Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today my Dad turns 60!

He was born on August 6, 1946, which makes him one of the oldest of the Baby Boomers. He grew up on a farm in Northeast Nebraska (around the Norfolk area). He went to a one-room schoolhouse through the 8th grade and graduated from Pierce High School in Pierce, Nebraska in 1964. After high school he signed up to go into the Air Force. He was surprised when they told him that he was going to be a jet engine mechanic.

His Air Force experience took him all over the world and eventually he ended up at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, where he met my mom. They were married in the April of 1969.

I was just a kid when he started working for Dillons Supermarket (now a part of the Kroger Company). He worked at the same grocery store until he retired in 2001! One thing I always remembered about my Dad while growing up was how hard he worked. Because he was in the grocery business, he had to work all kinds of weird hours. I HATED it when he had to work nights but that’s what you have to do sometimes. He never griped about it because he knew that’s what he had to do. My Dad would have made an excellent store manager but chose not to go into management because of the hours and the fact that they would have wanted him to work Saturdays, which was our Sabbath.

My Dad and I talk several times a week now that he retired. He’s studying to take the Series 65 test so that he can work as a financial planner. We have even discussed possibly working together. We would probably make a good (he’s the people person and I’m the tech guy) when it comes to personal finance and investing, we see eye-to-eye.

So, there you have it. You now know a little bit about my Dad. There’s a lot more to tell but I need to get some sleep.

Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!

Please feel free to wish him Happy Birthday by leaving a comment (just don’t say anything mean about me). I’ll try to get him read this post.

10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dad!”

  1. Happy Birthday!!!

    Your story is wonderful. I admire your work ethic and commitment to the Sabbath. I’m also an observer. [Shomer Shabbat]

    You have a great son. He has answered questions for me about my blog and even told me when my formatting had gone askew.

    And he’s smart.

    But you know that! Anyway have a great day…Good luck with your new career as a financial planner. I’m writing a newspaper piece about parents, kids and advice. I’ll contact you guys later.

    May you go from strength to strength and live until 120 years in good health.

    By the way, I’m posting a Birthday Wish on my blog.

    Take care and continue the celebration.

  2. Happy Birthday Dad!! I hope you’re enjoying this day the Lord has made for you. And here’s to many more!

    P.S. don’t go into business with JLP. He’ll get jealous because you’re better than him! LOL

  3. Happy birthday dad. What a wonderful father you are. I too have ALWAYS admired your work ethic. Especially on keeping the garage clean (LOL)…Truly you set the example for Jeffrey and I…well for anyone for that matter, on how to be a diligent hard working person. I truly appreciate all you have done for us over the years! Love very much…Christopher

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