Born in Monango, ND, a small town in Dickey County that is now a ghost town; Is baptized into the Kingdom of God.
Moves to Fargo, ND, where his mother could learn to be a beautician and he could start elementary school.
Attends Ellendale Public School District through 1969, with one semester at the University of North Dakota Ellendale Branch, now Trinity Bible Institute.
Serves in the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant until 1990, in personnel admin. and mgmt. with overseas services in Vietnam, Germany (2 tours) and Korea.
Marries the love of his life, Shirley Ann Meyer, together having two daughters, Elizabeth Julia and Ruth Karen, and one grandchild, Jordan Matthew McGowan.
Receives numerous Armed Services Awards and Service Medals and Ribbons, with the Meritorious Service Medal as the highest decoration.
Is employed by Dakota County, MN as a mail clerk/janitor and micrographics/customer service representative.
Earns an Associate of Science degree in business administration and management from Inver Hills Community College.
Is the All-American District Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, to include various elected and apportioned positions at Post and District Level.
Receives Community and Educational Service Awards, including Spirit of Hastings, Good Neighbor, Employer Support, Friends of Education and Bernie McCoy.
Becomes the founder and chief executive officer of Foss and Swanson, The People’s Center.
His mother, Esther “Grace” Wiederrich, a beautician, departs to be with his father, Warren Engrav, who departed in 2013, a railroad station agent, in heaven.
Maintains membership with Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and American Veterans.
Is a collaborator, synchronizer and supporter within the city and community through United Way of Hastings and Hastings Total Life Center.