The second Germanville Walnut No. 5 country school reunion was held April 12, 2014, in the Wayland City Hall Community Room in Wayland.
The afternoon was spent visiting about all the memories of kindergarten through eighth-grade school years with a lot of stories told that several didn’t know had happened.
Twenty-one classmates and 20 spouses and guests attended. Classmates were: Maynard Craff of East Alton, Ill.; Roger Bekel of Moline, Ill.; Dennis Hoefer of Marietta, Ga.; Pat (Kurtz) Randall of Coralville; Ina (Reighard) Burkett and Karen (Taglauer) Alderman of Iowa City; Jeri (Kurtz) Powers of Ft. Madison; Wayne Reighard and Carroll Reighard of Washington; Elaine (Bekel) Watson of Richland; Jim Kurtz and Cedra (Houseal) Schlatter of Mt. Pleasant; Marlis (Manning) Wagner of Des Moines; Marilyn (Bekel) McGuire of Fairfield; Richard Taglauer and Ruth (Diers) Rhoades of Wayland; Harlan Craff, Gary Houseal, Roy Anderson and Kathleen Anderson of Brighton; and Ruth (Smith) Brugge of Lockridge. Ron Baldosier of Fairfield joined the group later in the afternoon.
Everyone enjoyed lunch and closed the day with homemade ice cream.
The benefit on Saturday evening, April 26, for Ben Creamer was a great success. Donations were generous and a very nice sum was collected for HELPHOPELIVE, the nonprofit organization which is helping Ben with his out-of-pocket medical expenses. Donations to this organization are tax deductible and will only be used for medically-related expenses.
Ben Creamer is in need of a second lung transplant.He had a heart and double lung transplant when he was 18 years old. Ben and his wife, Amanda (Gugel) and their four young children are residents of Wayland.
Eicher Mennonite Church served a delicious lasagna supper with green beans, bread, and a wide variety of desserts, and drinks.
Thirty-plus theme baskets and/or items were available for silent auction and brought lots of interest resulting in spirited bidding.
The community once again showed their spirit of compassion as they gathered to support someone in need.