Born in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Beryl and Candi Rhyan. He graduated from Croton High School in Ohio and served four years in the US Air Force. He was an airman first class. He worked for Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Co. for ten years and was a journeyman. He moved to Arizona in 1968 and worked for AZ Public Service Co for 29 years. He worked out of Casa Grande as a lineman and later as a serviceman in Coolidge and Florence before retiring in 1996. He later was a journeyman for Tee Pee Contractors Inc., before retiing again due to illness.