Dad worked at Lobline's Furniture Factory, Gougler Machine Shop, and Black and Decker Machine Shop, probably some others that I have forgotten. Dad was very good with his hands, although he didn't have much formal education, he could do almost any job he put his mind to.
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One of the first things he did to the house, was to put shingles on. After Duane left for the Navy, and Bob for the Army, he remodelled the upstairs into an apartment. He paved the driveway with bricks, (the driveway was very long, and seemed to be getting longer with each passing hour, I know because I helped carry those bricks) it certainly made it easier to drive up in the wintertime. With the left over brick, he built a Bar-B-Que pit in the back yard, that was the envy of the neighborhood.
He joined the Booster Club in Kent, and was an active member. He also enjoyed bowling in the league. Dad was and avid fisherman and hunter. He always brought back what he went for, albeit fish or game. Sometime we would wake up to the aroma of fish for breakfast. (My favorite was "Bluegill," a small little fish with not many bones.) He had my brother Bob convinced, when he was small, that rabbits lived in trees. Dad would go hunting and when he had too many rabbits to carry, and wanted to continue hunting, he would put them into a crook of a tree, whistle for Mom, then Mom and the boys would go to get them, to bring back to the house. When Bob would pretend to be hunting rabbits, he would shoot up into the trees.