Born in 1919 he was one of 12 brothers and sisters. He never graduated from high school.
He joined the Air Force during World War Two and was sent to North Africa to repair bombers.
He was part of the generation that defined our nation.
One of the most remarkable parts of his life was earning his GED in his 40's. Even though he was earning a living, raising a family, and active in the community, he understood that he needed more. So he found the time and made the space in his life to study and pass the GED.
He did it for his family. He did it for himself.
I met him many years after he had earned his GED. His life showed me that education opens doors.
It's a lesson I remember every day.