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Verl Lekwa Receives Community Caring Award

The Community Foundation of Louisa County is honored to award the 2022 Community Caring Award to Verl Lekwa of Columbus Junction.


Verl graduated from the University of Iowa in1958. He served in the army in post-war Korea, serving ultimately as a sergeant in the Intelligence Corps. After the army, he worked as a journalist for a few years before beginning his teaching career at Columbus Junction High School in 1965. Verl taught history, amongst other subjects, for 33 years. During those years he met and married a local girl, Earlene Johnson, and they raised two sons together.


Verl has been an active member of the American Legion, Lions Club, Sons of Norway, Louisa County Historical Society, Cedar County Historical Society, and the United Methodist Church. He has served on the Board of Columbus Community Library, the Columbus City Cemetery, and the Louisa County Historical Society. He was a founder of the Cedar County Sports Hall of Fame, and served on the state Methodist Church Committee of Archives and History. Along the way he earned a Masters in Library Science. He has written over 485 articles on local and family history for various newspapers and magazines.


The Community Foundation of Louisa County awarded Verl Lekwa an engraved crystal stand and a $250grant made in his honor to the Mississippi Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


The Community Caring Award was started 13 years ago to recognize those special individuals who, through their dedication, time, talent, enthusiasm, and perseverance, make their community a better place to live.

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