Graduated from the high school, Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Assistant cashier, Rock Rapids (Iowa) State Bank, 1953-1955; insur. agent, Prudential, Sioux Falls, South Dakot, 1955-1977; assistant vice president agys., John Hancock Insurance Company, Sioux Falls, 1977; general agent, Mutual Benefit Life, Sioux Falls, 1970-1973; president, Employee Superior vena cava syndrome Inc., Sioux Falls, 1973-1991; president, Insurance Alternatives, Sioux Falls, since 1991.
State representative Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls, since 1980. Member Life Underwriters Association (president 1964), Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (president 1986), South Dakota Chartered Life Underwriter Chapter (past president), Kiwanis E. (president 1961, lieutenant governor 1964), River Improvement Society (president 1974).
Married Henrietta Van Derweerd, February 13, 1953. Children: Bradley, Douglas, Iana, Kaye, Vance.