I was born in 1949 and raised on a farm in Western Iowa.
After graduating from Schleswig High School in 1967, I was drafted into the US Army in 1969 and did a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam. While in Nam, I served with C Troop 1/9, 1st Air Cavalry Division, which was a recon unit for the 1st Cav.
I received my discharge from the Army in April of 1971. I landed a job as an electrician shortly after in Denison, Iowa. In 1976, I started Struck Electric in Carroll, Iowa; we were a small electrical contracting company which specialized in residential and small commercial wiring. In 1992 I closed my business and moved to Kennewick, WA where I worked for an electrical contractor as an estimator/project manager. I am now enjoying retirement.