November 4, 1970 - November 13, 2016
Michigan Chapter 171
Sons of AMVETS
Dan "Raferman" Rafferty, Charter Chapter Sgt-at-Arms, Chapter 171 (Westland, MI). Best Rider we have. Always calm, cool and collected. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
February 5, 1942 - July 24, 2016
Florida Chapter 2
Branch of Service: Army
August 11, 1950-July 22, 2016
Charter Member of Texas Chapter 23
Branch of Service: Air Force
Rossi was a founding member of Texas Chapter 23, starting the AMVETS Riders chapter with his friends. He was the 1st Vice President and helped his chapter grow to 26 members. He was the center link to his AMVETS post, and a dear, close friend to all its members. Rossi will be deeply missed by his Riders family and everyone at his post.
September 2, 1946-January 29, 2016
Charter Member of Missouri Chapter 98
Sons of AMVETS Member
Don was a longtime member of Missouri Chapter 98. He and his sweet wife Louise were fine, upstanding individuals who were always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. You never saw Don without a smile on his face, even when he was disagreeing with you. Don was a faithful supporter of both the Sons and the AMVETS Riders, attending all meetings and events. He brought honor to himself, his family, his friends and the community. Don and Louise were both well-loved and will be very deeply missed. AMVETS Riders Chapter Missouri 98 has lost not only a member, but a brother and sister as well.
May 28, 1959-July 11, 2015
Member of Ohio Chapter 222
Brenda was a lifetime member of Ohio AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 222. She faithfully served as past secretary for the Department of Ohio AMVETS Riders, her local Auxiliary 222 as well as AMVETS Riders Chapter 222. Her nickname was Diehard because she would ride on the bike no matter how cold it was outside. She would have her husband take her to work on the bike sometimes even if the temperature was below 32 degrees. She enjoyed camping, going on poker runs, Put in Bay and Kelly’s Island. Brenda loved her pet ferrets and she will be missed by the family and friends who knew and loved her.
April 25,1961-June 6, 2015
Founding Member of Florida Chapter 444
Served as Chapter President
Leca loved her family, her friends and riding her Harley. She not only founded Florida Chapter 444 but was instrumental in helping start 3 additional AMVETS Riders Chapters in the North Central Florida area. She was a very active member of her Ladies Auxiliary and served as President of FL444 Riders from May 22, 2010 until the time of her death. She is sorely missed by her husband Donald, mother and stepfather, a son and two daughters and 10 grandchildren. Leca’s passion for riding, dedication to her friends and family, and love for all are just a few of the reasons why she holds a special place in our hearts.
January 7, 1954-June 2, 2015
Charter Member of Ohio 76
Branch of Service: Navy, Vietnam Veteran
Past 2nd Vice President
Rusty was a founding member of his chapter. He was a person you would never forget if you met him, and he made an impact on everyone’s lives. He lived his life to the fullest. Rusty would do anything for anyone even if he didn’t know you well, and he will be greatly missed.
January 24, 1938-Februay 13, 2015
Member of Massachusetts Chapter 12
Branch of Service: Navy
James was a life member of AMVETS Post 32 in Gloucester, Massachusetts and a member of AMVETS Rider’s Chapter 12 in Chicopee, MA. He proudly held the office of AMVETS State Commander in Massachusetts from 1983-1984 and was also National District 1 Commander. James served aboard the USS Surbacki AE-21 while in the US Navy, and he was a beloved Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather and Husband. James will be missed!
Patricia Diane Hedlund
December 22, 1963- January 1, 2015
Member of California Chapter 96
Served as Judge Advocate
Branch of Service: Coast Guard
We loved her dearly for her generous heart, jolly spirit and delight in RIDING. Butchee is a good buddy to both guys & gals in our chapter. You are on the Long Ride now, dear friend, where the shiny side is always up and the tires never wear out~ & you live on in our hearts.
January 14, 1959-November 25, 2014
Charter Member of Pennsylvania Chapter 224
Branch of Service: Army
George was a Post #224 member and Charter member of AMVETS Rider Chapter #224, Chambersburg, PA. He served in the U.S. Army for 12 years and will be missed by all. George had a zest for life and a passion for riding motorcycles.
The AMVETS Riders would like to honor all those faithful Riders who have passed from this life to the next. Their voices and the the roar of their motorcycles have been stilled, but their names and faces are indelibly etched in our hearts and minds. Their passing has left a void that will never be filled, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve and ride alongside them. We were blessed to know them, and we pray that God will bless us to be reunited when it is our time to take the final ride. Now as they ride forever free across the heavens, these AMVETS Riders are part of an eternal fellowship,