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Retiree News

Updated December 30, 2006

Please provide information about our MDC/Boeing retiree friends. We all would like to "keep in touch" and know how our friends are doing. Please send us an email and tell us about yourself or other MDC retiree buddies. Include any news about where you are now residing, what you are doing in these great retirement years, hobbies, photos, etc. We will try to post your news here so that others can know how their buddies are doing.
It's easy!!! Send Email to: Norman Beckel or Earl Robb

Peter "Pete" Stones passed away Thursday December 28, 2006

This picture of Pete and daughter Janet Heiligenstein was taken at the Mac's Old Team golf tournament Sept. 2006
Pete will be sadly missed by all. He was a great engineer and valued teammate and friend to many.
Peter Barry Stones
Stones, Peter Barry of Lake St. Louis, MO, died December 28, 2006 at age 74.
He was the beloved son of Harry and May Stones; dear husband of Kathleen Stones (nee: Haden); cherished father of David (Marian) Stones and Janet (David) Heiligenstein; dear grandfather of Corey, Lesley, Nick, Gabby, Katie and Nate; loving brother of Neil (Jean) Stones, Derek (Mary) Stones, Celia Stones, and the late Roy Stones.
The family would also like to send a special thank you to Dr. James Ketchum for all of his loving care.
Peter served in the Royal Air Force and later worked for McDonnell Douglas for thirty-five years. He was a mechanical engineer, starting his career on the Gemini space craft design, he also worked on many other space and missile programs including Harpoon, Skylab, cruise missile and others. He was also a golf and soccer enthusiast.
Services: The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center 3950 West Clay, St. Charles MO where visitation were held Sunday, December 31, 2006. Funeral Services followed. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Unity Hospice Care. Share your condolences and memories at

Robert V. Coleman passed away Thursday December 28, 2006
The retired McDonnell Douglas Aircraft executive and St. Louis businessman was preceeded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Kathryn Johnson Coleman, and by one son, Robin John Coleman; dear father of Claire (Thomas) Lamonica and Charles V. (Anne) Coleman; dear grandfather of Andrew, Gina and Peter Lamonica, Jon and Jeremy (Jessie) Hood; brother, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Services: Visitation Sat., Jan 6, 2007, 11a.m, until time of Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at BOPP Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or a charity of the donor's choice is appreciated.

Frank Henry Tubbesing Jr. passed away Saturday December 23, 2006
Frank honorably served his country for 26 years as an Air Force Officer, retiring as a Colonel. Following his Air Force Career, Frank and Barbara returned to St. Louis where he continued his profession as an Aerospace Engineer with McDonnell- Douglas/ Boeing, retiring after 16 years. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Parks College of St. Louis University. His life was enriched with an avid love of bicycling, participating in Church Choirs, and world traveling. He enriched others lives with his sense of caring, community, and compassion.p.m.

Maurice "Mick" Gleason passed away Saturday December 2, 2006

We have been informed that another of our good friends and former teammate, Maurice "Mick" Gleason, passed away on Sat 2 December.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Mick's family and his many friends.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch 12/13/06:
Maurice L. "Mick" Gleason
Gleason, Maurice L. "Mick" fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Sat., Dec. 2, 2006 at the age of 78.
Mick was born on Jan. 21, 1928 in Saint Louis. Mick married Radine "Rae" Gleason (nee: Robson) on January 7, 1951. "Rae" preceded Mick in death on June 21, 2000 after 49 years of marriage. Mick is the loving father of Anne (John) Elbert, Michael (Jeanie) Gleason, Daniel (Ann) Gleason, and Mary Ellen Gleason; beloved grandfather of seven, Sally Beyer, Susan Elbert, Sean Gleason, Patricia Schulte, Jennifer Gleason, Patrick Gleason, and Christopher Gleason. Mick was a special friend of Julie Jost and Joe Uelhoff. Mick Gleason was a design engineer at McDonnell Aircraft for 45 years. He was an aerospace pioneer as a designer on the Voodo and Banshee Aircraft. Mick was selected by Mr. McDonnell to be part of the design team for the Mercury and Gemini space capsules. Later Mick worked numerous satellite and missile programs including the SLAM E/R. Mick was a devoted parishioner of Saint Aloysius parish in Spanish Lake now Our Lady of the Rosary.
Donations in Mick's memory to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
Services: Funeral Sat., Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m. from BUCHHOLZ SPANISH LAKE, 1645 Redman Ave. to Our Lady of the Rosary for a 10:00 a.m. Mass. Inter ment Calvary Cemetery. VISITATION FRI. 1:00 P.M TO 9:00 P.M.

Jerrell "Jerry" Brooks passed away Saturday December 2, 2006
It is my sad duty to pass along the information that another or our teammates has passed away.
Jerry Brooks memorial service is 2:00 p.m. Saturday 12/23/2006 Breeze Park Chapel, 600 Breeze Park Dr., Weldon Spring, MO.
Jerrell "Jerry" Brooks passed away on 2 Dec '06 after a long illness.Jerry was well known in the Astronautics Avionics departments.
Norm Beckel
The following obituary is from the Post Dispatch 12/03/06:
Brooks, Jerrell E., 'Jerry' 79 , went home to be with our Lord on Dec. 2, 2006, at Breeze Park Care Center in Weldon Spring following a long illness.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Katherine R. (Kathy) Brooks of Weldon Spring; a son, David J. (Gwen) Brooks of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Holly B. (Alan) Hildreth of Maryland Heights and Barbara B. (Larry) Myers of St. Peters; a sister, Helen (Joe) St. Martin of Palm Springs, CA and Waldport, OR; three sisters-in-law, Albina L. (the late Ivan) Brooks of Brick, NJ, Mary Beth (the late George) Reynolds of Kirkwood, and Barbara (the late Frank) Reynolds of Lexington, KY; twelve grandchildren; Natalie, Davidson (Tiffany), Clint and Reynolds Brooks; Drew, Brooke, Sally and Jared Hildreth; Erin, Laura, Michelle and Daniel Myers; numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife and mother of the children, Miriam Ruth (Sally) Young Brooks, and his brother and sister-in-law, Douglas (Irma) Brooks.
Jerry was born May 4, 1927, near Ft. Madison, IA to the late Jerrell C. and Nora Kincaid Brooks, and graduated from Ft. Madison High School. He served in the Navy during W.W.II and received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He also completed the class work toward a Master's in EE at St. Louis University. He worked at Ashland Oil of Kentucky in Ashland, KY for eight years, and retired from McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) after 30 years as an electronics engineer in the Space and Missiles Program in St. Louis. He loved flying, and held licenses as a private pilot, in double engine aircraft, commercial and instructor. He was also an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, traveling, camping, singing in choirs and choral groups and playing bridge. Jerry was an active member of the United Methodist Church of the Shepherd in St. Peters and belonged to Poage Lodge, F.&A.M. in Ashland.Services: celebration of his life will be held when the entire family gathers for Christmas. The memorial will be Saturday December 23 at 2:00pm in the Chapel at Breeze Park, 600 Breeze Park Drive, Weldon Spring.

Burial private.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Parkinson's Research, NAMI, the Breeze Park Stained Glass Fund, or a charity of your choice. Share your condolences and memories at

Carl McCarthy passed away Monday November 27, 2006
The following note received from Carl's wife Kay:
"I'm sorry to inform you that Carl McCarthy lost his battle with cancer on Monday, November 27th.
Arrangements are pending. Please call New Hope Presbyterian Church on Wednesday for details or check newspaper."

Thank you for your love and concern.
Kay McCarthy

The following from the St. L. Post Dispatch 11/29/06:
Carlisle John McCarthy
McCarthy, Carlisle John St. Charles, MO, November 27, 2006 age 72. Dearest husband of Kay McCarthy; devoted father of Margaret (John) McCann, Elizabeth (Paul) Morrison, Michael J. (Marci) McCarthy and Kathleen McCarthy and the late Carlisle John McCarthy; dear brother of Peggy Kaiser and Edward (Janet) McCarthy; beloved grandfather of Matthew, Sadie, Eastin, Gabrielle, Emily, Paul and David; dear son-in-law of Kay Toensmann; preceded in death by his parents, Carlisle and Edna McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis Camera Club and was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force. He was an Aeronautical Engineer at McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, Missouri for 43 years. While at McDonnell Douglas, he worked on projects Mercury, Gemini, Skylab and the Space Shuttle programs. He received his Bachelor's degree from Parks College in Cahokia, Illinois and his MBA from St. Louis University.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church or American Cancer Society. Share your condolences and memories at"
Please Note Changes as of 11/30/06:
Dear Family and Friends,
Due to the drastic change in the weather, the services for Carl McCarthy have been rescheduled.
The visitation will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and the memorial service will be held on Monday, December 4 at 11 a.m. The visitation and memorial are still at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1580 Kisker Rd, St. Charles, MO 63304.
The McCarthy Family

Warren Rundell passed away Monday November 21, 2006
Warren was a frequent attendee at the "Mac's Old Team" meetings. We will miss him very much. He worked many years in the Missile and Space programs. He was in the Electrical Design Department.
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch 11/22/06:
Warren H. Rundell
Rundell, Warren H. Monday, November 20, 2006. Beloved husband of Beverly A. Rundell (nee Alendal); dear father of Mike (Kris) Rundell and Michelle (Mike) Mueller; dear brother of Frances Wilbur and Verna Albright and the late Melvin Rundell and Doris Seibert; loving grandfather of Libby (Matt) Lewis, Dave, Katie, Jon Rundell and Matt and Kim Mueller; great-grandfather of Tristan and Tom Lewis; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Services: Funeral from ALEXANDER Funeral Home, 11101 St. Charles Rock Rd. (at Lindbergh) Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. Interment National Cemetery J.B. VISITATION THURSDAY 4-8 P.M.
Mary Ann (Karn) Schneider died Monday October 30, 2006
The following note was provided by Ruth Trammell:
Mary Ann was my Shop Steward at McDonnell Douglas in 1967 when I was working as a Machine Parts Inspector in Bldg 27. She was a sweetheart and I thought the world of her.
Ruth Trammel
Schneider, Mary A. (Karn) fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Monday, October 30, 2006.
Beloved wife of the late Elmo G. Schneider; dear mother of Jacqueline Darden, Patricia Phelps, and the late Betty Jean Hill; dear mother-in-law of Keith 'Bo' Hill; step-mother of Viola Guess; dear grandmother of 16; great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.Mary will be missed by her little dogs.
Mary was retired after 33 years with McDonnell Douglas where she served as Secretary-Treasurer and Shop Steward for Aerospace District 837.
Services: Funeral 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov., 2, 2006 from HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church for 10:00 a.m. Mass. If desired, memorials to American Cancer Society would be appreciated.Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 4-8 p.m. onlineguestbook at

Don Jewell died Tuesday, October 24, 2006.
The following note was provided by Mike Wampler:
Don was a designer on the F-15, a real good golfer and a great friend.
From the St. L. Post Dispatch:
Donald L. "Don" Jewell
Jewell, Donald L. 'Don', St. Charles, MO, October 24, 2006 age 76.
Beloved husband of Millie Jewell for 52 years; dear father to Debbie (Scott) LaCroix of Dallas, TX and Denise (Jeff) Link of Chicago, IL; loving grandfather to Jenna, Mikey, Jeremy, James and Ryan; brother to Mary Smitson of Norman, OK and Marjorie Monroe of San Diego, CA, John Jewell, Jerry Jewell and Ed Jewell of Norman, OK; preceded in death by his parents John Earl and Janie B. Jewell, his sister, Alice White and brother, Robert Jewell.
Don was a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia in Mechanical Engineering and began his career as a design engineer at Westinghouse retiring from McDonnell Douglas. He was a dedicated Mizzou basketball and football fan. (Go Tigers!) Don was a member of the Whitmoor Country Club where he spent many happy hours with the ORFS golf league and the SKINS game.Services: The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO where a Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, October 28, 2006, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Memorial Service 2:00 p.m. Saturday at The Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, St. Charles, MO. If desired, donations in memory of Don may be made to the American Heart Association or Oasis Food Bank. Share your condolences and memories at

Joe Windham passed away Saturday, October 14 2006.
The following note was provided by Bob Fessenden:
Joe was a dedicated person who lived and worked to the highest standards. I had the privilege of being his friend and working for him on several assignments over the years beginning in 1964.
The following from St. L. Post Dispatch:
Windham, Joseph Nathan was born January 25, 1936 and died October 14, 2006. He was the oldest of three boys born to Ruby (Hattaway) and Hoyt Windham. Joe was born in Miami, Florida.
Joe graduated from Miami Edison High School where he lettered in Football and earned a scholarship to attend the University of Florida. He met and married Joyce Davis Cravin and they parented four daughters.
Joe was an outstanding student at the University, graduating with honors and earning the 'Walter J. Matherly' Scholar Athlete Award. In 1959, Joe graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he accepted a position with the Martin Company in Orlando, Fl. After three years with the Martin Company he accepted a position with McDonnell Douglass (then called McDonnell Aircraft) in St. Louis, MO where he enjoyed a successful career retiring after 30 years as Director of Advanced Systems and Technology. During this time he spent 3 years on a special assignment working for the CIA in McLean Virginia, and managing a program of key national significance.
After retirement from McDonnell Douglas, he moved back to Gainesville, FL and the University of Florida where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy. In 1996, he re-joined the work force as a Vice President - Business Development with the MRJ Company and re-located to Northern Virginia. MRJ was sold to Veridian and Veridian was sold to General Dynamics where he worked until his health failed in 2005.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bobby, and dear friend Don Hicks; he is survived by daughters Brenda Evans (Gene) and Cindy Windham both of FL, and Lorisa Gratza (Keith) and Amy Zinn (Mark) both of MO; a much loved grandson Josh Windham Springman and granddaughter Kate Koons (Brian); and great-granddaughter Lily Mae Koons; survivors also include his younger brother Douglas (Jeannette), niece Karen Windham; and nephew Doug Windham, Jr.; a very special friend, Joel Wahlberg (Ann); his mother's twin brother Robbie Hattaway of Milledgville, GA; his aunt Jean Hattaway of Hiawassee, GA; and a host of beloved cousins and friends.

Bob Groh , died Friday, October 27, 2006
Bob was a great friend, and fellow teammate for over 30 years. He worked in the Liason Engineering Group and many missile and space programs.
Following from the St. L. Post Dispatch:
Groh, Robert Edwin Sr. 'Bob', age 80, St. Peters, MO, October 27, 2006.
Beloved husband of the late Lorraine E. Groh; loving father of Robert E. Jr. (Gayle), Richard A. (Cindy) and Donald C. Groh; proud grandfather of Wendy Moen (Dana) and great-grandfather of Caleb, Kylee and Abby Moen; preceded in death by parents, Edwin and Caroline Groh.
Mr. Groh retired from McDonnell Douglas after serving 31 years as an Aerospace Engineer. He was a member of The Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, The United States Navy Seabees, a board member and participant of the Senior Golden Games and served as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America for many years. Mr. Groh proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII.
Services: The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO where visitation will be held Monday, October 30, 2006 2:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, St. Peters, MO. Interment Private. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church. Share your condolences and memories at

Stan Stoker passed away Saturday October 15, 2006 at Sullivan, MO
The following note provided by Dan Venverloh:
My wife and I attended Stan's funeral this morning in Suillivan, MO. ... Stan's wife Jan was there in a wheel chair as she is current resident of a nursing home recovering from a hip operation. In attendance were mostly friends from Bourbon and their church with some relatives from Ohio. Ralph Morris and myself represented Stan's teammates from his worklife at McDonnell Douglas. We were welcomed by Jan and she seemed very glad to see us.
During the eulogy the pastor recounted Stan's life including the programs he worked on.
Stan is laid to rest in Hill cemetery on the northern edge of Bourbon, MO within a stones throw of highway 44.
Keep Stan and Jan in your prayers.
Joe Dean, long time teammate and friend passed away Sunday morning Aug 6, 2006.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Shirley and all the family.

The following obituary from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Aug 7, 2006:
Dean, Joseph Windsor native of West Texas, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, age 77.
Beloved husband of Shirley J. Dean (nee Tanner); dear father and father-in-law of Larry (Linda), Tom (Shirley), Randy (Dorothy) and James Dean.; dear grandfather of Michael, Susan (Warren) Fajatin, Matthew, Elizabeth and John; dear great-grandfather of Steven and Lucy;our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend of many.
Mr. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Joe joined the Air Force and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base where he met the love of his life, Shirley Jean Tanner. They married Nov. 1, 1947 and moved to Texas, where Joe completed his engineering degrees at Texas Tech. As he promised, they moved back to St. Louis to raise their 4 boys. Joe was a 30 year retiree of McDonnell-Douglas. He was actively involved at St. Mark's Methodist, where he ran their food pantry for over 24 years.

Service: 10 am Wed., Aug. 9 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 315 Graham Rd., Florissant.
Interment: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Visitation: 2-9 p.m. Tues., Aug. 8 at HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant.
Memorials, in his name may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

Milton (Milt) Schmidt, teammate of many years passed away Sunday 2 July 2006
The following information provided by Dick Ampleman:
Milton (Milt) Schmidt passed to his reward on Sunday 2 July 2006 in the 93rd year of his very useful life. Milt was a material control planner on the F101 and Mercury, Gemini and many other space and missile programs. He was a major participant in the rewriting of the material SP’s for MDAC-STL. At age 65 and after 25 years of service Milt retired in 1978. He and Lilyan, who preceeded him in death, were a wonderful couple, enjoying each other and attending the Muny Opera, the St Louis Philharmonic orchestra, Missouri Botanical Garden, extensive travel and many other activities. Their 3 children all graduated from St Louis University, David with a B A degree, Kenneth with a B A degree and Alan with B A and LLB degree. Milt had a life long association with the Boy Scouts, St Vincent De Paul Society and the Muny Opera. He donated his body to St Louis University Medical School.

Theodore J. "Ted" Steinmeyer Sr. passed away June 2, 2006
Following is obituary from St. L. Post Dispatch:
Steinmeyer, Theodore J. 'Ted' Sr. Born September 21, 1925; on Sidney St. in St. Louis, MO; graduated from Brentwood High School in 1944; served his country in WW II in the U.S. Coast Guard. Attended St. Louis University. Retired from a distinguished 35 year career as an aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas, having worked on early jet fighter aircraft, projects Mercury and Gemini, the Shuttle and cruise missile programs. He was a leader in his community serving as alderman and Mayor of the City of Ballwin. Founding member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. First President of the Ballwin Khourey League, member and Past Commander of American Legion Post 611, and baseball and basketball coach to many boys and girls.

Beloved husband of Judith Garcia Steinmeyer and the late Hattie Louise Poe Steinmeyer; dedicated father of Ted Jr. (Toni), Donna (Pete) Gallagher, Betsy (Mike) Bender, Randy (Heather), Lori (Phil) Caster, and Amy Erdmann; loving grandfather to Caroline (Tim) Carey, Ted III, Maggie, Conrad, Riley, Ashley, and Natalie; dear brother of Kenneth (Imie) Conley and Norma Conley-Cole, caring uncle and great friend to many.

Services: The Stygar Family of Funeral Service is caring for Mr. Steinmeyer's family. Funeral service Monday, June 5, 10 a.m. from the STYGAR FLORISSANT CHAPEL, 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd. (at Lindbergh) for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Norbert Catholic Church with interment to follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions appreciated to the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 8790 Manchester Rd. 63144 or to the American Heart Association.VISITATION SUNDAY 2-8 P.M
John Steinkuhler died Wednesday May 30, 2006
Following is obituary from St. L. Post Dispatch:
Steinkuhler, John L . Lake St. Louis, MO, born September 23, 1932, died May 24, 2006.
He is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, Julia Lorraine Steinkuhler (nee: Garnett); sons, Robert and Richard (Michelle) Steinkuhler; daughters, Julia (David) Robb, and Barbara Skelton; five grandchildren, Amanda Kennon, Melinda Robb, Jason Conrey, Alesia Steinkuhler, and Jessica Skelton; one great-grandson, William Kennon; sister-in-law, Marie Steinkuhler; brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Marie Garnett; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mr. Steinkuhler retired from McDonnell Douglas Corporation after 36 years of service. He was a member of Sages Retiree Club and St. Louis Genealogical Society. He was a Korean War Veteran.
Services: The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles MO. where visitation [was] held Monday, May 29, 2006. Funeral service Tuesday May 30 in the Chapel. Interment St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be sent to the St. Louis Genealogical Society, #4 Sunnen Dr., Ste 140, St. Louis, MO 63143-3814. Share your condolences and memories at
Lenard A. "Len" Goran died Saturday May 13, 2006
Len Goran was a friend and teammate for many years at MDC. In the final years of his carer at MDC, he was the Deputy Program Manager on the Skylab Program (about 1971-1973), then later he was involved in the Tomahawk Technology Transfer Program.

Following is from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Sun, May 14 2006 issue:
Goran, Lenard A. May 13, 2006.
Beloved husband of Florence Goran; dear father and father-in-law of Michael (Fran) Goran of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Dr. David (Deena) Goran; dear grandfather of Julie Goran and Jeff (Kristin) Goran; dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Robert (the late Gertrude) Goran; our dear uncle, cousin and friend.

Mr. Goran retired after many years as a mechanical engineer and executive with the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation.
Services: Private graveside services will be held Sunday, May 14th. Memorial contributions preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 225 South Meramec, Suite 1032T, 63105. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE.

Ray Brunnert passed away March 31, 2006
Ray succumbed to a head injury in a fall at his home. Please remember the family of another departed teammate.
Following from St. Louis Post Dispatch, April 2-3, 2006
Raymond C. Brunnert Jr.
Brunnert, Raymond C. Jr. on Friday, March 31, 2006, baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection.
Beloved father of Steven (Diana) Brunnert, Sharon (Dave) Dunn and Donna Furnas; beloved grandfather of Kristen Moseley, Alexandra and Garrett Dunn and Jared Brunnert; our dear cousin and friend to many.
Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Forsythe Blvd. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Family will greet friends in The Great Hall of AMBRUSTER-DONNELLY Funeral Home, Mon., 4-8 p.m.

Don Malvern passed away January 19, 2006 at age 84.
Don Malvern, the first F-15 program manager and former president of the McDonnell Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, died Jan. 19 at age 84.
Born in Sterling, Okla., Malvern graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a mechanical engineering degree after serving as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He joined McDonnell in 1946 as an aerodynamicist. He was promoted to chief of flight test engineering in 1954, which at the time included the F3H Demon program for the Navy and the F-101 Voodoo for the Air Force. In 1958 he was named company-wide project manager for the F-4 program and in 1968 vice president of advanced design. The following year, he became vice president - F-15 general manager and led the company's successful effort to bring the production contract for the new Air Force fighter to St. Louis.
In 1973 he was named executive vice president of the company's tactical aircraft division in St. Louis and president of the division 1982. He joined the McDonnell Douglas corporate office in 1986 as an executive vice president, where he focused on quality and productivity improvement, and corporate aerospace engineering and operations. After retiring from the corporation in 1988, he served as chairman of the Wings of Hope organization based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

Herman D. Barkey passed away December 9, 2005 at age 96.
Herman Barkey, the McDonnell Aircraft chief engineer who did the first drawings of the airplane that become the famous F-4 Phantom, died Dec. 9. He was 96.
Born in North Judson, Ind., Barkey studied mechanical engineering at Notre Dame before graduating from the University of Detroit in 1932 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. He worked for the Hamilton Standard and Curtiss-Wright companies before joining McDonnell in St. Louis in 1945.
He worked on several early projects, including the XF-85 Goblin and XF-88 Voodoo experimental fighters, and the F2H Banshee carrier-based fighter. In the fall of 1953, Barkey laid down the initial drawings of what was then McDonnell Model 98. A year later, after the company received a contract from the U.S. Navy for two prototype aircraft, he was named senior project engineer for the F-4 development program. In 1970, Barkey was named vice president of engineering for tactical aircraft. He received the prestigious National Aircraft Design Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1973 for his work on the F-4 Phantom.
He retired from the company in 1974, but returned to the St. Louis plant to take part in celebrations for the Phantom's 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th first flight anniversaries.

Obituary provided by Bonney Moore, daughter of Herman Barkey:
BARKEY, Herman D.
age 96, baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection, Friday, December 9, 2005. Husband of the late Nettie A. Barkey; dear father of Bonnie (George) Moore; special friend of Sweetie-Buttons; dear brother, uncle, step-grandfather, step-great-grandfather & friend to many. Mr. Barkey was a retiree of McDonnell Douglas Corp. Services: Mass at Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Manchester, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Luncheon to follow Mass at the Mari deVilla Club House, 13900 Clayton Rd. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marygrove, 2705 Mullanphy Ln., Florissant, MO 63031 or charity of your choice. Visitation at the church Thursday 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. A service of the SCHRADER Funeral Home.
Bonnie Barkey Moore provides the following additional information:
"To give you background on Dad - My parents moved to the condos at Mari de Villa Retirement Center in June 1996 and lived there until June 2004 at which time they moved to the Assisted Care Buiilding. My mom passed away in September 2004.
For the last several years Dad remained in good health except he used a walker since his legs were not as good as they had been. In the spring of 2005, age 96, he began having problems, had a pacemaker put in in July 2005, had some complications in August but at Thanksgiving seemed to have recovered. We attended the Brunch at Mari de Villa with him at Thanksgiving and all seemed well. Things seemed to start shutting down the week before he passed away. Actually, even on Wednesday, he was still sitting up and dressed and ended up only spending one day in bed (Thursday) and passed away Friday morning.
Take care and stay healthy.
Bonnie Barkey Moore

James "Jim" Fleming passed away November 21, 2005.
Jim Fleming lost his latest battle with cancer on Monday 21 November. Jim was a great teammate during our Mac days and a friend ever since. He will be sorely missed by his family and his many friends. Remember his family in your prayers.

The viewing will be at the O'Sullivan Muckle Funeral Home, 13996 Olive Road (near Hog Hollow) phone 314-514-9966 Friday 25 November from 4PM to 8PM. Burial Mass will be Sat 26 November, 10AM at Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Road (Olive and Hwy141).

Charlie Marschner
We are delighted to receive several notes written by Charlie Marschner and passed on to us by Skip Lauer. Charlie's viewpoints are very special, interesting, and fits right in to the main theme of Mac's Old Team website ----to keep in touch with our old teammate friends, and keep ever mindful about the history of the "good old days" at McDonnell Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas, and the opportunities we had there. Charlie Marschner is one of Mr. Mac's original team of 13 back in 1939, and we understand he is the final survivor of this "original team".

Following is a summary of the info. received thus far:
From Skip Lauer:
Charlie Marschner lives in Baytree Country Club, FL with his beautiful wife of 60 years, Dottie. Charlie is 92 years young and still has a brilliant mind and lots of great stories about Mac's early years. He was one of the original master minds in 1939.

Sept 3, 2005 Charlie writes:
Dear Skip-
I believe I am the final Survivor of the pre-1940 MAC (McDonnell Aircraft Corp.) employee. See list attached.
I am sending this to you as you will know how to enter it into the records. I still recall the MAC formation by James S. McDonnell vividly including when I signed up Sept. 5, 1939. In retrospect it was historic. Only Mac's indomitable will made MAC survive.
Charlie Marschner
Charlie's list of Mr. Mac's original team follows:
Pre-1940 (Late 1939) Employees of McDonnell Aircraft Corp. (MAC)
1. James S. McDonnell (Mac), Pres. July 1, 1939. Incorp Co. (MAC)
1st week July.
2. Louis (Lou) Ritter, Adm. Asst. July 1, 1939
3. Garrett (Gary) Covington, Stress Eng. & Asst. Chief Eng. Aug. ?, 1939
4. Ivan Driggs*, Ch. Eng. Sept. 5, 1939
5. George Bussiere*, Arms Inst. Eng. Sept. 5, 1939
6. Lyle Farver*, Gen'l Des. Eng. Sept. 5, 1939
7. Earl (Bud)Fisher*, Power Plant Inst. Eng. Sept. 5, 1939
8. Charles (Charlie) Marschner* Production Des. Eng. Sept. 5, 1939
9. Lawrence (Larry) Waite* Aerodynamics & Asst. Ch. Eng. Sept. 5, 1939
10. Milton (Milt) Bergey, Airframe Des. Eng. Sept. ? 1939
11. Geroge Hineman, Landing Gear Des., Sept. ? 1939
12. Albert (Al) Utsch, Airframe Des. Eng. Nov. ?, 1939
13. Joseph (Joe) Beerer, Aerodynamics Eng. Nov. ?, 1939
The first 11 persons reported for work Mon. Oct. 2, 1939; Al and Joe about Thanksgiving Week. Those noted * signed 1 year employment contracts with Mac the evening of Sept. 5, 1939. "Original" employees could buy 1 share of MAC common stock for each dollar of monthly salary for 5 cents a share. Par was set at one dollar.
James S. McDonnell (Mac), Ivan Driggs, Lyle Farver, and Lawrence Waite (Larry) were all genius class as evidenced by their work and conceptual contribution.
I was the youngest of the Engineers except for Joe Beerer (#13 above). I was indeed fortunate to work with such an experienced and knowledgeable group of men. They willingly shared their wisdom.
After the one year contracts ran out and Mac's future looked bleak, all but Ritter, Covington, Driggs, Farver, Marschner and Hineman left the co. Driggs left later.
The first 1000 "clock" numbers were assigned about 2 years after the company was formed with Engineering getting Nos. 901 thru 1000. The newly hired head bean counter was sure there would never be a 1000 employees or over as many as 100 Engineers! So first 1000#s are meaningless.
C. F. Marschner

Oct 3, 2005 from Charlie Marschner
Subject: Big Bang & Creation

The Big Bang is generally accepted as "In The Beginning".

I recall how fascinated I was when I looked at the Periodic Table on the wall in chem. and physics classes. The order shown defines how atoms and their components are used by The Creator to make all materials in the known Universe. Fragments of atoms are merely testimony to the violence of the Big Bang. The recognition of the periodic table began about 150 years ago by a Russian, as I recall, closely followed by a German.

But the origin of life was not explained for nearly 100 years. Then DNA was recognized as the orderly, complex pattern for life of all kinds. J. S. McDonnell made note of DNA importance in his acceptance of the Collier Trophy in the early 1950s.

The PT & DNA, to me, confirm absolutely the existence of a Creator. Otherwise all would be chaos.

Regards, Charlie M.
CHARLIE, keep 'em coming! We really enjoy hearing from you! Send us some MAC memorabilia any time you wish. We will put it on the Old Mac's Team for all to enjoy.

JOE HALLEMANN passed away Sunday evening October 16, 2005
With deep regret we have received word that Joe Halleman passed away on Sunday 16 October 2005. Visitation will be on Tuesday 18 October from 3:00PM to 9:00PM at Hutchens Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd, Florissant. MO.
The funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 751 N. Jefferson, Florissant on Wed at 9:30AM with burial at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.
Please remember Joe's wife Mary Ann and his family in your prayers.
Following is the obituary from St. Louis Post Dispatch 10/18/05:
Joseph E. Hallemann Hallemann, Joseph E. age 80, Sunday, October 16, 2005, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church.
Beloved husband of Mary Ann (nee Majewski) Hallemann; dear father of Joseph G. and Thomas G. Hallemann; dear grandfather of Rebecca Lee, Eric James and Elizabeth Anne Hallemann; dear son of the late Joseph H. and Emily Halleman; dear brother of Reverend John Hallemann, Juanita Sternberg, James Hallemann and the late Aurelia and Mary Lee Hallemann; dear nephew of Adele Brummer; dear godfather of Ann Witcher and Lisa Witcher; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.
Joe served in the U.S. army with the 89th Division in W.W.II, was a charter member of North American Martyrs Catholic Church in Florissant, member St. Vincent dePaul Society, Men of Marygrove, Friendship Force of Missouri, Knights of Columbus Duchesne Council #2951, 4th Degree Bishop Wurm Assembly #2012, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 444 and active Pro Life advocate. Joe worked for 35 years in the Aero/Space industry.
Services: Funeral procession from HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant, Wednesday, October 19 at 9:00 a.m. to Sacred Heart Church, 751 N. Jefferson St. for a 9:30 a.m. Mass.
Interment with honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation 3-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials to St. Vincent dePaul Society or Marygrove appreciated

PAM (Rice) BUSCHARD passed away October 06, 2005
We sadly received information that Pam Buschard passed away at the very young age of 52 as breast cancer has taken a friend and teammate.
Please keep her husband Rich Buschard and the family in your thoughts and prayers. Following is the obituary as it appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

PAMELA M. BUSCHARD (nee Rice), fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Thurs., Oct. 6, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Beloved wife of Richard P. Buschard; dearest daughter of Mardell and the late Robert D. Rice; dear sister of Robert (Patty), Richard (Nanette) Rice, Kim (Bill) Shillington and Julia (Mike) Bouck; our dear aunt, cousin and dear friend.
Pam was employed at Boeing for approximately 35 years working in many areas of business management and administration. She worked on the Harpoon Missile Program for many years and most recently provided support to the management of Aerospace Support Services
Services: Mon., Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. at COLLIER'S Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd.(Bridgeton).
Interment National Cemetery, J.P., MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 200 S. Hanley Rd. Ste. 1070 (63105).
Visitation 3-9 p.m. Sunday.
Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 10/9/2005.
ED STANWICH passed away September 26, 2005
With deep sadness we have to report that Ed Stanwich has succumbed to cancer at the veterans home in St James, MO. Remember his wife Louise and family in your prayers.
Stanwich, Edmund C Peacefully entered eternal rest on September 26, 2005. Beloved husband of Louise Stanwich; dear father of Mark, Bret, Bill and Jim; dear brother of Carol Purcell and Jay Stanwich; dear 'Papa' of 8 grandchildren; dear uncle and father-in-law.
Ed had a distinguished 30+ year career working at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. As a young man he served as a paratrooper in the Army before attending the University of Illinois. He enjoyed playing with his grandkids, hiking in the mountains, relaxing by the ocean, sailing, tennis and golf. He was loved by many and will be forever missed.
A special thank you to Louise and the caring staff at the Missouri Veterans home in St. James.
Services: A private ceremony will be held to spread his ashes at sea. Memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.
From St. Louis Post Dispatch(published: 09/28/2005)

LEN VOSKAMP passed away Sept. 26, 2005
Leonard "Len" Voskamp worked most of his career at MDC/Boeing on aircraft programs, also was involved in the Space Shuttle proposal. He was an important leader and program engineer on many projects. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Following from the St. Louis Post Dispatch: "Voskamp, Leonard W Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Mon., Sept. 26, 2005.
Beloved husband of the late Constance E. Voskamp; dear father of William (Kathleen) Voskamp, Robert Voskamp, Mary Voskamp, Joan Voskamp and the late James Voskamp; dear uncle of Thomas (Karen) Collins; dear great-uncle of Christy (James) Taylor and Katie Collins; dear friend of many.
Mr. Voskamp retired from McDonnell Douglas Corp. after 39 1/2 years. He was a program engineer for the F4 Phantom and the F18 Hornet. Mr. Voskamp was a decorated WWII pilot and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Services: Funeral Mass will be Wed., Sept. 28, 2005, 11 a.m. at Immacolata Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wed., 10-11 a.m. at church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. ARRANGEMENTS BY BOPP CHAPEL.
(published: 09/28/2005)"

JIM O'NEILL passed away August 16, 2005
The following is from an email by Sandy L. Booth:
I believe most of you knew Jim O'Neill that retired from Boeing as a buyer quite a few years back. He is my uncle and I thought I would let all of you know that he passed away last night after he had a stroke a few weeks ago. The wake will be held Thursday, 18 August at Steigers Funeral Home, 9825 Halls Ferry, from 3:00pm-9:00pm. I don't have all the details of where the funeral will be but I know it is on Friday. Please keep my uncle in your prayers.
Sandy L. Booth

We have recently received information from Skip (Altemeyer) Lauer, the wife of our friend and teammate Ed Lauer who passed away 1998. Skip was also a teammate at MAC until she and Ed moved to Florida (Titusville plant) in the early 1950's. Skip was a Sky Queen in 1946.
Following information provided by Skip who lives in Florida:
Here is a little about Ed and I. Ed began his career with MAC in 1944. He was in the Propulsion Division in the early days and worked on experimental projects. He came to Florida for "secret shots" before the capsules in the late 1940's and 50's. We moved to Florida to stay in 1967. Ed worked in a small building on the TiCo Airport until the TiCo plant was finished in the late 1960's.
Ed had a can-do attitude "if you can think it, you can do it" which inspired everyone around him. He later developed cancer from secondary smoke. Another attribute was his sense of humor. When the doctors couldn't stop the air leak in the remaining part of his lung, he and some of his teammates were thinking up fixes such as duct tape and gum. Ed retired August 1988, and passed away February 9, 1998, 6 days before our 51st anniversary. He lived an exciting life and loved every minute of it -- his jobs, his family, his friends and teammates, and he thought Mr. Mac could walk on water. He was part of an elite group that helped to create a lot of firsts for our country and the world and for that his family is very proud and grateful.
I was transferred to the Headquarter Division in the Ambassador Bldg downtown [St. Louis] as a receptionist. Ed and I met on the basketball court!! We both played in the Industrial League for MAC. The men practiced where the women played their games.
I was Sky Queen in 1946 which was an exciting experience for a little country girl. Ed and I were married February 15, 1947 and our son, Steve was born May 15, 1952. I was a stay-at-home mom until Steve graduated from law school then I got my real estate license and sold real estate for 27 years. I finally retired in 2004. Steve is an attorney in Vero Beach, Fla. He and his wife Margareth have 2 daughters Eva and Anne, only an hour away.
Skip Lauer"

Skip also provided the following information about another retired teammate: Charlie MARSCHNER lives in Baytree Country Club, Fla, with his beautiful wife of 60 years Dottie. Charlie is 92 years young and still has a brilliant mind and lots of great stories about Mac's early years. He was one of the of the original master minds in 1939.

LUKE R. ABKEMEIER passed away July 8, 2005
Norris Ruessler provided the following note:
Luke was in the MDC Computer Facility in Bld 101 way back when we had analog computers and then brought in the IBMs etc. He was head of the Computer Facility for a long time and later worked for Cappalupo and then went to the "Blue Zoo" (Automation Center). He retired many years ago. Was really a great guy and has had cancer for a few years.

The following obituary is from the St. L. Post Dispatch (Ad ran 07/11/2005 - 07/12/2005):
ABKEMEIER, LUKE R., SR., Resting in the Arms of Jesus Fri., July 8, 2005; beloved husband of Maryilyn; dear father of Luke, Mark (Marlene), Ursula (Steve) and John; dear brother of Joan Trull; our dear grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church on Thur., July 14, at 10 a.m. Interment Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Member of Knights of Columbus Father Griffin Council and a retiree of McDonnell-Douglas. In lieu of flowers, contributions to deGreeff Hospice House, (10024 Kennerly Rd., 63128), Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King (15540 Cannon Mines Rd., Cadet, MO. 63630) or Our Lady's Inn (4223 South Compton, 63111) appreciated. KUTIS AFFTON Service

JOSEPH BOMAN died July 5, 2005 at his home in Wentzville
Joseph Boman was a retired international business manager for McDonnell Douglas Corp., now Boeing Co., where he had worked for more than 30 years.
He served in the Army from 1953-55.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus in O'Fallon and was a Wings of Hope volunteer.
Visitation was at Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O'Fallon. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday July 8 at St. Theodore Catholic Church, Flint Hill. Burial at the church cemetery.
Among survivors are his wife, Marilyn Boman of Wentzville; five daughters, Ellen King and Mary Roth, both of Moscow Mills, Jean Brinker of St. Charles, Susan Cagle of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lynn Geiser of Wentzville; a son, Joe Boman of Bonner Springs, Kan.; a brother, William Boman of St. Louis; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Community Loving Care Hospice; Quincy University General Scholarship Fund in care of Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O'Fallon, Mo. 63366.

JERRY D. LEE passed away Thursday, June 30, 2005
Jerry was an electrical engineer in the Astronautics Company (MDC), now Boeing Co., for 30 years. He worked on many space and missile programs. He retired from BAC, and was living in O'Fallon, MO.
Visitation was at the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, St Charles, MO on Sunday July 3. Funeral service was Tuesday July 5; 2:00PM at Baue.
Among survivors are his wife, Cindy Lee of O'Fallon; two sons, Steve Lee and Curt Lee, both of O'Fallon; and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society in care of Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, Mo. 63301

CARL M. SPIROFF passed away Thursday June 30, 2005 at Granite City, IL
Carl was a structural/mechanical design engineer in the Astronautics Company (MDC), now Boeing Co. for many years. Prior to retirement, he worked on many space and missile programs.
Visitation was Tuesday July 5 at Irwin Chapel on Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral was at St. John's Lutheran Church in Granite City, and burial at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

JAMES R. "JIM" HEINZEN passed away Wednesday June 1, 2005
Jim Heinzen was a former thermal analyst at MDC/Boeing.
HEINZEN, JAMES R.,fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Wednesday, June 1, 2005; loving husband of Barbara K. (nee Bassett) Heinzen; dearest father of Craig (Stephanie) and Mark (Katrina) Heinzen and Cynthia (Randall) Grigg; dear grandfather of Lindsey and Ryan Grigg; beloved brother-in-law of Keith (Celeste) Scott and uncle of John Scott; our dear nephew, cousin and friend of many.
The Stygar Family of Funeral Service is caring for James' family. Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 am Saturday, June 4 at Ascension St. Paul Catholic Church(7005 Ascension Drive, Normandy). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Ascension St. Paul Catholic Church in James' memory.
L. PAUL STEWART passed away Monday April 4, 2005
L. Paul Stewart, 72 of Eldon, Mo. passed away Monday April 4,2005 in Jefferson City.
He was retired from McDonnell Douglas as a project manager and had been with the company for 35 years.
Surviving him are a son, Matthew of the home and two daughters, Cathy Waltz of Jefferson City and Caron Mathis of Tucson, AZ;two grandsons, Joshua Waltz of Jefferson City and Ben Orr of Tucson, AZ.,two sisters and one brother.Funeral services were held in Eldon with burial in Moberly,MO.
Memorials are made to the New Hope Community for Handicapped Adults of Versailles,MO

GERALD "JERRY" DeWITTpassed away May 30, 2005

DeWITT, GERALD D.,on Mon., May 30, 2005; beloved husband of Hazel DeWitt (nee Thompson); dear father of Gerald 'Jerry' Jr. and grandfather of David Paul DeWitt; beloved friend to many.
Gerald retired from McDonnell Douglas where he was a Logistics Department Manager.Services private. Interment Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nokomis, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by BOPP Chapel.
(published: St. Louis Post Dispatch 05/31/2005)

In the process of making the monthly call Phil Kempland spoke with Joe Halleman's wife, Joe fell and was in the hospital and is now at Manorcare at 1200 Graham Rd. across from where Christian Hospital North West was. He is there for therapy and will be there at least for this week and next. She said that visitors really raise his spirits also that our collective prayers are needed. The best times to visit Joe are mid afternoon.
The following received from Joe Windham:
"Note: For any of you that I missed earlier, I have spent most of the last week in the hospital with Pneumonia and a severe development in the Leukemia for which I have been under treatment for 9 Years.

Well the news is good. Eva and I met with my Oncologist again today (Wednesday, May 4). The pathology report results were in and show that I have NOT Transitioned to Acute Leukemia. The treatment I have been taking for 9 years is however losing it’s effectiveness and consequently I have significant enlargement of the Spleen, Liver, and most Lymph Nodes. The treatment I have been taking was really quite benign. The idea was to control the condition with as little trauma to the body as possible. Now we have to go to Phase 2. The specific Protocol is called COOP which is a kind of Chemotherapy Cocktail. It will have a much more aggressive impact on my body, but also on the cancer. As I stated before, I will loose my hair but they seem to think my energy level, which has really been depressed, will be back near normal in about a month. I can’t wait.
Cheers, Joe
You can reach Joe by email at

Reunion of "old" space workers to air on TV Monday 9 May
A reunion of "old" space workers was held at the home of Joe and Ruth Trammel a couple of weeks ago. A reporter from PBS attended and recorded the event. Here is a note from Ruth giving the time of the showing:
The Program with footage from the Reunion will be aired Monday, 9 May, evening at 7:00pm on Channel 9 or whatever is your local PBS channel. The program will be "Living St. Louis". Hope some of you will be able to record it.

Pass the word on to your families and friends. I know some of you live out of town. Perhaps you have family or friends here that can view and tape it for you.

Wayne Lowe

General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talked at our lectures series Feb 24. He and his wife grew up in Kansas and are graduates of Kansas State Univ. He arrived in a gov`t Gulf Stream with a plane-load of security.

Our Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Museum loaned Tom Hanks the full scale Lunar Lander and Lunar Rover exhibits for a new space movie that his company is producing. The museum I-MAX has been equipped to show full length movies. The first will be Apollo 13, appropriate since the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Jim Lovell`s spacesuit on that mission are prized exhibits here.

I saw the landing of the Global Flyer on return of its` round-the-world flight March 3 at Salina, KS, an hour North of Hutchinson. Didn`t go to the take-off, since it was delayed several hours and the weather was cold.

Much unrest in Wichita with the sale of Boeing commercial facilities to Onex. Then, the big surprise was the resignation of Stonecipher.

Best regards to team mates,
Wayne Lowe

Bob Kluesner passed away March 10, 2005 O'Fallon, MO

Bob Kluesner passed away Thursday PM 3/10/05
We understand that our friend and Teammate passed away in his sleep at his home in O'Fallon, MO.
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"KLUESNER, ROBERT T., SR.,O'Fallon, MO, March 10, 2005 at age 73; dear father of Robert Kluesner, Jr., Cynthia Kluesner and Dale (Jill) Kluesner; dear brother of John Kluesner and Marjorie Ryals; beloved grandfather of four.
Mr. Kluesner was a member of VFW Local # 4219 (Orchard Farm) and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson, St. Charles, MO. Visitation Saturday, March 12, 2005 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral service 1:00 p.m. Sunday at The Baue Chapel of St. Charles. Interment St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Home. Share your condolences and memories at"

(published: 03/12/2005)

Lawrence "Skip" Long passes away Thursday, February 10, 2005
Many of us knew and worked with "Skip". He was a designer and worked on many space and missile programs. In the later years of his long career at MDC, "Skip" worked on the model 227 program. A great friend and teammate.
Following from the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
LONG, LAWRENCE J. 'SKIP', 74, of Creve Coeur, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Thursday, February 10, 2005; beloved husband of Alberta (nee Butler); loving father of Ellen Anne (Thomas) Breyer, Lt. Col. Lawrence (Donna) Long Jr., USMC retired, Michael (Patricia) Long, Martin (Kelly) Long, Timothy (Carol) Long, Patrick (Melanie) Long & Elizabeth (Brian) Hansen; dear brother of Dorothy J. Shaw and Fr. John G. Long, O. Carm.; dear grandfather of Megan Long, Darcy Long, Kalie Long, Andrew Long, Sean Long, Carolyn Long, Brendan Long, Richard Breyer, Lauren Long, Shannon Long, Nolan Long, Kathryn Long, Claire Long, Caitlin Hansen, Nicole Hansen and Jack Hansen; dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin & friend of many. Funeral from Kriegshauser West Mortuary, 9450 Olive Blvd., Monday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m. then to Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO for a Funeral Mass celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses are preferred. Visitation will be Sunday, February 13, 2005 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at KRIEGSHAUSER WEST MORTUARY (314) 994-3322.

Hoyt “Doc” Ussery is now recovering at home we understand.

He has had a tough time with various ailments, the most significant was heart surgery to repair leaking valve. We hear he is at home and trying to regain weight he lost during his recent illness, and to regain strength and resistance so that he can undergo lung surgery at a later date. Please keep "Doc" and his family in your thoughts and prayers, and we are sure he would like to hear from old friends and teammates. We will update this report as news becomes available.

Ralph R. Conley death Dec 31, 2004
Sad news of Ralph R. Conley’s sudden death was received from Bill Sanders (Harpoon GN&C at Boeing) who passed along the following note from Ralph Conley’s wife Sue.

”Ralph died very suddenly on Dec 31 of a heart attack. Funeral will be in my home town of Mulberry, Indiana on Wed Jan 5. Obit will be in Elyria, Ohio paper and the Lafayette Journal and Courier, both are online. Donations to the March of Dimes Neonatal Research is preferred.”
Obituary below is from Lafayette Journal & Courier, Lafayette Indiana 1/03/2005:
Ralph R. Conley Jr. 61, of Florissant, Mo., and a former area resident, died unexpectedly at 5:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, in Christian Hospital North East in St. Louis, Mo.
Born Oct. 13, 1943, in Columbus, Ga., he graduated from Iliria High School in 1961, Purdue University in 1965, and earned his master's degree from the University of Missouri in 1969. He had lived in the St. Louis area since 1965.
He married Sue Byran on March 7, 1963, in Frankfort, Ky. She survives.
Mr. Conley worked with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo., for the past 27 1/2 years. He held the patent for a missile nozzle.

Visitation 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, until services at 1 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Mulberry, Pastor Steve Rye officiating. Interment Fair Haven Cemetery. Survivors include 4 grandchildren, Miranda Conley, Rusty Conley, Nicholas Warner and Amy Warner. Preceded in death by his father, Ralph R. Conley Sr. Ralph was an excellent provider. He loved his family with all his heart, and was always a rock of strength in time of need. Memorials to March of Dimes Neo-natal Research. Bodine Funeral home entrusted with arrangements.

Lewis "Lew" Ruesler passed away Saturday 6 November, 2004
Lew worked with many of us. He was in the Estimating group at MDC/Boeing St. Louis.
Obituary below is from St. Louis Post Dispatch:
RUESLER, LEWIS A. 'LEW', on Sat., Nov. 6, 2004; beloved husband of 27 years of Michele Ruesler (nee Miller); dear son of Vera and the late Del Ruesler; dear son-in-law of Loretta and the late Robert Miller; dear brother of Rick (Kathy) Ruesler; dear brother-in-law of Mark (Charlyne) and Craig (Robin) Miller; dear uncle of John, Matt and Mike Ruesler and Colin, Brennan, Jessica and Sophia Miller; our dear nephew, cousin and friend of many.
Lew was a kind and compassionate man with a great sense of humor. He had a love of music and cooking and was loved by everyone that knew him.
Service at the ORTMANN-STIPANOVICH Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd., Creve Ceour, on Wed., Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. Service terminates at Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn. or American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Assn. (AFSA), 6380 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Ste D, Tucson, AZ 85715. Visitation from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday.
(published: 11/09/2004)

Pat Madden's wife Lynn passed away 19 October, 2004
The following information provided by Karen Smith and Jackie Tate:
Lynn Madden, has been fighting cancer since May and passed away last evening (19 Oct 2004) at their home. She came home from hospital/rehabilitation last week end with Hospice. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
MADDEN, LYNN E.(nee Wessels), fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Tues., Oct. 19, 2004; beloved wife of Patrick J. Madden; dear mother of Michael (Kelly), Daniel, Kerry, Meghan and Molly Madden; dear grandmother of Myles and Tessa; our dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, niece, cousin and friend.

Funeral from the KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Fri., Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. to St. Paul Catholic Church (Fenton), 10 a.m. Mass. Interment National Cemetery. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Drs. Matthew Ellis and Linda Verkruyse of Washington University School of Medicine Breast Cancer Program; also to Dr. Daniel Brennan and his kidney transplant team from Barnes-Jewish Hospital and nurse Gail of St. Anthony's Hospice and the entire hospice staff. Charitable donations to the American Kidney Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness are appreciated. Visitation Thurs., 3-9 p.m.
(published: 10/21/2004)
Ray Hill safe, but evacuates Cocoa Beach due to hurricane Francis
Dave Gibson has been in touch with Ray Hill and provides the following information:
"Ray had to evacuate Cocoa Beach due to Hurricane Frances, and he went into Georgia with his son and daughter-in-law. Stopped somewhere north of Atlanta. He would like to go back to check on his house, but cannot risk it yet due to the unavailability of gasoline in FL."
John Buncher passed away Aug. 30, 2004 at his home at Innsbrook Estates, Warrenton, MO

Our dear friend and teammate John Buncher passed away at his home on Monday, 30 Aug. John was a true friend to all who knew and worked with him. We will miss him at our lunches.

John gifted his body to St Louis U. Medical School so that he could benefit others.. A memorial mass is planned for Sat Sept 18, 9:00AM, at Holy Rosary Church, 724 E. Booneslick Rd., Warrenton, MO 63383.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Vincent dePaul Society, Holy Rosary Church.
Please remember John's family in your prayers.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"BUNCHER, JOHN A., fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, died in his home at Innsbrook Estates on Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at age 74; beloved husband of Patricia Buncher (nee Vuch); beloved father of Kate Souders (Mike), Mary Antal (Dave), John (Colleen), Mike (Marta), Mark (Cathy) and Marty (Becky) Buncher; dear grandfather of Carol (Aaron), Jackie, Scott, John D., Mark, Jeff, Brian M. (deceased), John B., Shannon, Michael, Colleen, Chris, Kelon, Chelsea, Rachel, Stan, Mary, Laura, Sarah and Andy; dear great-grandfather of Elijah and Lilith; dear son of the late John and Catherine; dear brother of James and the late Steve, Earl Berry and Jane (Farr).
John was an aerospace engineer for McDonnell Douglas for 35 years and retired in 1987. He loved his family and friends with all his heart and touched everyone that knew him.
John gifted his body to St. Louis University Medical School so that he could benefit others. A Memorial Mass and celebration will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 18th, at Holy Rosary Church, 724 E. Booneslick Rd., Warrenton, MO 63383. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Vincent dePaul Society, Holy Rosary Church. Arrangements by ST. LOUIS CREMATION.
(published: 09/05/2004)"

Vernon V. Bethel died Sept. 2, 2004, St. Louis

Vernon V. Bethel, 70, of Wentzville, died Thursday (Sept. 2, 2004) at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County.
Vern was a retired aeronautical engineer (Structural/Mechanical designer) for McDonnell Douglas Corp., now Boeing Co.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Monday, Sep 6) at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Sep 7) at Baue. Burial will be at St. Charles Memorial Gardens, 3950 West Clay Street.
Among survivors are his wife, Maxine G. Bethel of Wentzville; two daughters, Cathy Colbert and Sandy Hicks; a son, David Bethel; a stepdaughter, Kim Schaub of St. Charles; two sisters, Bonnie Price and Delores Sellenchuetter, both of St. Charles; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Ronald McDonald House in care of Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, Mo. 63301.

Patricia Becht died Thursday September 2, 2004, Lake St. Louis, MO

from St. Louis Post Dispatch (St. Charles Co. Post):
"BECHT, PATRICIA ANN(nee Greenlee), Lake St. Louis, September 2, 2004; beloved wife of Gordon 'Bud' Becht; dear sister to Rebecca Hicks-Kruse and the late Richard Greenlee; our dear aunt and friend.
Mrs. Becht was employed for 35 years as a flight test engineer for the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation in St. Louis. She was a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, D.A.R., P.E.O. and active volunteer of the Cathedral Mission Society of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. She was a former member of the Transfiguration Episcopal Church and a current member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles, MO. Pat enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, taking care of the elderly, caring for the homeless, Civil War history and had a great love for dogs, especially dachshunds. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial service to be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 318 S. Duchesne in St. Charles, MO, on Wednesday, 9/8/04, 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Memorials to the Missouri Humane Society, in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385. Family would like to personally thank SSM Hospice for their compassion and support. Family served by PITMAN Funeral Home in Wentzville, MO. (published: 09/06/2004)"

Rev. Alvin J. Dietz died Aug. 13, 2004 Florissant, MO
Al worked in Logistics at McDonnell Douglas.
From St. Louis Post Dispatch 8/20/04:
"Rev. Mr. Alvin J. Dietz dies; served at St. Sabina
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 20, at St. Sabina Church, 1365 Harkee Drive in Florissant, for Rev. Mr. Alvin J. Dietz, a permanent deacon who served at the parish for 10 years.
Deacon Dietz, 78, died Aug. 13 of leukemia.
He was ordained by Archbishop Justin Rigali June 11, 1994, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and was assigned to assist the pastor of St. Sabina. He served until receiving a temporary leave for health reasons on June 11.
At the parish Deacon Dietz assisted at baptisms and was involved with the RCIA, parish renewal and other programs. He also served as a chaplain at Father Dunne's Newsboys Home since 1993 and was a member of the home's board.
A native of St. Louis, Deacon Dietz had a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University and was retired from McDonnell Douglas, where he was a principal specialist in logistics.
He was a board member for the Young Catholic Musicians. His interests included art, painting, design and singing, and he used his artistic talents in serving Father Dunne's and the Young Catholic Musicians. He was involved with the Marian movement and assisted at Marian conferences around the country.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Marie Dietz of Florissant; four daughters, Eileen Dietz and Maureen Day, both of Florissant, Angela Dietz of Richmond Heights and Susan McGaughey of St. Louis; a son, Michael Dietz of Chicago; two brothers, Raymond Dietz of Denver and Msgr. Norbert Dietz of University City; two sisters, Sister Theresa Dietz, SSND, of Chattawa, Miss., and Rita Schnur of St. Louis; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Dietz.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery"

Joe & Betty Klausner safe in Punta Gorda, FL after Hurricane Charlie
A note from Jackie Tate:

< uncle bud and aunt bets wanted all of you to know that they are o.k.
we drove to punta gorda today to check up on them and they are doing pretty good for the conditions. they still have no electric, water or phones. their home sustained some damage. the garage door was banged up a little and some windows broken. some stucco on the west side of the home was damaged from flying debris. one small water leak in the kitchen area from a tile blown off the roof. lots of repair work being done in their neighborhood by workmen, especially roofers. their home owners assoc. seems to be on top of things.

they were in good spirits, just a little hot. they had plenty of water. we took fruit, cookies, candy,ice, water, drinks and a few other items for them. uncle bud seemed to enjoy the cold beer most of all. they are able to cook a little in a pan over a sterno can for flame. we tried to get them to come back to brandon with us but they wanted to stick it out in punta gorda. we are about 110 miles north of them.

punta gorda looks like a war zone. we have never seen so much damage. the mobile home park retirement villages came out the worst. they look like one big trash heap. their area was not as bad as some other areas. lots of roof damage and lots of trees uprooted.
will keep you posted of any changes
donna and murrell mckinley
P.S. Mail was being delivered today just as we got there. So anyone who wants to reach them by mail should be able to.

[Joe Klausner's address & phone number can be obtained from Jackie Tate or Earl Robb]
Harold Lankford had by-pass surgery Monday, August 23, 2004

Latest (09/06/04)report from Harold: "HI! everyone this is Harold, out of bed and home. First I want to thank you all for your prayers, thoughts and cards. THE PRAYERS WORKED
"I won't go into my daily routine but I'm following the dr's orders and am a couple of days ahead on walking.. I'm starting to have a better appitite and Pauline's cooking sure is a lot better than the hospitals. My legs are still draining where they "borrowed" the veins and require re-dressing 5 or 6 time a day. I ask the doctor how long they would draining and he said " until they stop" I can contribute my doing so good to having such a wonderful nurse [Pauline] (and she sleeps over). "As you can see we have a new web sight and will keep the old one also until have time to teach Pauline (& myself) how to utilize this new one. It is: As you can see it is just the server that's changed."
Pauline and Harold Lankford
1164 W. Rockhill
Springfield, Mo. 65810
Tele. 417-887-6744"

Joe Bell competes in the US Masters Track and Field Championship
Joe recently competed in the US Masters Track and Field Championship held this year at Milliken University in Decatur, IL. on 5-8 August. Joe finished 2nd in the 1500 Meters and 3rd in the 800 Meters, but 2nd in the USA. Earl Fee of Canada set a new World Record in winning the 800 Meters that had stood since 1978.
Congratulations JOE!

Bill Rappsis passed away Friday night, August 13, 2004
The following note from Ruth Trammel:
"For those that knew Bill Rappsis: We have lost another one of our retired McDonnell Teammates.
His wife Ruth called this morning to let us know that Bill passed away last night at 9:00 pm from a massive heart attack. Bill was 68 years old and had a 4-way bypass over a year ago. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 27th.
Funeral will be Sunday August 15th
Lee Memorial Funeral Home
5257 Raymond Street
Tupelo, Mississippi 38801

If anyone would like to send a card of condolence to Bill's wife,Ruth. her address is:
Ruth Rappsis
210 Vo-Tech Road
Fulton, Mississippi 38843-5735

God bless you all,
Joe and Ruth Trammel"

Jim McGarry passed away Monday evening, August 2, 2004

Following is a message from Jim's son, Mike McGarry:

"All -

With sadness and regret I'm writing to let you know that my dad, Jim McGarry, passed away this evening. He died peacefully and comfortably after spending the last 8 weeks in intensive care battling complications from liver cancer. My dad loved life and wanted to fight to the very end, but I believe he was ready for this day. My mom was a constant and forever hopeful companion by his side through this struggle.

Thank you to each of you for being a friend to my mom and dad.
We are in the process of making arrangements, but feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Kindest Regards,
Mike McGarry (Jim's youngest son)"

From the St. L. Post Dispatch 8/04/2004:
McGARRY, JAMES J. JR., baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection, Monday, August 2, 2004; beloved husband of Marlene McGarry (nee Aldrich); dear father of Michelle (Joe) Dykes, James J. (Susan) McGarry III & Michael (Melissa) McGarry; grandfather of Matthew, Bridgette, Brian, Katie, Nicole & Madeline. Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Friday, TIME PENDING, to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Manchester. Interment National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Visitation Thursday, 4-8 p.m.

Forrest W. "Frosty" Blanton passed away July 31, 2004.
From the St. L. Post Dispatch 8/04/2004:
"BLANTON, FORREST W., 84, passed away July 31, 2004; beloved husband of Nola Blanton; dear brother of Herman (Leola) Blanton and the late William Blanton; dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Mr. Blanton retired from McDonnell Douglas.
Memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Association or to charity of donor's choice.
Visitation Friday, August 6, 2004 from 10:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at KRIEGSHAUSER WEST Mortuary, 9450 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO, (314)994-3322. Burial will be private.

Dave Gibson provided the following note:
"Many of you may have worked with or knew Frosty at MDC. If you can think of anyone else who knew him please pass this on. Having been the engineering manager on the Model 227 Program, Frosty succeeded Logan T. MacMillan (who passed away last year) as program manager when Logan retired. Frosty was from Oklahoma. He always smoked a corn cob pipe, and one Christmas his wife gave him a finned titanium pipe that used corn cob bowl liners. His musical tastes centered on country banjo stuff that was far too country for me. Great guy, highest integrity, generous, thoroughly decent."
Norris Roessler, a note from Norris
Thanks for putting me on the MACOldTeam list. I reviewed the recent news articles and enjoyed hearing about everyone. You really have done a tremendous job! I will definitely make the next lunch in Sept and looking forward to it. The following is my recent history:

I retired in Sept 99 and was asked to come back as a "Contract Puke" by Mizgate, Cavedine and Bill Sanders 9 months later on SLAM-ER. I was there for about a year and then came to work for Kevin Holt on JDAM and have been here ever since. The guys are really good to me and you would not believe the G&C analysis tools we have now. The accuracy of this weapon is tremendous. I've done a lot of planning of the missions and supported MK-82 drops from F-18, F-16 and B-2 at the various test sights in Florida, California and Utah. John Kraemer and Joe Mingo also are back as "Contract Pukes" and work here in St. Charles. The company has not retired for many years which is the reason they asked several of us "Old Guys" to come back. Fortunately they have started to hire college grads again. Being a "Contract Puke" is the way God intended Engineers to work: no performance appraisals, no goals, no big meetings, etc. Saw many of the "Old Timers" at the funeral for Lloyd Carpenter recently. Sure was a great tribute to Lloyd as so many people were there, especially from G&C, E238. We really had a tremendous Department! I keep in touch with Arnie Mueller, Joe Twombly, Larry Perlmutter, Phil Geheber, John Kraemer, Joe Mingo, Ron Kellams, John Ritland, Jim Brooks, John Sayer, Jack Sedwick, Ray Brunnert, Paul Raidt, Bob Schwartz, Denny Girth, Dianne Haggerty, Clarence Howard and Tom Yu to mention a few. Several of us meet at Balducci's for beer and pizza the last Wednesday of each month.

On a personal note, Jackie and I have been married 39 years in November and have been blessed with good health. We are having our first Grand Child in December and looking forward to it. Two of our sons live in St. Louis and one lives in the Fort Worth area. Two of them are Mechanical Engineers and one an Electrical Engineer.

Norris Roessler
Walden Ridge Villas
5433 Heatherbluff Court
St. Louis, Missouri 63128
Phone: Home: (314) 843-9436
Work: (636) 925-4837

Dan & Debbie Toney retire August 01, 2004
Following note received from Dan:
"Effective 01 August you can add the names of Dan and Debbie Toney to the retirees list. After a combined 72 years at MAC/MDC/Boeing we are going over the wall. We will watch your great website for news and will look forward to seeing you and the others at a future event."
Congratulations Dan & Debbie!
Be sure and join us at the monthly luncheons and other activities during the year. Next luncheon is Wed., Sep 8. Time and place to be announced. Check the website.

Ray Tucker's son Terry Tucker passed away 22 July, 2004.
Terry has been very ill with a brain tumor for over a year. The viewing will be from 3PM to 9PM Sunday 25 the Schrader Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road, Ballwin (at Holloway between Hwy 141 and Clarkson)
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"TUCKER, TERRY R., baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection, Thursday, July 22, 2004; beloved husband of Kristin Tucker; dear father of Christopher, Kelly & Madison Tucker; dear son of Raymond (Judy) & Patricia Tucker; son-in-law of Donald & Carol Beste; brother of Kathy (Jerry) Mehrle & Greg (Kimber) Tucker; brother-in-law of Denise Stassi; dear uncle, cousin, nephew & friend of many. .Visitation Sunday 3-9 p.m Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Monday 9:30 a.m. to St. Joseph Catholic Church for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment private. If desired, contributions may be made to the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, 047 Baker House, Durham, NC 27710. (published: 07/24/2004)"

Pat Kelly's wife, Sandra Kelly passed away July 21, 2004
Sandra has had a pretty bad time this past year (emphysema, etc) and had been hospitalized a lot and again, for a while in Jun; came home for several weeks with Hospice.
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"KELLY, SANDRA (nee Scott), St. Charles, MO, July 21, 2004, age 69; beloved wife of Patrick Kelly; loving mother of Daniel (Stacy) Kelly, Ruth (Dave) Elmer, Catherine (Larry) Rouse, Jim Kelly and the late Michael Kelly; loving grandmother to Patrick, Joshua, MaryAnn, Michael and Thomas; dear sister of Judy (Carl) Tims and Tony Scott; dear aunt and great-aunt; loving friend to many.
Mrs. Kelly was a member of Bogey Hills Country Club.
The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson, St. Charles, MO. Visitation Sunday, July 25, 2004, 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral service 10:00 a.m., Monday, the Baue Chapel of St. Charles. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses at St. Augustine Church, 1371 Hamilton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63112.
(published: 07/24/2004)"

Please keep the Tucker and Kelly family in your prayers.
Lloyd Carpenter passed away July 15, 2004

Sorry to have to report that we have been informed that Lloyd Carpenter passed away late last night (Thursday). We have lost a truly wonderful teammate.

Following from the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"CARPENTER, LLOYD W., Thursday, July 15, 2004; beloved husband of Mary Lou Carpenter (nee Gardner) for 50 years; dear father and father-in-law of Dr. Michael (Guiann) Carpenter, Mark (Pam) Carpenter, Karen (Tom) Migneron and Brian (Stephanie) Carpenter; dear granddad of Cristen, Guy, Joshua, Jessica, Jamilyn, Matt and Ryan; dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Mr. Carpenter was a veteran of the Korean War and was part of the space and missile programs for over 35 years at McDonnell-Douglas Corp. He enjoyed good times and will be loved and missed by all who knew him but never forgotten. Visitation 4-8 p.m., Sunday, July 18 at the HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant. Visitation 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, July 19 at the Liberty Free Will Baptist Church, Hwy C, Marshfield, MO [near Springfield] with a Funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment Liberty Cemetery. Contributions to Charity of your Choice."
(published: 07/17/2004

Dr. John Mullen died June 29, 2004
Frank Duda sends the following information: "I read that John Mullen died on June 29, 2004. His death notice was in the Post-Dispatch on July 4th and 5th. Many people knew Dr. Mullen from his work at McDonnell and his unusual outside activities.
John started at McDonnell in June 1958 right out of Washington University. He was a brilliant engineer and scientist, earning a PHD at Washington University. He attacked everything he did with great vigor, always wanting to be the best. At times in his life, he was an avid roller skater, ice skater, tennis player, and bridge player. He built a large concrete sailboat in his back yard, floated it down the Mississippi, and eventually to the open waters of the Gulf and beyond. He restored some antique airplanes, was a partner in Creve Coeur airport, and was an avid pilot. He probably still holds the speed record for his travel time one day from Bldg 33 to Bldg 102 in his racing Corvette. He was a very interesting personality."
Frank Duda
The following obituary was published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch 7/5/04:
MULLEN, JOHN H., PhD, Tuesday, June 29, 2004; dear father of Shaun (Natasha) Mullen & Michael (Kristin) Hill; grandfather of Monique, Chanel & Race Mullen, David & Alex Hill; brother of William Mullen Jr.
Dr. Mullen graduated from Washington University, BSEE, & became a Research Scientist for McDonnell Douglas acquiring his Doctorate in Nuclear Physics. He continued at McDonnell Douglas until it was acquired by Boeing & he retired. During life he was an avid aviation enthusiast, flying & restoring antique aircraft at Dauster Flying Field/Creve Coeur Airport. He also worked part time as a professor at Washington University.
Funeral service at the SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. Entombment Forever Bellerive Mausoleum. Visitation Tuesday, 4-8 p.m."

(published: 07/05/2004)
Nelson O. Weber

Retirement has been great!! Work was always a lot of fun, but I think retirement is more fun. Fortunately I've been blessed with good health and have been very active. I retired in 1994. I started at McDonnell Aircraft in 1957 working in the shop on final assembly on the F-101 Voo Doo. Went to college for BSME, and then was an ' Mackanical Injuneer'. Retired in 1994, then did steady consultant work at McDonnell Douglas, and other companies till 1998. Did two consultant jobs in Israel, one of them was requested and funded by the Ministry of Defense Office in Israel. Did another consultant job in Malaysia. Since 1998 I've done part-time consultant work, one of those jobs at Boeing netted me a patent. The patent was issued to me in Dec 2003, my first patent received at age 65. (So guys and girls, remember it is never too late in life to do all kinds of accomplishments. And I know from our luncheon meetings that a lot of you all are very active.

I like motor vehicles, been working with 'collector cars', taking them to car shows, and winning trophies. In the last 5 years I've entered a 'Show Car' in 63 car shows and have won 51 trophies. We have 5 collector cars, (I say 'we' because one of them, a '68 Dodge Charger is my wife Carol's car). They range from a 40 horsepower 1930 Model A Ford to a 875 horsepower 1968 Chrysler 300. I also have my Harley which I ride regularly. Have ridden motorcycles since 1960.

This spring I ran for, and got elected for School Board Director.. Term is three years. I'm in Northwest R-1 school district. The district has 7300 students, 806 employees, and a $59M budget (next years approved budget). This is also enjoyable work - a lot of work, but enjoyable. Have completed training to get my 'Certified Board Member' training certificate, am working on my 'Advanced' training certificate, and after that will go for the 'Master Board Member' certificate.

I've written my Autobiography "My Life & Experiences", a 300 page paperback book. That 'hobby' took three years to complete. I have a couple of chapters in there on my work at McDonnell Douglas. If anyone wants one of these, they are $10 plus $3 for mailing costs, or I can bring copy to our luncheons if you are interested (

I'm very fortunate to have my family, my wife Carol, our 22 year old son Cory that works full time and lives with us yet. He realizes how good he has it at home, he is in no hurry to move out. I also have son Steve, and daughter Vicki, and their families - I have 4 grandchildren - they all live in Arkansas - we visit several times a year. Also my mother is still in good health at age 100, I spend one day a week with her.

I enjoy the 'luncheons' to see and visit with retired coworkers.

Nelson Weber

Clarence H. Perisho dies Sun., July 4, 2004
The following from the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
PERISHO, CLARENCE H.,on Sun., July 4, 2004, after a long illness; beloved husband of Mary Perisho (nee Eaton); dear father and father-in-law of Kathleen (Cordie) Coordes, Gregory (Deborah) Perisho and Christine Perisho; dear grandfather of Christopher, Matthew, Gregory and Kara Coordes; dear son of the late Adolphus and Marie Perisho; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.
Mr. Perisho received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue Univ. after serving in WWII, and he completed his M. S. in Structural Dynamics Engineering at St. Louis Univ. He retired as Chief Structural Dynamics Engineer after 40 years at McDonnell Douglas and was past chairman of AIAA. He was also a member of Parkway Baptist Church where he served as treasurer for several years. He was an avid golfer and bridge player. He will be fondly missed by all who knew him.
Service at the ORTMANN-STIPANOVICH Funeral Home
12444 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, Wed., July 7, 11:30 a.m.
Entombment Forever Bellerive Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Parkway Baptist Church, American Heart Association, or charity of your choice. Visitation from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Post Dispatch, (published: 07/05/2004)

Clarence Howard living in Texas, recovering from recent surgery.
Following is note received from Clarence 6/10/04:

I have spent too much of the just past 6 months with the doctors at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center here in Houston. It all started in December when, almost by accident, it was discovered that I had a tumor inside of my right kidney which turned out to be Renal Cell Carcinoma. I had absolutely no symptoms. A partial nephrectomy was performed February 10th, which removed the tumor from the kidney with clean margins, i.e., no cancer at the removal incision boundary, and I still have a functioning right kidney. I had some complications after the surgery when some small arteries within the kidney which were sealed off as a part of the tumor removal decided to open up. The bleeding was stopped with plugs inserted into these small blood vessels via a catheter inserted into my femoral artery. This was done in two separate procedures. The bleeding was pretty severe as I had to have a total of 9 units of blood. I have recovered from all of this kidney repair and I am thankful that I still have 2 working kidneys. There was no need for any follow up radiation or chemo.

Just prior to the time we stumbled onto this kidney thing, a different tumor was found on my right Parotid gland (salivary gland in front of and below the ear). My local ENT here in the Woodlands did a fine needle biopsy and the pathology indicated that it was a non malignant tumor, so I postponed its removal after we discovered the Renal Cell tumor. After I recovered from the kidney surgery, I decided to have the M. D. Anderson guys remove the Parotid tumor, and part of the their workup was another biopsy. They used ultrasound to assist in getting the needle in the right place and found that this tumor was a rare, but low grade malignancy called Acinic Cell Carcinoma, and I had it removed May 24th, along with 10 lymph nodes in the immediate area. The pathology was good in that there were clear margins and the lymph nodes were clear. However, this tumor type tends to return if only surgery is used. So, I'll have to have a fairly long course of radiation to kill off any residual cancer cells. The radiation lowers the recurrence probability to around 10%.

So, I'm in good shape for the shape that I'm in. I'm also very fortunate to be located in a city with the best cancer center with most knowledgeable doctors and the best equipment in the world, and together we'll watch for any recurrence so we can get it early.

Best regards,
Clarence Howard

Anthony A. "Tony" Shimkus died May 16, 2004, at home in St. Charles, MO
following from St. Charles Journal 5/19/04:
Anthony A. "Tony" Shimkus, 81, of St. Charles, died Sunday (May 16, 2004) at his residence.
Mr. Shimkus was a retired engineer for McDonnell Douglas Corp., now Boeing Co., where he had worked for 34 years.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Marine Corps from 1942-45. He was stationed on the island of Iwo Jima during the U.S. flag raising on Mount Suribachi.
He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Charles.
Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service Thursday at Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Street, St. Charles. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, 5239 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis.
Among the survivors are his wife, Mary L. Shimkus of St. Charles; three sons, David Shimkus of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Bill Shimkus of St. Louis and Michael Shimkus of Seattle; a daughter, Joni Forsyth of San Antonio, Texas; two stepsons, Stephen Self of Minneapolis and David Self of Phoenix; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in care of Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Street, St. Charles, Mo. 63301.

Dwain "Ras" Rasmussen died May 13, 2004
following from Post Dispatch: 05/15/2004:
RASMUSSEN, DWAIN H. 'RAS', Camdenton, MO, formerly St. Charles, MO, May 13, 2004, age 77; dear husband of Kay Reichenbacher Rasmussen; father of Martha Ann Ketterer (Ron) and James Rasmussen; stepfather of Michael (Carol) and Danny (Kathy) Reichenbacher, Karen Kestler (Kevin) and Susan LaCroix (Eric); dear brother of Gunder Rasmussen (Elzie); grandfather of 15; great-grandfather of 8.
Active in Boy Scouts of American and employee at McDonnell Douglas for 42 yrs.
The family is being served by the BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO. Visitation Sunday, May 16, 2004, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral service 10:00 a.m., Monday, Sts. Joachim & Ann Church. Interment St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Masses or Boy Scouts of America.

Bill & Jan Mayfield's daughter Kathryn Ann Mayfield-Humphrey dies suddenly (4/27/04)
This note from Bill:
All--My daughter, Kathryn Ann Mayfield-Humphrey died suddenly last evening.
Suspected cause was massive heart attack. Kathy was 47.
Funeral will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home on Friday 30 April at 2PM.
Address of Funeral home is 4061 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Today is worst day of my life and next few days will be even worst.
William J. Mayfield

The following note received from Joe & Ruth Trammel:
The last we heard from Bill's wife, Jan, on Wednesday evening was, the autopsy came back and Kathy had a cut in her spleen and in her liver and was anemic.
Evidently lost lots of blood. She came home from work Tuesday evening and collapsed. Her husband called 911 and gave her CPR. Bur she didn't make it. Please remember Bill, Jan and all the family in your prayers.
Joe and Ruth Trammel

James 'Chris' Parrish died Mon. April 26, 2004, Manchester, MO
Many of you will remember Chris Parrish, who worked in dept. E205 (Engineering Contract Services) for many years.
The following info. published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch (4/28/04)was provided by Dan Toney:
PARRISH, JAMES 'CHRIS', on Mon., April 26, 2004, at his home in Manchester, MO, following a 2 year battle with lymphoma; beloved husband of Marge (nee Dooley), for 40 years; dear father of Jeff (Jodi) Parrish of Springfield, IL and Kathy (Paul) Robertson of Cuba City, WI; dear grandfather of Kate and Becca Robertson, Reed and Morrin Parrish; dear brother of Molly Jones and Patty Chase; dear uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend.
Retired from McDonnell Douglas after almost 30 years and operated a hand-bookbinding business in his retirement.
Funeral service Thurs., April 29, 10 a.m. at BOPP Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood. Interment Thurs., 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, Moberly, MO. Memorials to the Self-Help Center, 135 W. Monroe, 63122 or the Mental Health Assn. of Greater St. Louis, 1905 S. Grand, 63104. Visitation Wed., 4-8 p.m.
(published: 04/28/2004)

Buford L. Brauninger died in his 81st year on April 7, 2004, Creve Couer, MO
Beloved husband of Mary J. Brauninger (nee Hodge), for 43 years; loving father and father-in-law of Mark (Ally) Brauninger and Susie (Steve) Dardas; dear grandfather of Benjamin, Meagan and Abigail Dardas and Madison Brauninger; dear brother and brother-in-law of Judson (Jane) and Amy and the late Glen, Max, Wilma, Frank and Jewell Brauninger; loving uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Buford was a committed environmentalist who was active in tree farming and statewide conservation programs. He was an engineer at McDonnell Aircraft and with McDonnell Douglas, particularly in space systems engineering. Buford was a navel aviator during World War II. He loved the sky, mountains, trees, dogs and life in general. He found joy in his son's music, his daughter's smile and the laughter of his grandchildren.
Service was at the ORTMANN-STIPANOVICH Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, Sat., April 10 with interment at Bellerive Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Unity Health Hospice Program.

Joyce Myrlee Nunn died March 30, 2004 at home
(The following information provided by Marilyn Schoeck and John Tipton)
With regret, am passing on the news from the paper today for Joyce Myrlee Nunn. Myrlee passed on Tuesday, March 30th at home.
Visitation 5 to 8 pm, Thursday, April 1st, Hutchens Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd, Florissant, MO. One night only. Believe the newspaper says another visition in Arkansas on Friday, with interment in Brookland Ark.
If desired, donations may be made to ALS Association.
She was, I believe, a good woman. May she be at peace.
Please forward to those I may have missed.
Robert Gordon Lutz passed away March 23, 2004 at his home in Merritt Island, FL

Robert Lutz has lived in Brevard county (FL) since 1979 and was formerly of Crestwood, MO. He was retired from the Navy with 30 years of active and reserve service, he also was retired from McDonnell Douglas in Titusville as a tool control supervisor.
He was a member of the McDonnell Douglas Retiree Association.
His survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patricia; two sonhs, Gary and David Lutz both of St. Louis, Mo; a daugbhter, Karen Grant of Merritt Island; a brother, Harry Lutz of Port St. John; seven grandchildren; onje great-grandchild; two nieces, and two nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Wylie-Baxley Merritt Island Funeral Home on Friday, March 26th. A visitation and graveside service will take place in Maplewood, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Syringomyelia Alliance Project.
Harold & Pauline Lankford moving to Springfield, MO
After 35 years at the same address, we are moving to Springfield, MO. We will be at the new address after the 15th of April. We have sold our home on Hollyridge and have bought one there.
It is difficult to go off and leave all of our friends, church and neighbors!!
Our new address is:
1164 W. Rockhill St.
Springfield, MO. 65810
Phone 417-887-6744
Our Cell Phone 314-503-6661 and e-mail will remain for a while.

We plan on the truck packing on 12 th, Load on 13 th, drive to Springfield and unload on the 15 Th.
Our new diggs are located in south central Springfield, called Quail Creek and is just off of James River Freeway. We scaled down ? to a house larger than this one but has no basement, all brick, just 8 years old and in a lovely area.
We ask for your prayers for this new adventure in our life at this age
Harold and Pauline Lankford

Kay Kempland provides helpful and thoughtful ministry to cancer patients.
Kay, the wife of fellow retiree Phil Kempland, gets together once a week at the Kempland home along with her sister and sister in law. They make hats that they provide to adults and children who are cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. They have provided polar fleece berets for adults and children in various colors, and took some to the Children's Hospital last year. For information, you may contact Kay at 314-837-0522.

Burton "Burt" Sorkin died Thursday March 4, 2004 at St. Louis

Burton "Burt" Sorkin
Engineer, accordion player
Worked at MDC as Ground Support Equipment designer on Skylab Program

Burton Sorkin spent years toiling over problems as a civil engineer, but he was better known as an accordion player who spread hope and joy.

Burton Sorkin died Thursday (March 4, 2004) at Missouri Baptist Medical Center of complications of kidney disease. He was 80 and lived in Creve Coeur.
Mr. Sorkin was born in St. Louis. When he was 12, his parents gave him an accordion to help him overcome his bashfulness.
Mr. Sorkin received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked for Standard Oil of Indiana, first in Chicago and later in Wood River. In the 1960s, he joined McDonnell Douglas Corp. and designed ground equipment that launched the Skylab space projects.
About 30 years ago, he helped found Hashemesh, an Israeli folk music quintet. The group plays at bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, festivals and at benefits for Jewish agencies.

Seven years ago, he suffered a stroke. He made progress walking but lost movement in his fingers for weeks. In an article in the Post-Dispatch, he recounted how he had spent hours in his hospital bed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital willing his fingers to move. Finally, at 2 a.m. one day he got a flash of movement in a finger. With therapy, he was able to play on an electronic accordion that was less demanding than a manual one.

Three years later, he began returning to the hospital's stroke rehabilitation unit to play for patients and staff. He talked about stroke survivors living with both acceptance and hope. "When he asked how many patients could raise their hands high, not many could," said Bea Sorkin, his wife of 53 years. "He told them that he once had been like that, too."

Mr. Sorkin was buried Friday, March 5 2004 at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Chesterfield.

In addition to his wife, among the survivors are three sons, Murray Sorkin of Creve Coeur, Jerry Sorkin of Philadelphia and Chuck Sorkin of Austin, Texas; a sister, Libby Sorkin Routman of Creve Coeur; and four grandchildren.

Rick McGee is at home recovering from a stroke suffered last fall. Rick has reported that he is able to receive phone calls and would like to hear from his old teammates. Rick's home phone is 636-532-3674.

John C. Lunow died February 28, 2004.
John Lunow worked in the Aircraft division and was a structural engineer. Some of the many programs he worked on include the DC10 program and before retiring, the A12 & ATF programs.

The following from the St. L. Post Dispatch:
"LUNOW, JOHN C. At peace with his Savior on Saturday, February 28, 2004; beloved husband of Sally Luno (nee Olmstead); dear father of Timothy J. Lunow and Todd M. Lunow; dear son of Adele Lunow and the late Elmer Lunow; dear brother of Arlene Kolander; dear uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend.
Visitation Wednesday, March 3, 2004 from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10151 Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63128.
If desired, memorials suggested to Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or The American Cancer Society.
A service of KRIEGSHAUSER WEST Mortuary. 9450 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132 314-994-3322."

Bob Duvall had triple bypass open heart surgery in May 2003. He is doing great and was at our last lunch meeting with wife Kathy. Bob & Kathy are going on vacation in March to Hawaii for two weeks. Have a great time, Bob & Kathy! _
Robert (Bob) Leahy passed away Friday, Feb 6, 2004 in St. Charles, MO
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"LEAHY, ROBERT J., fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Friday, February 6, 2004; loving husband of Shirley (nee Eberhard) Leahy; beloved father of Michael (Claire) and Thomas (Cherie) Leahy, Kathleen (Terry) Lewis and Patricia White; dearest brother of Norbert (Marlene) Leahy; dear grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 1; our dear uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and beloved friend of many.
Mr. Leahy was a maintenance electrician for McDonnell Douglas Corp, member of Local One IBEW and the Knights of Columbus.
The Stygar Family of Funeral Service is caring for Robert's family. Funeral service 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 10th from STYGAR MID RIVERS Funeral Home, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles to St. Joseph Catholic Church of Cottleville for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Charles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Foundation, American Heart Association or Masses. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m"

Ray Brown - an email from Ray about his life in retirement
I was recently talking to Jan Longshore and she was telling me about the MAC's Old Team and gave me the web address. Please add me to the member list.
I retired in the big retirement of February 1987. I traveled for three years before I was called and asked to come back as a Contract Engineer. Since then I have been working off and on for the last fourteen years as a Contract Engineer for various projects at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. I have worked about six and a half years since 1990. In the off years, some by my self retirement to go traveling, my wife Rose and I have traveled pretty extensively. We have a Motor Home and have visited Alaska twice for a total of about seven months going there and back. We have been on two Motor Home Tours to Mexico and have spent about five months going there and back. We have spent about three months on Motor Home trips to The Canadian Provinces and we have traveled extensively throughout the USA, mostly in our motor home. We also have spent about three weeks in Hawaii, five weeks in Australia and four weeks in New Zealand. Actually going back to work between trips has almost been a relief as well as replenishing our travel budget funds. It has been very nice to remember all of you that I have worked with and are part of the Old Team but I am shocked at number of old friends that have passed on. I hope to be able to come to one of the lunches when I can work it into my busy schedule as I have just recently started back to work on the Future Combat Systems program at Boeing. Feel free to email me a give a call.

A. Ray Brown
314-232-4374 (work)
618-235-2174 (home) (work) (home)

Logan T. MacMillan Memorial Feb 28, 2004

A memorial gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 for Logan Tompkins MacMillan, project manager for the old McDonnell Aircraft Corp.'s Mercury space capsule, which carried the first American into space.
The gathering will be at Mudd's Grove at 302 West Argonne Drive in Kirkwood following a private burial at Forever Oak Hill.

Logan Tompkins MacMillan, project manager for the old McDonnell Aircraft Corp.'s Mercury space capsule program that sent the first American into space, died Dec. 27, 2003, of lung cancer at his retirement home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 82.

A longtime resident of Kirkwood, Mr. MacMillan moved to California in 1977 after his retirement from what by then had become McDonnell Douglas Corp.

After graduating from Washington University in 1943 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. MacMillan married the former Suzanne Medart. They were married for 49 years, rearing four children, before her death in 1992.

While in college, Mr. MacMillan enrolled in the Civil Pilot Training program. He later enlisted in the Navy's Officer Candidate School and became a pilot. In World War II, Mr. MacMillan was a member of a night fighting squadron, flying off the aircraft carrier Enterprise. He was among the first to attack the principal islands of Japan and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war, Mr. MacMillan joined McDonnell Aircraft as a test pilot, later becoming the chief test pilot. He then joined the aeronautics and space divisions, where he was chosen project manager for the Mercury spacecraft.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's publication on the history of Project Mercury says: "When the prime contract for Mercury was awarded to McDonnell, the corporation's vice president for project management, David S. Lewis, assigned Logan T. MacMillan, a tall, tactful test pilot and mechanical engineer with a winning manner, to be companywide project manager with authority to mobilize the resources of the corporation for the new venture."

McDonnell built 20 Mercury capsules, including Freedom 7, which carried Alan B. Shepard Jr. in America's first space flight in 1961, and Friendship 7, in which John Glenn Jr. circled the Earth three times in 1962.

McDonnell Douglas Corp. was merged into the Boeing Co. in 1997. Lawrence Merritt, historian for Boeing in St. Louis, recalled Mr. MacMillan.

"Logan was very popular, very well-spoken, very outgoing," Merritt said. "In the 1950s, as chief test pilot, he would go out to local schools and give talks. In the early days of TV in St. Louis, Logan, because of his looks, was on television a lot. He looked like a test pilot was supposed to look.

In his retirement, Mr. MacMillan joined other former executives in a Small Business Administration program that advised small and start-up businesses. He also enjoyed sailing, traveling and woodcarving.

Among the survivors are two daughters, Mary Blaine Korff of Tucson, Ariz., and Susan Rien of Fair Oaks, Calif.; two sons, Douglas MacMillan of La Jolla and Logan MacMillan Jr. of Denver; and nine grandchildren.

Mr. MacMillan will be interred Feb. 28 at Forever Oak Hill in Kirkwood.

GEORGE W. SPIRES died 09 Jan 2004, at age 74
from the St. Charles,MO Journal: "George Wells Spires, 74, of O'Fallon died Jan. 9,2004, at Breeze Park Nursing Home in St. Charles County. He was born Nov. 22, 1929, to Buell and Irene Spires in BelIflower.
"Mr. Spires was a development supervisor who had been employed by McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis for 37 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Leanne Nanney of O'Fallon and Lynne Barr of O'Fallon; one brother, James of Montgomery City; five grandchildren; and one great-grand-child.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jo Ellen Spires; his parents; and one grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 in Wellsville City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Baue Funeral Home in O'Fallon.
Memorials may be to the American Heart Association
c/o Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood St., O'Fallon, 63366.

J. ROBERT (Bob) BURTON passed away at home 15 Dec 2003 in the afternoon.

The following obituary from the St. Louis Post Dispatch 12/17/03:
BURTON, J. ROBERT 'BOB',Monday, December 15, 2003; beloved husband of Shirley Burton (nee Fullerton); dear father of Greg (Sharon) Burton and Becky (Michael) Andert; grandfather of Lexa and Greer Burton and Rachel and Gregory Andert, Carrie (John) Keen and Russ Andert; dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Memorial service at the SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, (636-227-5511) Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Interment private.

If desired, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, c/o Manchester United Methodist Church.

Memorial visitation Thursday, 4 p.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:
Habitat for Humanity
c/o Manchester United Methodist Church
129 Woods Mill Rd - 63011

Please keep the Burton family in your prayers

George Kohout retired from BAC on 1 Aug 2003. George and his wife have taken up residence in Phoenix, AZ because it doesn't snow in the winter and there is no requirement to shovel snow in the 110 deg. summer heat. George can be reached at and welcomes news from his many ex-teammates.
George, welcome to the great retiree group "MAC's Old Team", and keep in touch.

J. R. "Bob" CALDWELL dies 9 Dec, 2003
Lynn Caldwell called Arnie Saaf to say that Bob had died at 5:30 this evening. I saw him yesterday and he was very bad. Please share this with his gang.

Obituary from Post Dispatch Thurs. 11 Dec 2003
CALDWELL, J. ROBERT 'BOB', passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003; beloved husband of Lynne Caldwell; dearest father of Elizabeth Caldwell and Julia Caldwell; dear brother-in-law of Teddy Kestner; dear uncle of Ari and Justin Kestner and Kristine (Mark) Barlum. A Memorial Service will be conducted at the LUPTON Chapel, 7233 Delmar Blvd., University City, on Friday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends at Lupton, Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m. Private committal. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 3854 Flad, St. Louis, 63110 or to the Dystonia Foundation, c/o B. Cataldo, 5532 Delor, St. Louis, 63109.

(Note: Many of you will remember Joe Trammel. He worked in Manufacturing at MAC on the Mercury, Gemini, Harpoon, Skylab, Tomahawk, and Advanced Cruise Missile programs. He is a true "MAC's Old Teammate", and a valued friend of all who had the pleasure of working with him at both the St. Louis and Titusville facilities.
Prior to retiring, he was Manufacturing Senior Manager on the Advanced Cruise Missile at Titusville. Now in retirement, Joe and Ruth currently live at Merritt Island, FL. Joe would enjoy hearing from friends and old teammates. His current email address is "joe")

--------Following is Joe's letter---------

Hello to all, Joe asked me to help him write a letter to his many friends and family. He said he knew what he wanted to say but did not know how to put it into the right words. We mailed some letters, but decided to send the rest by e-mail and cut down on the stamps. Joe is accepting his condition fairly well at this time, although, we are both believing that 'if' it be God's will, that he will receive a miracle healing. We will be moving back to St. Louis in March to be closer to all our children. When that time comes I will let you know our new address and e-mail. I copied and pasted the letter in case not everyone has Microsoft Office on their computers.
God bless you all!
Ruth and Joe
------------ October 8, 2003

My Dear Family and Friends:

My physician has informed me that I have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. So---I wanted to prepare a few words for you now, because if or when the time comes, I may not be able to.

For now, I’m not changing anything. I’ll insist on my independence, doing the best I can to perform my duties to my wife, my home and lending a helping hand to our church, friends or anyone that I can help; the doctors will insist on ‘rest” when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.

I’m neither giving up nor giving in. I believe I’m a fighter same as Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan and many others were and are. But it’s a fight I must someday call a draw unless God has other plans for me. I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure. Please feel no sympathy for me. I don’t. I just may be a little less accessible to you, despite my wishes.

I also want you to know that I’m grateful beyond measure. My life has been blessed in many ways. I’m grateful that I was born in America that cradle of freedom and opportunity, where an Okie from Oklahoma could work hard and make a good living. I’m grateful for my wonderful friends that have given me an ‘unconditional’ love. I’m grateful for the gift of the greatest words ever written…my Bible.

Above all, I’m proud of my family --- my wife Ruth, the Queen of my heart, my children, David, Debra, Chris and their Mother, Sue, which shared some of my happiest moments bringing our children into my life. They’re my biggest fans, my toughest critics and my proudest achievement. Through them, I can touch immortality. I am proud and thankful for my stepchildren, Kathy, Ric, Tom, Roger and Jim, all my Step-Grandchildren, Becky, Chrissy, Wendy, Mandy, Kelly, Erica, Melissa, Melanie, TJ, Tim, Jimmie, Ana, Trinity and my one Step Great-Granddaughter Haley, whom have all accepted me into their family with a loving and respectful heart.

Finally, I’m confident about the future of America. I believe strongly in God. I know the future of our country, our culture and our children are in God’s hands. I know you will continue to meet adversity with strength and resilience, as our ancestors did, and will come through by God’s wonderful love and grace. And you will come through with flying colors ….. Like the ones on Old Glory.

I will leave you with these words; I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and committed my life to him. He is my Savior, my first love, my Comforter, my Friend, the Rock I stand on, and my Redeemer. He promises not to give me more than I can handle and that He will never leave me or forsake me. “Greater is He that lives in me, than he that lives in the world. 1st John 4:4.” When the time comes for me to say my last good-bye, please smile and be happy for me. For my next journey will be to God’s Kingdom with a ‘perfected’ body and mind, and I will walk the streets of gold with my brother, Jesus Christ---PRAISE GOD!

Our Father which art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom,
The Power,
And the Glory forever.


Luke 11:1

I love you all and God bless each and every one of you.

Joe Dee Trammel

Russ Ramberger is recovering from recent lung surgery. A CAT scan and subsequent tests revealed a cancerous tumor which necessitated removal of his left lung. Next month he will begin a sixteen week program of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading or recurring.

Russ's medical advisor,"Wild Bill" Mayfield advised Russ he was still smoking because he was convinced that if he quit his lungs couldn't take the shock. Russ says this theory makes him question his decision to quit smoking over 18 years ago.(not really).
Hang in there Russ, we know you will have control of this. We will have you in our thoughts and wish for you a rapid recovery. Hope to see you at the next meeting.

CAPT. PEVERIL "Pev" BLUNDELL dies October 9, 2003 at Peachtree City, GA
Pev can probably best be remembered by the Harpoon community as the Commander of the Naval Weapon Station, Concord CA. Upon his retirement as a Captain (he was USNA Class of '53) he went to work at the McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Company in the Logistic Support Division.
He was only with the Company for a relatively short time, he suffered a stroke which ended his career. While in the St. Louis area he lived in Ballwin.

ROBERT E. SCHWARTZ (Bob) died May 18, 2003 in St. Louis
Bob is survived by his wife Betty. He is the father of Rebecca Fette, Barry Schwartz, William Schwartz, and Barbara Tirdell. He is the brother of James and Herbert Schwartz, the grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 4.

Bob Schwartz was a Class of 1947 graduate of the Naval Academy. He retired in 1985 as an engineer from McDonnell Douglas. He was a member of the Bonsai Miniature Tree Society of Greater St. Louis and the South County Art Assn.

JAKE JACOBSEN passes away August 10, 2003
Jake passed away 10 August in Phoenix. He was diagonised with lung cancer 29 May and started chemo but complications got him. His funeral will be Friday the 15th at the National Memorial Cemetary in Phoenix.

He is survived by two daughters and a son, and his wife Susan who lives at 8502 West Foothill Drive, Peoria, Arizona 85383. Jake was a USN pilot in F-4's over Vietnam, A test Pilot for the USN at PMTC where he took some nice pictures below 50 ft of Harpoon and target ships. Later, he came to McDonnell-Douglas as T&E for SLAM & AAAM.
Susan's E mail is:
I'm sure she would appreciate a note.
The above information provided by Clarence Trachsel

FRED G. "Freddie" DECKER passes away July 20, 2003
Freddie was the foreman of the XP shop. He lived in Wildwood, MO.
The following obituary from the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
DECKER, FRED G., baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection, Sunday, July 20, 2003; beloved husband of Dorothy M. Decker (nee Lynch);dear father of Barbara (Terry) Ferrin & Janet (Ronald) Bonnell; grandfather of Steven (Sheila), Brian, Jeff & Craig (Jen) Walk, Meagan & Toby Bonnell; great-grandfather of Alex Walk; dear friend to many. Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Thursday, 9 a.m. to St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 3:30-8 p.m.

Mac Old Team friends, we have lost another great friend and Teammate. We were saddened to learn today of Joe Szofran's passing.

The following information was provided by Joe and Ruth Trammel:
"Joe was a wonderful person and a long time friend and will be missed by all his Teammates whom have great memories of their years working together at McDonnell Aircraft (Douglas).
I talked with Joe's wife, Alice, and Joe had been in the hospital 3 or 4 weeks with kidney failure, he was put on dialysis for awhile but his blood pressure got so low they had to take him off the dialysis. Gradually everything quit functioning and he passed away Friday morning, July 11th. Joe battled cancer for 2 or 3 years, he was 72 years young.

He will be laid out at:
Ascension Catholic Church
2950 N. Harbor City Blvd (that is Hwy 1)
Melbourne, FL 32935

Viewing will be on Friday, July 18th from 5 - 8 pm.
Funeral service on Saturday, July 19th at 11:00 am
Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Palm Bay, Florida.
Obituary in Florida Today paper 7/15/03:
MELBOURNE -- Joseph P. Szofran, Sr., 72, of Melbourne, Fla., died Friday, July 11, 2003 at Holmes Regional Medical Center. Mr. Szofran was born on November 21, 1930 in St. Louis, Mo., and moved to Melbourne in 1962. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Prior to his retirement, he was an engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Titusville for 42 years. He was a member of the Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne and the Boy Scouts of America. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Alice Szofran of Melbourne; three sons, Joseph (Kim) Szofran, Jr. of Melbourne, Tony (Brenda) Szofran of Palm Bay and Paul Szofran of Savannah, Ga.; daughter, Ann (Tom) Brehm of Honolulu, Hawaii; sister, Lou (Don) Stengel of St. Louis, Mo.; sister-in-law, Elinor (Tom) Moore of St. Louis, Mo.; and five grandchildren. ''He was a dear uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.'' Friends may call from 5 to8 p.m. on Friday, July 18th, at Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19th, at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Palm Bay. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Seawinds Funeral Home in Melbourne.

The following update was provided by J. C.'s daughter Deidre:
"My dad was moved to St. Luke's Surrey Place on Olive St. Rd in Chesterfield on Monday, June 9th. He's in room C14- Ph.#314-542-3431.
He's doing good in PT and hopefully will be able to come home at the end of next week.
Sat. is our graduation party for Ashley, and we're going to see if we can "spring" him for awhile for that. Not sure they'll let us, tho. His spirits seem to be better. Just wanted to keep everyone in the loop.

BOB PERKINS is convalesing at home after surgery.
Bob had Colon surgery (not cancer) about a week ago at St. John's Hospital and is now at home. The good news is that he is feeling pretty good. He says, however, that the surgeon could not do anything about improving his golf. He said the only way to improve his game is cut the head off and throw it away but Bob thinks that is a little drastic. Maybe he can study all those golf tapes and try to break a 100 when he returns to the links soon.

He wants to share one thought with you all: "our health delivery system worked and I may be around for a few more years because of it, the care I received at St Johns was wonderful."

Good luck Bob, and we'll be waiting for you on the golf course!

CHARLES F. "Chuck" JAHN passes away June 5, 2003.

Chuck Jahn died of a heart attack in Jasper, IN while enroute from Maine to his home in Ava, MO. He had been to Maine for a much anticipated wedding of his grandson. A memorial service was held 14 June at the United Methodist Church in Ava MO. Chuck was 81 when he passed away. He was born in Chicago, received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Parks Air College in 1942, was in the military as a flight engineer 1943-1946, and went to work at McDonnell Aircraft Co. after that. He has a very successful career at MAC, and MDC, as an engineering leader on many programs. He was a key design group leader on the Mercury spacecraft. Chuck is survived by his wife Julie of Ava, MO, several children and grandchildren.

HENRY V. "Hank" WALDEN passes away June 7, 2003 at St. Louis, MO

Henry Walden passed away 7 June. Henry was one of our regular lunch pals and will be missed. Henry was not only a great engineer but one of God's best here on earth. Henry will be missed. A memorial service will be held Tues. 10 June, 10:30AM, at Laclede Groves Chapel, 723 S. Laclede Station Road.

Following from Post Dispatch 9 June
WALDEN, HENRY V., Sat., June 7, 2003; dear husband of Georgia M. Walden (nee McGinnis); dear father of Henry D. Walden and Michael J. Walden; dear brother of Thomas L. Walden, James M. Walden and the late Dixie G. Walden; dear grandfather of Stephen N., Katherine M. and Michael Henry Walden; dear father-in-law of Patricia H. and Maria G. Walden. Mr. Walden was a long time McDonnell Douglas engineer, a tireless Volunteer at St. John's Mercy Medical Center and Laclede Groves' Clinics and Convalescent Home and the President-elect Lutheran Convalescent Home Auxiliary Board. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Convalescent Home Auxiliary Benefactor's Fund, 723 S. Laclede Station Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119. Memorial service Tues., June 10, 10:30 a.m. at Laclede Groves Chapel, 723 S. Laclede Station Rd. Private interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Arrangements by BOPP CHAPEL.

LEONARD J. PACE passes away May 25, 2003 at Titusville, FL

The following obituary is from the Florida Today newspaper. There will also be an informal memorial in St. Louis on Saturday May 31st at Buckholtz Funeral home on Redman Road in Spanish Lake between 5-7 pm.

"TITUSVILLE -- Leonard J. Pace, 61, a production Control Manager for McDonnell-Douglas, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2003 at Parrish Medical Center. Mr. Pace was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Pace; daughters, Roxanne Pace, Christine Pace, Rebecca Pace Preston and Katie Pace; five grandchildren; four sisters, Jo AnnDeiermann, Annette Chamblin, Rosemary Pace and Margaret Ann Eliason; mother-in-law, Geneieve Heckethorn; and sister-in-law, LindaHeckethorn. A gathering of friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28th, at North Brevard Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Central Florida Chapter, 3101 Maguire Blvd., Suite 225,Orlando, FL 32803. North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville is in charge of arrangements."

The above information provided by Ruth & Joe Trammel

BOBBIE SHARRAH dies 14 Apr, 2003 in Denver CO.

SHARRAH, BOBBIE (SANDER), of Denver, CO, passed April 14, 2003; loving father of Stephanie Steinmann and the late Krag Sharrah; former husband and best friend until death of Maxene Whitehead Sharrah; brother of Beth (Marvin) McNeel; grandfather of Connor, Brendan and Amy; uncle of Sandy, Jon and Chele. Private memorial service Fri., April 25, 2003. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to American Heart Assn. or the American Cancer Society.

GEORGE MUSSMAN dies 4 May, 2003
The following information about George Mussman's death was provided by Lawson Hart

Please pass to former Harpoon program team members.

I am sorry to report that George Mussman died on Sunday, 4 May. His wife Gene has informed me that visitation will be held Thursday evening 8 May at Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O'Fallon, MO, from 6 to 8 PM followed by a service at 8 PM.

George led the Harpoon submarine programs prior to his retirement from McDonnell Douglas several years ago.

Lawson Hart
Boeing Naval Missile Launch Systems

Dear old time MAC friends and colleagues,
I read with great interest the news from and about former teammates and the events of the group. Congratulations to Norm and Earl for the outstanding web site with in-depth content. It certainly is newsworthy and informative. In addition, it was good to reminisce about former times and remember the exciting events we all were privileged to participate in. Thanks to Dave Shean, I am reconnected to the web site again. The April luncheon conflicts with another activity, yet I am trying to reschedule. Working at MAC has been a life fulfilling experience allowing participation in the development projects that are changing the world. Many of the skills my teammates instilled in me have created opportunities now in retirement. It was self rewarding to dig into my archives to find some Mercury and Gemini materials and donate them to the St. Louis Science Center during the time Gus Grissom's craft was brought back for display. At this time, I visited with my former GAM72 project leader, Wayne Lowe, at the Kansas space facility. Since I retired in February 1987, I have been very active in volunteering to small businesses, the arts and programs dealing with young people. Since early 1988, I have volunteered with for the SCORE Association. (Several other teammates were/are also volunteers.) At the present time, I am Chairman of the Board of Directors of the national organization consisting of about 11,000 volunteers nationwide who consult, counsel and educate entrepreneurs. We are "America's Counselors to Small Business." In 1994, some of my SCORE volunteer work was published as a dictionary (glossary) of small business terms. This information is now available free to anyone anywhere on the web site By the way this web site was programmed in Siberia by a Russian colleague and post-perestroika entrepreneur. I volunteer with the musical theater group, Stages St. Louis. Stages is in the early phases of moving from the Kirkwood Civic Center to Chesterfield. A new beautiful theater building will be constructed on the Chesterfield Mall property at the intersection of Chesterfield Parkway and Chesterfield Airport Road. About 5 times each year I am host to international young people through the World Affairs Council in Clayton and Webster University. These young people come to St. Louis to learn about America - mostly about starting a small business and entrepreneurship. I provide housing, meals and visiting local attractions. It is a good feeling for me to give back in these ways. If you would like to consider these type volunteer activities, please contact me.
Best regards,
Carl Trautmann

Following note received by Norm Beckel from Bob Burton:
Norm - Your address check worked for me. I'll be there on the 9th. Incidentally, I had lunch with Klausner, Geronomi and Marks in Florida. Joe is having heart problems and Marks had an attack before he came home. Gene appears healthy and is involved with the regional air show (Blue Angels,etc.). See ya.
Bob Burton

(I will contact Jackie Tate, who I believe will probably have more information and will update this if any new information is obtained. ---Earl Robb)

Following received from Ruth Trammel:

Betty Hill passed away peacefully at 2:30 this morning (Sunday).
The arrangements are:
Tuesday: Visitation from 4 to 9 pm.
At Hutchens Funeral Home at 675 Graham Rd.

Wednesday: Service at 10:00 am
St. Marks Methodist Church
375 Graham Rd.
Burial will be at St. Charles Memorial Gardens
Thank you all for your prayers,
God bless,
Joe and Ruth Trammel

(following received from Ruth and Joe Trammel)

We are sending this message for all of you that may know Ray Tucker and Cal Moser.

Ray Tucker's son had surgery but now has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

Cal and Shelly Moser's daughter-in-law, Roxanne, is in the Holmes Regional hospital at Melbourne, Florida with a serious illness and the doctors are having trouble finding the cause. She has been ill for 5 or 6 weeks and in and out of the hospital. She has lost weight and bone mass, her stomach is distended, she is passing blood, vomiting and is very weak. They are suppose to run a cat-scan today to see if that tells them anything. Shelly flew to Florida last Friday to assist with the children and whatever she can do for the family.

If you know of any other friends that we do not have on this list please forward it to them and remember these dear people and their families in your prayers.
God bless you,
Joe and Ruth Trammel

3/07/03 Update on Cal & Shelly Moser's daughter Roxanne:
Here is the update we received this afternoon from Shelly Moser. Roxanne's doctor wanted to send her to University Hospital in Gainesville, Florida where they specialize in this type of surgery but the seriousness of the timeframe will not allow that.
Please continue praying.
Ruth Trammel

I just wanted to let you all know that Roxanne is out of the colonoscopy and as we feared it is severe colitis throughout and so severe they are setting up surgery today or tomorrow.
Jeff is taking it with his chin up, Roxanne is on pain medication right now and feeling okay. My heart just goes out to them both.
I praise the Lord for the Doctors finally determining the situation before it became more serious then it already is.
Please continue to pray as they will be doing the surgery here at Holmes Regional because of the seriousness of the timeframe.
Thank you for keeping the entire family in your prayers.

God Bless you All!

Tom Earls who worked for Bob Sharp on the Gemini and Skylab programs passed away 28 Feb 2003 in Barryville, AK after a long difficult battle with cancer. Burial followed the funeral ceremony Monday 2 Mar 2003 at the Nelson Funeral home in Barryville.

Bob Wuerz passed away peacefully at about 7:00 PM, Sunday Feb. 2, 2003.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00PM Thursday, 6 February at Ortmann- Stipanovich Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd in Creve Couer.
Funeral will be Friday, 7 February, 10:00AM Mass at Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Street Road. Meet at the funeral home at 9:30AM, to go to the church for 10:00 mass.

Polly and I spent an interesting evening at the Cosmosphere, our space museum, last night hearing a talk by Jeff Ashby, a nephew of good friends here, who was Commander of Shuttle Mission #112 about 6 weeks ago. Jeff grew up in Colorado, but spend many summers here in Hutchinson, KS. He is a Navy captain, a graduate of the Navy`s Top Gun Test Pilot School, flew F-18s on 45 combat missions in Desert Storm, has over 7000 flight hours and over 1000 carrier landings.

He joined the Astronaut Corp in 1995 and has had 3 shuttle missions. The second as pilot and this last as commander. They took up a big truss for the space station and exchanged the crew that had been up for 6 months with a new one.

He had slides, video, and comments of the mission - launch, docking, station work, and return. As commander, he made the landing at 240mph in Florida.

I asked how he liked the F-18 and if he had carried Harpoons? He thinks the F-18 is the best fighter in the world and fired a number of SLAMs, the Harpoon land attack version.

Wish you all could have heard him.

Merry Christmas to all!
Wayne Lowe.

Saw Hans Vetter at Investment event and he mentioned subject retiree "club"....Read with keen interest the links to your web-site and thought I'd like to participate in one of your luncheons....Then I realized that I am away from St Louis about 5 months of year - @ FL home, traveling with recently retired wife, or visiting family scattered throughout our great land - and when here seem to be "tied-up" often....Nonetheless I will keep-in-touch via your web-site and hope to spot luncheons that I could attend...As I retired all my hairpieces and ties when my body retired, I have the misfortune of being unrecognizable to many teammates.

I retired in 7/89 and consider "active retirement" the best phase of my life....Adult Diabetic health issues (leg vascular disease led to many operations) have hindered the last few years but am now able to move around with a modicum of vigor....Still fortunate enough to enjoy golfing...Considerable volunteer work was satisfying; I "retired" from that about 2 years ago...Most volunteer work was helping budding entrepreneurs start or continue a small business, via the umbrella organization called SCORE ( Service Corp of Retired Executives)....Lots of help opportunities encountered in that decade of consulting....Multi-month Rockwood School District and Church Strategic Planning exercises were fun and challenging.
Along-time friend and teammate, Mert Walker. passed on a few months ago....I believe Mert was one of the charter members of the Missile Engineering Division, one of or the predecessor of the Astronautics Company....Great guy.
Saw a bunch of familiar names on your "roster", hello to all and
Best-2U, Ron Rau

ROBERT RAMSEY died August 10, 2002

The following is from the Cocoa Beach newspaper:
"Robert Ramsey, 83, a resident of Cocoa Beach since 1960, went home to heaven on Saturday, August 10, 2002.
He was born and reared in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Ramsey was a veteran of the Merchant Marines.
He worked for McDonnell Douglas at the Cape on projects from the Mercury to the Space Shuttle.
Mr. Ramsey was a member of the Gideons, the Indian River Radio Club, and was a very active member of the United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach.
He is survived by a son, and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 16th, at the United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brevard Memorial Funeral Home."

The following note from Cliff was passed on by Jackie Tate

"Dear Friends,
I got home yesterday after 8 days in the hospital. My triple by-pass on Thu, 09 July was succesful but I had a relapse on Sat, 13 Jul. I had another atrial fibrillation so they sent me back to bed. I finally got out yesterday and I'm feeling good.
I want to thank everyone for their prayers, cards & best wishes for my recovery. Your support was wonderful.

H. H. "Luge" LUETGEN

The summer 2002 edition of the MSM-UMR ALUMNUS features a piece on page 37 about the recently published autobiography of H. H. Luetjen. The title of the book is Before Mercury Rose: The Half-life of an Ex-Spaceman. I thought that some of the teammates who knew or worked with Luge might be interested. Paul Raidt

Hello Earl, Good to have this web site, you and Norm have done a great job. I have been helping out at the Space Museum in Titusville and at the last Board meeting they discussed having a 40th Anniversary for Gordon Cooper about the 15th of May, 2003 and hope to have it at the Lighthouse at the Cape. They would like to have as many as possible of Coopers MA-9 launch crew at the Anniversary celebration. I have a MA-9 Crew Roster with names but no addresses and I'm not sure they are all still around. Will you could pass this information on and ask for anyone that was involved on the MA-9 launch to send their address, phone number or e-mail so we can contact them. I will keep you updated on the progress of the organizing of the Anniversary celebration.
Joe Trammel

I retired a year ago from our operation in Houston, and have been corresponding with a few of the old geezers that I grew up, and old with in St. Louis. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I saw Bill Geissler who also lives in Houston. We still live in the Houston metropolitan area, but actually on the far north side about 40 miles from the city center and about 60 miles from Clear Lake where we lived until retirement. My wife and I are in good shape, healthwise, and are really enjoying our grandkids and the retirement experience. Our Email address is:

I have enjoyed the MAC's Old Team website, but I am amazed at the number of people who have passed away! We still get to St. Louis a couple of times a year, and I will attempt to phase a trip to enable me to get to a meeting.

Thanks for the good work,
Clarence Howard


You will probably remember Guenter Wendt as the McDonnell Aircraft Launch Pad Chief at the Cape.
He and Russell Still have written a book called The Unbroken Chain. A book review found at states the following:
"American astronauts may have lived the dream of seeing space, but they never would have made it without Guenter Wendt. In The Unbroken Chain, this unsung hero tells his story, and he's got the right stuff. Wendt, who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1949, got a job as a mechanical engineer for McDonnell Aircraft that launched his space career. He eventually became the man who supervised preparations for every mission from the Mercury program through the early shuttle flights. He was the last person the astronauts would see before they closed the hatch, and he became something of a legend at NASA. The Unbroken Chain features Wendt's accounts of his career highlights, good and bad, as well as behind-the scenes revelations about missions and personalities. Three sections of great photos accompany the text, and best of all, the accompanying CD-ROM features a tour of Cape Canaveral hosted by Wendt himself."

Wayne Lowe reports that Guenter will be at the Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center in late April for a talk and book signing. We wish Guenter success with his book , and hope he and his family are enjoying retirement in good health. Wayne, when you see Guenter, tell him many of his old teammate friends here in St. Louis have great memories of him, and hope he will send a note to the MAC's Old Team website and tell us a little about what he is doing in retirement.

Over the years, Bobbye and I have done a bit of traveling. We have bicycled in all the countries of western Europe, but this year we were in Switzerland in the winter for some cross-country skiing. We're beginning to feel our age, because one Olympic cross-country ski race was 50 KM and was completed in a little over 2 hours, but it took us 2 weeks to do the same distance.

We spent one week in Zermat, and finally saw the Matterhorn on a clear day. Then one week in Davos, with many downhill runs and about 75KM of cross-country trails.
The trains in Switzerland are so punctual that if you arrive at the RR station at 12:03 and your train is scheduled to leave at 12:02, you've missed it. You can literally set your watch by when the train begins to move. The train rides in the Alps are as beautiful as the picture of a Swiss village on a Christmas card.
One can also wax poetic about the Swiss Pastries and breads. It must be the air at altitude.
Regards----Bud Schultz

JACK WALKER died 12/17/01

MERRITT ISLAND -- Jack M. Walker, 77, a retired Aerospace Engineer, died Monday, December 17, 2001, at home. Mr. Walker was born in Ketterman, Mo. He came to Brevard County in 1960 from St. Charles, Mo. He worked for McDonnell Douglas for 44 years on the Mercury and Gemini Programs. Mr. Walker was a World War II Air Force veteran who was taken as a P.O.W. in Germany and he also received a Purple Heart for his heroic efforts. He was a member of the Georgiana United Methodist Church in Merritt Island. Mr. Walker was also the founder of the Brevard County Manufacturers Association and past Executive Director. He was also an amateur pilot. Survivors include his wife, Bernice J. Walker of Merritt Island; sons, Jonnie L. Walker of Birmingham, Ala. and William L. Walker of Orlando; sisters, Jacqueline Northcutt of Springfield, Mo.; and grandson, Jack W. Walker of Orlando.

HAROLD (HAL) SPRINGER dies 1/10/02 when plane crashes into Mosquito Lagoon, Volusia County, FL

TITUSVILLE -- Harold L. Springer passed away Thursday, January 10, 2002. Mr. Springer is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Joan M. Springer; five daughters, Sue Harris, Laurie Robey, Connie Zabowski, Shelly Benson, and Kendy Goerke; brothers, John and Charles Springer; and nine grandchildren. A native of Indiana, Mr. Springer graduated from Purdue University, and following a successful career in the aerospace industry, retired from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation in 1988. He retired as vice president of Combat Services, Titusville Division, and had previously served McDonnell Douglas as Deputy General Manager and acting General Manager of their Titusville division. He was an avid flyer who built and flew experimental aircraft following his retirement.

BOB GODEFROID passed away
The following was received from Bob Schwartz via Don Gross at Missile / Weapons Engineering Development
Received this from guys at old MAC. Thought I'd send in for old guys that you think might be interested.
Bob Godefroid past away yesterday afternoon. He was 68 years old and retired just 4 years ago. His family is making arrangements today at Schrader's Funeral Home in Ballwin, Mo. Bob was placed in a nursing home 3 months ago and has been fighting "Dementia", which is an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties. Todd Godefroid, his son, said the doctors explained it as a mind problem. His mind was not functioning properly which caused loss of memory and loss of body functions. His son said he would let us know the cause of death after test results are completed.
Don Gross

"Aeronautical engineer who helped to put the first American into space"
"JOHN YARDLEY helped to design the craft that put the first American into space, and was later in charge of the launch in 1981 of Columbia, the first reusable space shuttle."

John Yardley was born on February 1, 1925. He died on June 26, 2001, aged 76

This is from a 7/10/01 News article found in London Times and provided by John Hellmuth
To read the entire article, including pictures, click here:YARDLEY

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