In-Patient Notices of Illnesses & Injury

Hospital Notice and Prayer Request for Retiree David Norberg
David Norberg (Vern) is having surgery Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to repair multiple Aortic Aneurysms. This is a very serious surgery that is expected to last up to 8 hours.
The surgery will be at Baylor, Scott & White in Irving. Their address is 1901 MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, TX. He will be admitted to the hospital following the surgery.
Comments: David has asked for prayers for his surgery. Larry Goldsmith will be in touch with his family and will give us an update after surgery. David was hired by the DFD March 16, 1971 and retired sometime after 2005.
Update: 11/13/2019 Larry called today and said that David did well through the surgery and his doctor was pleased with the results. He is in Intensive Care at this time. Prayers answered.

Hospital Notice for Retiree Ron Remkus
Member Name: Ron Remkus
Service Date: Ron joined DFD July 3, 1972
Illness: Stroke
Medical City of Arlington
3301 Matlock Rd
Arlington, TX 76015
Room: ICU
Comments: Denny visited Ron in the ICU yesterday and reports they may be moving him to a regular room soon. Please keep Ron and the Remkus family in your thoughts and prayers.

In-patient Notice for Luther Jefferson “Sparky” Smith

Luther Jefferson “Sparky” Smith is currently at Iris Memory Care of Rowlett, Rosemary, his wife, goes by every day to check on him and visit. It is hard for Sparky to get out and attend many of our events, but he would love to visit with some of our retirees. If you are ever in the area, drop by and visit with him for a bit. With HIPPA regulations, the staff can’t answer if you ask if he is there. So just go to Building B, ring the bell and tell them you are here to visit Sparky Smith. They all know who he is.

Iris Memory Center of Rowlett
Building B
4906 Miller Rd
Rowlett, TX 75088

It is just north of President George Bush Tollway
This notice was passed on by Debbie Carlin

Hospice Notice for Retiree Terry Speulda
Member Name: Terry Speulda
Service Dates: Hired March 6, 1972
Terry Speulda has been fighting Pancreatic Cancer for some time and is currently in St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, TX. He will be released today to hospice care at his home in DeKalb, TX. . Visitors are welcome but should call his wife, Irene to assess his condition. Her phone number is 214-641-6095.
Comments: Please keep Irene and Terry and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Hospital Notice for Retiree Creston Whitaker Sr.
Member Name: Creston Whitaker Sr.
Hospital: Charlton Methodist NO VISITORS
The following letter from the Whitaker family was passed along by Elaine
November 1, 2019

Creston Whitaker Sr. suffered a heart attack on the evening of October 28th, 2019. His condition has been and remains very serious since his initial admission and treatment. He is in intensive care under constant observation.

Our family is very grateful for the overwhelming show of support for Crest through prayer, text, and in numerous other ways. We will communicate our needs as they become apparent to assist the many of you who continue to show a desire to contribute to the support of our family.

At this time however, the most important need we have is to maintain the best environment for him to heal. His heart is very weak, and any stimulation that leads to excitement poses a great risk to his recovery. To that end, we are asking that at this time, and for the foreseeable future, that there be no visitation while he is in intensive care, and that any and all requests, gifts, thoughts, and prayers be channeled through the DFR Chaplains office so that our family can focus on the many tasks that lay ahead. Please know that all of you remain in our thoughts and prayers, and that it matters to us that you care. Thank you all for considering his best interest and know that we will communicate through the DFR chaplains any information we have as appropriate.

Warm regards,
The Whitaker Family