Accordionist who also played for The Lawrence Welk Display from 1950 until 1980. Welk nicknamed him the Happy Norwegian. His desire for the accordion as a kid helped him to conquer scarlet fever. He was asked to join the standard lineup from the Lawrence Welk Display after playing the track Woman of Spain when he was a visitor. He previously five daughters along with his wife Berdyne Koerner. He performed in The Lawrence Welk Display with trumpet participant Johnny Zell.