Son Brandon, born 1983 (deceased 2010)
Daughter Brooke, born 1985 ; married 2010 to Aaron Helfferich
Twin More…grandchildren: Nolan and Heidi born 2014
Daughter Brittany, born 1991 ; to be married 2016 to Jon Blodgett
Purdue graduation year:
Years that you were a Stellar Brother:
Fall 1976 through May 1980
Which room(s) were you in while at Stellar Brothers and who were some of your room mates?
You likely have many...but tell us one of your most vivid memories of living at Stellar Brothers.
Shooting bottle rockets from the roof across the street into the Horticulture building after a football game. I was still in NROTC and was wearing my NROTC hat. The best part was the people in the Horticulture building began firing bottle rockets back and then the WLPD showed up!
In a paragraph or two, tell us your life story since leaving Purdue.
As far as my working life goes, I have been involved in the steel industry since graduation. I worked for Republic Steel as an IE for two years and then went into managing operations as a Melting process foreman - it was a great job! They closed the steel plant down in 1985 and I ended up going into the welded steel tubing business working for the largest domestic steel tube producer (at that time) in the United States. I am still in the steel tubing business and am in charge of a facility in Gary, IN working for a great owner.
As for my personal life, Sherry and I have been married for 35 years and were blessed with 3 beautiful children. We have moved around the country over the years (job related moves) and made lots of great friends all over the world as part of these moves. We even had an exchange student (from Thailand) live with us for a year and she still calls us Mom and Dad.
We were devastated when we lost our 26 year old son in an accident in 2010 but have had the love and support of our two daughters to help us move on. The loss was a massive priorities wake up call as we had to hunker down and make sure our small family stayed together. In 2014, our older daughter gave us a set of twins and we have been able to spend a ton of happy time watching them grow up. I absolutely love the grandpa gig.
What was your best life lesson your learned while living at Stellar Brothers?
Work hard, study hard, play hard, party hard. (Stay well balanced)
What is your home town, where do you live now, and where all have you lived for more than a year?
Hometown: North Judson, IN
Current: Ogden Dunes, IN
1980 - 1987: Crown Point, IN
1987 - 1989: Palmyra, NJ (Near Philadelphia, PA)
1989 - 1998: South Bend, IN
1998 - 2001: Birmingham, AL
2001 - 2012: Chardon, OH (Near Cleveland, OH)
2012 - 2016: Valparaiso
2016 - present
Will move to Cincinnati / Dayton, OH area in the next 3 to 4 years to be close to our girls and their families.