“Life Stories From World War II”
A Concert and Lecture Series Event at the Logan Tabernacle
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm
All are Welcome -- Free to the Public
This program will feature “Life Stories From World War II”, shared experiences and its aftermath from a Dutchman (Henny Verhoef), a German (Edgar R. Lewandowski), and an American (Rex Thompson).
Henny Verhoef was born in Utrecht, Holland and immigrated to the United States in 1956. In 1959, he returned to Holland to marry his sweetheart Stijnie. He likes to present Dutch culture in food and song, and last December he led singing of Dutch Christmas carols at the Cache County Senor Citizen Center. Henny graduated in Computer Engineering from Syracuse, New York. He and his wife Stijnie have traveled extensively, having visited or lived in Holland, Turkey, most of Europe, Thailand, and Vietnam to name a few. Henny enjoys playing pool, billiard and snooker, and enjoys riding his bike. Hennie and Stijnie have been married for 54 years and are proud to be U. S. Citizens.
Edgar R. Lewandowski was born in Germany and lived there during WWII. Having survived difficult times, the bombing of his homeland and the constant fear in his area, he decided to leave Germany for a more peaceful life. He immigrated to the United States in 1959 and settled in Logan, Utah. He had his sweetheart, Christel, follow him and married her in 1960. After graduating from USU, he continued his studies at the University of Washington and spent the next six years teaching at the University of California before returning back to Logan, where they’ve resided ever since. They have raised two daughters and a son and now have been married for 54 years.
Rex Thompson and his wife, Edna, grew up in Clarkston, Utah. Childhood sweethearts, she waited for him while he served an LDS mission.After they were married, Rex enlisted in the Marine Corp. He left his new wife and served for 2 1/2 years in the Pacific Campaign, including the battle of Iwo Jima. Because he had experience grooming horses, Rex became the company barber. He assumed that would be his profession when he returned, but instead he became a postman who had basically the same route for 30 years. Rex has served in many leadership positions in the LDS church, and he and his wife served a married couple mission. He is affectionately known by his friends as "Pops." The Thompsons recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary!