Joe DeVet
1122 Richelieu Lane
Houston , TX , 77018


Phone: 713-683-8544

Years in current home: 26
Other locations:
MSU; Purdue (MS ChE 1967); Baytown, TX till 1971; New Providence, NJ till 1974; Houston, TX till 1980; Madison, NJ till 1986; Houston again till now

Marital status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lucinda House (Cinda)
How I met my spouse:
She's our classmate! We started dating in Jr year of HS, married 6/10/66, the weekend we both graduated from college.
Years married: 46

Children's Names: Debbie, Lee, Kathy, Pam, Barbara, Monica, Bethany,
Children's Ages: 51, 50, 45, 41, 38, 35, 33, 26
Information about children:
Last child Robert (not enough room on "names" line!!) Oldest 2 (Debbie and Lee) adopted as teens. 7 are married, and have given us 16 grandkids so far. Very blessed.
Infomation about grandchildren:
11 boys, five girls. Only 4 live near us; the rest are scattered West Coast, East Coast, Detroit area. None married yet. One marine did a stint in Afghanistan.

Current job:
Second career--work part-time for the Catholic Archdiocese in Houston (!) in the Family Life Office. Heavily involved in marriage prep and natural family planning instruction.
Career infomation:
Went straight from getting a MS in Chem Eng at Purdue into Exxon Chemical. Most of career in sales/marketing in plastics. (Dow was our toughest competitor in polyethylene. I used to call them The Great Satan.) After early retirement at 55, went straight into "second career"; still at it after 13 yrs.

Been to Europe 6 times--Britain, France, Belgium, Germany. In 2008 went to Sydney, Aus. for World Youth Day. Canada, Mexico few times.

Interests, hobbies, and pastimes:
Tennis, a little golf, cards, cooking, lots of volunteer activities, esp with the church.

No contest--building a great family with a wonderful wife.

Favorite memory of MHS:
Lots of good ones, lots of painful ones (mostly self-inflicted!)--couldn't choose just one.

Momento to remind you of 1962:
Midland Chemics license plate frame over my Texas car license!

Biggest lesson learned:
God first, wife second, rest of family next, everything else after those. Tried other options along the way that didn't work.

Closest friends in 1962:
Cinda was my best friend; still right here! Many others I have not had lots of contact with recently, sorry to say. Except just this year linked up with Rich Reinke in St Charles, MI after having no contact since graduation.

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