Bachelor, Luther College, 1940. Postgraduate, University Iowa, 1942.
Farmer, McCallsburg, Iowa., 1946-1969; deputy secretary agriculture, Iowa Department Agriculture, Des Moines, 1969-1972; secretary agriculture, Iowa Department Agriculture, Des Moines, 1973-1987.
Chairman Story County Board Education, 1950-1969. Board directors Iowa Association School Boards, 1961-1968, Des Moines Area Community College, 1964-1970. Clerk Richland Township, 1952-1964.
Chairman Story County Republican Party, 1964-1968, chairman 5th Republican District, 1968-1970. Dir American Legion Boys State, 1957-1988. Active Iowa Arboretum, Iowans Right to Work Committee.
Active Gov's. Conference for Aging. Elected to Older Iowa Legislature (speaker of house 1989). National director Communications for Agriculture (senior citizens advisory committee).
Active Iowa Aging Coalition, Retired Senior Volunteer Program. With United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member National Association Departments Agriculture, American Association Retired Persons, Midwest Association State Departments Agriculture, Mid-American International Agri-Trade Council, Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Davis County Sheeps Producers, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Story County Cattlemen's Association, Reserve Officers Association, American Legion (member national executive committee 1965-1970, state Commander 1953-1954), Lions, Masons, Shriners.
Married Muriel Dirks, August 2, 1942. Children: William, Beth, Janet, Paul, Steven.