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Bruce Brown

December 13, 2017

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Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown, a film maker who was briefly famous for two landmark documentaries about a now vanished America and world, died Sunday in Santa Barbara. The films, were The Endless Summer about the joy of riding surfboards and On Any Sunday which was about the joy of riding motorcycles. He grew up in Long Beach […]

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Walter L. “Troop” Rosbach

September 28, 2017

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Walter L. “Troop” Rosbach

Walter L. “Troop” Rosbach, a patch holder with the Sons of Satan Motorcycle Club in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 44 years, died September 17 in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He joined the Army when was 22 and served with the 101st Airborne Division from 1959 to 1962. He was promoted to the rank of Specialist E-5. He […]

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Juan “Compa” Martinez Jr.

August 9, 2017

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Juan “Compa” Martinez Jr.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Bandidos Motorcycle Club member Juan “Compa” Martinez Jr. Martinez was one of four men wounded on July 30 when a man named Javier Gonzalez opened fire in an East El Paso bar called Mulligan’s Chopped Hog. He was president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos. Martinez was […]

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Benjamin “Gentle Ben” Overton

May 10, 2017

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Benjamin “Gentle Ben” Overton

Benjamin “Gentle Ben” Overton, a 40-year veteran of the Free Souls Motorcycle Club, died May 2 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Orgeon. He drove a logging truck for a living. Overton is survived by his blood brothers David, and Tom; his sister Susan Stafford; his half-sister Wanda Emerson; three children, six grandchildren ; three […]

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Robert Maynard Pirsig

April 25, 2017

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Robert Maynard Pirsig

Robert Maynard Pirsig, an autobiographical essayist who was widely known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values died yesterday at his home in South Berwick, Maine. Pirsig was a former mental patient, a college writing instructor and a freelance writer when he wrote his first book. It was […]

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Christopher Paul “Louie Da Lip” Keating

April 14, 2017

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Christopher Paul “Louie Da Lip” Keating

Christopher Paul “Louie Da Lip” Keating, a widely known and well respected member of the American Outlaws Association, died April 3 after being stabbed multiple times in the back by two unknown assailants outside a bar called the Crooks Den in Daytona, Florida. According to police, the assassins escaped on motorcycles after leaving Keating to […]

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Ross J. Spera III

March 22, 2017

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Ross J. Spera III

Ross J. Spera III, a member of the HardLuck Sunnyside Motorcycle Club in Lebanon, Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years, died March 18 at his home in Myerstown. He enjoyed motorcycles, music and his family. He was a graduate of Eastern Lebanon County High School and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and he worked as a […]

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James Medric “Mustang” Belec

January 10, 2017

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James Medric “Mustang” Belec

James Medric “Mustang” Belec, a member of the Kerrville, Texas Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, died at his home in Ingram, Texas on January 3. Belec was born in Salem, Oregon and joined the Navy at 18 where he boxed, served multiple tours in Vietnam, became a mustang officer and eventually retired after 29 […]

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Cole Robert Jones

January 10, 2017

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Cole Robert Jones

Cole Robert Jones of Dixon, Missouri and  a member of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club, died on Friday, December 30 as a result of injuries from a motorcycle crash on Highway 5 near Lebanon, Missouri. Jones crashed when a man named Alexander Reed deliberately panic-braked his Cadillac in front of Jones. Jones collided with the back […]

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Thomas Jerome “Tom” Fugle

December 19, 2016

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Thomas Jerome “Tom” Fugle

Thomas Jerome “Tom” Fugle, a legendary bike builder and the co-founder, with Harlan “Tiny” Brower, of the El Forastero Motorcycle Club died after a long battle with cancer at about six-thirty last night at his home in Sioux City, Iowa. El Forastero translates from Spanish as “The Stranger.” One of the first people Fugle recruited […]

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Ralph Henry “Hank” Bauer III

November 29, 2016

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Ralph Henry “Hank” Bauer III

Ralph Henry “Hank” Bauer III, a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, died on Thanksgiving of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Bauer was born in Topeka, Kansas. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and Baylor Law School and he maintained a private law practice in Arlington, Texas. He is survived by […]

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Harry “Johnny Sombrero” Barnes

November 14, 2016

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Harry “Johnny Sombrero” Barnes

We grow old. Harry “Johnny Sombrero” Barnes, the founder and Supreme Commander of the Black Diamond Riders Motorcycle Club in Ontario, died nine days ago on November 5, 2016 of complications from heart disease and diabetes. Canada’s first outlaw motorcycle club was the Canadian Lancers Motorcycle Club founded in 1950. Johnny Sombrero joined that club […]

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Trey Alston Short

October 18, 2016

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Trey Alston Short

Trey Alston Short, a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club from Temple, Texas died last Friday, October 14 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Short was one of the men arrested after a brawl between some Cossacks and some members of other motorcycle clubs including the Bandidos, in the parking lot of the Waco […]

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