After high school I attended K-State for one year, then enlisted in the Army with my brother Elton for two years. We spent 16 months of our time in Korea. I then spent 5 years with Associates before deciding to go back to college. I received a Bachelors degree in Education from Wichita State in 1967 and a Masters in 1972. I married Ilene in 1960 and we had 3 children: Steve, 38; Rhonda, 36; and Scott, 28. Ilene and I divorced in 1980.
I taught and coached baseball and basketball at Douglass High School until 1972. With three children and no money, I left teaching in 1972 and went to work for Coachmen Industries. I became a Division Manager for them in Southern California and stayed with Coachmen until November 1986, when I resigned from the company and moved back to Rose Hill. I have been at Boeing since January 1987 and have been in management the past 9 years. I hope to retire in 2005.
I lost my brother Elton in 1976 as a result of an automobile accident near Jefferson City, Missouri. He had turned 38 years old two days earlier.
My father passed away in 1972 and mom died in 1987. I also lost my sister Virginia in 1995. There are five of us brothers and sisters left.
My spare time still centers pretty much around children. I still coach baseball and basketball some and spend all the time possible with my two grandchildren (hope to have many more). One is a ballplayer and the other a cheerleader. I served 10 years as a Big Brother to a young man from Derby and currently serve on the local Board of Education.