Paul Lewison, 1957

Winter 2018 (January 13, 2018)

Paul Lewison age 85, died Oct. 30, 2016, at home in Anamosa, Iowa.

Funeral Services were Nov. 3, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa, with interment in the Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors. Pastor Kathryn Franzenburg officiated. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at   Memorials may be directed to Anamosa Ambulance Boosters and St. Paul’s Church Parking Lot Fund.

Surviving are his wife, Verna (McCaustland) Lewison ’56; three children: Todd Lewison ‘83 (Shari (Nelson) Lewison ‘84), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bret Lewison ’84 (Lorene), Apple Valley, Minn.; Amy (Chris) Deeb, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; eight grandchildren: Peter (Kelly), Daniel, Nisse, Alex, Jack, Sam, Adam and Austin, two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Elizabeth; his sister, Helen (Robert) Peterson, Charles City, Iowa;,sister-in-law, Alice Lewison, Forest City, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Norene McCaustland, Monticello, Iowa; Ken and Norine Smith, Great Falls, Mont.; and Paul and Lynda Boyle, Dummerston, Vt. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Ted Lewison.

Paul Adrian Lewison was born Sept. 26, 1931, at Emmetsburg, Iowa. He was the son of L.T. and Irene (Duea) Lewison. He graduated from the New Hampton (Iowa) High School and continued his education at Waldorf College at Forest City. His education was interrupted by a two-year tour of duty in the United States Army during the Korean War. He returned from service and continued his education at Luther College in Decorah where he met his future bride, Verna (McCaustland) Lewison ‘56. Paul and Verna were married June 9, 1957, at Lime Springs, Iowa. Paul began his teaching and coaching career at Greene, Iowa, for five years before the couple moved to Anamosa in 1962. He was the physical education and geography teacher at Anamosa High School. In 1968, he became the athletic director and later, assistant principal at the Anamosa High School. During that time he also took 40 hours of graduate work at UNI and the University of Iowa. He retired from teaching in 1990 but not from working. He worked for Life Investors and Von Maur in Cedar Rapids. Paul later worked for Citizens Bank in Anamosa. He was a member of the America Legion and served on the selection committee for Boys State for 20 years, he was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served in many offices in the church. Paul was co-chairman of the Anamosa Ambulance Boosters and on the organizing committee of Anamosa Main Street USA. He volunteered with RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) transporting Jones County seniors to out of town medical appointments for which he received the Governor’s Service Award from Governor Branstad. He also volunteered at the Jones County Regional Hospital.  

As a teacher, he coached many different sports both boys and girls. As an athletic director, he started Anamosa’s girls’ basketball, softball, track, golf, volleyball and cross country programs and the Academic Achievement Scholastic Awards program. He was secretary-treasurer of the WaMac and Big Bend Conferences for 12 years, on the selection committee for the State Athletic Director of the Year for 10 years, and four terms as the District Director for the Northeast Iowa District for IHSAA; he served on the IHSADA Board of Directors for four terms. Paul received the IHSADA President’s Award; the Outstanding Service Award in 1984-85, and the Iowa Athletic Director of the Year award in 1989. Paul was inducted into the Iowa Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1991.

Paul’s passions were his family, his church and his community. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws, going to music events, travelling and following his beloved Raiders, Hawkeyes and Cubs.

Paul Lewison