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.
March 29,1945-September 28, 2014
Chaplain of New York Chapter 245
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Rick was an avid motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed taking long rides on his Harley Motorcycle. He was a very active member of the AMVETS and AMVETS Riders where he served in many capacities and was also a member of the Patriot Guard. Rick will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who had a deep and profound love of his family, and was a true and faithful friend. He will be sadly missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him!
February 21, 1957-August 27, 2014
Charter Member of Missouri Chapter 1
Served as Historian and Service Officer
Our beautiful Katie always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. Katie's generous heart and caring nature will forever be remembered. She was
a member of AMVETS MO Chapter 1 Riders from the very beginning in 2007 and served as the chapter’s first 3rd Vice President. Katie leaves behind three wonderful daughters and her three brothers and a sister: Joe, Bob, Pat and Julie. Katie is greatly missed by all of her AMVETS brothers and sisters.
June 15, 1961- August 5, 2014
Charter Member and Chaplain of New York Chapter 48
Member of Ladies Auxiliary 48
Lynne was a friend and our chaplain. She was an incredible person with a truly gentle soul. She talked to you as if you were the most important person in the room, and treated everyone with dignity and respect. Though she had physical limitations, she would push through them to get things done. She loved life and tried to make every day special for both herself and those around her. A devoted wife and mother, her love for husband Mike and her children always shone through- they were her world. Lynne will be missed by all who knew her but she will never be forgotten.
May 8, 1933- August 1, 2014
Charter Member of Missouri Chapter 48
Branch of Service: Navy and Army
Lester Wall proudly served his country in the Korean War and spent 33 months in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp. At 17, he was the youngest POW in the Korean War, and at 81, he was the oldest AMVETS Rider in Missouri. Lester had a zest for life and a passion for riding motorcycles. He rode his Harley and Victory trike up until his death. He embodied LRB, and his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
June 25, 1951- June 29, 2014
Sons of AMVETS
Member of Missouri Chapter 1
Steve was a beautiful soul and he and his beloved wife Denise were dedicated to the Veterans. Steve received the White Clover, the highest honor given by his AMVETS family. He was loved and respected by so many…his family, his friends and his AMVETS Riders brothers and sisters. On his last ride, 100 bikes and hundreds of people came to pay tribute to this special man. Steve is now riding free and flying high, but he will be greatly missed!
February 22, 1951- April 28, 2014
Founding Member of Missouri Chapter 98
Department of Missouri President 2013-2014
Branch of Service: Navy
Billy was taken from us far too soon, and he left a legacy that will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. He served his country with honor in the Navy from July 1969-June 1973, receiving the National Defense and the Vietnam Service Medals. Billy loved God, his family, his friends, and the AMVETS organization. He was an active member of Missouri 98, starting the AMVETS Riders Chapter where he served as President for 3 years and diligently worked to help it grow and thrive. Billy became president of the Department of Missouri AMVETS Riders in 2013, and he was still serving as president when he passed away in 2014. Passionately dedicated to the AMVETS and AMVETS Riders, his dreams for the organization are still being realized today through the work of his Riders’ brothers and sisters. The over 200 motorcycles present at his memorial service are a testament to the fact that Billy was dearly loved by all. He may have departed from this life, but he will never be forgotten.
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,