Bachelor, College of Wooster, Ohio, 1964. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1967.
Instructor English Lorain (Ohio) County Community College, 1968—1970. Assistant head alumni services University Alaska, Fairbanks, 1970—1971. Log builder Jamieson Construction, Ester, 1971—1975.
Postmaster United States Postal Service, Owyhee, Nevada, since 1981.
Married Sara Elizabeth Irvin Shields, July 24, 1965. Children: Stefanie Ruth, John Henry, Dylan Frederick, Benjamin Roon.