He was born in 1927, too young to have experienced the Great Depression, yet not old enough to fight in World War II, so had to fib about his age to defend his country. A graduate of Winona State, he married local girl, Clareen Willis, who met on a blind date. John had his heart set on becoming a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska. Well sometimes life can get in the way of your best laid plans.
Instead he became a school teacher and a family man. Three daughters later and a career at Watkins company in Winona, John and family traveled and lived through many Watkins transfers finally retiring in Prescott Valley Arizona