CANDOER Retirement Group

        A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

November 09, 2017 - Present

Saturday, January 20, 2017 - 6:40 p.m.

Death of John Fuchs

I received the below obituary for John Fochs from Jim Prosser today:

John Fochs

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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.

Bob Bright furnished a new snail-mail address, e-mail address and telephone number! Thanks Bob for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Lynn Doughty furnished an up-date to this bio! Thanks Lynn for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, January 18, 2017 - 11:40 a.m.

Death of Alan Chrismon

I received the following from Brian Powers this morning:

I got an email from Larry Limbaugh stating that Alan Chrismon passed away. I called his wife today, Olga, and she said that it happened on Saturday, Jan 13, three days before his 71st birthday. He had cancer and it happened quickly and he was not in pain. If you can pass this on to the CANDOERs. Her home phone number is 440-282-4304 if anyone cares to send her condolences. She will not pick up until you say you are calling about Al. Too many telemarketers.

For those wishing to send condolences to Olga the following is furnished:

Olga Chrismon
1230 Laura Drive
Lorain, OH 44053
Tel: 440-282-4304

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

Pete Steitz furnished a new e-mail address and an up-date to this bio! Thanks Pete for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Bob Sandberg furnished a new e-mail address! Thanks Bob for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

Larry Limbaugh furnished a new e-mail addreess, snail-mail address, telephone number and up-date to his assignments. Thanks Larry for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

We have new members, Mark and Ritsuko Copeland! Welcome aboard!

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Monday, January 08, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Bob Riberia furnished a new snail-mail address and telephone number.

Doyle Lee furnished a new e-mail address and an update to his bio!

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 5:00 p.m.

The winter issue of the CANDOER Newsletter has been posted for your reading enjoyment!

Issue 114 - January 2018 - Volume 17 - Number 4 in WEB Format
Issue 114 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 114 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format

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Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.

Robb Knott furnished a change of address! Thanks Robb for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Friday, December 22, 2017 - 5:40 p.m.

Death of John Fochs

John Fochs

I received the following from Jim Prosser today:

Sad News. I have just heard from Julie Fochs, daughter of CANDOER John Fochs, that John passed away, after a short illness, last Thursday. John was 91.

If you want to contact Julie, her number is (503) 393-9122 or you can send your condolences to the following address:

Julie Fochs
1394 Northern Heights Loop N.E.
Keizer, OR 97303

A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

I'll pass along any new information if/when I receive it.

John and Lillian came out from Budapest in 1960 to get married in Munich where we were posted at the time. John's proposal to Lillian is a hilarious story.

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Friday, December 22, 2017 - 1:40 p.m.

Death of WILLIAM G. BIDDLE (Age 78)

William Biddle of Vienna, VA, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Fairfax Hospital.

Beloved husband of Pearson N. "Pixie" Biddle; devoted father of Deborah Robinson, Michael Biddle, Carolyn Gioia and William J. Biddle. Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Thursday, December 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., where funeral service will be held on Friday, December 29 at 11 a.m. Interment National Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society!

FYI: Bill worked in the Systems Control Section of OC/T (Room 5440) for years!

Thanks to Jean Stewart for bringing his death to my attention!

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Thursday, December 21 2017 - 9:40 p.m.

We have new members, Rickey Brownndano and Sol Avendano! Welcome aboard!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 6:40 p.m.

Death of William E. Fleming

Dick Maroney

MSgt. William Edward Fleming, USAF Retired, 82, of Falmouth passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Mary Washington Hospital. He was born on April 14, 1935, in Hester, N.C., to Samuel A. Fleming, Jr., and Emma Blanch (Haskins) Fleming.

He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service that included many assignments overseas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara, and two daughters, Audrey Lynne Fleming of the home and Karen Anne Fleming-Michael (Steve) of Frederick, MD.

He was preceded in death by his brother Joseph T. Fleming.

A loving husband and father, he enjoyed watching NASCAR and football, fishing, planting vegetable gardens, completing the daily Jumble, and laughing at the antics of the family pets.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 22, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charity, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family the following is furnished:

Mrs. Barbara Fleming
150 Rocky Run Road
Falmouth, VA 22406
Tel: (540) 752-4956

((Thanks to Rob Robinson for furnishing the above contact information.))
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:40 p.m.

Death of Richard "Dick" Maroney

Dick Maroney

Richard Thomas Maroney, 86, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017. He was born October 10, 1931 in Norton, Vermont. He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Anita Maroney and daughter Corleen Maroney.

Richard is survived by six children: Alan Maroney and wife Debi, Mary Maroney-Scriva and husband Sal, Lori Maroney Thomas, Michelle Maroney Davey and partner Irving Rosenberg, Rhonda Maroney Simcox and partner Randy Mason, Stephen Maroney Sr. and wife Amy. He also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren: Richard and Kati Maroney, Carmen and Salvy Scriva, Joshua Tomlin and wife, Jen, Jessica and Steven Thomas, Kimberly and Chelsea Davey, Nicole Fitterer, Laura Trax and husband, Zachary, David “Eddie” Simcox, Samantha Simcox, Stephen Jr and Jacob. A niece, Karen Wooley, his brother Hubert Maroney and eight great grandchildren: Cameron, Jordan, Carlea, Kerrington, Sophia, Peyton, Brynn and Cayden are also surviving relatives.

Richard was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served in the US Army for twenty six years and retired as a Command Sargent Major. Mr. Maroney also worked in the US Department of State as Chief of Logistics and retired in 1995.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Va. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow service at Culpepper National Cemetery with full Military honors at 1:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 5:11 a.m.

Death of James "Jim" Pittington
Jim Pittington
In loving memory of James Pittington

Date of Birth : May 30 1930
Place of Birth : Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Deceased : May 2nd, 2017
Place of Death : Burke, Virginia

James Edward Pittington of Burke, Virginia passed away on May 2nd 2017. He is survived by his wife Laura, and his children, Karen, Marc, Michelle Pittington and Carolyn and Douglas Scott, along with many loving grandchildren and a great grandchild. Jim was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 30, 1930.

Immediately upon graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Navy serving 20 years during which time he participated in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Jim retired from the United States Navy in 1969 obtaining the rank of Master Chief (E9). Upon Navy retirement, he continued to serve his country while working within the Department of State in various roles. Jim's passion was his family and country.

He is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Arrangements are as follows: Viewing will held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on May 8, 2017 from 5-8pm and funeral is May 9, 2017 at 10am. Visitation - Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home 9902 Braddock Road Fairfax, VA 22032 9902 Braddock Road Fairfax, VA 22032 Monday, May 8, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM .

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:11 a.m.

Death of Jim Pittington

Today I received word from Maurie Crossland that Jim Pettington passed away back in May 2017!

James was born on May 30, 1930 and passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

James was a resident of Virginia.

He graduated high school.

He enlisted in the United States Navy serving 20 years during which time he participated in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Jim retired from the United States Navy in 1969 obtaining the rank of Master Chief E9.

Viewing was held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on May 8 2017.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:40 p.m.

Death of William "Bill" Fleming

I received the following from Rob Robinson today:

I received a call from Bill Fleming's daughter, Audrey, to let me know that her Dad, Bill Fleming, passed away at 12:17 a.m. this morning, December 17, 2017, with respiratory complications at age 82.

Bill was a retired career Air Force Sergeant who became a contract employee to State from the late '70's to early 2000's and was the person in charge of the digital/crypto branch of OC/ML. Obit and burial plans will be published, when known.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:15 p.m.

The below was received from Vic Maffei's daughter, Francesca Maffei-Lazev. Anyone wishing to respond to her, her email address is:


In continuing with my father's annual tradition of his year end email, I would like to wish you all season's greetings!

It certainly has not been the best of years. The first half of the year was spent helping my father with his declining health up until his passing in August. I am thankful that he did not suffer much and that he is at peace now. My family and are doing ok though we are finding the holidays somewhat difficult, missing my father, and mother, very much. Sadly, we also had to sell the house in Gloucester that my parents and I loved so very much.

On a lighter note, knowing that the holidays would be difficult this year, we have decided to celebrate in a different way and are headed on a cruise to Florida and the Bahamas over Christmas. Furthermore, my father's wishes were to be cremated and to be partially buried in the veteran's section in a cemetery in Gloucester and partially in the cemetery in his home town of Sannicandro di Bari. Though bittersweet, my family and I, as well as other members of my father's family will head to Sannicandro in late June to bury him but we will also spend some time touring Italy.

My father often included a picture from Gloucester or of nature. Enclosed is a picture of a holly bush in our yard and one of my favorite pictures with my father at Christmastime (circa 1973 in Dakar, Senegal).

Wishing you all peace, love and hope this holiday season and always!

Holly Bush                   Vic and Francesca
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Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 1:15 p.m.

We have new members, Kenneth and Melissa Zincke! Welcome aboard!

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Thursday, December 15, 2017 - 11:40 a.m.

Death of Richard "Dick" Maroney

Dick Maroney

The following was received from Patricia Stout this morning! As soon as contact information and funeral arrangements are received I will pass the information on to all!

We received word this morning that Dick Maroney passed away around 3 a.m. Although he is not a member of the group, there are some who might want to know about it. Dick was a good friend of ours and he worked at SA 6 in the Springfield area for many years. Dick had been the division chief for OC/ML. He developed Parkinsons and Dementia and has been in Hospice for awhile. His son, Steve, called us last night to let us know that Dick was terminal and had little time left.

Carl plans to attend the funeral once arrangements are made. If arrangements can be made for our four year old grandson, whom we have most of the time, then I will attend as well. When we have the arrangements, I will forward that information to you.

Patricia Stout

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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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