Arthur Richard Roussin ("Dick") was born on March 12, 1926, the son of Arthur J. Roussin and Myrtle J. Trevarthen (or Tevarthen) of Durand, Michigan. He had a younger brother, J. Gene, and his father was a manager and meat cutter at a grocery store in Durand. Roussin joined the United States Army shortly after his 18th birthday, and trained as part of the 3rd Student Training Regiment, 7th Company, at Fort Benning, Georgia; Camp Stewart, Georgia; and Camp Robinson, Arkansas, for much of 1944 and 1945. In October 1945, he embarked for Japan onboard the USS General George M. Randall , and he ran a post exchange (PX) store for soldiers stationed in Yokohama, Japan, until he returned to the United States around August or September 1946. After his discharge, Roussin studied music at the University of Michigan for two years, and around 1950 he moved to New York City, where he eventually became a vice president for the Remington Apparel Company. Arthur Richard Roussin died on July 11, 1993.