The years following World War II brought an explosion of growth to the United States. Demand for housing and manufactured items kept the economy humming. The baby boom was in full swing, producing an abundance of little consumers.
Once in his new position, Pifer worked at his typical energetic pace, which translated into long hours at the office and weeks of travel. That meant time away from his family, which included his wife, Genny, and children Beth, Mark, and Debbie. But they supported his ministry and adjusted to his schedule, which sometimes involved his traveling more than 70,000 miles a year.