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My wife, Jodie, and I have been happily retired since 2001 from teaching careers at Newark High School in Delaware. Jodie taught Spanish and was a reading specialist for 19 years. I taught Biology and coached boys tennis and a variety of other athletic teams for 33 years. I have also been a performing musician for forty years and have worked as a mobile DJ for the last twenty-two years. I have retired as a DJ and I am currently working on singing act of original and oldies Country & Western songs to keep me occupied in my retirement and complete my bucket list. Song Lyrics
Jodie & I
play a lot of tennis, some golf and we do local volunteer work in Delaware and
Florida. Jodie is a site leader for the Read-Aloud Delaware Program and
captains three Delaware U.S.T.A. tennis teams.
In Florida she volunteers at the Bartow Public Library and is on the
Board of Directors for the Polk County Senior Games.
She teaches Line Dancing and Conversational Spanish classes in our
retirement community. I created and
maintain our Floral Lakes Retirement Community website (florallakes.org)
and I lead bi-weekly tram tours at a nearby wildlife area (Circle
B Bar Reserve). Our
favorite hobbies are traveling, hiking, birding, biking, tennis and golf.
We have traveled and camped all over the United States and we have been
to Europe five times - spending two summers in England as part of a House
Exchange. Our primary home is
Wilmington, Delaware. We spend five months every year in our winter home in Bartow,
is a great cook with extensive special recipes. Rick
and Grand Canyon.
Rick and Grand Canyon.
We have three
children. Our oldest son, Dave, played football for the United States Naval
Academy, graduating in 1994 as a computer science major. Dave went on to Medical
School and was the staff Physician at Ft. Meade and team doctor for the Naval
Academy baseball and 150 lb. football teams. Dave did a six
month tour in Afghanistan and spent a year at Marine Corp War College at
Quantico, Virginia. He took a one-year fellowship at
the Cleveland Clinic in spinal surgery and is currently Chief Orthopedic Spinal
Surgeon at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dave lives McLean, Virginia.
He and his ex-wife, Amy, gave us our sixth grandchild Griffin, on April 14, 2011.
Merin Shekitka, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995 as biochemistry major. She
became certified to teach Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics during a three-year
stay in Hawaii. Merin received her M.S. degree in Kinesiology From Texas A&M
- Kingsville and her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. She is currently a
full time wife and mother. Merin’s husband, Kelly, is a class of ’94 Naval
Academy graduate and was a P-3 pilot for four years in Hawaii. Kelly crossed
over to become an F-18 pilot and for six years his squadron was based at Lemoore
Naval Air Station in California - assigned to the Aircraft Carrier Lincoln.
Kelly is now assigned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia -
where he and Merin have their home. Merin
finishes up her Doctoral program in Physical Therapy this Spring (2015).
Kelly is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
They will soon be moving to Fort Walton Beach near Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
where Kelly will be involved with the final testing and flying of the F-35
before it is deployed. They
have blessed us with three grandchildren - Mya Gwynne Shekitka (December 1, 2003
), Piper June Shekitka (April 30, 2009) and Bohdan Ray Shekitka (November 29,