In the mean time, Erma Jean Orr also headed for Fuller to complete a master’s degree in Christian Education.We met and were married in 1967, after she graduated and before my senior year.Descendants of Jennie, an older sister of grandfather John, continue to operate the farm, located on Prutow Road, and now a Michigan Centennial Farm.Grandfather John married Mabel Mc Laughlin and had two sons, James John Prutow (1910-1975), my uncle, and John William Prutow (1918-1978), my father. The Mayberry’s trace their lineage through Massachusetts and Maine back to Ireland.As a first year plebe, I played football to get on the training tables and away from mealtime hazing.I also played rugby, was team captain my senior year, and graduated in 1963.When members of his congregation followed him, Bruce began the OPC in Caney, Kansas and subsequently began a mission in Bartlesville, OK, a few miles south of Caney.In God’s providence, we were called into the OPC and served the Bartlesville congregation until 1982.
We learned the trauma of church discipline in this congregation, accompanied by decline, and then both the challenge and gratification of seeing renewal and growth through outreach and evangelism.Still not a Christian, I regularly walked to church, often by myself, was baptized, sang in the choir, was involved in the youth group, and was interviewed by the church board to receive scouting’s God and Country Award.My high school years in Newport began in 1954, the year of Brown vs. The family moved to Medford Lakes in central New Jersey before my junior year in high school where I worked summers as a lifeguard. When my weight lifting buddy obtained an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point, I sought to follow suit.Much to my mother’s chagrin and my father’s delight, I abandoned school band and played football. Not getting an appointment, I attended the University of Delaware for a year and was a math major but also failed freshman English.The next year, I received the appointment I sought and entered West Point the summer of 1959. Since my math and physics grades were high, the academy retained me.