Bill McCaughtry
and Family


Bill and Linn McCaughtry

Welcome to my webpage. I was born June 1, 1957 in St.Paul, Minnesota. My parents are Lewis McCaughtry, originally from Iowa, and Florence Artz McCaughtry, originally from South Dakota, who are currently living in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have five siblings: two sisters (Carol and Donna) and three brothers (John, James and Richard).

The love of my life is Linn McCaughtry, my wife, who is originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. We were married on May 27, 1978. We have three furry children: a male Golden Retriever named Seti, a female Golden Retriever and Collie mix named Goldie, and a male Ragdoll cat named Oskar.

                       
                     
Goldie (left) and Seti (right) outside in the yard.                                  Oscar doing what he does best.

I was in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for four years as a Medical Service Specialist. Then, I went active duty for eleven years. The first three years on active duty I was a Medical Service Specialist and the last eight years was a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Instructor.

I played the Highland bagpipes in a local Scottish pipe and drum band, called the Glencoe Highlanders, for three years. It was a lot of fun, but had to give it up due to a busy work schedule. I still occasionally wear a kilt, mainly because I find a kilt to be much more comfortable than pants. A kilt is also cooler during the summer than pants.

                                                                                                             
                                                      
Linn and Bill at the Highland Games near Orlando.

I currently live in Deland, Florida, which is located about 20 miles south of Daytona Beach. I am employed as a production mechanic in the plastics molding department of the Kendall Company here in Deland. This company manufactures disposable needles and syringes for use in hospitals. My email address is billmcc@totcon.com.

I am not going to bore you with any more personal information. So, I will end this with my favorite poem.

Desiderata
by Max Ehrmann

Go Placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. 
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. 
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. 
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.  Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. 
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
Be yourself.  Especially, do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all axidity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. 
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. 
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.  Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world.  Be cheerful.  Strive to be happy.