In the late ‘60’s he left the highway department to work for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where he worked until his retirement from the State of Michigan. His time at the DNR was spent designing fish hatcheries, campgrounds, and other recreational facilities around the State of Michigan.
During his childhood he spent a lot of time with his parents at Houghton Lake and later at Higgins Lake in Roscommon County about 120 miles north of Lansing. As a child I heard many stories about family hunting and fishing trips to Roscommon County and Higgins Lake in particular. His parents eventually bought property on the southwest side of Higgins Lake where they went camping and later built a cottage. He and my mother bought a cottage a half mile from my grandparents in the late 1950’s.
During the late 1960’s my Dad got interested in sailing. He was eventually to start a sailboat dealership in the Lansing area with his friend Guy Niesen. During those years we had a number of different sailboats on the lake and a lot of summer activity at the cottage centered around sailing.
My Dad loved Higgins Lake and Roscommon County. So it was only natural that
when he retired from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1978 that he and my mother would move to the cottage at Higgins Lake. They lived there year around for eight years before moving to the Village of Roscommon into a house he had built on the south branch of the AuSable River.
I think the happiest period of my dad’s life were the eight years that he worked as an engineer for and later as the manager of the Roscommon County Road Commission after retiring from the State of Michigan. He got a lot of satisfaction and happiness from the work he did there, the people he worked with, and the projects he was able to be involved with.