- Raised at the Indiana Soldiers & Sailors Children's home in Knightstown, Indiana.
- Attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
- Served with the 82nd Airborne division during 1958-1961 (2 years in Germany.)
- Amateur boxer from 1959-1969.
- Indiana Golden Gloves runner-up in the Light Heavyweight division in 1969 behind Alvin Yates.
- Some notable fights that he has refereed include Fuller-Murphy, Manfredy-Burton, Tarver-Harding, Hopkins-Vanderpool & Butler-Brannon.
- Wife Connie is a timekeeper for the state of Indiana.