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Jean Raphael Langlois

Jean Langlois Jean Raphael Langlois was born January 25, 1943, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and passed to the Lord on October 5, 2014.

He served proudly and admirably for the United States Marine Corps, including in Vietnam, retiring in 1981. Jean graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University September 1980, receiving a Bachelor of Profession Aeronautics. Jean "Jeano," an avid computer expert, spent many hours refurbishing computers and diligently working on computer programs. Jean faithfully watched the Washington Redskins and OU football games. Jean survived numerous major illnesses, and the family wishes to thank all the health care providers. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Langlois; mother, Therese Langlois; and brothers, David and Danny Langlois. He is survived by his devoted wife, Patti, of the home; daughter, Danielle Langlois; son, Jean-Paul Langlois; sister, Carolyn Smith; three nieces; two nephews; and his Auntie Dee. A memorial celebration for this brave Marine will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on November 10 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the America Heart Association.

Major Sydney (Syd) Michael Wire

Sailing Man Sydney Michael "Mikeen" Wire

Sydney Michael Wire, Major, ret, USMC 77 years old, a resident of Anacortes, Washington died on March 25, 2012 peacefully at home of natural causes following complications of a heart attack, and after a long illness.

Syd was the first generation of his family to be born in the United States. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of an Irish sea captain, and, true to form, the sea was calling to him from a young age. He has the distinction of being one of the youngest men ever to join the Merchant Marines, shipping off on the Laura Keene in 1952 at the age of 16. He continued with service to his country by enlisting with the United States Marine Corps, to which he gave 22 years, serving as a communications officer during the Viet Nam War, in Okinawa, and at many stateside assignments. Of note, during his service in the marine corps, Syd authored the first computer program-based celestial navigation program for the Navy, for which he received an award. He remained active in the Marine Air Traffic Control Association (MATCA) until his death, maintaining two columns (Couth Cookin' and Coutho's Corner) in the MATCA newsletter. Additionally, he co-authored two MATCA cookbooks, true labors of love, with Carole McIntosh. The last was published just before he died. In 1980, Syd received a Bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University in Management, though he was not one to brag about it. After his retirement, he worked for Litton Industries in their microwave technology division for many years. But the sea continued to call...

In 1986 Syd purchased a much longed for sailing vessel: a Westsail 32, Fresh Breeze. After outfitting her, and training his then finance Cathi as first mate, they set sail from Ventura California, destination Hilo Bay, Hawaii. During this voyage he sought to put to proof his celestial navigation skills and used no GPS positioning devices. He used the stars, and an antique sextant he had purchased for the job. This sextant now resides with Stephan Schutt at his 8th street law office in Anacortes. When Syd saw the lights of Hilo Bay before him, straight on, he danced a jig on deck, as any good Irishman might. When Cathi asked him why he was making such a fuss, he answered, "I wasn't sure I could do it!" He married Cathi (or perhaps, she still married him) on 6/7/89 at 10:11 in Causland Park in Anacortes, where they settled after their return to shore in 1987.

Syd was a resident of Anacortes for 25 years. In his many years as a resident, he worked as an independent businessman; spent some time working at the local cannery prior to its close; and as a bartender. He was active in both the local Elks and Eagles organizations, and participated in charitable fundraising for Seattle Children's hospital on many occasions. Those about town may remember him, and the stories and jokes he was so good at telling.

Syd is survived by his children: Michael Wire of Brooklyn, NY; Elizabeth D'Arrigo of Little Falls, New York; and Allison Nisbet of Springfield, Virginia. He is survived by his five grandchildren: Veronica and Natalia Neito-Wire; Sal D'Arrigo; and Sean and Brendan Nisbet. In addition, his family in Texas and New Mexico, which include his dear brother-in-law, "Bubba" Jeff Powers; his niece Teresa Hall; and nephews, Michael Short, Ray Short, Christopher Short, and Timothy Powers. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Ann (1999), his mother Kathleen Johnston Wire (1943), his father "Big" Syd, Captain Sydney M. Wire, Jr. (1990), and his sister Kathleen Powers (2004). We his family, and his many friends locally and across the country will miss his salt and wit. We remember him: first an Irishman and a marine, then a sailor, and finally free.

The family wishes to thank: Les Conway, MD and Mike Sibel, MD; Syd's physicians; the Hospice of the Northwest, for their excellent care of Syd at home in his final days; Syd's friends and family, who were a great support to him during his illness, and the source of his good cheer; and finally, Harbormaster Dale and Dallas & Christie, who helped ensure that Syd's boat Cool Change will have a second chance at life.

A Memorial service will be held with honors at Tahoma National Cemetery later this summer, where Syd will be interred alongside his beloved Cathi. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA. To share memories of Syd, please sign the online guest register at or visit Syd's Facebook page.

The family requests that Memorial offerings be directed to the National Military Families Association at

Here follows Mikeen's favorite poem Sea Fever by John Mansfield.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Sleep sweet, Mikeen.

John Charles Fitzgerald, 66 of Leonardtown, MD died June 22, 2011.  See August 2011 Hotline

Gene Conroy:  Eugene Leonard Conroy Born in Pennsylvania on Feb. 16, 1925 Died on Apr. 16, 2011.   See August 2011 Hotline

Major James (Jim) Norris Bacon
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In Memory
James N. Bacon

James (Jim) Norris Bacon died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at age 86, of causes related to pulmonary fibrosis. Per his request, no service is planned at this time. Jim was born November 12, 1924 in Salem, Oregon to Isaac and Gladys Jensen Bacon. Jim married Annell Fisher on March 23, 1963, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Jim graduated from Salem High School in 1942, immediately enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Jim saw WWII action in the South Pacific, including the island of Peleiu. Jim also served during Korea and Viet Nam, retiring from air traffic control as a Major in 1970. After James' retirement from the Marine Corps, the couple moved to Eugene, where Jim taught Communication Skills in the Language Arts Department at Lane Community College for fifteen years, retiring in 1986. Jim also served on the Springfield School Board for seven years, 1978 to 1985.

After retirement from LCC Jim was able to indulge his passion for golf. He also volunteered as a marshal at McKenzie River Golf Course for over 15 years, proudly driving his bright red golf cart emblazoned with the Marine Corps emblem.

Jim was active in the Marine Air Traffic Control Association (MATCA) since its founding. He co-edited the group's newsletter, The Hotline, for several years, and attended annual reunions across the United States.

He had a lifelong love affair with the English language and an unerring eye for errors in syntax and spelling. Jim corresponded with hundreds of MATCA members via e-mail, and his sometimes prickly comments to his fellow Marines about their writing skills or lack thereof--soon earned him the tongue-in-cheek nickname of "KOEP", for Kindly Old English Professor.

Jim's favorite Marine Corps memories included wangling a seat aboard a exhibition flight piloted by Charles Lindbergh when Jim was a PFC stationed at Santa Barbara. Another favorite occurred when Bob Hope did a USO show for the troops and discovered that a group of Marines on KP duty weren't able to see the show. Bob later came into the kitchen and did a full performance for the KP troops, Jim among them.

Jim will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and love of "shaggy dog" stories. When asked how he was, he invariably replied "I'm perfect, of course, and it's amazing that it only took me 86 years to achieve that".

Survivors include his wife of forty eight years; his daughter, Sandra Swayngim of Lebanon, OR; brother Warren Bacon of Salem, OR; three surviving grandsons and three great-grandsons.

Arrangements by Neptune Cremation Services. Remembrance to The Smile Train, P.O. Box 96211, Washington, DC 20090-6211, Cascade Hospice, Salvation Army, or Eugene Mission.

Please sign the guest book at

Mrs. Beth Marie Dodge
Beth Marie Dodge photo Beth Marie Dodge passed away April 6, 2011 after an extended illness for several months.

She was born to Rex and Emma Oliver on March 12, 1927 in Everett, WA.

Beth was active in the Red Hat Ladies, making baby blankets for Pregnancy Aid through the Perpetual Help Church, Everett Elks RV Club, and an associate member of the Everett Elks.

She leaves her husband Ron Dodge; children, Sharon Weninger (husband Dennis) and Rebecca Elledge (husband Rick) both of Marysville, WA; daughter-in-law, Laura Weninger of Everett, WA; her brother, Carl Oliver (wife Joan) of Whidbey Island, WA; her step-children, Rona Krehl of Idaho and Mick Dodge of Whidbey Island, WA. She also leaves her grandchildren, Jami Lentz, Cheri Singer, Heather Gibson, Randi Weninger, Jay Weninger and Kyle Elledge; and several great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by all.

A private family interment was held at Evergreen Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers make donations in Beth Marie Dodge's name to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue N., J5-200, PO Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024 or Commemorative Giving, Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005.

Beth's family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to Everett Hospice and Visiting Angels for coming to help when we most needed Angels.

Dean Polhamus
"I wanted to let everyone know that my husband, MGYSGT Dean Polhamus, died on Dec. 17, 2010. He served in the Marine Corps for 30 years and was a member of MATCA.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked for Boing for 20 years before becoming ill. He did of AML (Leukemia and prostate cancer)

We were married for 52 years and have six children and 14 grandchildren and one (soon to be) great grandchild. This baby is to be named after Dean. He is so missed."

Marie Polhamus
Dean was a life member of MATCA, having joined the association in 1995.

Dennis Reischl
Dennis Reischl passed away of an apparent heart attack, January 3, 2011. Although not a MATCA member, he was well known to several in the association. Our condolences go out to his widow. Dan Callahan, who met Dennis in Vietnam, sent a note expressing his loss of a friend from Vietnam - "What a bummer, what a shock." Jim Strasser provide the following excerpts from the death notice in the Milwaukee newspaper:

Dennis K. Reischel, serial entrepreneur, educator, woodworker, U.S. Marine, father, and husband died at the age of 64. He served in Vietnam as a rifleman and as an air traffic controller, and attained the rank of sergeant. After his service he attained two masters degrees and had a career as a labor relations arbitrator in all levels of government. He aslo wrote more than a dozen books and started two businesses and traveled the country conducting courses on labor relations.

David Fisher
Word was received that David Fisher passed away in October of 2009.

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