CANDOER Retirement Group

A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

November 15, 2018 - Present
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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

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

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

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

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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

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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.