John and Donna raised four children in their modest two-story farm home. John ran a small roofing business out of the pole barn out back. He added a second story to the barn years ago.
The home served them well, but it was time to downsize. “We need something with less work, less wear and tear on us,” joked Donna.
“All those jumps with full gear on. My knees are shot,” added John.
No, John didn’t jump off roofs. John served in the elite Marine Corps special forces reconnaissance unit. He served two tours in Vietnam, completed 36 parachute jumps behind enemy lines, and was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal for service to his country.
Unfortunately, selling their 127-year-old home became more of a battleground than they anticipated after the village tried to dispute the centuries old property lines.
“I don’t know what we would have done without Lisa. She’s been going to meetings with us. If we couldn’t understand something, she would read it to us and tell us exactly what it is,” said John.
It took eight months of council meetings, legal proceedings and negotiations, but John and Donna’s dream is now reality: a one-story home on a country road with a quiet field across from it.
“She’ll go out of the way for you. Lisa is like family to us now,” said Donna.