Nine stalwarts retire from active service

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Lt. Colonels
Robert and Gladys Bodine

Lt. Colonels Robert and Gladys Bodine recently entered honored retirement after long and distinguished careers.

Bob is the son of Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Paul Bodine of the Western Territory, and Gladys’ parents were Brigadier and Mrs. A. O. Baker of the Central Territory. They met in Seattle, Wash., and were married in 1957. As members of the Great Hearts Session, they were commissioned in 1960. After corps officer assignments they served as Social Service Secretary in three divisions and later the same on a territorial basis.

Bodine received a B. A. from the University of Washington, a M.S.W. from the University of Denver; and Ph.D. in Social Work from USC as well as a Ph.D. in Social Service Administration from American Coastline University.

Gladys Bodine, after receiving a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and an M.S.W. from USC, had several years of experience as a psychotherapist.

The Bodines felt specifically called to be officers in the ARC Command, and have found great fulfillment in their ministry.

In 1995 the Bodines were transferred to the Central Territory from the San Diego ARC, which under their leadership had become the premier center in the country. As an officer team, the Bodines successfully met the challenge to develop strong rehabilitation programs in the 24 ARCs in the Central Territory.

They are the proud parents of sons Gregory and Jeffrey, whose families include nine grandchildren. In retirement they will live at 1258 Lindsay St, Chula Vista, CA 91915.


Major Carol Ganot

Carol grew up on a farm outside of Calgary, Alberta, the youngest daughter in six children. She became involved with The Salvation Army when she saw what they were doing to help the less fortunate people in the community.

She went to training in Toronto and after years of correspondence courses moved on to mission work in the Caribbean. In Nassau, she began a school for the blind and visually impaired, and then moved on to Haiti. In spite of many hardships she loved it because “whatever we were able to do for them, they appreciated.”

Carol and her husband, Lucien, met in the Caribbean and married in Canada, where she continued as a soldier. They adopted a baby, Elizabeth, in Guatemala and an orphaned girl, Violette, in Haiti. After Lucien’s death Carol returned to Canada with her “rainbow” family and became a social worker until re-enlisting in The Salvation Army.

At her request she returned to the Caribbean, but found the traveling and fund raising caused her health to suffer.

Reassigned to Waimea in 1993, she found there was no Army in the city. Since the major concern there was youth, she began developing activities to counteract the drug influence.

There now is a functional chapel, with the office doubling as a food distribution center.

Her efforts have been paid back through the good will of the people of Waimea, who have supported her work with food, encouragement, and prayers. Her retirement address is: 46-3879 Kapuna Road, (P.O. Box 3317,) Ahualoa HI 96727


Majors William and Carolyn Mulch

After 42 years of serving as Salvation Army officers, Majors Bill and Carolyn Mulch have entered into retirement.

When Bill and Carolyn Mulch were married in 1953, she was already a Christian, and had met the Army and Bill that same year. After Bible College work, and some time as Youth Directors, they entered the Training College and were commissioned with the Courageous Session in 1958.

They have served in many corps appointments and in what is now the ARC Command. They are retiring from the Los Angeles Harbor Light Center.

Four children have shared much of their lives. Cynthia Silvers and Cheri Allen are active Christians and soldiers of their respective corps. Randy, with his wife, Jonnette, is a Salvation Army captain stationed in Everett, Wash. Carole Abella is, with her husband, Danny, a captain stationed at Denver Red Shield Corps. The Mulches find great joy in their nine grandchildren.

They plan to enjoy their retirement at 12499 E. Brenda Drive, Yuma AZ 85367.

Majors Francis and Eleanor Ragland have recently entered retirement after long and faithful careers. Francis was born in Gillette, Wyo., at the end of the Great Depression. In Nampa, Idaho, the family spent Christmas in a motel room, and received a food basket and invitation to attend church from The Salvation Army. The children became involved in the corps youth programs as a result. He strayed from the Army for a few years but returned at an invitation from a fellow worker.

A few months after kneeling at the Penitent Form he met a young captain stationed at the Boise Booth Home and Hospital. Eleanor grew up at Pomona, Calif., and was commissioned in the 1951 Ambassador Session. She had served as assistant in several California corps and in Hawaii.

After their marriage in August 1961 they moved to San Bernardino, where they later welcomed Michael and Ruth to the family. In 1967 they again felt the Call and entered training school, being commissioned in 1969. Their appointments included Hanford, Calif.; Flagstaff, Ariz., Las Vegas, Butte, and South Anchorage, where they opened the corps; then Kenai, Alaska; Laramie, Wyo., and Stockton Silvercrest, which they opened in 1996.

They are fortunate in having four grandchildren, two in each family. In retirement they will live at 416 Mission Park Dr., Stockton CA 95207.


Majors Frank and Joy Brown

Majors Frank and Joy Brown have entered honored retirement after joint careers of 43 years.

Joy is a fourth generation Salvationist, daughter of Majors Charles and Dorothy McAbee Bennett. She was born in Anacortes, Wash., and her mother was promoted to Glory when she was 12.

Frank was first brought to the Army at Idaho Falls by his stepmother, having grown up on his parents’ farm near there. He met Joy there while serving as corps assistant to the Bennetts. After their marriage they entered the Training College, and were commissioned with the Courageous Session in 1958.

After serving 30 years in the field, they were assigned to territorial and divisional headquarters. Their final appointments were at Del Oro DHQ, where Frank served as divisional finance secretary and Joy at divisional Older Adult Ministries, Medical Fellowship and Silver Star secretary.

The Browns have three children: Richard and his wife Stacie are soldiers at Pasadena Tab. Dorothy and her husband, Tom Compton, live in Sacramento with their three daughters. David and his wife Kari have two girls and live in Everett, Wash.

In retirement the Browns will live near Sacramento at 8300 Lonely Hill Way, Antelope CA 95842-4844.

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