6/22/2020 11:16:00 AM Souhrada overwhelmed by drive-by retirement farewell
On June 17, many members of Stewartville United Methodist Church drove past the church’s entrance to shower Wane Souhrada, their pastor, with well-wishes upon his retirement after 10 years at the church. Above left, Gust and Margaret Lex, seated in the white convertible, greet Pastor Souhrada.
Wane Souhrada will never forget the farm accident that nearly took his life. It was an autumn day in the early 1980s, and he was elevating ear corn into a corn crib when his clothes got caught on a power takeoff (PTO) shaft. "My thoughts were, I'm caught, I'm going to die, and I have to get out of here," he said. "I had been thrown to the ground, and my pant legs and coveralls began winding around the shaft coming up my body toward my head." Thinking quickly, he put his arms under the elevator as the shaft wound up to his arms. "All my clothes tore off at my arms and I fell to the ground, with the PTO shaft and all my clothes spinning above me," he said. With a 10-inch gash from the shear pin on his leg, he was taken to a hospital for stitches. As he lay in a hospital bed pondering the experience and wondering why he hadn't died, a nurse from his Cherry Grove church told him, "Wane, certainly God has a special purpose for your life." "Her comment never left me," he said... For more on this story pick up your copy of the June 23 Stewartville STAR.