Mike Delaney & Paula Anthony Delaney - 1963
Bio from 2008 & Pictures from 40th & 45th Reunion in 2008
Bio Update for 50th - More Pics
Having gotten a taste of the medical profession while working at the Kaiser Permenente Hospital in Panorama City, California back in 1967, I set my life goals to include having an impact on the physical well being of others.
After working in sales with a couple of national pharmaceutical companies I was promoted into the marketing department of a large eye-care company and spent several years preparing business plans and introducing new products into the medical industry.
I was later introduced to the excitement and challenge of the operating room and founded a new company dedicated to the development of innovative new products for patient positioning during surgical procedures. I received U.S. patents for two of these products, which are still being used in surgical theaters throughout the world.
For the last several years I have been working with a hospice group in Greenville, Texas as a Community Education Representative. I find this work exceptionally rewarding and another step toward fulfilling my expanded goal of providing physical, mental and financial relief to individuals in need.
I owe my recent success to my lovely bride, Paula Anthony, who became my wife in May of 2002, and convinced me to move to her home State of Texas. Together we have settled in the bustling city of Pecan Gap (population 214), and live here with our dog Gypson and cats Anita, Peaches, Creampuff, Hannah and Stormy.
We live in a small, gingerbread cottage on a beautiful wooded lot on the very edge of town where we can enjoy the musical sounds of the birds and tree frogs…..a far cry from the ruckus noises I had been experiencing in the various cities where I had lived, including Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and San Diego.
Before moving back to Texas, I had been living in Springfield, Missouri for several years where I was able to fulfill other life goals such as experiencing close hand the beauties of nature, hiking the various trails and floating the many streams. I still have a cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks with my sister, and return several times a year to relax and visit with family.
I also had the thrilling experience of racing stock cars on both the dirt and asphalt race tracks in the Ozarks, and didn’t hang up my helmet until the end of the 2001 season.
But most importantly, Springfield is where I met Paula and fell in love. She has become my first, and will be my only wife in this life, and I am very grateful for the circumstances that brought us together. She and her children have added so much to my already full and rewarding existence, including a beautiful grandaughter Kinley and grandson Kai.
Most recently, Paula and I purchased property in a privately owned RV resort on the Illinois River between Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Tahlaquah, Oklahoma. We enjoy rafting, swimming, sunning, and just plain having fun with new friends in this beautiful section of the Oklahoma Ozarks. We try and get up to the river a couple of times a month.
We intend spending even more time at both the river and
the lake in the future to be closer Paula's children and our grandchildren.
Perhaps someday we may even retire in the area.
graduating from Hickman in 1963, several of my classmates and I entered
basic training for the Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Some of us
had joined the local National Guard units, either battery “B” 128th
Artillery or the MP unit in Columbia. After completing basic and AIT
(Advanced Individual Training) and BUT (Basic Unit Training) at Fort
Sill, Oklahoma, I enrolled and attended the University of Missouri for
two years. From there I attended Central Missouri State University where
I received a marketing degree, and attended graduate school studying for
Paula & Mike wedding