I have instructed students from grades 7 through college level across Southwest Kansas for 34 years. I retired from teaching in 2020 and started a lawn care business in Garden City and have fourteen apartment complexes that I take care of now.
My family includes my wife Gayla, who works at DCCC. Our son Ryan who lives in Nebraska and works for GE, and two daughters. Raelynn is a dosimetrist in Midland Texas and Rheann who is student at University of Nebraska-Kearney majoring in theatre.
I currently am the Mayor of the small town of Ingalls for the past 6 years and have been the Ingalls Recreation President for the past 15 years.
My wife and I opened a business in Garden City 15 years ago GC Gymnastics. Over the years we started out in a small building with a few students and then grew and had to move to a larger building where we quickly also outgrew. We teamed up with the GC recreation and was able to find a new building and through donations, grants and other efforts turned it into the O’Brate Gymnastics center which is now operated by the GC Recreation and the City of Garden City. Gayla and I have retired from the gym but do still help if needed.
We are looking forward to full retirement, getting in our RV, visiting our children, and relaxing.