I was born and raised near the small town of Leoti in western Kansas and had been married to my high school sweetheart Wilda for fifty six years. We raised four children, two girls and two boys and are blessed with four Granddaughters. We owned and operated a farm and ranch in Kansas for thirty three years. I also owned and managed a commodity brokerage firm for twenty seven years in Kansas specializing in risk management for commercial cattle feeders and large farms, retiring in 2008 and moving to Summit County permanently. We purchased our first property in Summit county in 1984. In Kansas I served on the USD 467 Board of Education, The Farm Services Agency Board and the Natural Resources Conservation Board. I have served as hosts for the Summit County Senior Citizens Monday Night Dinner for the past five years and I represent the Monday Night Dinner on the senior council. I am vice president of the Corinthian Hill Property Owners Association in Dillon.