As Bishop Binzer states, "I’m just a poor boy from Groesbeck!" I attended St. Ann School the first year it opened as a first grader—which designates me as some kind of undecorated “founding student”, if there is such a thing!
From there, on to LaSalle High School where I developed a strong math background from Mr. Ron Rieman who remains a friend to this day. (As you might be aware, Bishop Binzer also was a loyal Lancer... but a few years later.)
I chose civil engineering at UC and after graduating went to work for the Ohio Department of Transportation where I was involved with several of the original I-275 construction projects, but my very first project was Bypass 4. (I went up Bypass 4 the other week and my head started spinning—looked like “Engineers Gone Wild!”)
Less than a year later, Vietnam was going heavy and I enlisted in the Navy Seabees. While in the Seabees I trained for special ops for 6 months but after all the training and language school, orders were cancelled as the war was winding down. I joined up with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 62 where we developed the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean - exactly 4.5´ above sea level! Today, it is still the most strategic military base in that part of the world.
After my service, I continued my career with ODOT, working on dozens of projects with the last 15 years in the District 8 Headquarters as District Plan Reviewer where I went through boxes of red pens! I was given the opportunity of 2 year retirement buyout, which I took. Since then I have started a few businesses; some going well and some not, but that’s how business is.
In 1998, Fr. Tom Snodgrass asked if I would be interested in coming on board here at St. Barts. I was here until 2005 when I made a decision to leave the parish. In 2011, Fr. Pat asked if I might consider coming back, and I accepted. So here I am - and I love it!
In between, I married Theresa Ecabert from Versailles, Ohio, who just happened to live in the same apartment complex. We had two boys, Adam and Ryan, and now two grandsons, Tyler and Nathan.