Nov 26

WE5ET_Bill_ReichertDear Friends of Bill Reichert,

As some of you may have heard by now, it is with very sad hearts that we let you know of the passing of our father.  He was our knight and will be missed beyond words, but it is also our faith that he is surrounded by God’s love and grace and now reunited with our mother who went on before him.  Dad was with his family when he died at about 5:15 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013, and we don’t think that’s a coincidental date or time, as our mom also died on a 22nd and our dad was the founding Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 515, which he loved and devoted much of his life to.

We want people to know that our dad “fought the good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7); he put forth a long and valiant recovery effort after his heart attack and major heart surgery last December 2012.  Just to live into one’s 70s, 80s, or even 90s is to survive, and our dad lived all of his life with a congenital heart problem.  Even so, he got a lot of mileage with his heart: Getting through A&M’s Corps of Cadets, the Korean War, the military, engineering sites out in the field, camping all over the country with the Scouts, and square dancing – and all with a compromised heart, though one with plenty of love.

Even when he had his heart attack last December and called 911 for himself, he still wasn’t down.  With few options and the information he had been given at the time, he chose to go for an intensive heart surgery and not only survived the surgery, but also several weeks in ICU, and then slowly but surely, he started his physical recovery and got better, step by step, at age 82, and all while still having a compromised heart.  Our dad was a very strong man even up until the very end when he realized “it was time,” which also takes a whole lot of mental and spiritual strength and courage.

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Nov 11

k9ASL_Bill_CaboBill Clabo K9ASL became a Silent Key November 7, 2013. All hams are invited to a celebration of his life on Friday, November 15, 2 PM to 8 PM, at the family home in San Antonio, TX 78245. (Look up his call sign to get address, we’re withholding it here to protect their privacy and security – Lee N5NTG)

K9ASL_Bill_ClaboBill was a life member of ARRL, QCWA and OOTC. He served as a VE at 73 sessions.

He was a retired Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer, electronics tech, 1961-1995. He held an Amateur Extra ham radio license.

Information about his Coast Guard Service can be found here.

Sep 17

W5EDZ_Ray_WanglerRay Wangler, W5EDZ, age 86, born December 23, 1926 in San Antonio, Texas, passed away after an accident at his home on September 6, 2013.

Ray was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Throughout his life Ray took great pleasure in breeding exotic birds and was a member of the San Antonio Bird Club. He was an active Amateur Radio Operator licensed as W5EDZ for many years.  Ray was a former president and club officer of the San Antonio Radio Club.

He is survived by his wife Jeannine (Laake), to whom he was married for 65 years, and his eight children, Diane Ingram, David Wangler, Mary Styles, Joan Huey, Margaret Meissner, Mark Wangler, Angela Overley and Eric Wangler, as well as thirteen grand children and two great-grandchildren.

Ray was a loving husband and father. He grew up in San Antonio and went to St. Gerard’s grade school, Central Catholic High School and attended St. Mary’s University where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree. He worked for Southwest Research Institute for over 30 years as a Safety Engineer. He served as President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers for four years.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the medical professionals at SAMMC, especially the Surgical ICU, for their dedication and professionalism.

Rosary  & Mass was held on September 11, 2013
St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church
700 Dewhurst, San Antonio, TX
Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Apr 8
Jean and  Ed Larose KS5V

Jean and Ed Larose KS5V

I received a text from Jean. Ed passed away this morning sometime around 3:00 a.m. She said “his pain is gone”.

Ed had been recently diagnosed at the VA Hospital with a very rare form of Stage 4 Cancer in his Bile Ducts (Gallbladder). Initially the doctors had given an estimate of 1-2 years, dropped this month to perhaps 6 months, all with proper medical treatment to extend to that date. Ed went on record to decline such treatment, saying he didn’t want to undertake expensive treatment just to prolong the pain another month of two.

Please keep the Larose family in your prayers as they say goodbye to a Husband, Father and Grandfather. Ed didn’t want a funeral service. I will keep you posted on how you may want to pay your respects.

Andrew Watson, K5NNN

Nov 12

When I got home late this evening I had a message on my answering machine that Doris Patti N5QEL passed away this morning.  Those who knew Doris will surely miss her.  Those who knew her will remember her generosity such as serving as editor for our KARS Newsletter for so many years.  There will be no service, however, I believe her church will accept flowers/donations on her behalf.  The Kendall Amateur Radio Society will certainly donate where appropriate.


-Mark Rosier, President
Kendall Amateur Radio Society

Nov 12

Joseph Richard Funk, AF5D, 83, of Robinson, Texas passed away, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at his home. Joseph was born January 16, 1929 in Ironton, Missouri to Oscar and Jewell Funk. He graduated from Esther High School in 1947 and received a teaching certificate from Flat River Junior College.

He served as a Corporal radio relay operator in the US Army during the Korean War during which he received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars and the United Nations Service Medal. Upon returning from the service he continued his education in electronics and communication equipment in Port Arthur, Texas. On May 25, 1957 he married Ruby Gene Culpepper in San Antonio, Texas. He was employed by Missouri Pacific Railroad later known as Union Pacific Railroad as a communications maintainer.

He enjoyed his hobby of being an Amateur Radio Operator for over 60 years under the call letters of AF5D. He shared his knowledge and love of radio operations by helping many young and old to pass their tests to become amateur radio operators, including his wife, sister in-law and sons. He had a fascination with radios, electronics and computers that helped him form many friendships that spanned out across the world. He enjoyed traveling back to visit with his friends and family in his birthplace known as Funk Branch as often as was possible for their reunions.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, his three children; Kathryn Funk-Baxter (Steve) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Keith Richard Funk (Kim) of San Antonio and Karl Matthew Funk (Crystal) of Robinson, Texas; six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is proceeding in death by his parents and only brother Carl Franklin Funk.

Nov 12

Louis B. Turner, K5LT,  age 75, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2012 in San Antonio.  Louis was an extra class ham.

He was born May 2, 1937 in Kemp, Oklahoma to Andrew and Inez Turner. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Thomas; his daughter Barbara; and his wife, Betty. Louis is survived by his sons, Les Turner and his wife, Laura and Lyle Turner KB5BSU and his wife, Mandi; and grandchildren, Brooke and Luke Turner.

Nov 12
George Francis Munsch, W5VPQ,  age 77, died on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. He was born in Refugio, Texas and attended Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio.
He worked at Southwest Research Institute for 31 years, retiring as a Principal Scientist. While there he was the go-to person for the hard problems. Even if he didn’t know the answer, he had the insight and perspective on how to solve it. And in addition to his brilliance, he was also a mentor, always willing to share his knowledge and lifting the expertise of everyone around him.
Even in retirement, he was very active as a consultant, and recognized as an expert in radio noise mitigation. He co-authored the leading text on the subject, and made many trips around the world solving problems for clients. Ham radio was a major thread running through his life. Through it he met his wife Ella, and they enjoyed 52 devoted years together. She and their two sons, Randy and David, were the joy of his life.
Ham radio was also the source of a large number of good friends, many of which consider him a ham’s ham. He was a pioneer in one of its technologies and served on an advisory committee setting up national standards. But his relationships with people were even more important than technology, and he will be missed by many people worldwide. He is survived by a son Randy, a grandson Randall, and two great grandchildren.
Nov 12


George Alexander Ferguson, a proud Texan with Canadian roots and amateur radio operator K5HVM, was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on October 20, 1922, and died in San Antonio, TX, on November 9, 2012 at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Joyce (Mikeska) Ferguson; his son Dean and wife Valerie and grandsons Sawyers and Nathan; his stepdaughters Linda Smith (and husband Don) and Teri Montross (and husband Arthur); and numerous nephews and nieces in Canada.

George was predeceased by his parents Cecil George Ferguson and Ethel Theodora (Dyer) Ferguson; his sister Ella and husband Don Valentine; sister Marjorie and husband Norman Beith; and brothers Frank and John. He also was preceded in death by his first wife Velma Margaret (Campbell) Ferguson and their son Paul.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the chapel at Mission Burial Park Dominion North, 20900 I.H. 10 West with interment to follow.

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Sep 4

Dr. Simon Pierre Zeitlin (Pete) WA5BJM is now a silent key at age 99.    He supported Ham Radio and was a personal friend and family doctor from the late 1940’s.  Those that knew him would be enlightened by reading the Obits in today’s Express News.  In his 99 yrs, he made quiet a journey.

73s de Jim Hargrave,  W5IFP

From the Express News OBIT

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