In Memory Of

In Memory Of

Errett Austin Kathcart Jr.

February 28, 2006
Errett Austin Kathcart Jr.Feb. 1929-Sept. 2005“Lifelong friends are a very special commodity in this uncertain world today.” I have been told that true friends do not care if they have problems bigger than yours, and they are willing to forfeit the last dollar they have to make sure you have something to eat or gas in the bike. A true friend is how his close friends describe Austin Kathcart Jr. Austin was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and in 1967 he moved to Dallas where he gained employment at a local speedometer repair shop where he excelled and was…

A Tribute to Liz Terry

December 31, 2005
I met Liz when I joined the K.C. Chapter of Women on Wheels. She was the first to introduce herself and made a point of making everyone feel welcome and part of the group. She was always eager to ride or volunteer. Her kindness, caring and “so easy to get along with” disposition will be greatly missed by her sisters in motorcycling, family and friends. Goldie ArnoldThe following tribute was submitted by Joyce Shook, Missouri State Ambassador, Show-Me-Riders Chapter of Women on Wheels. Footprints In The Heart"Most people walk in and out of your life. But only friends leave footprints…

Melanie Grace Lindmark (August 27, 1998-March 31, 2005)

April 30, 2005
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – source unknown Melanie Lindmark’s life was much too short, but it was full, and she was determined to make every minute count. Melanie’s battle with Diffuse Aniplasic Stage IV Wilms, an extremely rare form of cancer, began in the winter of 2002. She fought the disease with remarkable courage and without complaint. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Melanie always sought to help others and to reach them for the Lord. During Melanie’s six years on Earth, she touched and inspired more…

Pearl Hoel – First Lady of the Sturgis Rally

March 31, 2005
Pearl Hoel passed away in Sturgis, South Dakota, on February 27, 2005, at the age of 99. When her husband, the late John Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, organized the first “Black Hills Motor Classic” in 1938, she was at his side. She and her friends fed most of those who attended that first Sturgis Rally. The bikers ate free weenies, sloppy joes, potato salad, and watermelon in a tent behind the garage at the Hoel’s Indian Motorcycle dealership. The rally attracted about 200 who came to watch a dozen riders race on Sturgis’ ½ mile dirt oval. Pearl jokingly attributed the…

Dave Gauger - Life Was Precious and the Riding Was Awesome!

February 28, 2005
Dave GaugerApril 23, 1939 - February 5, 2005Saturday, February 5, was a beautiful day in Kansas City and several bikers were getting the spring itch early. Not to pass up the chance to ride, several headed out for a day trip to Atchison, Kansas. Dave and Patsy Gauger were included in this group ride. We never know when we get up in the morning if this will be our last day on earth. You stumble out of bed, shower, get the morning paper from the yard, eat breakfast, drink a cup of coffee, and go through your morning ritual like…

A Tribute to David Mann

September 30, 2004
On September 11, 2004, motorcycling lost another legendary figure. Less than a month after Indian Larry’s tragic accident, David Mann passed away at the age of 64 following a long illness. Dave achieved worldwide fame through his portrayal of the biker lifestyle in his artwork and through the way he lived. His achievements earned him induction into Anamosa Iowa’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Sturgis, South Dakota, Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. He was universally recognized as the Norman Rockwell of the motorcycle world. Although he has passed from this life, he will live forever in the hearts…

A Tribute to Indian Larry

August 31, 2004
On Monday, August 30, 2004, the biker community lost one of its living legends, Indian Larry. Larry “Indian Larry” Desmedt suffered head injuries Saturday, August 28, 2004 when he fell off his bike before a crowd of 8,000 during the Liquid Steel Classic and Custom Bike Series at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord, North Carolina.'He was riding and standing up on his seat,' said Mike Downs, Cabarrus County deputy county manager. 'The bike started to wobble and he was not able to regain control. He was not wearing a helmet. Paramedics were standing by and aided him…

George H. Esler III - Fallen, But Never Forgotten

June 30, 2004
George H. Esler, IIIMay 21, 1942 - June 11, 2004Friends come and go in our lives, but when they go unexpectedly it is harder to cope with the loss. On June 5, our friend and Harley rider, George Esler had a motorcycle accident at 291 & Kentucky in Independence, Missouri. Suffering extensive brain injury, a collapsed lung and numerous broken bones he survived until the following Friday when he took one last ride on the “Highway to Heaven.” We met George through our riding friends, Jerry Alumbaugh and Reva Weaver. Jerry and George had been best buds for over twenty…
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