Born in Pinckneyville, Illinois in May 1930, lived in several small cities north of Pittsburgh, PA. and ended up in Jersey City, NJ in the 5th grade. Graduated from high school there, attended Muskingum College and Youngstown College in Ohio - majored in Education and Mechanical Engineering.
Entered USAF Basic Airman Training at Lackland AFB in July 1951. Oct 1951 to Class 52-G at Columbus, MS and then Webb AFB, Big Springs, TX. Graduated with assignment to 5thAF Japan (FEAF) with delay for Instrument School at Moody and Gunnery at Tyndall. Spring of 1953 orders to 5AF were cancelled, assigned to Dow AFB, ME to 506th Strat Ftr Wg (SAC) flying F-84G and the first wing to get the F-84F. Fighter pilot, Asst. Flight Commander, and Squadron Adjutant. Three month TDY to Chitose, Japan in summer of 1953. Wing transferred to Tinker AFB, OK in spring 1955. Elected to be discharged in October 1955 and entered Ohio State University to complete college.
Joined Ohio ANG at Lockbourne (later Rickenbacker). Fighter Pilot, Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Squadron Operations Officer, Group Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and Group Operations Staff Officer. Recalled to AD in Oct 1961 for Berlin Crisis for a year. Recalled again to AD in Jan 1968 for Pueblo Incident (18 months) and spent a year at Kunsan AB (K-8) Korea. Went inactive in Jan 1973. Retired as Lt. Col. in May 1990. Flew T-6, T-28, T-33, F-80A/C, F-84E/F/G, C-45 & C-47. CP on B-25, B-29/50,C-97.
Employed 1957 - 1959 as Education Supervisor for Ohio ANG. 1959-1973 North American Aviation (Rockwell Intl) in Logistics Technical Publications. Technical writer for Navy RA-5C, T2B/C, and USAF B1-B Bomber. Project Manager for Subcontractor Data Management. During 1973 to 1980 layoff - FAA Flight Instructor, Chief Flight Instructor, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, Charter Pilot and Corporate Pilot. Returned to Rockwell Intl in 1980 as Project Manager and retired in May 1990. Part time flying after retirement in Pipe Line, Charter and Corporate Aviation. Have flown over 60 different makes and models of propeller, turbo-prop and jet aircraft with 15,000+ total hours.
President of 52-G/H 1996 to 1998 and conducted Memorial Service at five reunions. Elected to Board of Directors in 2008.
Married to Ruth Alice
Backstrom (college classmate) since 1953, three children, four grandchildren,
and one great-grandchild.
Ordained Presbyterian Deacon and Elder for over 30 years.
Belong to various church, civic and professional organizations.