Born Schirdewahn in Wegeleben. Birth records available in Halberstadt, Germany. Emigrated to the United States at the age of 7 with his mother Martha Wartenberg. Naturalized US citizen. Fought in the Pacific War. Attained rank of Staff Sergeant. Married Lillian Doris Krzykowsky. Three sons named Cortney, Rodney, and Karl. One grandchild named Erika Sue Kennedy. Life-time employee of Ford Motor Company. Highest rank achieved: Quality Control Manager, Indianapolis manufacturing plant. Former President of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Automotive Engineers. Career checkmated by a heart attack. Retired in Oscoda, Michigan with his wife.
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