He is remembered for being an outdoors-man, river guide, naturalist and story teller. The late Don Ingle called him a “tall, oak-sturdy gentleman conservationist who seemed as timeless and constant as the river he loved; a river he knew better than most who have cast its waters or floated its current”.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1907, he quit school in the eighth-grade and traded the classroom for a study of the outdoors. In 1935 he moved to Lake County, Michigan and began a 60 year love affair with the Pere Marquette River. 14 years later he scraped together the $6,900 needed to purchase a cottage on the famous river.