Graduated from the high school, Minneapolis student, Oberlin College, 1944-1945; student, Minneapolis School Art, 1945-1948.
Artist, Brown and Bigelow, St. Paul, 1946-1956; illustrator, Creative Group, Minneapolis, 1956-1960; studio manager, Bob Pettes Art For Advertising, Minneapolis, 1960-1967; builder, architect, Bob Pettes Rustique Homes, Minneapolis illustrator, Design Studios Inc., St. Paul, 1969-1970; artist, Hallmark Cards, 1972-1980; artist, Nostalgic Impressions, Prairie Village, Kansas, since 1980.
Group precinct leader Republican Group, Edina 1961-1964. With Coast Guard Navy, 1942-1945. Member Society Artists and Art Directors (treasurer 1962).
Married Gladys Arlene Pettes, July 27, 1922 (divorced February 1976). Children: Jo Anne, Roberta Gay, Douglas Kent. Married Phyllis Gwen Browne, April 3, 1976.