He was born June 8, 1917, and grew up on a farm in Barton County, Kan. He loved aviation and eventually became an aeronautical engineer, receiving his master's degree at Wichita State University. He served in the Army during World War II and settled in Wichita following his discharge. He moved his family to the Seattle area while working for Boeing and later moved to Ohio to work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He moved with his second wife to California in 1983 and lived for the rest of his life in Pleasanton and Danville. He was an avid sports fan, loved traditional Dixieland jazz and dancing. He was a longtime member and officer of Toastmasters International and founded the Pleasanton Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ella in 1978; his wife Dorothy (Dottie) in 2006; and his brother Homer in 2008. He is survived by four siblings; six children: Michael, Rick, Judy, Joan, Mary K. and Greg; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held June 18 in the Wesley Center at San Ramon Valley Methodist Church in Alamo. Memorial donations may be made to the Danville Library at 400 Front St., Danville.