Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1972 until his retirement in 1999. He became a senior judge following his retirement.
A native of Jefferson, Iowa, he served with the United States Army during World War II. Following the war, he attended the University of Iowa where he received his undergraduate degree in 1949 and his law degree in 1951. He worked in private practice in Jefferson from 1951 to 1962, serving three years as the Greene County Attorney. He was appointed to the District Court Bench in 1962 where he served until his appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court. In 1992 he was the recipient of the Award of Merit of the Iowa Judges Association.