Although not actually a member of the VBA, Sam came into our lives through the pages of the forum, his large stature came through with his words. It was amusing to read his thoughts and accounts of his life. Sam lived life to the fullest.
He will be missed by many of us, and remembered forever.
In Loving Memory
Your Presence Will Be Missed
Verne was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He married Carole Patrick on Sept. 25 1965. They celebrated their 50th anniversary the week before his death. They moved to Hibbing in 1976, where they resided until retiring and moving to Kelly Lake in 2002. He was a retired member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 589.
He was an accomplished woodturner and a member of the
Lake Superior Woodturners Association. He loved riding his motorcycle and exploring new areas of the country, which is what he was doing when he passed. He loved being in the woods, watching the animals and feeding “his” deer in the backyard.
He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and many friends. He was also fond of spoiling his grand-dogs.He will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him over the years.
Chuck Patrick Burt (txcwdancer)
Chuck was born in Lexington, North Carolina and lived in Round Rock, Texas.
His travel experience on a motorcycle was vast. He truly loved to ride!
Chuck was the Trip/Travel Consultant for the VBA but was taken from us by a motorcycle accident.
Chuck proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He was a pilot, pilot instructor and a scuba diving instructor.
Chuck was also an EMT and participated in M-SET and the Patriot Guard.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Round Rock, Toastmasters,
VROC and KawaNow motorcycle clubs and the past president of the
Men's Garden Club of America. Chuck was loved and respected by all who knew him.
He will always live in our hearts here at the VBA.
4/21/1942 to 7/22/2008
Member # 310
Gary lived in Flower Mound, Texas. He passed away as a result of a motorcycle accident in Dallas.
He was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Gary served in the United States Army Special Forces and was released from service in 1981.
He married Linda Black on March 15, 1980 in Arnett, Oklahoma.
Gary was a member of the Methodist Church in Arnett, Oklahoma,
a member of the Masonic Lodge, and both Scottish Rite and York Rite.
He was also a member of the Denton County Southern Cruisers Riding Club
and the Vulcan Bagger Association.
Gary worked at Estes Trucking as regional manager over compliance and field support. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Gary W. Truitt (Tuddy T/3)
8/7/1947 to 5/31/2011
Member # 1119
Leamon Necaise (Lonnie)
5/31/1951 to 4/14/2011
Member # 1158
Lonnie was born in Bay St. Louis Mississippi.
He spent his younger years in Pass Christian before moving
to Edmonds, Washington where he lived for 24 years.
He was a husband, father and grandfather.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Sam Aaron McCord (Silent Sam)
1/8/1946 to 2/11/2015
Member # 2133
Ellsworth G. Dutton (Ells)
4/4/1949 to 10/11/2012
Ells was born in Ledyard, Iowa and he remained an Iowa farm boy in his heart.
He lived in Boulder, CO for 34 years, a perfect place for his love of nature,
the clear skies for his astronomy, hiking and biking the great outdoors and exploring the roads on his Kawasaki Nomad motorcycle.
Ells, a meteorologist and the chief of the Global Radiation Group of the Global Monitoring Division (GMD) of ESRL in Boulder, worked for NOAA since 1978.
He was the project manager for the International Baseline Surface Radiation Network, coordinating data from 50 global sites.
A dedicated research scientist who has made significant contributions
to our understanding of global radiation.
Ells was also a great friend to all who knew or worked with him.
Member # 277
Kevin Runnels was born in Houston, Texas.
He was one of the first members of the VBA and was the Rally Leader for the 2008 Central Rally in Eureka Springs.
Kevin and his wife of 24 years, Marla lived north of Houston
in New Caney, Texas.
He was a fine man, a loving husband and a great father.
He will be deeply missed by everyone.
2/12/1968 to 12/21/2012
Kevin R. Runnels (Blue Tongue)
Member # 4
Neil lived in Quincy, MA. He was a Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also a long time Computer Programmer and an avid motorcyclist. Neil was active member of the Vulcan Bagger Association.
He was always willing to offer advice and was a friend to many.
He will be missed.
Verne L. Arnesen (Old Dog)
7/31/1940 to 10/1/2015
Neil P. Fallon (HwyRider)
4/16/1955 to 10/22/2015
Member # 2424
Denis passed away after suffering a heart attack.
He was the owner of Exit 66, a sign and graphics company.
Denis was also a Council member for the village of Casselman.
He was an active member of the Optimist Club, Society of Ottawa Area Riders and the Vulcan Bagger Association.
Denis was passionate about motorcycles.
He was also involved in fundraising for projects including the library, food bank and the revitalization of downtown.
He was a husband and father and will be greatly missed.
Denis Renaud (TimeBandit)
3/19/1968 to 2/9/2016
Don was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri.
He lived there most of his life. He was critically injured in a traffic accident while riding his motorcycle.
He died two weeks later. Much of his childhood was spent working in his father's motorcycle shop.
He raced his Kawasaki drag bikes for more than 15 years.
His love of motorcycles and machines never faded.
He worked many years at Executive Coach Builders, working on prototypes and specialty vehicles. Don was a craftsman and his skills were evident in his customized Kawasaki's.
Don also enjoyed photography and traveling.
He was an active member of the VBA, attending many rallies, and he was also a moderator on the forum.
Don was hard of hearing but easy to talk to, and always a pleasure to be around.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Donald L. Myers (dmyers)
10/10/1960 to 2/13/2016
Member # 879
Sean Hopkins (Hoppy)
7/22/1950 to 6/29/2016
Sean lived northern California. He was the youngest of three kids.
He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
Sean was a mechanic for over 30 years who enjoyed being outdoors.
His hobbies included fishing, camping and riding motorcycles with his family. He was also a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Rams, Lakers and Dodgers.
Sean was a husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
Member # 3262
Member # 1953
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Glen was raised in a military family and by the age of 14 had traveled the world. Along the way he developed a love for anything with 2 wheels. Glen lived in Arkansas for a little over 20 years before moving to Arizona in 1999. He owned a number of Vulcan motorcycles over the years and enjoyed Arizona where he could ride year round. At the time of his death he was living in Surprise AZ. Glen was the VBA's social media moderator and handled the VBA's Facebook page.
He was always there to offer help or advice to fellow members.
Glen will be missed by all of us at the VBA.