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4-year-old's painting finds new home as tribute on Garnavillo water tower

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High above the city of Garnavillo on Thursday, perhaps one of the most meaningful paint jobs the city has ever seen is taking place.

A picture drawn by a four year old named Jayda is being painted on the side of the water tower.

Jayda is the daughter of Jeff Werger, who died early last month after being hit by a train in Clayton.

"Jeff was the kind of guy that you met him the first time, and he was an immediate friend. There wasn't a bad bone in his body. He'd do anything for anybody," said Chad Schroyer, Garnavillo's superintendent and a long time friend of Jeff's.

Justin Roark and his brother Brandon are the ones tasked with bringing this memorial to life.

The painting measures about 12 feet wide by nine feet tall.

It's being painted on the side of the water tower facing the cemetery Werger is buried in.  The tower clearly visible from his final resting place.

"I think this is going to be a big asset to the community. You know, it's something that I think is very important, because Jayda is so young, and this will be up here for many years," Schroyer said.

Schroyer says the tower is the perfect canvas for this painting--it's a spot Werger was very familiar with in his life.

"He loved this water tower. He loved to climb it and check it out for us. It's been a fun project working on it, getting the pictures, receiving the pictures, then stopping down that Wednesday night and letting Jessie and the family know it's a go, we're doing it," he said.

Now what started as a simple painting of a family, will stand larger than life in remembrance of a man who was well loved in his life.

In addition to the painting, a ride is being planned for July 30, with part of those funds going to Werger's family.  You can find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/inmemoryofJeffWerger/posts/958173210976678?theater.

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