Bob grew up on a farm during the Depression. The original 10 acres of the family homestead, along with a house from 1869, is still there, although the house is being rented, Rex said.
"They raised all their own food on the farm: chicken, pigs, hogs, corn, barley and oats," Rex said. "He told me when the Depression hit, they never knew it because they ate the same."
But farming wasn't Bob's only talent.
"My dad was good with cars," Rex said. "He built his first homemade car when he was 12 years old. The neighbor gave him a frame, some wheels and a rolling chassis. He [Bob] found an engine and and a wooden seat, and he was driving it around at 12 years old."
What inspired Bob to build the car?
"Nobody had any money," Rex said. "It was the Depression. So my dad just naturally became a mechanic and an extremely good one. He was a natural with anything mechanical. He could keep things running when no one else could. And he did that along with farming.