Bachelor of Science, Southern Illinois University, 1979. Master of Arts, Webster University, 1983. Master of Business Administration, 1987.
Postgraduate in Social Work, University Illinois, from 1987.
Director instruction College Lake County, Naval Training Schools, Great Lakes, Illinois, from 1980. Education specialist Navy Recruiting Command, Kansas City, Missouri, 1988. With United States Navy, 1956.
Member of American Legion, American Vocational Association, WM. Moose, Masons.
Married Patricia Sue Wheeler Parke, February 22, 1958 (deceased). Married Karen Sue Kraemer, February 10, 1968 (divorced 1988). Children: Patricia Sue Bixby(deceased), Debra Lynn, Cato, Thomas Lestal, Christina Mae.