What is your current occupation and what does that involve?
"I retired in January 2015. I presently work as a part-time funeral assistant with Goetz Funeral Home."
What do you do off the clock " Just for fun?"
"I spend anytime I have to goof off reading. I enjoy going to thrift stores, antique shops, resale shops, garage sales and estate sales looking for vintage items and collectible glassware to resale and collect. I also volunteer with the Friends of the Library in their book-store. I have joined the Kiwanis Club. I still hope to give time to Habitat in their resale store but so far have not had much time to give other than help a small bit to price and identify some of the antiques that have been donated. I have a 12-year-old grand daughter that I really enjoy spending time with."
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Coolidge, Texas. Coolidge is a small town of about 750 east of Waco and near Mexia."
Who are members of your immediate family?
"My wife Barbara and I will have been married next April 1 for 40 years. My daughter Michelle will soon be 38. She has a daughter, Audrey who will be 13 in November. My son Michael is 29. I still consider a daughter who we lost when she was 21 months old part of my immediate family as well as a grandson who only lived a day. My mother is still a big part of my life at 88."
What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"It has to be the death of my daughter and my grandson."
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite TV sitcom would be The Big Bang Theory. My favorite movie would have to be Drums Along the Mohawk. Although I enjoy almost any movie on the Turner Classic Movie channel. It is almost always on at our house unless watching the news or weather."
What type of music do you enjoy ( favorite band, song, etc...)?
"I enjoy music from the 40's such as the Big Band Sound or any songs from that era and the war time era. I keep the radio in the car on a Sirius station called Sinatra. There is also a station in the Belton Killeen area that I listen to that is entirely old music from the 40s that I listen to occasionally when I can tune it in. I also like classical when I can find nothing else on radio. I like old church songs and spiritual when I sing to myself."
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"I really enjoy The Cranny, The Habitat Resale Store, The Silver Center Thrift store which may soon be closing, and the Goodwill. When I want a good hamburger I really enjoy treating visiting friends and family to PJ's Restaurant on the square downtown. It is not always open when I'm ready for one. As an alternate El Ranchito or Garcia’s. But Garcia’s has moved clear across town now so not ease to go to."
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I feel that I am shy but try real hard not to show it. My wife says it would be that I graduated from High School with 11 other people. We all started to school at the same time. But really this is not the true case. We integrated when I was a sophomore so there were really 22. I also build miniature doll houses and have attempted miniature wicker furniture. Also, I travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico three times and contacted the revenge twice from the same restaurant. One of trips was my honeymoon. Also, I almost became a minister but settled on a youth director instead."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests ( living or dead ) - excluding immediate family members- who would they be.?
"Tough one - Humphrey Bogart and Lauren BaCall, and Reba McIntire, William Bergfeld and Virginia King Bergfeld"
What are your roles in the community?
"Presently, I am serving as president of the Friends of the Library. This also encompasses a member at large seat on the Library Foundation Board as well. I try to be an active member of the First United Methodist Church. I belong to the Seguin Kiwanis Club. I also serve on the administration board of a non-profit organization called PLAN, Planned Living Assistance Network. The group deals with enabling mental ill individuals and the family or caretakers of a mental ill person deal with every day activities such as housing, managing medication and other every day living experiences that we consider normal."
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 1974. I also attempted to obtain my nursing home administrator’s license many years ago. When it came time to complete the last phase which was an internship I realized that this could not be done with out committing myself to a period of time that I would not be able to work. This was not possible with a young family and many obligations. I still hope to complete this someday.
I was one of those who did not follow their intended career. I somehow entered into the construction industry and later entered into the flooring industry owning my own retail store with a partner and later selling that and working for another commercial flooring company for the last ten years of my working career."
What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"In the early 80's my wife and I had a young daughter. The baby was born with many health issues. She stayed in the neonatal unit of Seton Hospital in Austin for 6 months before allowing to be brought home. She was several weeks premature along with other issues. During her stay in the hospital we were able to help initiate some new programs on the 8th floor neonatal unit that were not allowed previously. Such as we were not able to hold our baby because of all the wires and life support systems. We did not take no as an answer. We helped show that this could be done. We helped initiate a program that allowed rocking chairs in the unit itself and if a baby did not have someone to rock or hold then they allowed a volunteer to do so. We also had a hearing aid put on our daughter when they said it could not be done."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"It ability to grow and allow new businesses and industries to enter into the city and area and operate and thrive.
It has grown almost 5,000 since we moved here in July, 2014. I do wish the downtown area could revive more than it has."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I am very happy to see so many churches and religions in one community thrive. Seguin has so many good programs such as the Christian Cupboard and the food bank and so many other programs that are too numerous to mention. Its ability and desire to help others is overwhelming."
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I find the Seguin history and what it has done to establish a footing in the history and heritage of Texas. I always thought that I would sometime like to teach Texas History on a middle school lever. Seguin would be the city to do this in. It is so saturated with Texas families and ties."
What are your future plans?
"To become a solid Seguinite and become involved with the city and community as possible. To grow old and spend the rest of my live in Seguin with the exception of owning some beach from property in Galveston. This would be the only other area I would like to spend some time in and not as a vacationer."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Keep up the good work. You have a wonderful community here. Thanks for welcoming us the community and allowing us to become part of it so quickly.
A campaign to help the downtown grow back to its original greatness is hopefully in the works. We need to take all the for rent or lease signs out of the windows around the square and fill those store fronts. Parking downtown should be unavailable on the weekends. Fill up those parking spaces and keep Seguin growing. "