Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1926, his family moved to the Glasgow area when he was 3 and he grew up there on farms. He graduated from high school in 1943, enlisting in 1944 on his 18th birthday, attended infantry training and was sent to the Philippines and Japan. He married Nadine Scott in 1949. He worked 22 years as a sheet metal worker, 7 with his own shop. The family also farmed 7 years near the Milk River.
A lifelong interest in repairing and customizing firearms led to his next career as a gunsmith. He and Nadine ran the Fort Dalles Gun Shop from 1970 to 1983 and were hunters an...
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