Born May 22, 1921, at Flaxton, N.D. Graduate of Bowbells High School. Attended Valley City State College, Bismarck State College, University of North Dakota with General Business major; L.L.B. and J.D. University of North Dakota. Lt.j.g. U.S. Naval Reserve in World War II; served in both theaters of war; D-Day at Normandy, Rhineland; ended service in Okinawa. In general practice with father in Bowbells and practiced law in Burke County for 30 years. Burke County State's Attorney 1953-1978. County Judge of Increased Jurisdiction of Williams County 1979-1981. Appointed District Judge November 30, 1981, by Governor Allen I. Olson. Elected 1982 and 1988. Retired 1991. Served as a Surrogate Judge 1991-2000. Member, Lutheran Church, American Legion, Lions, Masons, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Eastern Star, State and National Bar, Judicature Society. Married Beatrice Aune in 1946. Five children: Nancy McCann, Shelley Kilgore, James, Tammy Post, and Thomas.