Bachelor, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1951. Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Hartford, 1957.
Draftsman, Spitznagel, Inc., Sioux Falls, 1957-1961; director, Civic Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, 1963-1966; artist-in-residence, South Dakot State University, Brookings, 1966-1968; professor art, U. South Dakot, Vermillion, 1968-1980; chairman art Department, University South Dakot, Vermillion, 1968-1973; department chairman art, Augustana College, 1980-1988; professor art, Augustana College, 1988-1991; artist-in-residence, Augustana College, since 1991; director Liturgical Resource Center, Augustana College, since 1991; director. Owner, operator Aldern Art Studio, Sioux Falls, since 1957. Liturgical artist-consultant St. Michael's Catholic Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sioux Falls.
Board director South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, 1995-1999, Civic Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, 1998-1999, Sioux Falls Beautiful, 2000-2003. Active United States Air Force, 1951-1954. Member of East Side Art Gallery (Sioux Falls).
Married Joey Marlys Grunwald, December 27, 1951. Children: Bradley (deceased), Marlys, Noreen, Jared.