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August 16, 2009, 10:43pm Report to Moderator

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Well Jon D you got the high speed escort you asked for……….No LEOs and you got the best road blocking I have ever seen….I know you would have dug the shit out of it.
It was the best…Your daughter was having a nice reprieve from her grief as she was waving and giving thumbs up..
You owned the highway my friend…as our heroes have before you……..
I know a lot of what went on was a little out of tradition in the 14 tribe sense, but no one seemed to care….Nice touch with Free Bird…
Coastie Tom and I did a little more than the traditional two shovels full, but we thought you wouldn’t mind….I had to do something with my hands…
I also met your friends from CDW---they loved you too….
…..BTW we got a Chicago PD escort to the highway---they probably wanted to get us the hell out of town but it was cool none the less.
Rest in peace my friend…..Rest in peace……
You know we were talking—they probably needed someone to do welcome homes in heaven, and they couldn’t have a better coordinator…..Don’t raise too much hell and I’ll do the same and we’ll see each other again.
God bless you my friend as you have blessed us…
Gotta go ----we have a welcome home....You wouldn’t want us doing anything else.


"Wars may be fought with weopons,but they are won by men."       General George Patton Jr                               In Memory JonD, Founding Leader WWR ,DEB, IRISH MIKE M. CHICAGO JIM     GOD SPEED MY FRIENDS!
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August 16, 2009, 10:58pm Report to Moderator

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With all that has been said there isn't much that I can add.

The Rabi and our very own rolling Preacher told us more than once today to " Remember the good times, good acts that Jon has done." Lets also remember the jokes and quick little quips he would pop off from time to time.

    When I was coming through the red light at the DC, I had this dumb idea pop into my head. I figured I would go in with pipes a blazing, I damn near missed the second entrance, some idea. There were at least 25 bikes in the lot before me. The main group left for Buffalo Grove and seven bikes and couple of cages waited for the family to arrive at the DC and escort them in.
    When we arrived at our destination all I could think of is WOW!!!! To see the shear number of cages and bikes was well, just sent shivers. it just goes to show you what kind of man Jon D was. As one of the road guards I can tell you it was nothing short of awesome to see all the bikes from behind as well as in the rear view.  Sorry no pics, I can only text while riding, I have not figured out how to take good pics, yet. But I don't think Jon D would approve.

I had the honor of meeting Jon and Yvette's families for the first time. I also had to honor of walking with Yvette's grandma, Wow what a whip per snapper, and a very quick witted lady. We had her husband a WW2 veteran, it would be nice, to have been able to sit and talk with him a while.

This day was like many other missions, somber, yet funny, tears mixed with laughter, hello hugs and I'll never forget you hugs and hugs that said I am here for you and you for me. There were not very many handshakes today, this as is it should be with family. I met many members of our family for the first time today, but not the last. Many parts of today we can not forget, many we may not remember for a day or two but all we will hold in our hearts.

I had never seen the candy thing before, but it does give me an idea or two for when my time comes around, but I will have to figure out how to get my wife to agree to it.

As all of you I wished this could have been a welcome home from NY rather than an honor mission. I still find it a little unbelievable, I know I am not alone with this thought.

After we laid Jon D to rest, I started to ride as fast as I could home, only to have the rain slow me down. It made me think about how much I was missing by riding so fast. I left the highway for the long two lanes. Somehow today, the rain made the ride more worth while than the sun could have, the smells were different as were the colors. It was well worth the extra time and distance. These rides give you time to reflect on the days events, the friends, family and those who helped make this a successful mission. Coastie, job well done.

I will close with it was an honor to stand with all of you today to for our friend, mentor, leader and fellow rider.


BTW, any one with pics, if you could post them or a link it would be great.
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August 17, 2009, 6:41am Report to Moderator

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Page 36 of  the Chicago Sun-Times has a nice obituary for Jon.

Keith Chambers
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"We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."

L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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August 17, 2009, 7:32am Report to Moderator

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Keith Chambers
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I knew JonD through the VTX riders board. He was a friend. I too, am very saddened by his untimely passing.

I want to thank the members here for posting the vids and the pics of the ceremony today. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but I know that Jon understands.

I am searching my feelings about what Jon stood for and have been deciding that I should be involved with the WWR here in WI and northern IL. AS my schedule allows, I will ride in honor of JonD and welcome fellow veterans and Soldiers home.

I will follow the WWR in Jond's HONOR.

Godspeed my friend.


You are definitely my 'brother from another mother'... we were both moved the same way by Jon's passing.  After meeting Jon through VTXOA I joined PGR, but really didn't attend as many missions as I should have over the past 3 or 4 years.  I realized yesterday at Jon's funeral that he touched SO MANY lives through his actions, and I was reminded by the WWR folks and Jon's rabbi to honor him through my actions.  I too made a commitment that though my time is very limited, I will join the WWR and honor our troops with renewed vigor, as Jon would want me to.  I was then lucky enough to attend the welcome home for MSGT. Matt Harman in Algonquin yesterday, which was a great recognition of his service and celebration with his family.  

I'm grateful to have know Jon for the past few years, and I will miss him.  I pray for all that loved him, that they can overcome their grief and always remember the good times they had with him.  I also want to give a shout out to the WWR team that did an AWESOME job yesterday honoring Jon, and our very own Monster who detailed and brought Jon's VTX to the mission, then rode it in the procession with Yvette on back.  It was a great tribute to Jon.  And finally I want thank JonD for reminding me of what's really important in life.


Ride in Peace JonD.
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August 17, 2009, 8:18am Report to Moderator

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Part of cycle group that honored troops

August 17, 2009

Jonathan L. Dreymann, the Midwest coordinator for a motorcycle group dedicated to welcoming home servicemen and women, died Thursday after a motorcycle accident in Indiana. He was 47.

"Jon D.," as he was known to his friends, was a founding member of the Illinois chapter of the Warriors' Watch Riders, which provides motorcycle escorts for returning and deploying soldiers.

"He wanted to treat these guys like a rock star for a couple of hours," said John Kopeck, Mr. Dreymann's friend and fellow ride captain. "He wanted to show respect and give thanks for those who put their hides on the line."

Warriors' Watch is a spin-off of the Patriot Guard Riders, an activist group formed to protect funerals of servicemen and women. Patriot Guard Riders act as human shields between service members' families and protesters from Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas congregation that pickets military funerals with signs that say "God hates fags."

The Patriot Guard Riders also used to do "welcome homes" for returning veterans, but had discontinued them. Mr. Dreymann thought soldiers who returned home alive should be honored, too, so he found a group in Pennsylvania that was still doing welcome escorts, and helped found an Illinois chapter last year, Kopeck said. The escorts are done at the request of families. There are more than 250 Warriors' Watch Riders members in Illinois, and 3,000 nationwide.

Mr. Dreymann, of Algonquin, served in the Army in the early 1980s, stationed in Germany, Kopeck said. His son Joshua Dreymann is in the Air Force.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times last spring, Mr. Dreymann said servicemen and women deserved "a hero's welcome." He added that doing the volunteer work brought joy to the bikers who participated. "It's on a par with seeing the birth of your child," Mr. Dreymann said.

Lisa Moran, northern Illinois state coordinator for WWR, said Mr. Dreymann was the contact person for the group and made sure missions were carried out. "He was calm and always put things into perspective," Moran said.

Mr. Dreymann, who worked for the CDW company, had been riding through Indiana Thursday evening on the first leg of a 10-day vacation. The crash occurred on I-65 near I-465. Mr. Dreymann's bike drifted across several lanes of traffic and went over the edge into a creek bed, according to a state police account.

Moran said a witness reported that Mr. Dreymann's eyes were closed as he began to drift, so he may have passed out for some reason. He did not drink and was known as an extremely safe rider. No other vehicles were involved.

What made Mr. Dreymann so amazing is that he could get people to do tough things without seeming to ask them, Kopeck said.

"He'd say, 'I know it's 10 o'clock at night. but I think we should get up at dawn and jump on our bikes to drive 200 miles in the freezing rain to honor someone we've never met,' and he'd get 50 people to do it," said Kopeck.

Mr. Dreymann received a motorcycle escort to a graveside service Sunday at Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum.

He is survived by his fiance, Yvette Cano, his children Jessica and Joshua, his father, Shlomo Dreymann, and sisters Sharona Dreymann and Bonnie Wilson.,CST-NWS-xdreymann17.article

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August 17, 2009, 8:21am Report to Moderator
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R.I,P. Jon, Your legend will live on through all of us. My thought and condolences to all of your family and friends.
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August 17, 2009, 9:59am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Git R Done

Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept. - Enigine & Ambulance 10

I am a firefighter in Northbrook and mentioned to my brothers there that we would be passing thru town this morning.  Every one of the guys there jumped at the opportunity to come out and pay their respects.

None of them knew Jon personally, but they all had heard of the WWR, largely, I'm sure, due to Jon's hard work with the great bunch of guys & gals that are the WWR.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL! We are so happy you corrected the Fire Department who stood so honorably for our beloved JonD. It was so moving to see you there saluting I can only thank God the picture turned out like it did. (We were clipping along and I do not have the fastest camera.)

That sight will forever be embedded in our hearts and minds.
Thank you...Thank you Northbrook FD. You're our Heroes, We love you and You will never be forgotten!

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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A great friend, leader and brother. You were greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
R.I.P. JonD  

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We lost a great leader, friend and brother.

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On behalf of our family, I can not thank all of you enough for your kind words and fabulous pictures!
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Coastie,I hope to have some thoughts to add to this report before it comes down but am still trying to process yesterday and have too dress for a Welcome and then off to work. One thing I can say is that at Matt Harmons welcome home party more than 1 guest told me that they were impressed by the obvious love the WWR members had for each other and our troops. I think all who joined the Harmon family and friends handed out all our business cards. Yes they already knew of Jon D starting his new journey because we showed up with smiles and much fanfair? We did not let the BOSS down in this regard and it was this,I believe that impressed. As the guests were told, with JON D it was always mission first and we followed that lead. Even still though there was an undeniable presence with us that allowed all present to focus on the positive. It was a perfect way to end a VERY TUFF weekend. A WH a half mile from Jon Ds house. We had laughter and tears,we had sun and clouds and rain and wind. We had a high speed balls to the wall escort and several WH runs that didnt get out of 3rd gear. We were a family that went from the best of times to the worst of times and back again all in 72 hours. If not for the dull ache in my head and my gut and my Heart  I would say this was the greatest weekend ever. But as I rush through this to go jump on the bike I cant help but think that our leader just may be looking down on us all and saying "This was one of the best weekends ever". I am now gonna get back on I90 in the rain like yesterday and perhaps more of my tears will be mixed with those from heaven just like yesterday. That rain mixed with my tears and washed off me onto the road were it will always be. Everytime we run a mission down that road I will know this. Sorry starten to ramble and I gotta go. Ride safe all and I will see some of you at the Oasis shortly.

Bob Andereson
Riding in Memory of DAD
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R.I.P. Jon-Deb-Mike
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August 17, 2009, 12:57pm Report to Moderator

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We had to say goodbye with tears in our eyes but with all of the hugs and the people oh my how could anyone feel anything but the love. You will be missed but you will always have a special place in all of our hearts. The escort was unbelieveable the traffic was scary. The blocking was crazy but kept us together. And then there was Cheryl who yelled at a car for cutting into the line I don't think he will do that again (thanks Cheryl).
But we were all there for one reason the love of a man and to show his family that they would not be forgotten. Jon showed us that you never leave anyone behind there is enough room for everyone.
Then there was the welcome home those of us who went shed some tears at the staging but when mount up was called the tears turned to smiles and we were off.
Oh my god the people were so happy and the kids were dancing around, people cheered us on as we were cheering for the soldier who was so suprised. We laughed with them like we never stopped but not forgetting the morning and what we had gone through. I think when we thanked them we were also thanking them for showing us that it will happen again we will laugh. And Bob what can I say about you you are a light at the end of a tunnel you always can make us laugh. It went from a morning filled with sorrow to an evening filled with laughter.
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