a.m.

A new link has been added to the "Useful Web Links" web page. This information was received from Ms. Alicia Halfmoon and is entitled, The Retirement Planning Guide. It covers all things to consider during the retirement planning process from how to invest, senior living, and more!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:20 a.m.

Death of Walter R. Abbott, Jr.

Walt Abbott

I received the following information this morning:

Walter R. Abbott, Jr., 86, of Waynesboro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home, with his loving family at his side.

He was born on April 27, 1932, in North Carolina, to the late Elizabeth Stephens Abbott and the late Walter R. Abbott, Sr.

Walter was a veteran of the Air Force and was retired as a Cryptologist at the US Department of State and enjoyed driving a school bus for the Augusta County Schools. He was a member of the New Hope Fire Department, Hermitage Presbyterian Church and a life long member of the American Legion.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings; Dewey, Harvey, Norman, Lottie, Emma and Doris.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Josephine "Judy" Abbott; children, Kenny Abbott and his wife, Pat and Doug Abbott; grandson, Josh Abbott; brother, Richard Abbott and his wife, Ruby and numerous loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Services were Private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Valley Animal Services, 1001 Mt. Torrey Rd, Lyndhurst, VA 22952.