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After graduation I went into the Army, knowing that most companies were looking for employees with college degrees or military serviced completed.  On June 20, 1960, I found myself in Ft. Ord, CA.  I was there for 8 weeks doing basic training and then shipped to Ft. Ben Harrison, IN. for training in Finance.   From there, I was hoping to be reassigned to somewhere in California.  However the military shipped me to Ft. Bragg, N.C., for the next three years.

There I met my first wife (Ann) and was married in 1963.  After leaving the service, we returned to the Bakersfield’s area where I went to work for Jack Davenport Typewriter Co.

 In 1965, we moved south to the Los Angeles area working for a vending company as an office manager.

In 1970 with two boys and a daughter on the way, we bought a house in Garden Grove, CA.  In 1971 I decided to go back to college to get my degree.  With a full time job and a family, I started at Orange Coast College for a degree in Accounting.  After 3 ½ years and my AA, I decided that was all that I could take of school.

In 1989, after 26 years of marriage, my first wife pasted away from a form of Leukemia.

By 1992 all three of my kids were married and out of the house, so finding myself alone I decided to take care of myself and took up Ballroom and Country dancing, drifting more to the country side.  It was a nice way to meet people and a lot of fun.  By doing dancing classes and thru mutual friends, I met Karen.  We both worked for the same company.  So with the help of friends, we teamed up in 1994 to learn country dancing together.  We were married one year later in 1995. 

Little did we know that we both started to work for this company in 1980 and worked for the same boss but in different departments.  This company was owned by Lockheed and started to close down in 1997.  At that time Karen, after 17 years, volunteered for a lay off and went to work for Cal State University, Fullerton.  I was laid off the following year and went to work for a Company in Corona, CA.

In 2005 we both retired, although Karen still works 3 days a week at CSUF, and started to enjoy some traveling.

 

Our combined family includes: my three kids, Karen’s three boys and two stepdaughters, and a total of 16 grandkids and right now 4 great grandkids.  We are keeping busy.  We still do our dancing once a week plus we enjoy walking, hiking and trying to keeping fit.  We like our visits with family, friends and enjoy reading.