Born in Detroit, MI. Father worked for Ford Motor Company. Moved to West Salem, IL after his father was laid off.
Mentions having Guernsey and Holstein cattle on the farm growing up and did the milking.
Was advised by a counselor in high school not to become a veterinarian. Went to an ag school for three semesters then transferred to Pre-Vet. Went to class with WWI veterans.
Had a younger sister who died of an unknown condition at age 5. Brother is twelve years younger. Met wife when she was 10, then in high school dated on and off, married in 1955. Has two sons, Mike and Mark.
Talks about his vet practice in Olney and Albion, Illinois.