For more than half a century, Merle Aukamp has been taking notes and turning them into poems.
"I started when I was about 25 or 26." he recalled.
That was several years after he came back from fighting in the Korean War.
"I was Sunday School superintendent [at Memorial United Methodist Church]. Milton S. Herr had done it before me. He was a World War I veteran and I really admired him," Aukamp said. "I was also a lay leader for the Rev. Keeler and helped with communion and sometimes opened the service with a prayer."
One Sunday, Aukamp and several other congregation members were asked to do short sermons.