I grew up in Zephyrhills, Florida, about 30 miles north of Tampa. I have two older brothers, two older sisters and a younger sister. I also have an older step-sister and younger half brother.

I am married to Paula, who retired after teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and Business Education. She also was the Coordinator of the Cooperative Education program at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, IL. Paula has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master of Science in Technology. Both degrees are from Eastern Illinois University.

We have six grown children – five daughters and one son.  We also have five grandsons and four granddaughters!