Spent early years growing up on a family farm in Bourbon, IN. After graduating from high school, attended Purdue University obtaining a BS in Food Science. While at Purdue, met my future wife Mary. Later God blessed us with 2 children, Rob and Amy.
For forty years, worked in the Refined Edible Oil (soy and canola) Industry for large Agriculture Corporations. Lived in either Fort Wayne, IN or Saint Louis, MO. for majority of those years.
After retirement in 2013, Mary and I relocated to our favorite vacation spot, Elk Rapids, MI. It was here where I started my Rotary journey. Organization with the motto “Service Above Self” was exactly what I was looking for in retirement phase of my life. Bonus has been, through Rotary, many doors were opened to the local Volunteer Network where wonderful people have been met.
For past two years, served as District 6290 Foundation Committee Polio Chair. What a special day it will be, for all Rotarians, when Polio is totally eradicated from the World!!