RALPH JAMES HANEY
I attended Oklahoma State Tech at Okmulgee for one year, then founded A-1 Electric Motor Service. I entered involuntary military service in August of ’67. I was an electronics instructor at Fort Sill, OK, obtaining the rank of Specialist 4th Class (E4), and received several letters of commendation for service.
I returned from military service to resume command of A-1 Electric Motor Service, and married Marilyn Arnold in March of ’68. We opened the machine shop division in ’69. I became president of A-1 Electric Supply, Inc. and its divisions, A-1 Electric Motor Service and Mid-American Machine and Flame Spray in 1973 and became a victim of the Enid Flood in October of that same year.
Through the years, I have performed numerous projects of note, including the automated electric train at Richill’s Cafeteria, the complete rebuilding of a large electric generator in north central Algeria, North Africa, the design and construction of auditorium and stage lighting for Easter Pageants and worship services at Enid First Baptist Church, the design and construction of many components and subassemblies for the wire drawing industry allowing the wire drawing lines to show a doubling of production speed, and the design and supply of many industrial electrical systems.
I completely lost my eyesight in 1986, and married my second wife, Mary Haney, in 1989. I was technical advisor for the Lexington Passion Play, Lexington, Kentucky, from 1992- 1994.
I closed the shop and retired in 1995 with 13 employees at the shop’s closing. There had been as many as 29 employees at one time.
I have served as president of the Enid-Garfield Kiwanis Club. I was a founding member and president of the Enid Model Railroad and Historical Association. At present, I am president of the Oklahoma Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Association, and serve on the Board of Directors of the Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Sandra Beasley Independent Living Center. I also serve on the Oklahoma State Governor’s Advisory Council to the Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns.
I now am enjoying retirement and a woodworking hobby involving numerous hand tools and power tools, and (believe it or not), I still have both hands and all my fingers!