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Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 14, 2009, 12:00am
Fellow Patriots,

The Virtual Warriors' Walk was originally intended as a memorial for an active duty military hero who died during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Then, our beloved JonD, Central Region Coordinator, Founding Leader of the WWR, passed away suddenly.

So, the WWR had to run a very tough Honor Mission for our friend... The normal transition after the mission is over, as Jon's was Sunday, would be to move the Mission to "Completed", and eventually the post would be archived...

As I thought about doing that, it did not seem right.. Jon's Mission is not "Complete" until we welcome that last warrior home...

So, it seemed appropriate for Jon to be be among his Warriors that he so loved..  The Virtual Warriors' Walk is viewable by the whole world, and members can add posts, forever.. It will be my honor to watch over JonD's Mission post, as I do for all our fallen heroes..

Ride In Peace, JonD

-matter

I never thought the day would come where I would be posting a mission for one of our own members, especially for Jon D.  It is with great sadness that I post this mission.  Jon, through tears of sadness, it is with great honor that we stand for you Sunday as you have stood for so many.  


Please know that the family of Jon D welcomes all groups to stand with the WWR for our brother Jon.  Jon D deserves the highest honors we can give him.

Pre-Stage at 0800, Departure 0815, Sunday 16 Aug 09 at:
The infamous "DC" (This is an old tradition started by Jon for all those in the Crystal Lake, Cary/Algonquin Area to meet up)
2454 IL Route 62
Algonquin, IL
(Link to above location http://tinyurl.com/JonDDC)

Staging at 0900, Sunday 16 Aug 09 at:
Chicago Jewish Funerals
195 North Buffalo Grove Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(Link to above location http://tinyurl.com/JonDStage)

We will escort JonD and his family at 0930 to:

Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
7801 West Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60706

Where there will be a graveside service and interment.
(Link to above location http://tinyurl.com/JonDService)

At the first Illinois WWR mission, JonD told the assembled riders that anyone who wanted to RC a mission could do so.  

While Coastie will coordinate some things for this mission, in JonD's memory -every single member of the WWR is appointed Ride Captain of this mission.

Shiva will follow the services-

Shiva is a period of mourning and occurs after a burial.  It's purpose is to try to bring some comfort to the grieving family.    It is customary to visit the shiva house and allow the family to talk while you listen.   It is very appropriate to have conversations about the person's life.  "The laws of mourning free the mourner from social norms and expectations, so that the mourner can focus on the memories of the deceased and begin to heal."  

Often times charitable donations are made in the memory of the deceased, and in this case, a request by the family is that contributions be made to the USO (see below).

The idea of charitable contributions is that it helps elevate the person's soul to a higher level.   It can be brought to the Shiva house.

Clergy:
Rabbi Marc Belgrad

Shiva:
Rubin-Lidawer Residence
366 North Deere Park Drive
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
847.926.8891

Memorial Contributions:
The USO - United Service Organizations
(in order to benefit our troops)
PO Box 96860
Washington, District of Columbia 20090-6860
http://www.uso.org

Also, it's also customary for all in attendance to put a shovel or 2 of dirt into the grave -- we'll take the lead from the rabbi on that one, but if they do, then it would be appropriate for all of Jon's friends to help.  


*********
I've gotten quite a few calls from people asking the same questions about tomorrow, so let me post some answers here:

Should everone go to the pre-stage area at the D-C?  Not necessary, and it's not that big.  The main staging area is at the funeral home at 0900.  A few people will go there early to help get bikes and cages lined up as they arrive.

What is the proper attire?  This is a WWR mission for our brother JonD.  Wash your bike, polish your boots, scrape the bugs off your vest, and bring your shades.

Order of procession:  LEO, hearse, family, bikes, cages.  We normally have the bikes lead the hearse, but this is JonD.  He will lead.

Are all groups invited to all aspects of this mission?  Yes.

Any other questions, please call my cell at 630-400-3055.  Coastie

Lisa Moran



(Sorry Denise, I used your main post to put this up so it looks like you did it)




Wisconsin Rally point info found here: http://tinyurl.com/m2fh56
http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-2rigcnCJ
Denise
Posted by: Hilsen, August 14, 2009, 12:04am; Reply: 1
:'(
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 12:38am; Reply: 2
I just dont know what to say, It hurts to much.






Dobbs
Posted by: 1199 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 12:58am; Reply: 3
:'(
Posted by: Fefe, August 14, 2009, 1:43am; Reply: 4
:'( :'( :'(
Posted by: Tatonka69, August 14, 2009, 2:15am; Reply: 5
Losing Jon D. will be tough to handle on so many levels.  He was a great friend. We all have to stand together in support of Yvette and his children now.  Thanks Denise and Wisconsin WWR and PGR for standing by.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR
Posted by: Sparky, August 14, 2009, 3:20am; Reply: 6
This is a great loss for for all of us that counted on him so much. He was much more than a friend. My heart goes out to Yvette and the kids.


:o   Rocky
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 14, 2009, 4:13am; Reply: 7
I have moved this thread here from the SC (green) forum where it origniated, to keep everything together. I will now lock this thread so that all condolences go into one thread. - LUTZ

Early last evening, we lost our friend Jon.  It was near Indy, IN. as far as I know at this point.  It was on an exit ramp.  No other info at this time.
Lutz or T,  give me a call please.
Posted by: Calamity, August 14, 2009, 4:17am; Reply: 8
I am SO sorry to hear this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    I know you will keep us posted.  For those of us so far away, if the family wishes donations any place or need help themselves let us know!   They are in our hearts and prayers!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 14, 2009, 4:17am; Reply: 9
Motorcyclist injured in I-65 crash.

A motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on I-65 Thursday night.

http://www.wthr.com/global/story.asp?s=10928516

I know this area,  it's bad even in the day time.
Posted by: a25girl, August 14, 2009, 4:25am; Reply: 10
:'( :'( :'(
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 14, 2009, 4:48am; Reply: 11
No words can express my "disbelief".

Standing by.... advise what is needed.

Godspeed, JonD
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 14, 2009, 5:07am; Reply: 12
We are still in shock. A great friend and leader is gone in a heartbeat. Our thoughts and prayers are with Yvette, the family and also with all of you. Today We all have heavy hearts.
Good bye Jon and godspeed we will make you proud you will ride in our hearts forever.

Standing by........
Posted by: Skeet, August 14, 2009, 5:11am; Reply: 13
My thoughts and prayers are with all of my IL brothers and sisters.

I just can't wrap my mind around this yet!  

Please know my spirit will be with you all.  

JonD, thank you for your service to our great country, all you have done for WWR.

Rest assured you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

You may now ride with the Angels.  Watch over us down here.
Posted by: bluesmanNEPA, August 14, 2009, 5:54am; Reply: 14
There are no words for this truly sad news.

Al
Posted by: Papa Ed, August 14, 2009, 6:39am; Reply: 15
No words can express my "disbelief".

Standing by.... advise what is needed.

Godspeed, JonD


Lost a true Friend very SAD news.
Posted by: djolly, August 14, 2009, 6:52am; Reply: 16
OMG!  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted by: TUG, August 14, 2009, 6:53am; Reply: 17
Jon D may you rest in peace you and your family are in our prayers
Posted by: Skeet, August 14, 2009, 6:53am; Reply: 18
Pegs down for JonD, N.IL and WWR.

Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by: Lengua, August 14, 2009, 6:54am; Reply: 19
Terrible & sad news.  May the Lord grant him peace& rest, and his family strength & courage to endure this terrible loss.  JonD, you and your family are in our thoughts & prayers.  We greive with you Illinois.
Lou & Che
Posted by: T, August 14, 2009, 6:55am; Reply: 20
A time of deep saddness and grief, for the entire Dreymann family and their WWR family as well. Standing by.
Posted by: 649 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 6:57am; Reply: 21
So. Illinois is deeply saddened by the loss of our brother and dear friend Jon. I personally looked up to him as an example of how dedicated a WWR member could and should be. I pray that the Lord be with his family and help them in this most trying of circumstances. So Illinois is standing by,      John Oliver
Posted by: Ray, August 14, 2009, 6:58am; Reply: 22
This is not the sort of thing im waking up to , tell me its a bad dream
God Bless you JonD , you`ll be missed my brother
Please advise on any more info or what we can do
This is a very sad day in Delaware , we will ride with a black arm band today......
My condolences to Jon`s family our prayers are with you
Posted by: Fefe, August 14, 2009, 7:01am; Reply: 23
I heard about this late last night. My only consolation now is the thought that he has been promoted to a position where he can now do a world of good.

My deepest condolences to his wife, children, and WWR family.
Posted by: Spike, August 14, 2009, 7:04am; Reply: 24
No words can convey what I am sure we all are feeling! I still cant believe that this is true. A good friend to many was lost last night. God speed JonD you will live forever in our hearts and minds! :o
Posted by: Calamity, August 14, 2009, 7:09am; Reply: 25
Our thoughts and prayers are also with his families - relatives and WW - and his friends.
If there is anything (donations/whatever) that we can do from this distance, we are standing by.

Please give his wife and children hugs and thanks for sharing him with us and the world.
Posted by: Dave D 1800, August 14, 2009, 7:16am; Reply: 26
:o
Posted by: Bullet Bob, August 14, 2009, 7:16am; Reply: 27
my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of JonD
Posted by: Twister Fan, August 14, 2009, 7:16am; Reply: 28
:o We are so sad in Wisconsin with the lost of one of our finest! I will never forget his gentle voice and how soothing his voice was when we were in trouble. Thank you Jon D for being a big part of eveyones life you will be sadly missed.
Posted by: Chambo, August 14, 2009, 7:19am; Reply: 29
I can't believe this.  A good guy, a great leader.  A friend I will miss.
Posted by: Ray, August 14, 2009, 7:27am; Reply: 30
This is not the sort of thing im waking up to , tell me its a bad dream
God Bless you JonD , you`ll be missed my brother
Please advise on any more info or what we can do
This is a very sad day in Delaware , we will ride with a black arm band today......
My condolences to Jon`s family our prayers are with you
GodSpeed Jon
Posted by: visionrider1, August 14, 2009, 7:27am; Reply: 31
Rest in peace JonD.  My sincerest condolences to your family and friends.
Posted by: Moonshine, August 14, 2009, 7:30am; Reply: 32
My sincerest condolences to Jon's family and loved ones. I am so sorry to hear this.
Posted by: TUG, August 14, 2009, 7:35am; Reply: 33
Jon D you will be missed our prayers go out to the family
Posted by: Bullet Bob, August 14, 2009, 7:38am; Reply: 34
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of JonD.

JonD,
As you pass over to a better world please help and watch over them as you have here. Thank you for all you have done. You will be missed.
Posted by: oopsie, August 14, 2009, 7:43am; Reply: 35
JonD you will be missed. RIP my Brother.
CameraNut you are in my Prayers as are the children and family. when I can stop Leaking  I will say more.
Posted by: Lisajan, August 14, 2009, 7:45am; Reply: 36
Oh my...I am so sorry to here this, I don't know what to write.
Posted by: Twister Fan, August 14, 2009, 7:59am; Reply: 37
We are so sad in Wisconsin with the lost of one of our finest! I will never forget his gentle voice and how soothing his voice was when we were in trouble. Thank you Jon D for being a big part of eveyones life you will be sadly missed.
Posted by: Papa Ed, August 14, 2009, 7:59am; Reply: 38
We have lost a great friend and true Hero. God Speed JonD. You ride with the Angles now and we here at home have your back. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his families - relatives and WW - and his friends.
What a SAD Day for All of US.
Posted by: cetanagi, August 14, 2009, 8:13am; Reply: 39
Rest in peace JonD. Prayers and thoughts to the family. May God be with you all and bring you comfort through this hard time.
Posted by: Papa Joe, August 14, 2009, 8:17am; Reply: 40
Terrible news. Thoughts and prayers up for all.
Posted by: oopsie, August 14, 2009, 8:20am; Reply: 41
Wendy aka Twisterfan

    Sorry to hear about your loss. If there is anything that we can do for you, please advise. Not sure what happened this morning, but our Deputy did not see any of your people with the buses. Hopefully we can organize the next escort better and make sure we have people there on time.
    The Juneau County Sheriff's Office has your organization in their thoughts and prayers, and hope this tragic event only makes you stronger and more dedicated in your quest to Honor the people keeping our Nation free.




Professionally yours:

Craig H. Stuchlik
Undersheriff

Juneau County Sheriff's Office
Posted by: oopsie, August 14, 2009, 8:46am; Reply: 42
I feel like this is a dream since  last nights call. I can not tell you how much Jon D  missed. Jon Was the Calm in the Storm. I will miss his Norwegian Pokes at me and Uff I will miss his laugh.
Posted by: Tatonka69, August 14, 2009, 8:58am; Reply: 43
Losing Jon D. is like losing a brother. A brother not only in the biker sense, but a brother like a family member.  Jon worked tirelessly for our beloved WWR and it would be tough finding anyone who cared more deeply for our military members and families.  Although his loss will leave much emptiness in many of us who knew him, he would want us to focus on what we always do..........our mission. Jon D. I will never forget you and I will treasure the memories of our friendship forever.

Godspeed my friend.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR  
Posted by: PRD1, August 14, 2009, 9:03am; Reply: 44
Our sincerest condolences to family and friends .

R.I.P. Jon .  May GOD turn and smile upon your face .

                                                                     Paul & Carol
Posted by: oopsie, August 14, 2009, 9:04am; Reply: 45
Quoted from Tatonka69
Losing Jon D. is like losing a brother. A brother not only in the biker sense, but a brother like a family member.  Jon worked tirelessly for our beloved WWR and it would be tough finding anyone who cared more deeply for our military members and families.  Although his loss will leave much emptiness in many of us who knew him, he would want us to focus on what we always do..........our mission. Jon D. I will never forget you and I will treasure the memories of our friendship forever.

Godspeed my friend.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR  


Amen Oscar.
Posted by: bdime, August 14, 2009, 9:04am; Reply: 46
Stunned... and prayers to all.
Posted by: Road Guard, August 14, 2009, 9:12am; Reply: 47
JonD, you will be missed.  Don't know what else to say.  Yvette, know that we will be there for you and your family whenever you need us.
Rick
Posted by: HUGGY, August 14, 2009, 9:26am; Reply: 48
TERRIBLE NEWS FOR THE WHOLE WWR.
PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH JONS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Posted by: oopsie, August 14, 2009, 9:35am; Reply: 49
Jon D you may have Ditched us again. but you will never leave our hearts you always were for the Mission of the Soldier and Family. whether it been on Thanksgiving Holiday we had Turkey in a parking lot waiting for our soldier or making sure they were safe on the back of a bike.
it was always about the mission!! allot of us had to be reminded by his actions. How Proud you were to see a Soldier sitting on your bike and getting a picture taken. when they all had the same  dream of owning a bike like yours. I will never forget your infectious smile.

Jon thank you for your service to our country. you were part of the pride of what we do. you are an American Hero. thank you for providing your service to the US Amry. I LOVE YOU my Brother
Posted by: Hogrider, August 14, 2009, 9:45am; Reply: 50
Rest in peace brother  JON never be forgotten
Posted by: Mia, August 14, 2009, 10:06am; Reply: 51
Uncle Jon  I will miss you.
Posted by: Coastie, August 14, 2009, 10:43am; Reply: 52
Friday morning, 1030:

Yvette and her sister are on their way to Indianapolis to meet with the authorities.  When she has any information about bringing our brother home she will call and I'll pass it on.

This will obviously be a mission.  There will be 100 Ride Captains.

Stand by,
Posted by: FUNGI, August 14, 2009, 11:07am; Reply: 53
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jon's family.  God Bless you all. :'(
Posted by: Kel, August 14, 2009, 11:12am; Reply: 54
No words.

RIP JonD.
Posted by: country, August 14, 2009, 11:15am; Reply: 55
Dear Mia,
Please know that many people will miss your Uncle Jon. He has touched so many by his deeds. If there is at least one way to judge a man, it's by his actions. Not only will he be missed by family and friends that knew him personally but, he will also be missed by those who never met him.
Take care Mia.

Country MIKE
Posted by: Hilsen, August 14, 2009, 11:19am; Reply: 56
A Tribute to My Friend JonD 08/13/2009

Today, August 13, 2009, will never be forgotten because I lost a very dear friend tonight. It is more painful than I remembered a broken heart  to feel. The last time I felt like this was when my mother died. It is like reliving it all over again...sitting at the computer just starring
and crying. The emptiness the feeling of being hollow inside yet not really feeling. The waiting for some one to tell you the phone call was a big bad nasty joke, but no one is going to say that. It's real, it
hurts and I am going to miss this friend very very much.

I wish I had one recorded message so I can hear his voice again. So I can keep it and listen over and over again when I need the storm to be calmed.

He was the calm one. He never got excited and many times he should have according to normal standards of behavior, but he never did.

In mid storm he'd have you laughing, he had that kind of humor that always helped the situation and have you laughing. Oh how I wish you all could have known him...JonD as he was known.

JonD died tonight at...well I don't really remember the time of that horrible phone call, but I think it was around 9:30/10pm CST. He had made it to Indiana, that much I remember during that ugly phone call. It
was something like he went off a ramp into a ravine...and after "the" question and answer "yes", that is really all I remember of the conversation. I just remember thinking of Yvette and the kids and I knew
that they were facing what we never want to hear or face. HOW COULD THIS BE? If this was a joke it WAS NOT FUNNY! NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!

I had talked to him earlier in the after noon. He was leaving today for a 10 day vacation. Heading out East on his bike. He was a biker. He was a Veteran. He was a father and the soul mate of Yvette. He was
the Regional State Coordinator for the Central Region of the Warriors' Watch Riders and he was my friend. Actually a friend to all that knew him. He just had that kind of personality that every body liked JonD. So this could not be true and I'm really going to be pissed at the one who thought it was a good get even prank!!

Pranks...yes he was a prankster as are many in our N. IL WWR. Some pranks so funny that they are still talked about all over. The picture that was posed of JD and Pebbles was the prank we pulled on him 2 weeks ago on a double mission. There is a story about Pebbles, but it is way too long to tell, but he thought it so funny. He was finally gotten and by 2 women. If I could only tell you all of how we got him and the
things that went on from there. It really tickled him and that made it all worth it. At the 2nd mission of the day, even the cops were in on it. It seems Pebbles needed neck surgery and the cops volunteered the
duct tape. LOL He only found that part out, about the cops in on it. recently while chatting with him on the phone reliving the prank. That really made him laugh to think the cops would help pull off a prank. So, if this call tonight was a get even prank it was not even close to funny...!
But you know what? I'd give anything to have it been a prank. No matter how ugly it sounded the fact of truth was uglier.

Who knew then those would be the last missions together, the last prank, and the last time we'd see him. Who knew???

JonD was a young man, honorably served our country,  has kids, his son serving now in the USAF, and perfect soul mate, Yvette, and now someone is telling you he is gone? It just can't be...no, it just can't be!! Inside you know differently and it makes you angry, confused, hollow, with out feeling yet the tears are flowing over your face as testament to knowing it is true.

You know, he may be gone and with the Lord now, but nobody is ever going to forget JonD. Nobody that ever met him will ever forget him...he was that kind of guy.

So JD, I know where you are as good guys should be. I also know heaven is full of laughter because you are there keeping that humor going. I just wanted to share you with some of my friends and family as a tribute to one hell of a guy, one hell of a warrior, one hell of a good father, one hell of a soul mate to Yvette, one hell of a good human being and one hell of a friend. I want them to know we lost one of the good guys tonight. I want them to know but a piece of who you were. I hope everyone has a JonD friend in their lives because then they are truly blessed.

I promise you we will be there for Yvette and help her as you would want. We will continue the "Missions" and continue to make you proud just as if you were here and the leader you were. We will think about you often and miss you more.

Your ride down here is over now, but I know you'll be riding up there with the wind blowing through your hair, the sun at your back and God at your side. As we say "It's all about the ride for cripes sake" so now we ride for you.

Til vi møtes igjen, hvile frisk meg venn.

Uff  :'(

(I forgot to mention he spoke some Norwegian and he spoke it pretty well  :)
Posted by: REDBEARD, August 14, 2009, 11:33am; Reply: 57

After the mourning and tears....We are left with the memory of our Brother JonD.

He will be remembered by many, because he touched the lives of everyone he could.

Rest In Peace Brother.

Peace and God Bless
Redbeard
Posted by: Papa Ed, August 14, 2009, 11:47am; Reply: 58
Standing BY in Indy. I live here in Indianapolis, IN if I can help out anyaway. Steve
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 14, 2009, 11:51am; Reply: 59
There are no words that can express our loss.


Godspeed JonD.  Ride in peace.
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 11:54am; Reply: 60
Not sure what to write, Cant really see the screen.





Rest in Peace JonD,
Dobbs
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 11:57am; Reply: 61
Standing by,



Dobbs
Posted by: Papa Joe, August 14, 2009, 11:57am; Reply: 62
Quoted from Hilsen
A Tribute to My Friend JonD 08/13/2009

Today, August 13, 2009, will never be forgotten because I lost a very dear friend tonight. It is more painful than I remembered a broken heart  to feel. The last time I felt like this was when my mother died. It is like reliving it all over again...sitting at the computer just starring
and crying. The emptiness the feeling of being hollow inside yet not really feeling. The waiting for some one to tell you the phone call was a big bad nasty joke, but no one is going to say that. It's real, it
hurts and I am going to miss this friend very very much.

I wish I had one recorded message so I can hear his voice again. So I can keep it and listen over and over again when I need the storm to be calmed.

He was the calm one. He never got excited and many times he should have according to normal standards of behavior, but he never did.

In mid storm he'd have you laughing, he had that kind of humor that always helped the situation and have you laughing. Oh how I wish you all could have known him...JonD as he was known.

JonD died tonight at...well I don't really remember the time of that horrible phone call, but I think it was around 9:30/10pm CST. He had made it to Indiana, that much I remember during that ugly phone call. It
was something like he went off a ramp into a ravine...and after "the" question and answer "yes", that is really all I remember of the conversation. I just remember thinking of Yvette and the kids and I knew
that they were facing what we never want to hear or face. HOW COULD THIS BE? If this was a joke it WAS NOT FUNNY! NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!

I had talked to him earlier in the after noon. He was leaving today for a 10 day vacation. Heading out East on his bike. He was a biker. He was a Veteran. He was a father and the soul mate of Yvette. He was
the Regional State Coordinator for the Central Region of the Warriors' Watch Riders and he was my friend. Actually a friend to all that knew him. He just had that kind of personality that every body liked JonD. So this could not be true and I'm really going to be pissed at the one who thought it was a good get even prank!!

Pranks...yes he was a prankster as are many in our N. IL WWR. Some pranks so funny that they are still talked about all over. The picture that was posed of JD and Pebbles was the prank we pulled on him 2 weeks ago on a double mission. There is a story about Pebbles, but it is way too long to tell, but he thought it so funny. He was finally gotten and by 2 women. If I could only tell you all of how we got him and the
things that went on from there. It really tickled him and that made it all worth it. At the 2nd mission of the day, even the cops were in on it. It seems Pebbles needed neck surgery and the cops volunteered the
duct tape. LOL He only found that part out, about the cops in on it. recently while chatting with him on the phone reliving the prank. That really made him laugh to think the cops would help pull off a prank. So, if this call tonight was a get even prank it was not even close to funny...!
But you know what? I'd give anything to have it been a prank. No matter how ugly it sounded the fact of truth was uglier.

Who knew then those would be the last missions together, the last prank, and the last time we'd see him. Who knew???

JonD was a young man, honorably served our country,  has kids, his son serving now in the USAF, and perfect soul mate, Yvette, and now someone is telling you he is gone? It just can't be...no, it just can't be!! Inside you know differently and it makes you angry, confused, hollow, with out feeling yet the tears are flowing over your face as testament to knowing it is true.

You know, he may be gone and with the Lord now, but nobody is ever going to forget JonD. Nobody that ever met him will ever forget him...he was that kind of guy.

So JD, I know where you are as good guys should be. I also know heaven is full of laughter because you are there keeping that humor going. I just wanted to share you with some of my friends and family as a tribute to one hell of a guy, one hell of a warrior, one hell of a good father, one hell of a soul mate to Yvette, one hell of a good human being and one hell of a friend. I want them to know we lost one of the good guys tonight. I want them to know but a piece of who you were. I hope everyone has a JonD friend in their lives because then they are truly blessed.

I promise you we will be there for Yvette and help her as you would want. We will continue the "Missions" and continue to make you proud just as if you were here and the leader you were. We will think about you often and miss you more.

Your ride down here is over now, but I know you'll be riding up there with the wind blowing through your hair, the sun at your back and God at your side. As we say "It's all about the ride for cripes sake" so now we ride for you.

Til vi møtes igjen, hvile frisk meg venn.

Uff  :'(

(I forgot to mention he spoke some Norwegian and he spoke it pretty well  :)


Thank you Hilsen for sharing your grief and stories about JonD. We all grieve with you and the family for this tragic loss.  Rest In Peace Brother, we will never forget you.
Posted by: candb559, August 14, 2009, 12:01pm; Reply: 63
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God's army just got  stronger.
Posted by: Chambo, August 14, 2009, 1:17pm; Reply: 64
Whenever I picture Jon I picture that mischievous smile of his.  

[quote] " ...we lost one of the good guys tonight. " [/qoute]  Uffda, you are so right.
Posted by: oopsie, August 14, 2009, 1:19pm; Reply: 65
Quoted from Chambo
Whenever I picture Jon I picture that mischievous smile of his.  

[quote] " ...we lost one of the good guys tonight. " [/qoute]  Uffda, you are so right.


Posted by: eric4297, August 14, 2009, 1:20pm; Reply: 66
A fantastic friend, a great coworker, and an honorable man.  You will be missed, Jon, by your CDW "family".  My heart and support goes out to Yvette, Jessica, Josh, and the rest of your family.  Thank you for all you have done for so many, especially my family.

http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2008/10/26/news/local/doc48fc09c863a88149406693.txt

Missed but never forgotten.    
Posted by: Spike, August 14, 2009, 1:21pm; Reply: 67
Standing By!
Posted by: franktiregod, August 14, 2009, 1:22pm; Reply: 68
We are very sorry to hear this. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and all of our WWR family.

Rest in peace friend.
Posted by: mike douglas -pokey, August 14, 2009, 1:27pm; Reply: 69
goodby jon you will ride forever in our hearts standing by :'( :'( :'( :'(
Posted by: mrdragon, August 14, 2009, 1:32pm; Reply: 70
Godspeed JonD. Ride in Peace
Posted by: bluesmanNEPA, August 14, 2009, 1:59pm; Reply: 71
I was deeply saddened to read this news this morning. Rest in Peace, JonD.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 14, 2009, 2:00pm; Reply: 72
Quoted from Chambo
Whenever I picture Jon I picture that mischievous smile of his.  

[quote] " ...we lost one of the good guys tonight. " [/qoute]  Uffda, you are so right.


You can say that again Chambeaux. That mischievous smile and infectious laugh will always live within us. No one can ever take that away nor all the good times we all spent together. Thank God for that.
(Can anyone imagine him up there with his mischievousness and laugh? I can and the Angels have their hands full and are loving it.)
Posted by: Rabbit, August 14, 2009, 2:01pm; Reply: 73
Rest In Peace  8) 8) 8)
Posted by: 1199 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 2:12pm; Reply: 74
Standing By for my Friend and Brother.  :'(
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 14, 2009, 2:20pm; Reply: 75
Quoted from Hilsen


You can say that again Chambeaux. That mischievous smile and infectious laugh will always live within us. No one can ever take that away nor all the good times we all spent together. Thank God for that.
(Can anyone imagine him up there with his mischievousness and laugh? I can and the Angels have their hands full and are loving it.)


I think I will miss that the most. And the calming in hs voice.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 14, 2009, 2:41pm; Reply: 76
Where do I even begin.....

I met Jon & Yvette when we were all still wearing Y&B.  Jon led us all to the WWR and we were so glad that he did.  We have become a family.  Do we always get along, no.  But isn't that what family is about...agree to disagree at times, we are still family.

Jon was a brother to me, and Yvette a sister.  Not through blood but through friendship.  I don't think a day has gone by since the WWR started in N. IL where I haven't talked to, texted with or emailed with Jon D. and Yvette.  Jon was my voice of reason, of understanding, and knowledge.

We received the news from Yvette last night on our way to WI where we would be staying the night for an early morning two state mission this morning.  I wanted to turn around, to be there with Yvette.  Yvette said no, Jon would want you at the misson.  Yvette was right, Jon would want us at the mission.  Jon ALWAYS said, if he ever died and it was between standing a flag line for him or welcoming home a soldier, that we BETTER welcome home the soldier.  
With that in the back of my mind, we did continue on for the mission.  

We wore black arm bands, we hugged, we cried.  A WI officer played the bag pipes for us.  We than did what Jon would have wanted, we went on with the mission.  We escorted home 21 soldiers from a year long deployment in Afghanistan.  We hugged each soldier, we thanked each one for their service, and we escorted them the 300 some miles back to Illinois to be with their families all the while knowing our family will never be the same.  

Jon D always with a smile, always joking around, always making you smile and always there when you needed him.  Jon, we will take care of Yvette, Josh and Jessica, please know that.  We will not let you down as you were always there for us.  

Jon, my brother, my friend, my mentor, I love you Jon and will miss you.

Lisa

The photo on my avatar is Jon D FThursday morning as he left for work, bike packed up for his trip to NY.
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 14, 2009, 2:51pm; Reply: 77
It is what he would have wanted. Mission first.

He was one of the few people that called us by name rather than Reno's parents.


We now ride in honor of JonD and what he stood for.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 14, 2009, 2:51pm; Reply: 78
    :'( :'( :'(  JON,

   I LOVE YOU MAN  !!!!!!

    GONNA MISS YOU.   :'( :'( :'(
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 14, 2009, 2:59pm; Reply: 79
I cant believe it…..I walk into my laundry room and see the cabinets he took the time on a Sunday to help me hang….I look at the rear of my bike where he replaced the back rubber deal that fell off…---On his back in the driveway of a soldier we were doing a welcome home for no less…
I remember the first time I met him….It was raining like hell for a KIA in Skokie—he drove his pick up and Marulli and I rode…Man did we give him shit..
I remember the time UGs showed up at a mission Coastie was running. Jon D took his bike over in font of the assholes and revved it so much I thought the damn thing would explode….luckily Coastie told him to knock it off before it did.
I remember how he loved doing parades and how his bike was usually heard above the rest….
I remember the arena football game where we rode out onto the field—Jon D with two cheerleaders on his bike….
And Yvette always with him taking pictures and being a part of whatever it took as well.
I remember how Jon was always ready to defuse a situation when necessary, or meet it head on when also necessary.
We rode in any weather, side by side…We drove when we had to
He was always ready to do whatever it took whenever it was called for.
But no matter what it was it was always for the troops and their families, and that dedication was always the driving force.
As my wife Mary said this is a hole that will never be filled…He was a good man
He was always the anchor and foundation of what it meant to show honor respect and support for our troops and their families.
He always took me for what I was, good, bad and sometimes ugly.
I will miss him always as I miss him now.

God be with you Jon D.

.
Posted by: TREAD HEAD, August 14, 2009, 3:01pm; Reply: 80
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Yvette and the kids. It seems sureal to me right now. Jon, you were so many things to so many people. You always had the big picture in mind and kept your eye on the prize. You truley always knew what the Mission was. We will carry on and make you proud. Thanks for always keeping the Troops first and foremost ! Find peace my brother and rest. You're in good company now.    \ : (  (salute)
Posted by: matter, August 14, 2009, 3:02pm; Reply: 81
From my last 2 emails to him before he left..

"Be safe!"

and

"We'll miss you...."

I did not know how much we could miss him.... Wish I didn't now know..........

JonD, my friend and mentor.... I am just wrecked...

Yvette, and all the rest of the WWR family..

I am standing by.. In ANY capacity.....

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 14, 2009, 3:12pm; Reply: 82
MY DEAR FRIEND JON

THIS IS ONE OF THE SADDEST DAY'S OF MY LIFE.

I'M GOING TO MISS YOU VERY MUCH

ONLY YOU AND I KNOW HOW MUCH WE LAUGHED
ON DIFFERENT TOPICS.    YES .....  OSCAR GAVE US
MANY ITEMS TO DISCUSS AND LAUGH ABOUT.

JON,  I'M A BETTER PERSON JUST FOR THE FACT THAT
I KNEW YOU.  

I LOVE YOU JON.
Posted by: Training Wheel, August 14, 2009, 3:15pm; Reply: 83
Jon, my heart aches...I am so glad that I had the privledge to know you, to be your friend. I will cherish all the times we spent together. I keep playing our phone call yesterday over in my head and remember so many rides and meals and laughs! May you ride forever in peace - Love Ya, Kathleen
Posted by: IronRick, August 14, 2009, 3:23pm; Reply: 84
Jon,

I AM STANDING BY.
Posted by: Falcon, August 14, 2009, 3:26pm; Reply: 85
This is incredibly sad. Very hard to grasp. I will miss Jon very much.
Posted by: Beads, August 14, 2009, 3:28pm; Reply: 86
"JonD" - PATRIOT, FRIEND, LEADER

Rest in peace, your watch is over now let us carry on as you would have.
Thanks for showing me the way.......
And to Yvette and family, we feel your loss and pain. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

"BEADS"
Posted by: d rock, August 14, 2009, 3:32pm; Reply: 87
Jon was a great friend and comarade, I miss him very much already.  He has touched many lives and honored many service members.  I am so glad for the fun time I spent with him last Sunday morning.  I remember all the rides together especially the night rides.  I remember when we put flags together and he loaded twenty five into my Jeep and told me to use them wherever I could to honor the troops active or fallen.  He was the force behind and front man for the WWR IL.  We have been able to accomplish so much good with his leadership and wisdom.  Even in times of bitterness he stayed positive and was a calming influence.  I will miss his smile.  Terry and I are praying for Evette and Jon's family.  My heart goes out to Yvette, one of the sweetest women I know.  I know we will honor Jon now and forever.
Doug Askren
Posted by: lukester1947, August 14, 2009, 3:33pm; Reply: 88
Thoughts and prayers going out to Jon's family and friends.

Luke
Posted by: Chambo, August 14, 2009, 3:40pm; Reply: 89
Of all the honor missions I have done and thought I would do I never expected this one.  It will be my honor to stand and ride for my friend Jon.
Posted by: TMT, August 14, 2009, 3:46pm; Reply: 90
Sincere condolences from the Hunt family.  May JonD forever rest in Peace.

Posted by: BIG JOE, August 14, 2009, 3:49pm; Reply: 91
Jon D I never thought I would be standing up for you..
Well it's damn fitting since you stood up for me so many times..
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 3:54pm; Reply: 92
Standing by,





Dobbs
Posted by: TREAD HEAD, August 14, 2009, 3:57pm; Reply: 93
See evryone Sunday am
Posted by: Calamity, August 14, 2009, 3:58pm; Reply: 94
Our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with the families - through blood and WW - and friends of JonD.
Please share hugs from us and thank his family for sharing him with us.   With all the work you've done, this loss is being felt around the world.

If we can do anything, donations for the family or to a special cause, please share that news so we can feel we are doing something from so far away.                                   Ed and Jane
Posted by: Training Wheel, August 14, 2009, 4:01pm; Reply: 95
with a heavy heart...standing by
Yvette whatever you need, whenever you need, just call
Posted by: Hilsen, August 14, 2009, 4:01pm; Reply: 96
Quoted from Chambo
Of all the honor missions I have done and thought I would do I never expected this one.  It will be my honor to stand and ride for my friend Jon.


Me too. And I ,as you, will stand and ride in honor of our dear friend.  :'(
Posted by: ROADHOUSE, August 14, 2009, 4:09pm; Reply: 97
THIS IS ONE OF SADEST DAYS I EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYES GO OUT TO Jon'D FAMILY AND TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH THE WWR THAT KNEW JonD YOU KNOW WHAT A LOSS THIS IS. JON WAS NOT ONLY A LEADER BUT A TRUE FRIEND,
AND HE WILL BE MISSED GODSPEED JOND.
Posted by: SNAP, August 14, 2009, 4:10pm; Reply: 98
Prayers are going out to JonD's family. Rest in peace brother.......
Posted by: 146 (Guest), August 14, 2009, 4:12pm; Reply: 99
From my family to yours we offer our Deepest Condolences.
I've never had the Honor of meeting JonD but after reading thru everyone of these heartfelt post I realize I missed meeting one of those Men that Really Made a Difference.

Posted by: Kat, August 14, 2009, 4:22pm; Reply: 100
So very sad.  My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Jon D's family and friends.  
Posted by: TomandPat, August 14, 2009, 4:23pm; Reply: 101
Pat and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to all JonD closest friends and family including all of our WWR family who knew him as well.  His smiling jovial face and general good cheer will be one of just many parts of him that we'll miss.

This is a tragedy for anyone but hits home for all of us because he is one of us.

Regards,

Tom and Pat Smyth
McHenry IL
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 14, 2009, 4:25pm; Reply: 102
It saddens us immensely that we must ride again for another hero, this one hitting so close to home for all of us.



Godspeed JonD.  Ride in peace.
Posted by: Bearhug, August 14, 2009, 4:36pm; Reply: 103
We have many fond memories of times spent with Jon.  Some laughing, some crying.  You will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace.

We love you, God Bless.
Posted by: Johnny pockets, August 14, 2009, 4:44pm; Reply: 104
God bless you Jon. I sure am going to miss you. Until we meet again, I love you man.
Posted by: Fitz, August 14, 2009, 4:50pm; Reply: 105
IT'S A VERY SAD DAY FOR US ALL, AND FOR OUR FRIEND AND LEADER'S FAMILY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL OF US, AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE ALL THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF OUR OTHER HEROS, THE SOLDIERS WE ALL HONOR. I HAVE HALF A MIND TO GET ON A PLANE AND FLY HOME FROM VACATION IN FLORIDA.
RIP JOND, AND, AS THE LITTLE LADY ONCE SAID, "IT'S THE RIDE, DAMMIT", AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO RIDE WITH OUR FRIEND. :'(
Posted by: ottomania, August 14, 2009, 4:50pm; Reply: 106
Jon D, I am truly at a loss for words right now. Yvette you know anything I and we can do we will!  :o :o :o My heart goes out to you!
Posted by: BONEHEAD, August 14, 2009, 4:53pm; Reply: 107
JOND R.I.P. YOU WILL BE MISSED AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU FAMILY AND FRIENDS GOD BLESS YOU JOND
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 14, 2009, 5:06pm; Reply: 108
I never thought the day would come where I would be posting a mission for one of our own members, especially for Jon D.  It is with great sadness that I post this mission.  
-----
At the first Illinois WWR mission, JonD told the assembled riders that anyone who wanted to RC a mission could do so.  

While Coastie will coordinate some things for this mission, in JonD's memory -every single member of the WWR is appointed Ride Captain of this mission.

Lisa Moran

(Sorry Denise, I used your main post to put this up so it looks like you did it)


I am honored.  

See you Sunday.






Posted by: ROADHOUSE, August 14, 2009, 5:11pm; Reply: 109
SADLY STANDING BY
Posted by: Smely, August 14, 2009, 5:25pm; Reply: 110
Deep sorrow in the WWR family today.  To the Dreymann family, May our Lord rest his healing hands upon you during your time of need.

JonD, you will be missed brother but we will continue to carry your torch.  Take care of all of our Warrior Hero's because we know that you are with them now in our Father's special house for hero's.

Smely & Sue-Sue
Georgia WWR
Posted by: Bobby, August 14, 2009, 5:50pm; Reply: 111
Deepest condolences to Jon D's family and friends on this terrible loss of a great man and a great leader of men.  I will continue my ride tomorrow from MS to GA in JD's honor.  Prayers going out this night that God will wrap JD's family in His blanket of love, strength and comfort.
Posted by: Lutz, August 14, 2009, 6:01pm; Reply: 112
To the family and friends of Jon D:

Like everyone I was stunned by the news. Even now it seems surreal.

We have read many heartfelt, wrenching expressions of grief from Jon’s friends in Illinois and Wisconsin. Having never experienced the honor of riding with Jon, I wish to address this from my own point of view – that of the founding of the Warriors’ Watch Riders:

I had always assumed, ignorantly, that one day I would ride with Jon. It was always my intention to go out there one day and rub elbows with the Warrior’s Watch members in the Chicago region, and like so many assumptions that we foolish humans make, it will now forever remain in the category of “good intentions.”

For anyone who may read this who is not familiar with the Warriors’ Watch, let me tell you that it isn’t just some club or activity, rather participation in it is a concrete way of expressing deep and abiding patriotism, love of country, and love of our troops. Jon became one of the key leaders in the development of the WWR from early on, and it was as if it were always intended to be.  The Warriors’ Watch isn’t something that you JOIN, or that you ARE so much as it is something that you DO. It's a selfless act of volunteerism that, in the long run, makes this nation a better place for all who live here, or who yearn to live here.

Jon “did” it as well as any and better than most. I am going to speak plainly here – and what I am about to say may offend some, but I won't let that possibility stop me from uttering Truth: Jon was very, very much like ME, and like Tony (T), and like about 100 others who I know personally, in that something that we did honorably, our participation in the PGR, was, we felt, wrenched away from us by cruelly dis-honorable people who put ego and self above mission. Something that gave us deep personal satisfaction, the PGR, was destroyed in front of our eyes by a few despicable people.

The Warriors’ Watch only exists because of that. I could not abide having this means of honoring our troops stripped away from me, so I set out to do the RIGHT thing under a different flag.

Jon joined me in this sacrilege so quickly, that I can only assume that had he thought of it first, he might very well have been the founder of the WWR or something similar. Jon was INSTRUMENTAL in the formation, growth and shaping of the WWR from almost the beginning. I think the WWR was, what – maybe 3 months old at most? When Jon came on board, and brought half of Illinois and Wisconsin with him.

The very fact that so many people followed Jon from the PGR to the WWR tells me (and I recognized it then) that he was a beloved leader. Leadership is not easy. Effective leadership – leadership that gets the job done while at the same time gaining the respect of those who “follow,” is EARNED, not awarded or in any way assumed. A leader who says “follow me” had damned well better be prepared to DEMONSTRATE that he is WORTHY to be followed – to demonstrate his own loyalty to and respect for his followers - if he hopes to lead. Jon did that, and it is a testament to his nobility, his courage, his character and indeed his humanity that he did it so well.

My last conversation with Jon, a few days ago, was when I contacted him to assure him that his very carefully expressed concern, “Evil eyes are watching,” was carefully noted and taken very seriously by me. I wanted to assure Jon, privately, that I was in full agreement with him. HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BRAND NEW GROUP THAT HE LOVED, THE WWR. He loved the WWR, and he worried about anything that might threaten it, or even just do damage to the reputation of the WWR.

To the family of Jon: I don’t know you but I am close to you nonetheless, because Jon was important to me. He was a “key player” in a venture that made this country a better place, that put smiles on the faces and warm memories in the hearts of countless deserving young men and women and THEIR families. Jon is missed by many because he touched many.

There is a lot of pain being expressed here in these forums today. But always remember that there can ONLY be pain where there was love. If there had not been love, there would be no pain, and for that reason we welcome the pain and embrace it as the cost, paid willingly, of our love.

God bless Jon’s family and friends. May he rest well now, and may you all take comfort in knowing that his life was lived heroically.

- Wayne
Posted by: MsWindow, August 14, 2009, 6:07pm; Reply: 113
This is a shock.  We send our deepest condolances to JonD's family and friends.  
Posted by: mrdragon, August 14, 2009, 6:14pm; Reply: 114
Standing by :o
Posted by: Hilsen, August 14, 2009, 6:20pm; Reply: 115

Thank you for saying EVERYTHING we all wanted to say about a MAN we all Love. Thank you for so eloquently HONORING OUR BELOVED JonD.  :'(
Posted by: Pags, August 14, 2009, 6:21pm; Reply: 116
What a SHOCK!  Jon  was a big man with a soft handshake.  He always knew a person when they came up to shake his hand.
He was always smiling and joking around.  My last memory of Jon was helping him hang the Pebbles doll on the back of a bike.
He got such a delight out of that.  

Jon D, please watch over the rest of us.  Keep us safe, and out of harms way!!!
I LOVE YOU BRO!

Pags.
Posted by: Lenny Nikoden, August 14, 2009, 6:44pm; Reply: 117
:o
Posted by: bratkiv, August 14, 2009, 6:47pm; Reply: 118
Last year a group of us were talking about the importance of welcome homes and John said that if anything ever happend to him and there was a welcome home the same day as his funeral, he wants everyone to go to the welcome home.  That sums up the kind of man he was. Even in death he honors those that wear the uniform, the same uniform that he once proudly wore.  

We can all take comfort in two things.

1. Jon escorted many KIA in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana over the last few years and they will be waiting for him with a flagline and salute to thank him for bringing them home.
2.When it's our turn to leave this world, Jon will be in charge of our welcome homes and if you thought he did a good job here on Earth imagine what your welcome home will be like on the other side.

I cannot think of Jon and be sad.  He brought so much joy to so many people.  His goal was to make sure that every family that wanted a welcome home for their son or daughter would get one. It didn't matter if there was one bike or 200 bikes, the smile on the face of a soldier was always just as big and that's all that matters.

Stand down Jon, your mission is complete. Rest easy you earned it.

Mark, Austin, Ethan, Beth
Posted by: Papa Ed, August 14, 2009, 6:48pm; Reply: 119
Indiana is coming up. Will be there in the late afternoon Saturday.
Posted by: Ranger Rick Towman, August 14, 2009, 6:57pm; Reply: 120
Rest in Peace Jon D. Our prayers and condolences are with Yveete and family... I can't attend every mission, but the ones I do I always bring family, friends & neighbors, Jon always took the time to thank each and every one that was there. Thank You Jon D. for being you . :'( We have lost a great American Patriot and one hell of of a good guy.

Rick & Bonnie.

standing by:
Posted by: sailor74, August 14, 2009, 7:39pm; Reply: 121
JON D. YOU WILL BE MISSED ! MY DEEPEST CONDOLANCES TO JOND'S  FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Posted by: RiderCoachJudy, August 14, 2009, 7:49pm; Reply: 122
My most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of JonD.   We are all saddened by the loss of this hero.       If anyone needs accommodations for Saturday night I have room for a few people.

HaMakom yenacheim etchem betoch sha'ar aveiliei Tzion v'Yerushalayim" -- May the Almighty comfort you among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem
Posted by: cmn2569, August 14, 2009, 8:01pm; Reply: 123
To Jon D family:  

I did not know Jon that well.  But the short time I spend with him, I can tell right away that he was a decent and caring person.  He always smiles and shows that he believes in what he was doing for the Warriors Watch.  He will be missed.  My condolence to his wife and children.
Posted by: bluesmanNEPA, August 14, 2009, 8:12pm; Reply: 124
I just now read Wayne's words. He expressed his thought and feelings as only he can do.

This is not about  Wayne, it's about JonD, but Wayne made it about Jon so well...those of us who never met him, as Wayne never met him, wish we had something to say, that might have the meaning of Wayne's words. I can't.

To hear of the loss of someone who worked for our issues ...it takes a piece of my heart.

It doesn't take it away, but it takes it to somewhere I can not describe.

I only knew him through his words on this site...but that piece of my heart will ride with him now, and forever, as other pieces of my heart are riding with too many lost brothers and sisters.

Al
Posted by: FFMTP549, August 14, 2009, 8:39pm; Reply: 125
REST IN PEACE JON D. OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
                     CAROL AND TOM.
Posted by: mikem, August 14, 2009, 8:59pm; Reply: 126
Rest in Peace Jon, and my deepest condolances to Yvette and Jon's kids.  I'm sorry I cannot attend the services at this time, but I will definitely be there in spirit.

Mike
Posted by: Cavalier, August 14, 2009, 9:02pm; Reply: 127
There are no words but we feel your pain.  My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends. We will all hold his memory in our minds and hearts.  You all have drawn a wonderful portrait of this great man who gave of himself to show our troops how much we care. We've lost a member of our family, and it's so sad.
Condolences,

Cavalier
Posted by: jet90, August 14, 2009, 9:03pm; Reply: 128
thoughts and prayers
Posted by: TOM TALLMAN, August 14, 2009, 9:29pm; Reply: 129
my first mission with wwr was up in woodstock.i pulled in and immediatly a jolly large man with a big smile on his face came walking over. as soon as i demounted i rcv'ed a huge welcome and a big hug.you guessed it JON D.his ride breif was even better, ALL ARE WELCOME.
these words will never ever be forgotten.not only the wwr but the world has lost a great man.missions in the rain,missions in the snow,it didn't matter, JON D was always smiling. those rides will never be forgotten.i;m sorry for bad spelling or bad grammer but it's hard through the tears.godspeed to you sir and my deepest condolances to the family and freinds
Posted by: Jumper82, August 14, 2009, 9:36pm; Reply: 130
There aren't any words to express the sorrow in my heart - JonD was my friend.  We were of the same era in the Army, were both at Bragg the same time, had both drunk a few beers at the Flaming Mug to the same bands, and never met till riding for our troops 4 years ago.

I am sad for us.  Jon was such a good man and gave so much to the troops, I know he has found his place in paradise.  I am sad for Yvette and his kids.  I am sad for all the soldiers who won't have his smile welcoming them home from a tour in hell.  

I didn't know Jon as long or as well as some.  I didn't get to ride as many missions.  But his loss cuts me deeply.  I will never forget his kindness to my son and daughter-in-law, Mike had a great welcome home because of Warrior's Watch.  

Jon, buddy, I will treasure my memories of the missions we rode, the laughs, the tears.  Ride in Peace, Brother.  God Bless and keep you, always, until we ride again.

Yvette, know many, many hearts mourn with you.  I don't know what to say except I am so very sorry for your loss.

Jumper
(Colleen) :o
Posted by: yellowjacket, August 14, 2009, 9:38pm; Reply: 131
I was away from the WWR for a while because of my work & scouting committments but thankfully I attended a welcome home last month and had the chance to talk to you.  I didn't realize it would be the last time we would talk. After we escorted the solider home he invited me to breakfast in Woodstock, originally I said no but changed my mind after thinking about it.  I'm so glad I was able to go and talk.  

My heart is heavy, I just can't believe it.  My Harley is broke but I will be on my wife's Suzuki to say goodbye.
Posted by: biggysize1- Tiny, August 14, 2009, 9:40pm; Reply: 132
:B :B :B John D may you rest in pease our deepest condolenses to freinds and family.
Posted by: CopperTop, August 14, 2009, 9:45pm; Reply: 133
When Frank (yellowjacket) told me the news, I couldn't believe it. So young, so vibrant, and such a friend to everyone he met from the first minute . Always a smile on his face, always a hug ready, no matter the mission.

Frank will ride for both of us on Sunday - I know you'd get a chuckle out of Yellowjacket having to ride my "girly" turquoise bike. You'd give him a bunch of good-natured crap about it, I'm sure, but it would all be in good fun.

We'll miss you, Jon, more than you'll ever know.
Posted by: Maria, August 14, 2009, 9:48pm; Reply: 134
I'm so very sorry to hear this news, Jon and his family will be in our prayers.  I appreciate the danger you all put yourselves in everytime you ride your bikes, especially escorting our Heroes in all types of weather.  God Bless you all for what you do, Jon will truly be missed by Illinois,  Pa WWRiders and AHW members across the country.  
Thank you Jon for your service! God Speed.....
Posted by: Gpopss, August 14, 2009, 10:06pm; Reply: 135
Condolences to Jon's family and friends. Very sad. Rest in Peace Brother.
Posted by: Brit, August 14, 2009, 10:06pm; Reply: 136
So sorry to hear this sad news, JonD, we didn't get to know you or your family but knowing you are a part of the WWR family we know you are something special.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to JonD's family.
Posted by: Hollywood, August 14, 2009, 10:08pm; Reply: 137
JonD, May you Rest in Peace and may ..God.. embrace your family in the days ahead. ALL4114ALL Godspeed
Posted by: VetAngel, August 14, 2009, 10:19pm; Reply: 138
On behalf of the Soldiers Guardian Angels we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jon D.   Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.  May Jon rest in peace.   We will miss this faithful and dedicated man.

Soldiers Guardian Angels
Frankfort Township, IL
  
Posted by: VetAngel, August 14, 2009, 10:38pm; Reply: 139
Dear God I still can't believe what has happened.   I didn't believe it could possibly be OUR Jon until I made a call to Bob only to find that he was in process of bringing Jon home.   There are no words to express to Yvette and her family how much my heart aches for you all.   You are in my thoughts and prayers.    May Jon forever ride in complete safety now, surrounded by Angels and watching out for all of us.   I can't believe I'm typing these words!  Too surreal.  

I remember the first LONG conversation I ever had with Jon, picking his brain about the new  WWR and what EXACTLY it was and how EXACTLY it was going to work and then he said "Oh, you're THAT one!" when I told him about my group.   I didn't know how to take that at first but as the conversation went on I realized the sweet, good humor, good nature of this fine man.   After meeting him in person for the first time I thought his larger than life personality matched his physical body.   A body that needed to be big enough to contain the huge heart he had for everone and everything he did.   His endless dedication and tireless efforts for every mission he took on will be so sorely missed.   Never too busy to take a phone call or return one immediately even if it wasn't anything urgent.   I just can NOT take this in.   We will be there to see you off my friend as you were always there for me.

Cindy
Posted by: woeitseric, August 14, 2009, 10:42pm; Reply: 140
RIP JON D We all will miss you,
Posted by: urban warrior, August 14, 2009, 11:13pm; Reply: 141
Jon was a good man. God Bless You!
Posted by: Trike Gypsy, August 14, 2009, 11:17pm; Reply: 142

I am so stunned by this loss of an American Patriot I called my brother.  His kind words, his voice of reason when things got out of control, his leadership and focus on our mission, yes, even his practical jokes  (It was MY trike he tied Pebbles to last week)....these were small windows into the soul of the man we called leader, friend, and brother.  He touched so many of us, and will be missed for a long time to come.

I owe JonD, and Yvette, so very much.  Their compassion, and encouragement guided me through a dark periord in my life, and got me riding again.  For that I will be forever grateful.  Yvette, it is now MY turn....anything at all you need, just call, and I'll handle it.

I pray that Jon's family is given the strength to deal with this tragedy, and know that they will always have my support.  May Jon watch over all of his WWR brothers and sisters as we continue our mission, now, and forever.  Amen.


Standing by  :o :o
Posted by: idchafee, August 14, 2009, 11:29pm; Reply: 143
I just got home from bringing Jon home.  I've stood by at probably a hundred-plus funerals of all types, but this was the single hardest run I've been on, while wearing any set of colors.  JonD was one of the "good guys," and the world is a little darker for his absence.  I'm going to do everything I can to be there Sunday as well, its really the least I can do.

Godspeed, Jon.  We got your back here.
Posted by: ChgoJim, August 14, 2009, 11:42pm; Reply: 144
Jon D may you rest in peace you and your family are in our prayers
Posted by: Coastie, August 14, 2009, 11:44pm; Reply: 145
Tonight, on less than two hours notice, 30 some riders braved Chicago rush hour traffic to meet at the Hinsdale Oasis to escort JonD to the funeral home in Buffalo Grove.  Not surprising really.

How many people in your life have you met that could call you at 10 pm and say "How about we get on our bikes before dawn tomorrow and ride 200 miles in freezing rain to honor someone we've never met, because it's the right thing to do", and get 50 people to do it?

You can't buy that kind of leadership.  You can't train someone to that level of leadership.  That kind of leadership comes from some mysterious place deep inside very special people.

We've lost one of those very special people.

We will pre-stage at the D-C at 0800 Sunday morning - details to follow.  That's the place JonD had us stage for dozens of missions, and it's the right thing to do.  We will ride to the funeral home to escort our brother to his resting place, because it's the right thing to do.  We will stand in his honor at the gravesite, because it's the right thing to do.

We will cry, because it's the only thing to do.

And then we will ride again for others, with pegs down for JonD, because it's the right thing to do.
Posted by: Coastie, August 14, 2009, 11:59pm; Reply: 146
The D-C is a Phillips 66 service station located at the northwest corner of Rt 62 and Rt 25.  D-C stands for "dirty crapper".  This is not a place where you want to visit the rest room facilities.

Let's ride!
Posted by: Monster, August 15, 2009, 12:22am; Reply: 147
I am at a loss for words....there arent any that are worthy.We are all shocked and crushed by this sudden loss.A terrible tragedy.I am grateful to have been a friend of Jon's,and to have
had so many good rides with him.He has touched so many lives. He will NEVER be forgotten!
Godspeed,Brother! Our prayers go out for Yvette and his kids. May they heal quickly and have peace.......
Ken
Posted by: Wheelmaster, August 15, 2009, 12:29am; Reply: 148
Some of you may or may not know why you have seen me with a Flava Flav clock around my kneck. Jon D decided that since I rode a Goldwing that was more like a rolling couch that I should ride in a suede jogging suit. He also thought that I needed some "bling" to go with it. Since I never did buy a suit Jon took it upon himself to supply me with the "bling".
We had some good laughs, as did some of the other members over this. From now on I won't be able to look at a clock without being a little sad and happy at the same time. I will always remember the day that he presented me with that and will wear it proudly from time to time when the moment is right. This will always remind me that anytime is the right time to honor our troops the way Jon would want us to. I am extremley proud and honored to have ridden with Jon both for the mission and for pleasure. I can truely say I will never forget him and will always miss him as will the WWR organization.
Rest in peace and God's speed my friend.
Wheelmaster P
OH YEAH ,,PULL MY THING
Posted by: Snapshot, August 15, 2009, 1:01am; Reply: 149
I and all the members of the Northern California chapter are deeply saddened to hear of this great tragedy.

Jon, I Thank you for your service to our country. and I Thank you for all you have done for WWR, the troops and their families. I know you will be greatly missed.

My prayers go out to Yvette and the children, and to all Warriors' Watch Riders everywhere.

RIP Jon
Posted by: Tatonka69, August 15, 2009, 1:13am; Reply: 150
To my WWR family,
After escorting my dear friend and his family tonight, I am tired but cannot sleep.  Through many tears, I have read all these beautiful messages and can't say anything that hasn't already been said.  All I know is that the many KIA and Honor missions I have been part of with PGR and now with WWR have all been difficult.  I am sure that all of you feel the same way I do that you never get used to the pain. There was much pain tonight, yet tonight , it was more intense.  Many will remember Greg Bowman's untimely death. Sadly, we have been down this road before.  When tragedy strikes one of our own, the grief is magnified.  My hope is that we  step back and give thanks that we are all a part of such a great family.  If one thing comes through loud and clear reading these posts from all over the country, it is that there is a lot of love within this fine organization.  Love for our soldiers and their families, love of country, love for our fellow members, love for (and from)  strangers we don't even know and love for our friend and leader Jon D.  I am so proud to be a member of WWR and to be associated with such fine people.  I know we will pay proper tribute to Jon on Sunday for his service to our great country and for his service to the soldiers he loved so much.  We will also honor him for his dedication to the Warriors Watch mission.  Then we will honor him by continuing to support the WWR mission as he would have wanted us to do. In an instant message sent to Jon yesterday morning, I wished him well on his trip and added "he was a good friend".  It was the last thing I would ever say to him.  In that spirit I would like to say that you are all good friends and I love all of you.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR

Oscar C. Blomgren, III  
Posted by: Wheelmaster, August 15, 2009, 1:48am; Reply: 151
Quoted from RiderCoachJudy
My most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of JonD.   We are all saddened by the loss of this hero.       If anyone needs accommodations for Saturday night I have room for a few people.

HaMakom yenacheim etchem betoch sha'ar aveiliei Tzion v'Yerushalayim" -- May the Almighty comfort you among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem


Icould also sqeeze acouple pople in.  QN Bed and a couch. Floor is out as the dog is off herdiet andbelieves in the no seconds rule. Meat of flesh touch the ground it belongs to her.
HM 847-854-0730
cell  815-236-0330
Posted by: Rabbit, August 15, 2009, 2:17am; Reply: 152
Rest In Peace Brother you are in our hearts in Pa
Posted by: country, August 15, 2009, 2:24am; Reply: 153
Mia,
Do ya see what JonD meant to us?  Someone that cared!

That's all there really is.

Country MIKE
Posted by: 1ABGEORGE, August 15, 2009, 5:04am; Reply: 154
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO JON'S D FAMILY,FRIENDS AND WWR FAMILY IN ILLINOIS DURING THIS TRUELY HARD TIME AND SORROW OVER JON PASSING. I AM IN TOTAL SHOCK AND TRUELY SADDENED :'( OVER THE TRAGIC LOSS JON D. THANK YOU JON D FOR YOUR SERVICE AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.  
Posted by: fyrlieu, August 15, 2009, 5:47am; Reply: 155
Quoted from bratkiv
Last year a group of us were talking about the importance of welcome homes and John said that if anything ever happend to him and there was a welcome home the same day as his funeral, he wants everyone to go to the welcome home.  That sums up the kind of man he was. Even in death he honors those that wear the uniform, the same uniform that he once proudly wore.  

We can all take comfort in two things.

1. Jon escorted many KIA in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana over the last few years and they will be waiting for him with a flagline and salute to thank him for bringing them home.
2.When it's our turn to leave this world, Jon will be in charge of our welcome homes and if you thought he did a good job here on Earth imagine what your welcome home will be like on the other side.

I cannot think of Jon and be sad.  He brought so much joy to so many people.  His goal was to make sure that every family that wanted a welcome home for their son or daughter would get one. It didn't matter if there was one bike or 200 bikes, the smile on the face of a soldier was always just as big and that's all that matters.

Stand down Jon, your mission is complete. Rest easy you earned it.

Mark, Austin, Ethan, Beth


My Brother Mark said exactly what I was thinking, and maybe said it better.  
So with that; to Yvette, Josh, and Jessica,  anything, anytime, anywhere your whole WWR family is ready to deliver.

My Brother Jon: stand down, we have your back.  
fyrlieu and proud parent.    :'(

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 15, 2009, 6:35am; Reply: 156
Quoted from Tatonka69
To my WWR family,
After escorting my dear friend and his family tonight, I am tired but cannot sleep.  Through many tears, I have read all these beautiful messages and can't say anything that hasn't already been said.  All I know is that the many KIA and Honor missions I have been part of with PGR and now with WWR have all been difficult.  I am sure that all of you feel the same way I do that you never get used to the pain. There was much pain tonight, yet tonight , it was more intense.  Many will remember Greg Bowman's untimely death. Sadly, we have been down this road before.  When tragedy strikes one of our own, the grief is magnified.  My hope is that we  step back and give thanks that we are all a part of such a great family.  If one thing comes through loud and clear reading these posts from all over the country, it is that there is a lot of love within this fine organization.  Love for our soldiers and their families, love of country, love for our fellow members, love for (and from)  strangers we don't even know and love for our friend and leader Jon D.  I am so proud to be a member of WWR and to be associated with such fine people.  I know we will pay proper tribute to Jon on Sunday for his service to our great country and for his service to the soldiers he loved so much.  We will also honor him for his dedication to the Warriors Watch mission.  Then we will honor him by continuing to support the WWR mission as he would have wanted us to do. In an instant message sent to Jon yesterday morning, I wished him well on his trip and added "he was a good friend".  It was the last thing I would ever say to him.  In that spirit I would like to say that you are all good friends and I love all of you.

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
RC- N. IL WWR

Oscar C. Blomgren, III  


OSCAR,  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS.
I COULD NOT HAVE PUT THESE WORDS TOGETHER, LIKE YOU DID.

ONE THING FOR SURE.  THE WORD "LOVE" HAS BEEN SAID MORE IN THE
LAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS, THAN THE LAST TWENTY FOUR DAY'S.

WITH THAT BEING SAID,  "I LOVE ALL OF YOU"
Posted by: Rich G, August 15, 2009, 7:51am; Reply: 157
Our sincere condolences go out to Jon's family and friends. Words can't express the sadness and sorrow for our fallen brother. The WWR will surely miss him. Rest in Peace dear friend. We will never forget you. May God receive you in his arms.
Posted by: Spike, August 15, 2009, 8:07am; Reply: 158
Standing by Rain or Shine! Sun or clouds, Cold or Warm! Because it is the right thing to do. I didnt know Jon very well but his warm heart was open to me the very first time I met him he made me feel more welcome to a group then ever before. Thank you for everything Jon and It will be my Honor to ride this mission and every mission hear after with you in my thoughts.  
Posted by: Tank, August 15, 2009, 8:21am; Reply: 159
Rest in Peace Jon D.  Thank you for your service and for supporting our troops.  Doing things right is important....... Doing the right things is how you Jon D will be remembered.

With Respect,


Tank
Posted by: Camera Nut, August 15, 2009, 8:23am; Reply: 160
Hi my family near and far,
I wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls, emails, hugs, and kisses ...although I did not read all of the replies yet, I will!  I know all of our hearts are hurting.    I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and so did Jon D!

Love, Yvette

Proudly served in the US Army, Jon D '80 - '84
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 15, 2009, 8:36am; Reply: 161
Quoted from Coastie
Tonight, on less than two hours notice, 30 some riders braved Chicago rush hour traffic to meet at the Hinsdale Oasis to escort JonD to the funeral home in Buffalo Grove.  Not surprising really.


Because it was the only thing to do.

Hardest ride of our life to date. Proud yet saddened to be there to participate.

I have no doubt that he still rides with us........no doubt it was JonD pulling the plug on our other Jonathan's bike last night as we rolled in.

Although we (myself, Susana) have lost a friend I feel deeply saddened for those of you that were even closer to him.

Many of you are far better expressing what the rest of us feel, at least far better than I.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts.
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 15, 2009, 8:40am; Reply: 162
Quoted from Camera Nut
   I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

Love, Yvette



Right click......save.


Thank you Yvette.
Posted by: yellowjacket, August 15, 2009, 8:55am; Reply: 163
Quoted from Camera Nut
Hi my family near and far,
I wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls, emails, hugs, and kisses ...although I did not read all of the replies yet, I will!  I know all of our hearts are hurting.    I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and so did Jon D!

Love, Yvette

Proudly served in the US Army, Jon D '80 - '84


Thanks Yvette.

Posted by: Pops, August 15, 2009, 9:12am; Reply: 164
JonD, I don't know the words to express how I feel, You will be missed
Yvette, In my heart always

Pops
Posted by: Doc Kromer, August 15, 2009, 9:28am; Reply: 165
Rest In Peace John D. You have done a great service to your country and your brothers. You will be missed Brother but never forgotten. My heart and prayers go out to John's Family.

God Bless
Posted by: Sparky, August 15, 2009, 9:41am; Reply: 166
When Sandra let me know about Jon, I called his cell, it rang and rang until the voice message came on. I was still in disbelief. The last time my gut felt this way was when we lost Greg Bowman, another larger than life man who was at the forefront in supporting our Heroes.

A little over a year ago the phone calls and letter writing campaign was intense as many of you will remember. Nastiness and slander, revolution were in the air over misunderstandings, power trips and ignorance. But Jon was not about to let that stop him from doing the right thing, supporting our heroes, letting them know we do care, letting the families know that their loved ones are as important to us as they are to them. We had talked a great many times while I was writing my letters to the front office. I had already known what kind of man he was before these chats, but I really got to know him better after that.

The last time I saw him in person was at the send off in Rockford. I will Never Forger when Jon put on the chopper helmet, state of the art with sunscreen  that had target sighting, lol. When Jon first put it on he had it on backwards, it was funning as hell. I wished I had a pic of it to share, but it is stuck in my head. He was tickled pink when they let him and us sit in the Blackhawk.

As sad as I am about this whole damn thing I can not be to upset, because Jon always brought a smile to your face. I can not think of a time when he did not say or do something funny, even when things seemed a little dark, he would say something, many times using only a very few words that would lighten you up a bit.

I rode the welcome home yesterday with my pegs down, just in case Jon wanted to ride along. Anyone that knows Jon always knew mission first, period. No bullshit, no politics, just our warriors first, period the end.

I have had somewhat of a guilt complexe since last fall when I stopped attending missions. I have been out of work for over a year and went back to school, it seemed as though every mission was during class time or I was broke. Jon knew about and he always said it had to come first. It only makes since. Yesterdays mission was the first I was able to attend for 9 months. but this group of people are always in my thoughts, every day, right after our heroes who serve our country.

By the time I heard about bringing him home I had already had a few beers, I do not think it would have been the right thing to do, as much as I wanted to come and escort him, it was a little late for me to stop. the first was for Jon, the rest were for me.

I am done rambling, just had to say a few things.

Now I will wash my bike, polish my boots and find my best pair of jeans and tee shirt for Sunday.

STANDING BY FOR THE DC IN THE AM, TO ESCORT OUR BROTHER TO REST.

Rocky
in memory of Jon D.
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 15, 2009, 9:45am; Reply: 167
Thank you Yvette for sharing Jon with the rest of us. Last night was rough. But I sure didnt want to be anywhere else. Ok that's a lie, Id rather be anywhere else for a happier reason.




and right back at you Oscar, Love you all.
Dobbs
Posted by: Hilsen, August 15, 2009, 10:12am; Reply: 168

Beautifully said. That was Our JonD and I thank God everyday that we all were priveleged to have had him in our lives. We are all better people for it.

Bless you little brother and I'll see you tomorrow. We all will know one another by the  :'(  but knowing he will be watching us and directing us from above.

And as I made myself a promise, I will never leave a post of email without saying;

I love you...I love you all.

Sandra aka Uff


Posted by: CopperTop, August 15, 2009, 10:45am; Reply: 169
{{{Hugs}}} to you, Yvette, and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I looked at the WWR photos on Shutterfly, and found this wonderful picture.



http://warriorswatch.shutterfly.com/8437


-Carla
aka CopperTop
Posted by: Hilsen, August 15, 2009, 10:54am; Reply: 170

AMEN, Oscar! AMEN!
(As I promised myself I will never again omit the words I LOVE YOU for a single letter or post. And true to that promise;

I Love You...I Love Each and Everyone of You!

Posted by: Hilsen, August 15, 2009, 11:15am; Reply: 171
Quoted from Camera Nut
Hi my family near and far,
I wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls, emails, hugs, and kisses ...although I did not read all of the replies yet, I will!  I know all of our hearts are hurting.    I wanted to share with you the last photo of Jon D, Thursday morning before he left for work.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and so did Jon D!

Love, Yvette

Proudly served in the US Army, Jon D '80 - '84


Thank you Sweetie. Thank you for sharing. That's Our JonD, always with that wonderful smile that will live in our hearts and minds forever.  Not to mention the gazillion other things that made JonD, JonD.

But JonD was never without, or let anyone forget his love, so it was "JonD and Yvette." Or "Yvette and JonD." You were always a big part in JonD being who he was. You both are so loved and respected by more than you will ever know. That will never change. We know he will be copilot on every mission with you and that brings comfort to all of us.

We love you Yvette and always will. We will be there for you forever.

Posted by: ProudParent, August 15, 2009, 11:29am; Reply: 172
Yvette and Family,

My condolences to you durning this very sad time.  Jon will be missed by everyone who was part of his life.  I will miss his kind words and his smile.  As I stood with Mark, Lisa and Matt listening to the Dane CO. police officer playing Amazing Grace on the bag pipes I could not hold back my tears.  I looked around and I saw others were standing at attention but we did not.  We held each other and cried because it was all we could do as we honored Jon.

Love,
Debbi

תהא נפשו/ה צרורה בצרור החיים (t'hay nafsho tzrurah b'tzror hachaim), May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 15, 2009, 11:31am; Reply: 173
DC tomorrow 0800 KSU 0815----Damn I don’t know how many times we set that stage with Jon D over the last 3 years---It will kick my ass not to see him pulling up in that VTX with pipes screaming……
Damn I woke up this morning and in that few moment span where none of the bad stuff creeps in I forgot about Jon's passing---but then it hit that there would be no phone call bugging him about what missions are where and when..
He never caught on that it was just an excuse to talk to him and shot the shit---but I think he always knew..
God bless you Jon..
I will cherish the time we spent saying goodbye last night.
Posted by: Paulie B, August 15, 2009, 11:41am; Reply: 174
R.I.P JOHN D
Prayers & condolences to his wife, children & family, friends and anyone who knew him or rode with JON D....
GODSPEED BROTHER!!!!!
Posted by: NORTHERN, August 15, 2009, 11:58am; Reply: 175
I have been sadly absent from WWR activities for some time due to family issues.  I have many memories of JonD at various rides.  As long as I don't get held over at work tonight, I will ride Sunday in honor and memory of him and see some old friends again.  Northern
Posted by: matter, August 15, 2009, 12:18pm; Reply: 176
Top post has been updated with maps to locations.. Even the infamous DC for those coming from near where Jon lived....

It was very hard for me  to type that last word above.....

-matter
Posted by: Lil Andy, August 15, 2009, 12:33pm; Reply: 177
I considered Jon a friend and I still do;  and I miss him already!
Lil Andy
Posted by: Beads, August 15, 2009, 1:50pm; Reply: 178
with heavy hearts, puffy eyes and smiles of memories...

steve n cheryl are standing by
Posted by: Greywolf, August 15, 2009, 2:37pm; Reply: 179
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to family and friends of Jon D. May he rest in peace. May our loving God give Yvette and the children the strength and comfort they will need during these emotional time. To the WWR family this is also a hard time for all, but remember that Jon will still be with us, and watching over us all. To Jon thank you sir for your service to our great country and her people, and for make sure the right thing was done for our Warriors. Rest easy Jon D you will not be forgotten.

Shelley, Tristyn, and Johnny
Posted by: MsWindow, August 15, 2009, 2:57pm; Reply: 180
My thoughts and prayers are will all of you during this time of tragic loss.  I will be there in spirit.
Posted by: Dave D 1800, August 15, 2009, 3:41pm; Reply: 181
Standing by
Posted by: C-Hog, August 15, 2009, 4:13pm; Reply: 182
Rest In Peace Jon D. Condolences to the family and all whom were blessed to call him brother.
Posted by: USMC5862, August 15, 2009, 4:35pm; Reply: 183
Disbelief is the only thing we can say. Yvette, we wish there were words that could ease your
pain. Please know that Jon will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.

Love,
Jeff & Eve Clauss
PGR
WWR
Posted by: Chopr 2, August 15, 2009, 6:17pm; Reply: 184
RIP JonD. We only spoke a few words but they were all kind. You'll be missed by all, mostly by the troops you welcomed home. Now you can welcome the troops that didn't make it home.  :o
Posted by: a25girl, August 15, 2009, 7:12pm; Reply: 185
My thought and prayers are with everyone right now.
Standing by
Posted by: oopsie, August 15, 2009, 9:21pm; Reply: 186
Chicago Tribune
Posted by: JJ, August 15, 2009, 9:44pm; Reply: 187
Jon, we will miss you bro!  You were a true friend and inspiration to me, my family, and many others!

I've only lived near Chicago for a few years, and it's been my honor to call him a friend during that time.

Any time... day or night... rain or shine...  I could call Jon for help.  He would help without question.  Any time I just wanted to call and chat for...   oh... an hour or so...  Jon would answer.  I can't count the amount of hours spent riding alongside...  or just killin' time during a long commute...

I have so many words that I can't seem to type right now...

Your dedication and commitment to your friends, the troops and "doing the right thing" leaves inspiration for us all.


You will be surely missed.

Jon... 'til we meet again...   You take care of yourself, and we'll see you again.


-Jonathan
Posted by: matter, August 15, 2009, 9:44pm; Reply: 188
JonD.

I am thankful for the time we had together. I have so many fond memories that I KNOW they will help overcome the sadness I feel right now. At least that is what I keep telling myself. I know you would say, shut up already, get on your bike, and go support some warrior somewhere...

Well, I will do that.. Every chance I can..

People not familiar with troops support groups like ours always want me to explain why we do what we do.. They are especially curious about me, as I have never served my country in uniform.. I give various answers, but I will type it up for the first time.. I've told only a few, including Dad Bowman last time I saw him...

I was out joy riding one day, saw a HUGE procession of motorcycles.. Spotted a PGR flag and thought.. Oh yeah, I heard about those guys.. I wonder if or how I could get involved? Next vehicle went by with the PGR website on it.. I thought , WOW! Ask and ye shall receive..  

I found it that night, read and cried for days.. That procession was for Greg Bowman.. I never met him, but wished I had.. I told Dad Bowman that I believe Greg somehow himself recruited me that day.

I can no longer count how many times I've hugged a warrior, or family of a warrior with tears in my eyes.. Both the happy and not happy tears.. In my mind,  I have always credited Greg for allowing me to show my support in the way that we do.. I told all this to Dad Bowman and once again cried for a man I never met while hugging his father..

Well, now I have someone else to credit... And this time, I will have the sad honor of taking a small part in what I saw that fateful day, but this time it is for a friend..
  
JonD...

There was a need being unfilled for a point in time. There were warriors not getting welcome homes, or send offs, when there were people willing to do it..  JonD found a way to again allow us to do these missions that we love, in addition to the ones we must.. Under JonD's leadership, he took a small group of like minded patriots and helped to refine us into a fine tuned welcome home machine over 400 strong in Northern Illinois alone!

In the last few months, I have been helping with the "work" of the WWR.. I always was thankful for every person who does this kind of work.. I could only imagine how much time, effort and responsibility is involved.. Now I have a better idea.. I have not thanked all who do this, and have been doing this for so long,  near enough. I don't really know if I can..

JonD, THANK YOU for allowing us to continue the mission.. And we will continue the mission... Every mission that we run,we  will carry with it a little of your spirit. You live on in our hearts. Maybe that is the only way I can thank you and all who strive so hard to make sure that EVERY warrior knows that he or she is appreciated..

I have said many times, I am so humbled and honored to simply be allowed to associate with such people.. One of the persons I always had in mind when saying that was JonD. But I extend that also to everyone who has stood a flag line, or stopped a lonesome warrior in an airport and thanked him for his service, or even the citizens who stop, get out of their car, and put their hands over their hearts when we pass with flags flying...

I never would have been able to show my support or see these things, were it not for people like Greg and Jon....

Jon...

I love you brother.. I will miss you, but will continue the mission and always remember you..

Yvette, and ALL who knew and loved Jon..

I can only imagine the pain you are feeling now.. I only knew him for 2 years and am wrecked... I can only hope that your fond memories of Jon will ease that pain somewhat... Know that we are there for you tomorrow and whenever you need us....

Standing By

-matter
Posted by: Coastie, August 15, 2009, 10:02pm; Reply: 189
Warriors Watch Riders:  It's 10 pm Saturday night and we have a huge job in front of us tomorrow.  We need to take our brother home, and we need to do it "proper".  Get what rest you can, think about the man, re-live the memories, say your prayers, hug your spouse and kiss your kids.  Tomorrow we ride tall.

The planning is done,
The stage is set,
We travel now to honor our best.
With broken hearts, but filled with pride,
Light 'em Up, Warriors Watch, It's Time to Ride!
Posted by: Wheelmaster, August 15, 2009, 10:26pm; Reply: 190
Thanks Coastie,thats awsome but I was in the middle of writing this and had to post it. Now I will take your advice. Goodnight Family
  I would like to say that I hope Jon D was proud today of the group he nurtured. With heavy hearts a good number of members staged at the DC to say hello and good luck to a young Marine just out of boot camp. We laughed a little and cried a little and spoke of the fact that we had a mission to ride and did just that. Not with somberness but with gratitude,respect and love for a young warrior who may soon be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. We did it the way the "BOSS" would have wanted us to. To those that made it out for pizza afterwords THANK YOU for making the rest of the day a good day. Speaking for Kath and myself I can tell you that going out was very helpfull. Also thanks to Steve (tourrider) who came up from Indy and was able to join us for dinner. Tomorrow we will gather to lay to rest our Freind and Brother and then back to work we go with another welcome home in Jon D's back yard. I can think of no better way than that to pay our respects to a true Patriot. I am so proud of all of you guys and honored to be a part of this family. Jon D was the glue that held us together and the foundation he built in this region is strong and unyeilding. We will cry tommorow , then we will get about the business of honoring the rest of our HEROS. I guess what I'm trying to say is Jon ya did good-real good and we are gonna get through this because thats the way its gonna be. Till we ride again may the sun always be at your back,the breeze in your face warm and the road in front of you open. God Bless you and thank you for letting me be a part of your life.
Posted by: Salty, August 15, 2009, 10:55pm; Reply: 191
JonD, I will miss you brother. I am a man of few words. But if I could just get all my thoughts out in writing I would be here for awhile. You will ride forever in our hearts and on every mission we do. Thank you for putting together a family I am very proud to say I am a part of. We will make you proud!
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 16, 2009, 12:28am; Reply: 192
Its after midnight, time to try and get some sleep.




Ride Safe everyone, See you in a few hours.
Dobbs
Posted by: JeffNewbe, August 16, 2009, 1:26am; Reply: 193
I'm sad I never got a chance to meet or have words with JonD,My heart is sad and heavy.Being
new to the WW family,may the Angels carry our brother to his new mission and watch and comfort his family.
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 16, 2009, 3:04am; Reply: 194
WE will all miss you, JonD.  Your "leadership" skills were needed much 'higher up".

"Thanks" would never be enough.

Nuf said....

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 16, 2009, 3:34am; Reply: 195
THIS WILL BE MY LAST POST ON JON D UNTIL AFTER THE SERVICES THIS
MORNING.

I DIDN'T KNOW I COULD CRY AS MUCH AS I HAVE.    THIS CAN ONLY BE,
BECAUSE OF MY LOVE FOR JON.   ONE THING FOR SURE IN MY HEART THERE
IS AN EMPTY SPOT THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY.

AS EVERYONE IS SLEEPING,  I'M SITTING HERE WITH MY LAPTOP READING ALL OF
THE POSTS.  YOUR ALL SUCH GOOD PEOPLE.  THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN I GET TO
SEE MY "SPOOK MAN" AGAIN.

FOR ALL OF YOU THAT ARE SENDING YOUR REGRETS, I KNOW YOUR PAIN.   WE'LL
GET THROUGH THIS AND MOVE ON.   BUT, NOT WITHOUT THE THOUGHT OF JON D.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, I CAN'T GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN.  

JON/LOVE
Posted by: Spike, August 16, 2009, 5:10am; Reply: 196
It's is now 5:01 AM and soon we will be heading to the DC then on to Honor JonD. It is with a heavy Heart and tear filled eyes that this mission will be carried out. I dont think that any of us will be able to bring another soldier home without thinking of if not talking about Jon. Seeing all the posts is a testament to what kind of person Jon was. He loved life and he loved the WWR and all its members. Lets pull this together and give Jon the Honor and respect that he not just deserves but that he has earned by opening his heart to all of us and all the soldiers we have welcomed home. R.I.P. JonD you will always be in our hearts and in our minds. Ride Safe Everyone.
Posted by: T, August 16, 2009, 6:29am; Reply: 197
To our ILL members, I know you have a tough mission today. But, reading through these post shows you that even in passing, JonD is building a stronger WWR. Look at the post, members with 1 post, some with  as few as 1 mission, knew of Jond 's dedication, not so much to WWR as to our troops , as it should be. His dedication to our troops was second to none. Now, we pay tribute to a great man.Ride with pride, I know it will be with a heavy heart, and tears in your eyes. But have strength knowing you are now carrying on JonD ' s mission. So, ride with pride, and glance up, cause he's watching, with a smile on his face. Crack that throttle, let him hear your pipes sing a song that he loved. So, with all respect I say, GET UP GET UP GET OUTTA "DA RACK, PEOPLE, YOU GOT WORK TO DO TODAY. GET YER FEET ON THE FLOOR, AND YER ASS OUT THE DOOR. SHOW OUR BROTHER WHAT WE FEEL. Ride safe people, and know I am with you in spirit. May God bless you Jon and welcome you with open arms, on your last mission. Welcome Home Jon, its been a long but worth while ride. A very sad T ( and Kat)
Posted by: RidinMike, August 16, 2009, 6:31am; Reply: 198
My thoughts and prayers are with JonD's family
Posted by: The Stalker, August 16, 2009, 6:44am; Reply: 199
Getting ready to head out the door,  tears in my eyes, emptiness in my heart but we will stand tall for you Jon D as you deserve the best.  Until we meet again....
Posted by: Salute, August 16, 2009, 6:44am; Reply: 200
I would like to express my deepest sympathies to John D's family and friends.  May the comfort of God see you this this very difficult and painful time.  John D will never be forgotten, for his memory and committment will live long in the hearts and minds of so many whose lives he has touched.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 16, 2009, 6:49am; Reply: 201
:'(  I have sat here and read all the posts and could not speak. The tears continue to fall, the sobs that make your entire body shake, and I could not speak. Miss you so much my dear friend. You are still in my heart and will never leave, but why does it feel like there is a hole in it? Maybe that is how it is supposed to be, empty yet my brain keeps repeating all the years, all the things, all the laughter, that devilish smile, that warm smile, especially when you met out hero. I don't know anymore. I don't think I will ever have "the" answer, but one thing I do know. You had an impact on every single person you ever met. You left people feeling good, you lead with honor and commitment. You lead with calmness in the storm, with interjecting laughter while the other was a raving on. You turned everything into a positive and you led with love. I was blessed from the day I met you and that was many moons ago. I thank God for him bringing you to us for you have made better people out of us. I will miss you so much, but I know you are with us at every mission and in all the wonderful times we have had. I know you are in a better place, but I wish God would have let us keep you a while longer.
I love you JonD and I wish I would have told you that more times than I did. Today we send you home but in our hearts you will live forever.

Farvel min venn, til vi møte ijgen
Posted by: Calamity, August 16, 2009, 7:16am; Reply: 202
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you.  There is no doubt you will ride tall and proud.
Be safe!
Posted by: Wheelmaster, August 16, 2009, 7:17am; Reply: 203
Rolling
Posted by: Greywolf, August 16, 2009, 7:46am; Reply: 204
Ride safe all.
Posted by: Skeet, August 16, 2009, 10:29am; Reply: 205
I feel as if I "missed the boat" in the fact that I never met JonD.  But  I have come to know a GREAT MAN though all of your posts.  Thank You!

My only thoughts now are RIDE SAFE ALL OF YOU!!  My spirit will be right there with you.

God Bless each and every one of you and may He KEEP YOU SAFE!

Skeet


(site went off early!)
Posted by: carpents, August 16, 2009, 10:48am; Reply: 206
Ride safe, and God bless JonD and his family. That includes us.
Posted by: Road Guard, August 16, 2009, 12:55pm; Reply: 207
I'd like to thank all the members of all organizations who showed up for JonD. We were all there for a great friend. I thank you.

Yvette, just needed to add this.  Jon and you not only have made a difference in our lives, but also that of our families.  Amanda still remembers when we were escorting the buses back to Wisconsin and you went asking if someone could take her on their bike.  Also when you, Jon and a few others came by for her graduation party and Jon took her on his bike for a ride.  The streets by me all curve and she said Jon is asking which way to go and she told him to this way or that way as she loved the ride...especially with the loud pipes.  The ride made her graduation party all that more special for her.  Anytime I'd go on a mission she would always ask if I saw you and Jon there.  She was there with me today and wanted to pass along her condolences but didn't want to interfere with all the family there.

Ron,(Pags), I couldn't find you after the service to give you back your riding partner and case. Call me 630-640-8651. Thanks for taking my daughter on your bike.

Rick
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 16, 2009, 12:58pm; Reply: 208
Home from Todays Mission, For a friend and Brother.





You will always be with us JonD,
Dobbs
Posted by: 1664 (Guest), August 16, 2009, 1:08pm; Reply: 209
Yvette,

With heavy heart, I send you my most sincere condolences.

To all of JonD's family and friends, my deepest sympathy.


JonD, you are truly a special person, and it has been my honor to know you.
I will always treasure my memories of you.


Respects,
Scoot



Posted by: Tatonka69, August 16, 2009, 1:21pm; Reply: 210
To my friend Jon,

We've ridden a few miles together, I don't really know how many, but I'm thankful for every one of them.  I do know that a couple of hours ago, with tears in my eyes, I rode the last mile we will ever ride together. I had the honor of riding with your beautiful daughter Jesse behind me. I also had the sad honor of helping to carry you to your final rest.

I thank you for being my friend, my brother, a mentor and all the things you were to me and to our WWR Brothers and Sisters. I thank you for building the WWR into the organization it is today.  You would have been proud today.  As a matter of fact, you were out in front of the escort today, just like you were so many times for other soldiers.  We will all miss you but we will carry on even with heavy hearts. I promise that every mission I ride from now on, the footpegs will be down and I will remember you always.

Oscar  
Posted by: Lutz, August 16, 2009, 1:32pm; Reply: 211
To Illinois:

I want you to know that for the two hours that the funeral was taking place, the forums were down and anyone going to the WWR website found this instead (again, for two hours approximately, depending on propagation):

http://www.warriorswatch.org/jon.html (This link is now permenant)
Posted by: Thinblueline0_1, August 16, 2009, 1:57pm; Reply: 212
Jon D,
         Rest in peace brother for you will allways be in our hearts
Posted by: ROADHOUSE, August 16, 2009, 2:16pm; Reply: 213
JonD. MENTER,LEADERAND MOST OF ALL MY FRIEND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN YOU ARE MISSED, RIDE FREE MY BROTHER
GODSPEED
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 16, 2009, 3:29pm; Reply: 214
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.



Posted by: REDBEARD, August 16, 2009, 4:22pm; Reply: 215
Quoted from BIG JOE
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.





........ ABSOLUTLY FANTASTIC READ!!!!!!  
   a Biker SEND OFF !!!!!!
The Entire East Coast Family was there in Spirit.

RIP Jon D


Posted by: budman54, August 16, 2009, 4:33pm; Reply: 216
Godspeed JonD  :'(
Posted by: Rambone, August 16, 2009, 4:49pm; Reply: 217
Quoted from BIG JOE
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.



Very nice indeed. Farewell Jon, you will not be forgotten.

Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 16, 2009, 5:06pm; Reply: 218
Quoted from BIG JOE
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.


Yup, it was indeed spectacular. One helluva ride!

Thanks JonD................for everything.

Posted by: Fitz, August 16, 2009, 5:35pm; Reply: 219
WELL SAID BIG JOE-AMEN, AND RIP JON....................
Posted by: Lisajan, August 16, 2009, 6:24pm; Reply: 220
Glad to hear all went well today...
Godspeed Jon...
LJ
Posted by: 1199 (Guest), August 16, 2009, 6:54pm; Reply: 221
Amen Big Joe.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 16, 2009, 7:11pm; Reply: 222
Well JonD we sent you off just as you always wanted. Talk about fly...well we did. Talk about everyone covering the exit ramps and entrance ramps well it was like we did every mission like this. No rehearsals but you would have thought so because it was so well choreographed. Team work, AT IT'S BEST Sweetie! I know you know 'cuz you were there. We felt you with us all the way. Of course because you lead the way.

As for Coastie, I tell you Jon you would have presented him with the Challenge Coin. It was Flawless and Perfection. God Bless him, 'cuz we know it was so hard for him to do for you, his brother and dear friend. But I know you know this too, because you were there.

Jon, I know you saw how many wanted to be there for you. How many respected and loved you, but did you ever really think there would be that many? DJ (Crow from WI), Rocky (with broken foot and crushed knee), Kevin (Kontractor with WWR signs on the back of his truck), Denise, Steve SC of IN. and every member of the WWR that had that day free and many of the PGR brothers and sisters; Rick/Freebird, Ro, and so many more. But you also know that, because you were there.

Jon, we did not mean to make the WWII vetearn cry when we presented him the Challenge Coin for his service...but we also know they were tears of joy because he said "No one ever thanked me before." I am not sure who was driving him, but he later got a hold of Oopsie and told her how much that coin meant to him and how he blurted out "Thank You Jon for leading such a wonderful group of selfless people." Oopsie was told he would not leave go of that coin, but then again you knew that because you were there.

I know you also knew of the Welcome Home this same day in Algonquin that Doug Mace was RC'ing. So you know why some of us could not make it the the Shiva. Well we did make it there on time to Welcome Home Matt Harman. I tell you he was so surprised and excited it made all of us with heavy hearts feel good all over again. Yes JonD, it is all about the mission. Our men and women in the military and for all they sacrifice for our freedoms. Sure there were tears shed at the briefing, but by the time we formed the escort everyone put on that smile and filled out hearts with Welcoming this soldier as he should be welcomed home. But then again, you knew that too because you were there.

You'll never leave us JonD and we know that. We feed off of that we need that because being without you is like...well I don't have the words for that thought. You are there, will always will be there and so will we be there. That is they way you wanted it, the way taught us and you made us better people because of who you are.

Well Jon, I could tell you so much more about today and these past 4 days but I know you know because you were there.

With All Our LOVE and RESPECT
Posted by: bdime, August 16, 2009, 7:25pm; Reply: 223
Godspeed Jon.  Thank You for getting us involved in the WWR.  We were honored to send you off in the WWR style.  The LEO from Buffalo Grove that led you out was our son Dan, and he was happy to help you on your way today.  Rest in peace and get that welcome home going in heaven for us will you?  Barb and Dave
Posted by: Coastie, August 16, 2009, 7:31pm; Reply: 224
At the first Illinois WWR mission, JonD told the assembled riders that anyone who wanted to be a Ride Captain in the WWR could do so at any time by simply volunteering to lead a mission.  As stated in earlier posts on this thread, every WWR member was appointed Ride Captain of this mission for JonD.

One of the responsibilities of R/C's is to post a ride report when the mission is completed.  There is no way on God's Green Earth that I am going to try to summarize what happened today without the help and input from the 100-plus Ride Captains that actively participated in sending off our brother.  I realize this is breaking a rule, but I think Jon would appreciate that.

So how about I start, and anyone who wants to add something, please do so.  Please include pictures if you have them.  Then someone with better computer skills than me (which pretty much includes most 9-year-olds) can consolidate the notes to make a ride report for submission.

Ride Report for JonD's Honor Mission, Northern Illinois, 16 Aug 2009:


On this beautiful Sunday morning, riders from at least three states began assembling at pre-staging areas in and around Illinois to take our brother and leader JonD to his resting place.  A large number of riders assembled at the D-C.  That's the "dirty crapper" Phillips 66 station east of Algonquin where JonD often staged riders for welcome homes, send-offs, or KIA missions.  We hugged, we cried, and we got ready to ride.

On the way to the funeral home we passed a horse farm where a couple dozen horses and colts where running through a green field, running free in the wind, manes flying, in the early morning sunlight.  That was the first of many times I lost it today, and I'm just glad Big Joe was on my left, who swerved to avoid my weaving on the narrow road.

When we got to the funeral home there were over fifty bikes already lined up.  Matter, Bob, Skip, and the Wisconsin gang had arrived early to make sure riders and cagers got situated in the parking lot.  Buffalo Grove PD had three squads standing by to get us out safely.  Someone told me they had counted 103 bikes at one point, but I think more came after that.  Many people wore arm bands made by Dave and Joan, who stayed up all night making them.  Others wore pinbacks made by Jeff and Susana.

We had an opportunity to pay our respects to Jon before holding our ride brief.  Ridercoach Judy explained what we could expect at the graveside service, which was a big help to those of us ignorant of the customs and traditions of the 14 tribes.  Pastor John said a prayer for JonD and all of us.  Pastor John led a lot of prayers for us this week, which was a huge help and very much appreciated.  We then carefully loaded our brother into the hearse for his final ride.

We mounted up as the hearse and immediate family lined up at the parking lot exit, but stayed "cold iron" (engines off, total silence).  On signal, well over 100 bikes lit up as one, likely causing some poor seismologist somewhere to jump out of his chair as the earth shook in Northern Illinois.

Yvette rode passenger on JonD's mission bike up front, piloted by Monster.  I can't imagine a safer place for her to be.  God help the poor bugger who might have gotten in Monster's path on that ride.

The escort ride to the cemetery was fast, the way JonD would want it, and was helped along by expert road guarding by our best riders.  Road guarding, done properly, is a thing of beauty to behold.  You guys performed a mechanical ballet, and I thank you.

I'm going to leave off here and ask others to add more detail and their thoughts about the service or anything else.  I'll never forget this day and all the people who threw their hearts into this mission for our brother.  It was the hardest mission ever, but also the easiest, as 100-plus Ride Captains took charge and got it done - proper.

It's about the troops,
It's always about the troops,
It's only about the troops.


I miss you my brother,

Coastie
Posted by: Jinksey, August 16, 2009, 7:45pm; Reply: 225
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to John D's family, friends, and N.IL WWR... RIP John D...
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 16, 2009, 8:10pm; Reply: 226
Man so many things going through my head today at Jon's service---I was thinking about what kicked off the split from the moon bats back in June 07---The time we did the counter protest---Coastie you remember where we couldn’t do it because even though we were going to have  no patches or anything to affiliate us with a unnamed group, someone in a grand show of stupidity said we would be recognized.
That’s when Jon D hatched his grand  Black Ops mission. He came dressed like what looked to be a cross between a night SF get up and ninja…..Man the people driving bye loved us—they were so sick of seeing those asshole protestors out there every Thursday that the sight of us with American flags and support our troops signs was something they obviously were dying the see…
All that and our Black Ops leader----I think he even had the ninja do rag on…..Afterward we went into King Wok for dinner and one of the patrons bought us all dinner—We must have had 30 of us at the table----The guy said he was damn proud we came out and ran those bastards off.
I’ll never get that image of Jon D in his black Ops outfit outta my head….I stil cuckle thinking of it….Damn I miss him----
Posted by: Chambo, August 16, 2009, 8:11pm; Reply: 227
While I was roadblocking Jenny was able to record this.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSwDtiutysg

And a couple of pics.
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 16, 2009, 8:22pm; Reply: 228
Ya gotta luv road blocking.....Great pics and video--anymore?
Posted by: Chambo, August 16, 2009, 8:45pm; Reply: 229
Starting up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYkpV3wY-IE
Posted by: T, August 16, 2009, 8:51pm; Reply: 230
Ahhh, you played the PIPES for Jon. That was his favorite song . My God what a tribute. T
Posted by: Coastie, August 16, 2009, 9:29pm; Reply: 231
Chambeaux, thanks for the video.  I keep playing it with the speakers and sub-woofer on high, and it gives me chills.

Coastie
Posted by: VTXFlyer, August 16, 2009, 9:32pm; Reply: 232
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.
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 16, 2009, 9:32pm; Reply: 233
There are many things I wont forget from today, But here is a couple things I will never be able to forget,

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department lined up along Lake-Cook Road with a Salute as we all passed by. JonD was not a Firefighter or Police Officer (That I know of) And to see those folks out there, Lined up for our Hero.


Or I stayed towards the Rear of the entire Escort, At no Time did I ever see the bikes ahead. There were just so many people that the only time I did see a bike was if they were at an intersection keeping us safe and together.


Dobbs
Posted by: oopsie, August 16, 2009, 9:39pm; Reply: 234
this is only the last 1/2 of bikes. were were the 1st cage
Posted by: oopsie, August 16, 2009, 9:41pm; Reply: 235
North Brook FD
Posted by: Jumper82, August 16, 2009, 9:54pm; Reply: 236
If we can measure the greatness of a person by their send-off, JonD was, by all measures a great man.

It was an honor to be a part of his escort today, yet - I'm sure for all of us, it was bittersweet- it was our last ride with Jon.  

Yvette, please don't forget you are such an important part of "the family" - it is the craziest kind of family, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Coastie - everything went so well today - thanks for all of your hard work.

Joe & Mary - thanks again for your hospitality.

God Bless all of you,
Jumper


Posted by: Git R Done, August 16, 2009, 10:27pm; Reply: 237
Quoted from oopsie
Buffalo Grove FD


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.
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 16, 2009, 10:30pm; Reply: 238
Thanks for clearing up what town that was, I just figured because the town we started in.


Let your Brothers know we thank them for their service and what they did this Morning.



Dobbs
Posted by: Falcon, August 16, 2009, 10:38pm; Reply: 239
Quoted from Git R Done


Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept.

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.



Thank you for that respectful salute to Jon.
We all appreciated it.

Posted by: sailor74, August 16, 2009, 10:43pm; Reply: 240
Quoted from BIG JOE
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.




GODSPEED JON D
Posted by: Sparky, August 16, 2009, 10:58pm; Reply: 241
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.

RTL-LTR    
Rocky

BTW, any one with pics, if you could post them or a link it would be great.
Posted by: Chambo, August 17, 2009, 6:41am; Reply: 242
Page 36 of  the Chicago Sun-Times has a nice obituary for Jon.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 17, 2009, 7:13am; Reply: 243
"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."
Posted by: oopsie, August 17, 2009, 7:32am; Reply: 244
http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookID=4569976597199&page=4&sort=1

In case any one want s to leave a message
Posted by: Chambo, August 17, 2009, 7:44am; Reply: 245
Sun-Times article is now on-line - http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/1719282,CST-NWS-xdreymann17.article
Posted by: JimmyMac, August 17, 2009, 8:03am; Reply: 246
Quoted from VTXFlyer
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.


Sam,

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.

Jim
Posted by: oopsie, August 17, 2009, 8:18am; Reply: 247
Part of cycle group that honored troops
JONATHAN L. DREYMANN

August 17, 2009
BY MARY WISNIEWSKI Staff Reporter/mwisniewski@suntimes.com

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.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/1719282,CST-NWS-xdreymann17.article
Posted by: 1563 (Guest), August 17, 2009, 8:21am; Reply: 248
R.I,P. Jon, Your legend will live on through all of us. My thought and condolences to all of your family and friends.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 17, 2009, 9:59am; Reply: 249
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!

Posted by: Schmitty, August 17, 2009, 10:02am; Reply: 250
A great friend, leader and brother. You were greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
R.I.P. JonD  
Posted by: Schmitty, August 17, 2009, 10:13am; Reply: 251
We lost a great leader, friend and brother.
RIP JonD
Posted by: JonDRIP, August 17, 2009, 10:22am; Reply: 252
On behalf of our family, I can not thank all of you enough for your kind words and fabulous pictures!
Posted by: Wheelmaster, August 17, 2009, 10:56am; Reply: 253
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.
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 17, 2009, 12:57pm; Reply: 254
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.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 17, 2009, 1:20pm; Reply: 255
Lisa and all at Warriors' Watch,

I send this with so much sadnes for you and the Warriors' Watch.  I had the honor to meet Jon at the Welcome Home for Lcpl Joshua Edgeworth...the one where you so graciously escorted him to his home with the sign in the front yard on the gravel road in our cornfields of Wilmington!  The look on your face was soooo cute as you asked how to get back to the Expressway!

Jon was pacing and anxious for all to be the best for this young Marine as the WW Riders gathered in the dark of night, in the shadows of O'Hare Field.  I can still see him as they hopped on the Bench with the WW Welcome Home Sign, and started clapping...and what that did for Joshua, he will never forget!  Jon's legacy will live through WW and the hearts of many who knew or met him, even if only for a brief moment.  

The blessings of many pass through Angels...Jon was one as are each who carry their cause deep in their heart.  He is watching over, fluttering on your shoulder with smiles and pride!  

Our deepest Sympathy from all at OPERATION:  MOMS to you and all at Warriors Watch on the loss of your friend, your brother and a friend to the many whom wear the Uniform, past and present.


Debbie Trippiedi
Founder
OMC Inc., NFP
Direct Line: 1-815-274-2014
Posted by: oopsie, August 17, 2009, 4:09pm; Reply: 256
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.


I knew better then to listen to Dobbs. Jon has told me many times DON'T listen to Dobbs. I did and look what happen. Sorry Northbrook FD
Posted by: The Stalker, August 17, 2009, 4:49pm; Reply: 257
Quoted from JonDRIP
On behalf of our family, I can not thank all of you enough for your kind words and fabulous pictures!


There is no need to thank us.  We also consider Jon and Yvette as members of "our" family and we are honored to do anything we can for Jon and your family.  
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 17, 2009, 5:14pm; Reply: 258
Quoted from Chambo


That was 1-800- COOL-----got anything else?
Posted by: BIG JOE, August 17, 2009, 5:23pm; Reply: 259
Damn---I was thinking about the time Jon D was a big part of sending 145 cases of  Girl Scout cookies to 82nd Airborne Chad in Afghanistan.....We had all these donated cookies and no idea how to get them to Afghanistan…POST OFFICE here we came….Probably 2500 LBS worth on two skids…after a bit of fund raising..

Then he gets this Soccer ball idea with the Chicago Fire Soccer team..
He gets the Chicago Fire to donate all their old soccer stuff so we can send it all to a soldier in Iraq who said he wants to help the kids play soccer.

Once again a massive packing exercise and a little fund raising and back to the post office..


Then the time we had the candy donations at the dentist office on Halloween…1500lbs of Candy to Iraq….

It’s a wonder any of our combat troops have any teeth at all..

Damn I miss you Jon D..
Posted by: Potato, August 17, 2009, 5:38pm; Reply: 260
Rest in peace Jon. Mission accomplished. We will miss your friendship. God must have had a mission that was so important he needed you to lead it. May God Bless you.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 17, 2009, 5:59pm; Reply: 261
Great photo of Josh and the patriot bike..



Posted by: Spike, August 17, 2009, 6:18pm; Reply: 262
Quoted from The Stalker
Great photo of Josh and the patriot bike..





Maybe one day Josh will join us on missions riding Jons Patriot Bike! Im sure I am not the only one that would be filled with tears and pride that day!
Posted by: Bald Eagle, August 17, 2009, 6:41pm; Reply: 263
go with god my friend                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bald Eagle      U.S.M.C.  70-72
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 17, 2009, 7:54pm; Reply: 264
We made it within a mile of home yesterday before the skies opened up and we got soaked.
It came down as hard as I have ever seen.

For the first time ever I LOVED riding in  the rain.






It hid my tears.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 17, 2009, 8:21pm; Reply: 265
Daily herald and Northwest herald will have something about Jon D on Tuesday, the 18th in obituary section.
Posted by: 1199 (Guest), August 17, 2009, 8:37pm; Reply: 266
I dont want to talk about the service, it was very hard, I havent lost a member of my unit since the army. I want to talk about the welcome home that afternoon. When I got home, I was wiped out and really wanted to goto sleep, I came here and read a bit on the board, and then decited I had to go. I know what Jon said and although I didnt know if it would go well, I figured he knew best. When I got to the school for staging, there was FD there and a group of brothers and sisters quietly talking, very somber. Then something began to happen.... we just kind of got it together, slowly, but it happened. By the time Matter removed his raingear.......... we were ready. We had a moment of silence durring the brief and we went, Fire trucks Screaming, Pipes roaring to the church where they were having a party for our Soldier. when we pulled in something magical happened. The ground shook, the people (there were lots of people) stood and cheered, and our soldier was in shock. It was the loudest, grandest enterance ever! Then we got ahold of our Soldier. No handshakes today, no sir. It was all hugs, and not the little pat on the shoulder hug, the "I havent seen you in forever, I really missed you" hug. By the end of the line, our solder was very nearly moved to tears by the love and appreciation we showed him, and many in the crowd were moved to tears. The FD stood in amazment, Then it was applause for them! Although the Soldier probably felt like we were the most intense people on the planet, he definately felt welcomed, and then it was picture time. Pictures with the kids, pictures with Duke, pictures with the bikes, pictures with the banner. The soldier said that several of his troops were returning home soon, and we assured him that we had their back. As I was leaving I thought "That was JonDs honor mission", exactly the way he would have wanted it.
Posted by: 1199 (Guest), August 17, 2009, 8:57pm; Reply: 267
Just a note. Matter and I, after some hugging, petting, and playful head butting, discovered the Great Dane in the picture was in fact NOT Duke....... Thankfully he was friendly...........
Posted by: idchafee, August 17, 2009, 9:21pm; Reply: 268
Quoted from The Stalker
Someone help Falcon shrink these things.....


Done









Posted by: idchafee, August 17, 2009, 9:25pm; Reply: 269
ugh.

I just went to PM Falcon about the pictures and there was a PM conversation I had with JonD about the Maza mission back in October.  I'd forgotten all about that, seeing it again now was a real kick in the nuts
Posted by: idchafee, August 17, 2009, 9:37pm; Reply: 270
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Posted by: 1287 (Guest), August 17, 2009, 9:38pm; Reply: 271
God speed Jon! My sorrow joins all the others here. I never met Jon but he was a brother none the less. I know there are no words that I can say that will make this any easier for his family and friends but I hope that all will remember him in their hearts.
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 17, 2009, 9:47pm; Reply: 272
Falcon incredible pictures.  Idchafee great team effort.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 17, 2009, 10:41pm; Reply: 273
Quoted from 1199
I dont want to talk about the service, it was very hard, I havent lost a member of my unit since the army. I want to talk about the welcome home that afternoon. When I got home, I was wiped out and really wanted to goto sleep, I came here and read a bit on the board, and then decited I had to go. I know what Jon said and although I didnt know if it would go well, I figured he knew best. When I got to the school for staging, there was FD there and a group of brothers and sisters quietly talking, very somber. Then something began to happen.... we just kind of got it together, slowly, but it happened. By the time Matter removed his raingear.......... we were ready. We had a moment of silence durring the brief and we went, Fire trucks Screaming, Pipes roaring to the church where they were having a party for our Soldier. when we pulled in something magical happened. The ground shook, the people (there were lots of people) stood and cheered, and our soldier was in shock. It was the loudest, grandest enterance ever! Then we got ahold of our Soldier. No handshakes today, no sir. It was all hugs, and not the little pat on the shoulder hug, the "I havent seen you in forever, I really missed you" hug. By the end of the line, our solder was very nearly moved to tears by the love and appreciation we showed him, and many in the crowd were moved to tears. The FD stood in amazment, Then it was applause for them! Although the Soldier probably felt like we were the most intense people on the planet, he definately felt welcomed, and then it was picture time. Pictures with the kids, pictures with Duke, pictures with the bikes, pictures with the banner. The soldier said that several of his troops were returning home soon, and we assured him that we had their back. As I was leaving I thought "That was JonDs honor mission", exactly the way he would have wanted it.


Thank you for describing the look on Matt's face. I will never forget that shocked yet so happy look. It was so worth it....and Amen, "that is exactly the way JonD would have wanted it."

Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 17, 2009, 11:55pm; Reply: 274
Great photos Falcon, Thank you for sharing with us all.




Dobbs



Great Team work Ian for the Shrinkage.
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 18, 2009, 12:45am; Reply: 275
Daily Herald Link:




http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=314402




Dobbs
Posted by: Calamity, August 18, 2009, 4:16am; Reply: 276
Great pictures!!  You folks done JonD very proud!  Thanks for sharing.

[I want to see how Duke (or whoever that dog was) rides on the bike!]
Posted by: Chambo, August 18, 2009, 4:38am; Reply: 277
Northwest Herald
http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2009/08/17/r_qltag2bsoklc7dupsh0xa/index.xml
Posted by: matter, August 18, 2009, 2:07pm; Reply: 278
--- Copied from Top of the Thread ---

Fellow Patriots,

The Virtual Warriors' Walk was originally intended as a memorial for an active duty military hero who died during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Then, our beloved JonD, Central Region Coordinator, Founding Leader of the WWR, passed away suddenly.

So, the WWR had to run a very tough Honor Mission for our friend... The normal transition after the mission is over, as Jon's was Sunday, would be to move the Mission to "Completed", and eventually the post would be archived...

As I thought about doing that, it did not seem right.. Jon's Mission is not "Complete" until we welcome that last warrior home...

So, it seemed appropriate for Jon to be be among his Warriors that he so loved..  The Virtual Warriors' Walk is viewable by the whole world, and members can add posts, forever.. It will be my honor to watch over JonD's Mission post, as I do for all our fallen heroes..

Ride In Peace, JonD

-matter
Posted by: 1687 (Guest), August 18, 2009, 3:30pm; Reply: 279
I met Jon D through Lisa who works with my mom. My mom was doing a surprise welcome home for my husband who had gotten back from a deployment last year. Keeping a secret from my husband was very difficult and for a man who doesnt like suprises let me tell you he was very happy afterwards. We got into a few small arguements but to think if I spilled the beans my mom would have my butt and to think that my mom would spank my butt at the age of 27 would have been funny. This was on September 1, 2008, We were driving from Camp Pendleton, CA to Lake In The Hiils, Illinois; let me tell you that was a long drive with a 4 year old, 60lb dog and a 5lb dog....I was thinking that we were going to get there early in the mornig but the stupid GPS didnt add the time change so we ended up arriving late morning. Breakfast was on Lisa that morning cause the people who showed up was expecting an early arrival time. Sorry guys. At the meeting spot we meet everybody and Jon D was so excited it was like he was a little boy in a toy store. Very warm and very pleasent person to be around. His personality was very caring and proud of what he was doing and what he was doing it for. To have been able to have met such a great person who had that much care for other people that he didnt no but for what they did for our country is an honor to meet him. He will be missed and the family and friends who have lost a great man you all will be in our paryers and hearts. My husband is deployed AGAIN and I will let him no by email what happened. Im sure that he will say thank you to Jon D for what he did and for helping out with the welcome home ride for him. Thank you Jon D for giving myself and my family a chance to meet you and your family of riders. Each ride that is going out to welecome home another member of our military families he will be with us and he will be riding along with his angel wings on his back. Jon D please watch over all of us and guide our men and women back home safely. RIP to a great hero and a great person we have all lost.

With warmest sympathy,

Nina, Ivan, & Izaiah Mejia

Jon D you are our angel watching over us in the past, present, and future.  
Posted by: Coastie, August 18, 2009, 11:34pm; Reply: 280
JonD was called by God for a higher mission, one that needed his leadership skills and personal touch.  He accepted that call without reservation, and left us suddenly, before the bike ever left the road.

He left behind a large family of friends who now grieve.  We see his face when we close our eyes, and we hear his voice when it's quiet.  That will continue, as it should.

We will continue the mission, ride a bit taller, be a bit stronger, be a bit prouder.

But even knowiing all that, losing Jon just sucks.

Coastie
JonD rides with me!
Posted by: biggysize1- Tiny, August 19, 2009, 11:05am; Reply: 281
It apears that the the good lord found out what the WWR does down here. It inspired him so much that he desided to start his own chapter to escort our fallen heros. He recruited one of the best to be his golden gate coordinator. Jon D ride on brother remember its all about the mission.
Posted by: budman54, August 20, 2009, 3:11am; Reply: 282
Jon D,

Though I had never met you, you are still my brother.  You talked to my older brother Steve (TOURRIDER1) when he became Indiana State Coordinator and I thank you from helping him get the Hoosier State up and running.

You were Loved by many brother and are missed by many.  Ride Forever on the Street's of Gold and we will ride together when my ride here on earth is over.

Forever in Our Heart's
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 20, 2009, 6:33am; Reply: 283
WELL, IT'S BEEN A WEEK NOW AND I STILL CAN'T GET
OVER IT.  NOT THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD, BUT, IT'S STILL
A DREAM AND I'M SURE I'LL WAKE UP TO FIND JON D AT THE
NEXT WELCOME HOME.

THE FIRST THING I'M GOING TO DO IS TO RUN UP TO HIM
AND GIVE THE HARDEST HUG I CAN AND THEN TELL HIM HOW
MUCH HE MEANS TO ME AS A FRIEND.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 20, 2009, 7:45am; Reply: 284
I know Bob, the weeks seemed to pass in a flash and it is still hard to believe...I miss you Jon D, I miss our daily talks...your calm voice, your friendship.
Posted by: txbiker, August 20, 2009, 7:47am; Reply: 285
JonD Will be missed by all, his ideals passed on to many. Ride in peace.

Posted by: oopsie, August 20, 2009, 8:22am; Reply: 286
Jon I sure do miss you. I need to talk to you but don't have your forwarding number. :'(  I talk you you but never get a answer. and this has only been a week since I last talked to you.
Man I miss you.
Posted by: Trink, August 20, 2009, 9:34am; Reply: 287
O M F G !!!!    I did have the honor of meeting John on my first and only mission in Illinois.  He was the person I talked with to find out when the rally was and was so helpful and patient with my constant questions hoping to avoid getting lost in unknown territory.   John was so helpful,  polite,  and welcoming.  When we met he greeted me like I was a long lost brother,  made me feel welcome and at home,  and took special care in making sure to introduce me to the rest of the family.   Had i paid more attention to the forums I would have made the trip back again just to be part of this escort.   I am so surprised and shocked,  John you are and will be missed and remembered!!    Once more,  our friend and brother goes ahead of us to lead the way for those of us who will follow him when it is our time.
Posted by: Training Wheel, August 20, 2009, 11:40am; Reply: 288
this past week has been a blur. Remembering all of the rides, that last lunch at Nicks, wishing I had a recording of your soft calm voice, watching the wind blowing in the trees thinking of you and wishing you were still hear with us. I know in time it gets better. Ride in peace
Posted by: Wolfman, August 20, 2009, 12:33pm; Reply: 289
I too will miss JonD he was an inspiration to me, from the PGR days to the WWR days.
I love ya man.....



Wolfman
Posted by: Chambo, August 20, 2009, 12:56pm; Reply: 290
Ride in Peace Jon
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 20, 2009, 2:42pm; Reply: 291
Not a day has gone by that I didn't think about you or talk to someone about you. They say time heals but I think for this family it's going to take a long time. We love you and miss you. Take care of our soldiers that are with you and show them the love you showed all of us.
Posted by: Simone, August 20, 2009, 3:08pm; Reply: 292
May God Bless and send his Angels to comfort and give peace to the DREYMANN Family.......I am so sorry for your loss...for our loss....In Jesus Name I Pray Amen


Posted by: Training Wheel, August 20, 2009, 3:46pm; Reply: 293
Here is a link to an article from Joe Cantafio
http://blog.joecantafio.com/2009/08/18/jon-dreymann--hero-to-troops-veterans-and-gold-star-families.aspx?ref=rss
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 4:36pm; Reply: 294
Hey everybody.  This is Yvette's sister, Tracy.  I just wanted to try and take a moment to thank you all for everything.  Thank you for being able to bring Jon home on Friday night with such little notice.  Thank you for the amazing outpouring of love on Sunday - not only could we see it but we could feel it. Thank you to all of you for the calls to Yvette to check in on her, Josh, and Jessi.  And just being here for her.  Jon was a truly amazing person that not only his families have lost but the world has lost. The kind of person we just don't have enough of.  You are all wonderful people - but Jon would of only surrounded himself with the best.  Thank you all.  I do have pictures if I can figure out how to post them for you all.

much love to you all for being here for my sister in a way that none of us can.
Tracy
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 20, 2009, 5:43pm; Reply: 295
Thank you Tracy Yvette and everyone in and around the Dreyman Family, for sharing him with all of us,





Dobbs
Posted by: oopsie, August 20, 2009, 5:48pm; Reply: 296
Thank you Tracy but we thank you all for allowing us to mourn with your families. Jon was Special in all of our hearts. we have lost him but have not lost our memories.
I would love to see some pictures.
I will help post them for you
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 20, 2009, 8:13pm; Reply: 297
Quoted from 492
Thank you Tracy Yvette and everyone in and around the Dreyman Family, for sharing him with all of us,





Dobbs


amen to that Dobbs.

Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 9:21pm; Reply: 298
To all of the Warrior's Watch Family
  I'am Yvette's dad and I can't tell you how much it hurts to lose Jon so early in his life. I have been reading all of the posts that so many of you have written and it makes me feel better to know Jon was loved by so many. The family that Jon & Yvette were a big part of was the Warrior's Watch family, I could not ask for her to have a better extended family. When Yvette would tell me about the honor missions or the welcome home missions I could only picture it in my mind. I was always a little worried about my little girl (dads do that) on the back of Jon's bike trying to get the perfect picture. I always knew that Jon would never let anything happen to her. Now my daughter's protector has gone to Heaven and can't put his arms around her anymore. Now their are new arms around her to protect & love her.  Those are the arms of each and every one of the Warrior's Watch family. I will not worry as much now knowing that you are there. I will miss Jon and his laughter, stories & smile. I couldn't have asked God to send her a better man. To all the Warrior Watch family may God hold all of you in the palm of His Hands.  Many thanks to all of you, especially Lisa, Oscar, and Coastie you have done a tribute mission for Jon. Keep my baby safe
   May God Bless, Vet's Dad
Posted by: The Stalker, August 20, 2009, 9:41pm; Reply: 299
To Yvette's family-There is no need to thank us.  Though it broke our hearts, it was also a very high honor to be there to escort Jon and bring him home. We will take care of Yvette and always be there for her.  She is our "sister" and Jon was our "brother".  We will never let Yvette down.   Whatever she needs, whenever she needs it, we will be there.    


Lisa
Posted by: Hilsen, August 20, 2009, 9:49pm; Reply: 300
Quoted from The Stalker
To Yvette's family-There is no need to thank us.  Though it broke our hearts, it was also a very high honor to be there to escort Jon and bring him home. We will take care of Yvette and always be there for her.  She is our "sister" and Jon was our "brother".  We will never let Yvette down.   Whatever she needs, whenever she needs it, we will be there.    


Lisa


You said it Lisa. Yvette will be well taken care of and we will never let her down. We love her as we love JonD.

With Love from all of us in the WWR family,
Uffda
Posted by: oopsie, August 20, 2009, 9:51pm; Reply: 301
Quoted from The Stalker
To Yvette's family-There is no need to thank us.  Though it broke our hearts, it was also a very high honor to be there to escort Jon and bring him home. We will take care of Yvette and always be there for her.  She is our "sister" and Jon was our "brother".  We will never let Yvette down.   Whatever she needs, whenever she needs it, we will be there.    


Lisa


Lisa has said it all I feel we have lost Jon but or WWR family has grown with all of you.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 20, 2009, 9:58pm; Reply: 302
It is one week ago at this time we receive "the" call. I could not believe it then and I cannot believe it now. It is different now. Now I don't hear him on the phone or talk to him on the net or phone. Now I hear him in a different way, thoughts. So as long as I have those thoughts I will always hear him and he will always be with me.
I miss you sweetie and we are taking care of Yvette. But I didn't have to tell you that...you already know.
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 10:03pm; Reply: 303
Thank you to Patti for helping me with the pictures.  Here's some of the pictures we took(keep in mind - we're no Yvette)


Here's 2 pictures from Friday night.  One at the Oasis waiting for Jon and the next one after we arrived at the Chicago Jewish Funeral Home.
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 10:08pm; Reply: 304
Staging at Chicago Jewish Funeral Home and Leaving the funeral home
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 10:11pm; Reply: 305
Some from the Highway.  A picture of Jon's bike at Chicago Jewish Funeral Home.  A picture of Josh on Jon's bike.
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 10:15pm; Reply: 306
Here's 2 pictures of the flag folding ceremony(I have no military experience so I'm not sure if this is a proper name for it.  I'm sorry if I'm incorrect in this.)  And the last picture is of Jon's bike leaving the serivces.
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 20, 2009, 10:20pm; Reply: 307
I tried to give a mixture of pictures.  If there is anything else you want or if anyone would like more I can try to get them to you.  Thank you again Patti for helping me.


Tracy
Posted by: oopsie, August 20, 2009, 10:25pm; Reply: 308
Quoted from Hansonfamily
I tried to give a mixture of pictures.  If there is anything else you want or if anyone would like more I can try to get them to you.  Thank you again Patti for helping me.


Tracy


No thanks are needed Tracy we are all here to help. I just happen to be the one who stepped up and waved my hands.
thanks for the Pictures there were AWESOME


Posted by: The Stalker, August 20, 2009, 10:40pm; Reply: 309
Tracy thank you for sharing the photos.  A sendoff for a true Hero and Leader.   It is an honor to have met all of you, and we hope to see all of you more often.  
Posted by: Chambo, August 21, 2009, 4:44am; Reply: 310
A small memorial for Jon D.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60qegb1FxJo
Posted by: ROADHOUSE, August 21, 2009, 5:41am; Reply: 311
JonD, YOU ARE TRULY ,MISSED MY FRIEND I THINK OF YOU EVERY DAY I STILL CAN'T BELIVE THIS,
UNTIL WE RIDE AGAIN LOVE YOU MAN GODSPEED
Posted by: Papa Ed, August 21, 2009, 6:00am; Reply: 312
Quoted from 492
Thank you Tracy Yvette and everyone in and around the Dreyman Family, for sharing him with all of us,





Dobbs


Tracy Indiana wants to Thank You and Yvette as wellas your whole Family for Sharing Jon with all of US amen to Dobbs as well. Thank You and all of you are in our paryers and Wishes Tourrider1
Posted by: ottomania, August 21, 2009, 6:03am; Reply: 313
     I've started this so many times only to delete my thoughts or shed tears and feel I couldn't say enough! Jon you made everyone a part of the mission and made us feel like we had known you for years. That is one of my biggest regrets is I only knew you for a year and will miss you dearly. We had fun and I wouldn't trade one moment of your time with me for anything... I love you brother and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers!
     They say us Marines when we pass and if we make it to Heaven we guard the gates. Well Jon I am sure you're there recruiting members for the new WWR chapter as they enter through those gates. God bless and watch over us as we ride and complete the missions. We have your back at home and will take care of Yvette and the rest of your family.
     Semper Fi brother and ride on!!!
Posted by: Hilsen, August 21, 2009, 7:27am; Reply: 314
Quoted from Chambo


Thank you for making this but, not for the  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Posted by: Bluerose, August 21, 2009, 12:22pm; Reply: 315
JonD, there will never come a day that I don't think of you when I see a soldier passing by.  There will never come a day that I won't be at a welcome home for a soldier where I think if only Jon were here.  You were the one that helped bring our son home and as we ride in our welcome home for him prior to his deployment to Iraq this fall I will think of you and all you meant to us.  As we let you go know that we are still with you and we know that you are with us.  We will remain strong and bring home every soldier as if you were standing next to us.
We will miss you now and always ...

Russ and Cindy Hyatt
Posted by: Lisajan, August 21, 2009, 12:57pm; Reply: 316
Quoted from Chambo

Beautiful....

Posted by: LT BOOTS, August 21, 2009, 2:44pm; Reply: 317
BREAKFAST WITH JON

Jon had a huge heart and always did his best to make people feel welcome in the WWR family.
For example-
Few weeks ago we did a Welcome Home for TJ. Jon thought it would be a great idea for everyone to go out for a "BREAKFAST WITH ADAM"... only Adam didn't know that it was for him!!!!  hahaha.
Rather, I had to pick up my son.
I told Jon I'd give him a Rain Check an buy him bfast later. Still, NOT knowing that everyone was "Going to Breakfast with Adam"

Man am I going to miss him!

Another Great time was when he commented on my DESERT PANTS.  Said that he had a pair somewhere.   Sure enough, next time I saw him, Jon had managed to squeeze into his old pair of DCUs.
Great Guy!!!
Posted by: oopsie, August 21, 2009, 5:25pm; Reply: 318
Quoted from LT BOOTS
BREAKFAST WITH JON

Jon had a huge heart and always did his best to make people feel welcome in the WWR family.
For example-
Few weeks ago we did a Welcome Home for TJ. Jon thought it would be a great idea for everyone to go out for a "BREAKFAST WITH ADAM"... only Adam didn't know that it was for him!!!!  hahaha.
Rather, I had to pick up my son.
I told Jon I'd give him a Rain Check an buy him bfast later. Still, NOT knowing that everyone was "Going to Breakfast with Adam"

Man am I going to miss him!

Another Great time was when he commented on my DESERT PANTS.  Said that he had a pair somewhere.   Sure enough, next time I saw him, Jon had managed to squeeze into his old pair of DCUs.
Great Guy!!!


Posted by: LADYJOANNE, August 21, 2009, 5:27pm; Reply: 319
MY PRAYERS TO JOHN D'S FAMILY. HE WILL BE TRULY MISS.


THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

LADYJOANNE AND H_D TOM
Posted by: Coastie, August 21, 2009, 5:28pm; Reply: 320
Chambeaux,

Watched video . . . went to garage . . . lit up bike and revved the crap out of it . . . cried . . . came back in and watched video again.

Thank you brother for putting this together.

Yvette's dad - we have the watch, sir.

Coastie
Posted by: Nrsoak, August 21, 2009, 6:56pm; Reply: 321
I never had the opportunity to meet Jon and I sure would have loved to.  How do you thank a man you never met and let him know how grateful for all he has done.  It is almost impossible! Jon I know  God has a special place for you in heaven..right at the front gates welcoming home all our Warriors.  Please hug each one for us and let them know how much we appreciate what they have done for this Country.  Let them know they will never be forgotten as you never will be either.  God Bless you my friend.
Posted by: Pops, August 21, 2009, 7:51pm; Reply: 322
Chambeaux,
Great Video!
Thank you brother.
Posted by: Dukesmom1, August 21, 2009, 9:31pm; Reply: 323
Chambeaux nobody could do it better. Thanks for bringing Jon back to us. We needed that. We will miss him forever but he will be forever in our hearts. You meet someone like this once in a lifetime but he will be with us forever. I miss him everyday but remember him with love. FIRE EM UP.
Posted by: Fitz, August 21, 2009, 10:17pm; Reply: 324
TRACY, THANK YOU FOR THE WONDEREFULL PICTURES-I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF SUCH A GREAT BUNCH OF PEOPLE, AND HAVING JON AS OUR LEADER WAS THE ICEING ON THE CAKE.
WE'LL ALL BE THERE FOR HIS, AND YOUR FAMILY; IT'S OUR GREAT HONOR

CHAMBEAUX-WHAT AN AWSOME VIDEO-GREAT JOB!
SURE CAPTURES HIS DEDICATION AND FRIENDSHIP!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 22, 2009, 6:32am; Reply: 325
THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE LOVE YOU
HAVE SHOWN ONE ANOTHER DURING THESE
TRYING TIMES.

WHAT A TRIBUTE TO JON.
Posted by: matter, August 22, 2009, 7:34pm; Reply: 326
Come ride with us, and/or thank every warrior you see.. He'll get the message!

-matter
Quoted from Nrsoak
How do you thank a man you never met and let him know how grateful for all he has done.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 23, 2009, 12:11pm; Reply: 327
It's been a week since we laid you to rest, JonD. We know it was not goodbye because you are with us every day of our lives and always will be.

How about the missions this week? Oh we know you are smiling. Didn't think we'd pull some of them off, did ya? :)

But as you can see, everyone and I mean everyone, came out in honor of you and Yvette. Oh ya, Yvette. Who knew better than her your heart and how you felt about our military.  So we carry on, she carries on (as best as she can) and we all do what you always hoped for to "Make Every Soldier feel like a Rock Star."

I know you saw, 'cuz your always there with us, but we miss you.

P.S. Thank goodness this is a free day because the grass us almost up to our knees. Uffda! (And no smart remarks 'bout that! ;)
Love ya!
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 24, 2009, 4:56am; Reply: 328
Just wanted to stop by and say Hi JonD, Eric's Dad is up by you now. I know youll show him around the place. Its been and will be a rough few days for Eric and family.  But let his Dad know that we have his back here at home. We will be there for our Family like we always have and always will.


Take care up there,
Dobbs
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 25, 2009, 5:44am; Reply: 329
MISS YOU JON.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 25, 2009, 7:59am; Reply: 330
I miss you too Jon.  I think in my mind I was pretendnign you were in NY but you were to have returned this past weekend.  We are taking care of Y as best we can Jon.  The missions are continuing as well, as you would want.   You are always in my heart.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 25, 2009, 9:38am; Reply: 331
There isn't a day that goes by that I do not hear you saying "I know you Norwegians." You know what that was about.  ;D I think we've been cured. See, they are down. OK! So once they started to appear, but you know how fast they disappeared. Now this won't ruin our chances of going to Region 7's Valhalla, will it?  ;)

Hey! I see you have been passing on your "Let's pick on the Trolls" through Johathan. You know. The one where we were trying to get ribbons on our flags, and he got your grin on his face and told us to "jump" to reach them. LOL  

Keep 'em coming Sweetie, we need 'em.

Love ya, but you already know that.



Posted by: Chambo, August 25, 2009, 2:19pm; Reply: 332
Everytime I pull into my garage I see Pebbles Flintstone (Jon tied her to my bike.  I'm not delusional) and think of Jon.
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, August 25, 2009, 4:05pm; Reply: 333
Posted by: Lone Wolf, August 25, 2009, 9:59pm; Reply: 334
Rest in Peace JonD.  I never had the honor to meet you, but from reading these posts I pretty much know what kind of person you are.  My sincere condolences to his family and all his WWR brothers...............Respectfully, Jim
Posted by: Hilsen, August 26, 2009, 11:46am; Reply: 335
Quoted from Chambo
Everytime I pull into my garage I see Pebbles Flintstone (Jon tied her to my bike.  I'm not delusional) and think of Jon.


:) That was the best time, wasn't it. Even the LEO's were in on the fun at that 2nd mission. They offered duct tape to fix her torn neck. Then as she was being repaired, one said "Well if the surgery does not work we can shoot her." It was funny and a joke. You had to be there, 'cuz they were laughing so hard at our playing jokes on one another. Watching Pebbles being strapped to your bike and once again offering duct tape. This time to duct tape the 2 of you together to your bike.  ;D

When JonD found out that they were even in on it and what was said, he laughed so hard. He said "They were in on it too? hahahaha"

Yup, Pebbles will be around for a long long time.

We miss you JonD, but you already know that.  :'(
Posted by: NavyRover, August 27, 2009, 11:52am; Reply: 336
May you find peace Jon.  Thank you for the honor of being a friend, I will never forget you.
Posted by: Camera Nut, August 27, 2009, 9:48pm; Reply: 337
It is so hard to believe that it has been two weeks already since my world/our world was turned upside down.  I know you don't want thank you's, but I am truely blessed to have each of you in my life.  I appreciate all of the posts, emails, phone calls, hugs, photos, company, etc.  Thank you all!

Jon always said only the good die young so he would be around for a really long time.  Well Jon D, you are one of the good ones.  I just wish I could hear you say "yes dear" one more time.  I will cherish every moment that we spent together.  I love and miss you.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 27, 2009, 10:33pm; Reply: 338
We love you Yvette. Don't ever forget that. You are more important to us than you realize. We'll always be "beste venninne" and here.
(((((((((Love You))))))))
Posted by: 492 (Guest), August 28, 2009, 2:26am; Reply: 339
We will always be here for you Yvette.






Dobbs
Posted by: Fitz, August 29, 2009, 12:28pm; Reply: 340
DITTO TO WHAT DOBBS SAID-THANKS TO THE BOTH OF YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR LIVES
Posted by: Ranger Rick Towman, August 30, 2009, 2:48am; Reply: 341
Yvette, your still and always be in our prayers
God Bless you...

Rick & Bonie Gandy
Posted by: NavyRover, August 30, 2009, 12:29pm; Reply: 342
Yvette, I will get you that hug when I come back safe.  I still can't believe how much it hurts for someone I didn't even know all that well.  Jon IS a great man who touched so many lives so quickly.  I will always be on call for any mission, any time.  Thank you for showing me how Jon, I miss you.
Posted by: Kurt a.k.a.Cowboy, August 31, 2009, 2:57pm; Reply: 343
As can be learned from reading the heartfelt posts on this thread, Jon must have truly been special.
Sorry to say that I never met him. It sucks when the good people are gone.
Godspeed, Jon D.
Condolences to your family and friends as well.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 1, 2009, 5:51am; Reply: 344
Yvette,
Don't forget tonight after work.  We'll be there.

Sunday was a very special day for all.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 1, 2009, 8:21am; Reply: 345
What a fun day filled with so many of our WWR family. I must say "Mission Yvette" was an absolute success. Well over 125 people showed up. I'm sure there were a lot more, we could not keep count after that. It was wonderful with the Roasts of JonD and Yvette, bringing much needed laughter. The food was delicious and plenty off it. Then for Mayor Sue Low to show up with a Proclamation for JonD and Yvette was the icing on the cake. Mayor Sue we love you!

I personally would like to thank Roxanne, for the delicious food, her staff for the wonderful service and always ready to be of assistance. I would like to thank the Commander for gathering the Honor Guard for this Special Party for Yvette. VFW post 4600, you ARE the BEST! We are so happy to have you as our home and add you to our "family."

God Bless Each and Everyone for the letting Yvette know how much we need her and love her.

Now for just some of the highlights of the day.
Posted by: matter, September 2, 2009, 9:30pm; Reply: 346
Hey big guy..

Was thinkin' about you today on a couple of mission.. I had ta tell ya.. When I was revvin' the bike like we always did, tryin' to out do each other and laughin'....... Well tonight, I had FLAMES coming out the exhaust dude!! ( or so I was told! )

You would have been proud!!

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 3, 2009, 6:22am; Reply: 347
Jon,

When ya have time and read these posts, you'll be able to see that were pretty busy.  What
Matter didn't tell you was that on our way back from Aurora he and Otto had a hard time keeping
up with me.
While still in town, someone must have called the Police about four Bikers reving up their Bikes
at every stop light.  The people around just loved it.  I saw at least three squads (at different times) that were ahead of us pull into shopping areas and park.  Well, maybe they wern't waiting for us.  But, just the thought of it brought more excitement to our day.

We had a wonderful time bringing a couple of bus loads of our Boys home.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 4, 2009, 8:37am; Reply: 348
I just wanted to stop in and say "Hi". It feels better knowing we can come in and tell you what has been going on. 'Course you already know, but it still feels better telling you here.

Hey! Did I do good with that last incident? I listened and I heard you, as you can see. Viking horns up, Viking horns down. LOL
I know...you know us Norskies, and also know how hard that was to get them horns back down . ;)

Miss ya and Thanks.  


Posted by: The Stalker, September 4, 2009, 10:01pm; Reply: 349
Just sitting here reading through the WWR site and missing you Jon.  Really needed to talk to you and hear your voice of reason this week.  I still cannot believe you are gone Jon, I miss you, we miss you.  
Posted by: matter, September 5, 2009, 12:15am; Reply: 350
When does the hurting stop??

Just finished re-reading 350 posts...

Miss ya big guy.. But that don't stop us from executing the mission...

Woulda swore you were along side me today..

-matter
Posted by: T, September 5, 2009, 3:34am; Reply: 351
Quoted from matter
When does the hurting stop??

Just finished re-reading 350 posts...

Miss ya big guy.. But that don't stop us from executing the mission...

Woulda swore you were along side me today..

-matter

Peace bro, he was.

Posted by: ROADHOUSE, September 5, 2009, 8:04pm; Reply: 352
THINKING OF YOU AND DOING THE MISSIONS MISS YOU MAN
Posted by: 492 (Guest), September 6, 2009, 2:23am; Reply: 353
Hey JonD, I just finished another Fireworks show. And yes they knew It was me.




hehe

Dobbs
Posted by: Wheelmaster, September 6, 2009, 5:14am; Reply: 354
Hey Jon,,,,Smell my thing. ;D
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 6, 2009, 5:44am; Reply: 355
Jon,
I spent part of Friday and Saturday at the site of the accident.

More tears were dropped as I (Steve, from Ind was there also) placed
some Pics and other items at the site.

Yes, Yvette told us about the rolls of T. Paper you always had with you.  She wanted
a roll placed along with the other items.

I place them there on Friday, went back on Saturday, to find the paper still sitting
on top of the wall embankment.  One of the coins slid off the wall, so I put
it back on.

As Matter said above, I also felt you near me.  It's still hard to write anything
about you Jon without the tears coming on.  I know it's a good thing.  
The healing process is taking longer than I thought it would.  Something
tells me that it's going to take a very long time.

And you know what?  Thats OK with me.
Note:  If anyone for any reason feels this Pic should not be here, let me know
and I will remove it.

[img][/img]
Posted by: Wheelmaster, September 6, 2009, 5:51am; Reply: 356
Very Nice Bob,Good Job. I wouldn't change a thing.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 6, 2009, 5:56am; Reply: 357
Thanks,  it was the best I could do.  We wanted something that would stay
for a long time.  A hammer and scraper will be the only things that
will get them off.
As you can see, it on a curve and we didn't want to press our luck
by staying longer than we had to. So, it was a hurry up job.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 6, 2009, 6:03am; Reply: 358
Beautiful, Bob...Beautiful. I can only imagine how hard it was for you and Steve (from IN) to do.  :'(  

But you know that JonD likes it and would have done this to another. I know he is especially laughing at the TP. With that impish grin to follow. Can't you hear his laughter? Can't you see that grin? Oh ya...he's getting a chuckle out of this one.  
Thanks for adding our beads, Bob. (((Huggin' ya &  Love ya)))

Love you Sweetie and we all miss you alot.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 6, 2009, 6:08am; Reply: 359
Thanks,  it was the best I could do.  We wanted something that would stay
for a long time.  A hammer and scraper will be the only things that
will get them off.
As you can see, it on a curve and we didn't want to press our luck
by staying longer than we had to. So, it was a hurry up job.



(((((((HUGS)))))))) You did good. I love it. JD is getting a chuckle even at your story. You know....you know. :)
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 6, 2009, 7:45pm; Reply: 360
I HAVE MORE PIC'S OF THE SITE.  I'M JUST
NOT SURE IF IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO
DO BY POSTING THEM.

MY SOLUTION IS:  SEND ME A REQUEST VIA EMAIL FOR THE
PIC'S, I'LL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SEND THEM TO YOU.
Posted by: Fitz, September 7, 2009, 1:53pm; Reply: 361
LOOKS GREAT TO ME TOO-WISH I COULD HAVE GONE DOWN THERE TOO-MISS YOU EVERY DAY JOND
Posted by: Chambo, September 7, 2009, 3:25pm; Reply: 362
You done good Bob, real good.
Posted by: The Stalker, September 7, 2009, 7:33pm; Reply: 363
It looks great Bob, thank you so much for doing this.  It means so much to so many.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 7, 2009, 9:03pm; Reply: 364
Quoted from The Stalker
It looks great Bob, thank you so much for doing this.  It means so much to so many.


I repeat what Stalker said.
Posted by: Wild Weasel, September 9, 2009, 11:42am; Reply: 365
I've been away from the forums for a while...I'm still fairly new to the WWR and not even sure if I had ever met Jon D on any of the missions I had been on, so many of us....Not even sure what to write...But I'll try...As I read all these posts a man I never met I can see his heart, character, and soul through the life he lived and the love he showed to others he himself did not know personally ... He is a friend I wish I could have gotten to know...Just reading these posts I feel I got to know you a little by those who you loved and loved you back...Just writting this brings tears running down my face...Pray for his family and friends, but most for his wife and children...God Bless Jon may you truley rest in peace..Your friend that you never knew, Mike....  May we see each other one day and truley become friends...
Posted by: Hilsen, September 9, 2009, 1:06pm; Reply: 366
Well JD, it was one heck of a busy Labor Day weekend, as you know. We did all 5 WH's in one day and could feel you leading the way. Any one ever tell you you're a slave driver? Well you are, but we love you for it. Five on Sunday and one on Monday and as you know Falcon did them all, zig zagging north to south, east to west and north again and still had to go all the way back to Bartlett. Otto did them all as well and let me tell you they had to "truck" to get to Chain of Lakes State Park for the last one.

Rocky came from Belvidere to do the mission as well. How about that new "do" of his? I think it is really nice. It was so good to see him. Unfortunately he lost his glasses on the Monday WH....but you know that. Can you do anything to help him locate them? He sure would appreciate it.

Pebbles is back home with us soon to be passed on to another, but always come back home.  ;) The "Time Keeper" is keeping time. This time it was Jim. He added to it and was wearing the Burger King Crown. You remember it.  :)  

Well Sweetie just had to drop in and say "hi" not so much to let you know what is going on, 'cuz we know your there with us.
Posted by: Jumper82, September 9, 2009, 10:38pm; Reply: 367
So Jon... I am sure by now my Pop has heard about you and WWR - it wasn't around when he went to Region 7 in 96, he is the funny guy and former Seabee probably riding an old wing (unless you get upgrades when you pass on).  He taught me to ride, and he always looks out for me on the road (Thanks, Pop!) He'll be happy to help you out, up there.

Well, I got some news - my unit's deployment was changed...now instead of Iraq in February, we are going to Afghanistan later in 2010.  They have a nice spot on the border near Pakistan all picked out for us, so it should be "interesting"... I'm taking a group of kids who haven't deployed before, so it sure would be great if you could send some good protective mojo our way.... we all want to experience a WWR Welcome Home - not that it will be the same without you - but you would be proud of your crew in N IL!!!

Keep an eye on Mary and Joe while they are in DC - you know Joe can get a little crazy with the bullhorn...

you done good, Jon... you touched a lot of lives in a very positive way... and I'm glad we were friends.  Yvette is hanging in there, I need to send her an email and say HI... its hard to keep up with what is going on from here in MN, but she seems to be in good hands.  Well, buddy, I have to get some shut-eye... so I will say farewell for now...
Jumper
Posted by: The Stalker, September 10, 2009, 10:16am; Reply: 368
Miss you Jon.  I know you are always with us but I still miss you.  Has it really been 4 weeks already!  Sometimes it seems like it was yesterday, sometimes it seems like forever since I heard your voice.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 10, 2009, 11:09am; Reply: 369
Hey Jon,
Got a Pic of Matter comiing your way.

Your gonna love it.
Posted by: Camera Nut, September 10, 2009, 10:21pm; Reply: 370
I still can not believe it.  Four weeks ago when I said goodbye, I never thought it would be for the last time.  When they say you just never know, well it is true.  The support, prayers, and love has been so overwhelming but it is what is getting me through these difficult days.  If I didn't have everyone, I really don't know what I would do, but I'm glad I don't have to find out.  (Little do they know, they are stuck with me.  I can not thank everyone enough for everything that they have done.)

Coastie said it best when he said if we were impressed with your service, can you imagine the welcome home that you received from (unfortunately so many of) our service members who you did honor missions for.  

The missions are and will always continue until every service member comes home, because that is the right thing to do!  Please watch over our service members, our WWR family, our families and friends.  I know it is a lot to ask and you will do your best.  Until we meet again, ride in peace Jon D.  Love you.
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, September 10, 2009, 11:14pm; Reply: 371
JonD.....

You are missed.

Bad Girl (WI)
Posted by: Hansonfamily, September 11, 2009, 2:11pm; Reply: 372
Hey Uncle Jonny,

We can only imagine the event you are hosting today in honor of 09/11.  Please let everyone know we haven't forgotten and we never will.  We all miss you!



love you always
Posted by: The Stalker, September 12, 2009, 8:30pm; Reply: 373
Jon, it is the eve of the one month anniversary of your passing.  I cannot even believe it has been a full month.  Sometimes it seems like yesterday, sometimes it seems longer.... I just know I feel like I haven't talked to you in forever and I miss it.  I miss your calls, and texting etc... I just miss knowing you are there and that I could always count on you, most of all I miss my friend.  
Posted by: NavyRover, September 12, 2009, 8:31pm; Reply: 374
Jon, it sure is hard to know that you aren't with us anymore.  I was home on leave and went riding with my girlfriend and some close friends.  I couldn't help but think about the brief time that I knew you.  I still can't believe it and I refuse to accept it.  I promise that when I get home safe, and I will, that I will make as many missions as I can.  Thank you Jon, I am forever indebted to knowing you.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 12, 2009, 8:40pm; Reply: 375
Quoted from The Stalker
Jon, it is the eve of the one month anniversary of your passing.  I cannot even believe it has been a full month.  Sometimes it seems like yesterday, sometimes it seems longer.... I just know I feel like I haven't talked to you in forever and I miss it.  I miss your calls, and texting etc... I just miss knowing you are there and that I could always count on you, most of all I miss my friend.  


Lisa, I couldn't have said it any better.

He's a good friend to all of us.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 12, 2009, 9:32pm; Reply: 376
:'(  We miss you Sweetie Pie....A LOT.  
Posted by: oopsie, September 13, 2009, 9:33am; Reply: 377
Jon D
Hard to believe it has been 1 month today. there isn't a day that you are not in someones thoughts.
we did 2 missions yesterday the first thing I did when I got to LITH American Legion was look for you and Yvette. You were not there to pick on me. I really miss the teasing from you.
In my Mind I still think you are on Vacation. But I know you are not. I do Know you are with us on Every ride and there to welcome home every soldier. you now have a different job in the Welcome Home Dept you are the Gate Keeper.
You would be proud to know we have made a big step and went out of our comfort zone yesterday.  ??) We did the WH Mission in SYCAMORE! I don't know if we are going to this level to find you but I sure would like to see you smile again. or even hear you laugh. I miss you Jon D
We are taking good care of Yvette always know that
Posted by: Hilsen, September 15, 2009, 8:13am; Reply: 378
Well we are off again. This time to Chili's. It's been awhile since we have been there but we always know the support is going to be great! This one, as you know, is a more unusual WH. It will be a happy one, yet sad because of the circumstances. As usual, I hope you help me find the right words to offer our hero. I'll be listening and if I goof up I know I can count on that smile of yours. If you think I will goof up badly a little kick to the shins will get my attention.  ;)

I know you're ready to go and so are we. So let's "Light 'em Up" and give this Bronze Star the best mission we can.

Love ya!
Posted by: Hilsen, September 18, 2009, 10:38am; Reply: 379
Hi JD...As you can see everyone has been busy. We sure did have a lot coming in last week. You know the Kinnerk WH. I could see you laughing at the fact that his brother upped his rank to SGM. Actually he is an E-9, but has not received the SGM yet. Michael was happy to receive the promotion. (LOL) It really was a nice mission due to the circumstances this being a Compassionate WH, due to his mother's passing. I know in someway the WH festivities did help the family. The Dad, Dan, receiving the Challenge Coin and Honor Beads for his service in Korea and as a LEO brought a smile. Mayor Sue was just as great as ever. I think we have to make her a WWR too. She is as involved as ex-Mayor Cindy of F-Lk. I sure do miss her and don't know how she lost that election. I think it had to have been a low turn out.

After Micahel's WH we finally were able to get somethings done around the house and yard, as you can see. Looking better with the knee high grass cut, eh?  :)  The pool has finally been closed and finishing up the canning.  Like the salsa? We're going to give some to Yvette as soon as we see her again. Think we will throw in some of our "Berry Berry Jam" as well. (Thank goodness for some down time.) She has been on some of the missions when we were RC of others. You know how that goes...split up when booked. It's been going well too. Everyone seems to be splitting up so no mission is left with a few and others with many. WE HEAR YA...SPREAD OUT!  ;)

We know Carl is up there with you now. Bet you two are having a good time sharing stories. I'm quite sure you will both be chatting away when we get there. (Hey...watch that! We're not that bad! We'll be there, horns and all. hehehehe)

Well my dear, I know you have been there to see all we have been doing so there was no need to tell you, but if feels better to tell you anyway. No need to say how much we miss you because you know that as well...but we do.

Til neste tid, vi sees senere,

Love ya!
Posted by: The Stalker, September 18, 2009, 12:22pm; Reply: 380
Hi Jon,
A lot going on these days and I could really use one of your talks.  No one has exactly the right words to say like you do.  I even told "Y" to respond to a question like JD would the other night....She made me laugh.  Guess I just feel a little lost these days.

I miss you Jon D. I miss everything about you and will be forever grateful that you were part of my life.
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, September 19, 2009, 12:20am; Reply: 381
Quoted from The Stalker

I miss you Jon D. I miss everything about you and will be forever grateful that you were part of my life.


Well said...  

Bad Girl (WI)
Posted by: The Stalker, September 20, 2009, 3:09pm; Reply: 382
Miss you my friend. Not a day has passed that I haven't thought about you.  It just isn't the same without you.  I find myself looking for you at missions etc....  You were my mentor Jon, and I hope I didn't let you down my resigning from my role.  

I am spending lots of time with "Y" and really wish the four of us could have spent more time hanging out outside of missions.

I miss you.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 20, 2009, 7:48pm; Reply: 383
Quoted from The Stalker
Miss you my friend. Not a day has past that I haven't thought about you.  It just isn't the same without you.  I find myself looking for you at missions etc....  You were my mentor Jon, and I hope I didn't let you down my resigning from my role.  

I am spending lots of time with "Y" and really wish the four of us could have spent more time hanging out outside of missions.

I miss you.


You could never let him down, Lisa. JD knew how hard you worked and also knew a person had to know their limits. You will still be on the missons, and we all know what they meant to him... He also knows when the time is right, you'll be back in full force and everyone ready to embrace you. (Well we are gonna embrace you any way for all you did...but you know what I meant. :)

We all miss you Jon. There is not a mission that we do not remember you in prayer. I know...you know, but it is always feel better when we can talk to you. Thanks to Wayne we can come here when ever we want and talk to you and unless in our shoes no one knows how much that means to us.
Med Elsker alltid, min venn.

Posted by: matter, September 21, 2009, 9:30am; Reply: 384
Lisa,
You never have, nor ever will let down Jon. Think of what you guys did as laying the foundation for what is to come. A good solid foundation from which to build something great! Just because the foundation is now complete, does not mean your contributions were in vain or seen as over.. Nope... 'tis just the beginning!

I love you guys... Miss Jon...

-matter

Quoted from The Stalker
Miss you my friend. Not a day has past that I haven't thought about you.  It just isn't the same without you.  I find myself looking for you at missions etc....  You were my mentor Jon, and I hope I didn't let you down my resigning from my role.  

I am spending lots of time with "Y" and really wish the four of us could have spent more time hanging out outside of missions.

I miss you.

Posted by: Hilsen, September 21, 2009, 7:42pm; Reply: 385
Quoted from matter
Lisa,
You never have, nor ever will let down Jon. Think of what you guys did as laying the foundation for what is to come. A good solid foundation from which to build something great! Just because the foundation is now complete, does not mean your contributions were in vain or seen as over.. Nope... 'tis just the beginning!

I love you guys... Miss Jon...

-matter




I love you guys too and miss Jon.
So ((((((((((GROUP HUG!!!!!!))))))))


Posted by: Hilsen, September 23, 2009, 11:00am; Reply: 386
Well my dear, it's me again. There are days I sit in here looking at the blank message box wanting to say what I had for you August 12th, but chose not to send it then. You know why and you also know this is even hard today. It seems Lisa beat me to the punch on the 12th and again on the 20th. I feel the same as she did, and does about letting you down, but also know you would have said "Everyone knows when it's their time." Of course making sure it was for the right reasons and not because of anything that you could have helped straighten out. But it is time for me. I'm just plain tired. So I am enclosing the letter I was ready to send you and Lisa but decided to hold on to after learning you were leaving on vacation the next day. I wanted you to go and not have a thing on your mind about the WWR or us. It could wait until you came back...but you didn't come back.  :'(
I have one regret about our email exchanges on the 12th. That was I did not do what I wanted to send you... a Big :) (You know what that was about) I know why I didn't send it, and I know you do now too. But it did not change anything did it? I should have sent it and that I regret to this day.

So here it is, :) and the letter I did not send, but I feel I must now. It's Time.


Subject: FYI
From: Uffda42
Time: 8/12/2009 12:55 PM

Dear JonD and Lisa,

This is the thread I am going to start in the IL Forum I wanted you to know first.

Thread subject: It's Time...

Body: To say good bye.

There comes a time when one knows it's time to move on and that time has come for me. I hoped it would never have come, but it did.

I can't say this isn't hard or that I have not given it a lot of thought, because it is hard and a lot of thought was given before I made this decision.

I have made some very good friends and met some very fine people here. I just wish, for some, that we could have had more time to really know one another.

Our many years together made it more than friendships, you have become family and that makes it that much harder...

I can't say I will not miss the the laughter, the pranksters, and the excitement of the mission, but there are things I will not miss that has brought me to this conclusion.

I will still remain a WWR member, but will be leaving as WI Mod and Posting on the Calendar. I will try to participate in the missions I can because I still feel it is about the hero.

I hope we can keep in touch. I wish you all well, Safe Riding and all of God's blessings.

Til neste tid Ha Det Bra!

Uffda


I'll still come here and stare at the blank white message board because somehow it makes me feel like you're here. It doesn't take posting to talk to you because I can feel you here. But who knows I might post again.

I think of all the years at that "other place." Standing flag lines, with tears slowly running down our cheeks, you guys wearing sunglasses to hid yours, being caught doing WH's even though we were doing the right thing, the mass exodus, and all the things done here. It seems like a lifetime ago, even though it was but a half dozen years. Good years, fun years, exciting years and yes many sad years. Years that will live with me for the rest of my life. I miss you my friend and it hurts with every passing day. You will always be in my heart.

I love you Jon and I miss you. Don't worry about "Y." We aren't leaving her go and she can't get rid of us :)
Until we meet again

P.S. It's hard to push the button   :'(
Posted by: The Stalker, September 23, 2009, 11:54am; Reply: 387
UFF, welcome to the world of "No stress".  It will take adjusting to but I know Jon D would totally understand.  You have given so much of your time and it is appreciated.  I like to think you missed me...haha.

Jon, now we both have lots of time for Mission "Y".   She will be so sick of us !!!  You would be so proud of her JonD she is amazing!

Miss you Jon
Posted by: Camera Nut, September 23, 2009, 9:48pm; Reply: 388
Uffda,
We all appreciate everything you and Oppsie have done over the years.  You will not be forgotten.  We have shared so much and still have so much to do.

We'll see you at a mission.
xoxoxo
Posted by: Jumper82, September 23, 2009, 10:24pm; Reply: 389
Just wanted to stop by and thank you, Jon... Gary and I had an amazing week of riding and vacationing... about 1200 miles, through WI and the U.P. - through it all the weather was wonderful, the deer stayed off the roads and I guess it just makes me feel good to know you are up there, looking out for your friends on 2 wheels...  I know it would probably just crack you up to be thought of as the "patron saint of patriotic bikers"... but I guess if there are duties in the afterlife, you would be perfect for the job.

Anyways... thanks for keeping an eye on us, and buy my Pop a beer because I know he was helping, too.

your crazy friend in MN...
Jumper
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 24, 2009, 10:41am; Reply: 390
JON,  YA NEVER TOLD ME THAT YVETTE COULD
PUT AWAY THE PIZZA.  WOW !!!!

ALL YOUR BRO'S ARE TRYING TO KEEP UP
WITH WHAT YOU STARTED.

I LIKE THIS FORUM, IT'S SURE HELPS WITH THE
HEALING PROCESS.  I'M WONDERING WHEN IT'S GONNA
START.
Posted by: matter, September 25, 2009, 7:42am; Reply: 391
Me too brother.. It has started, but will never complete....

I LIKE THIS FORUM, IT'S SURE HELPS WITH THE
HEALING PROCESS.  I'M WONDERING WHEN IT'S GONNA
START.


Posted by: matter, September 25, 2009, 9:05am; Reply: 392
I hadta add..

Last night, I was late to football practice with my 12 year old boy. So I went straight there from a mission, all biker looking instead of lookin' like a coach.  One of the boys asked all kinds of questions, one of which was, who was JonD.. He had seen my dog tag picture of Jon...  I explained..  He and the others expressed their condolences in their own way..

It is a long process...

But as long as Jon's story lives on in all of us, so Jon lives on....

Peace, all......

-matter
Posted by: The Stalker, September 25, 2009, 10:41am; Reply: 393
Miss you JonD.  
Posted by: Hilsen, September 28, 2009, 7:41pm; Reply: 394
The days don't get easier JD, in fact they get harder. I wish we could talk again, laugh and listen. You always had the sensible answers or solution. Now we're on our own and hope you would have approved.
Miss ya, lots.
Posted by: The Stalker, September 29, 2009, 12:22pm; Reply: 395
You are so missed JonD.  It shows in so many ways!
Posted by: oopsie, September 29, 2009, 1:23pm; Reply: 396
Quoted from The Stalker
You are so missed JonD.  It shows in so many ways!


DITTO
Posted by: Hilsen, September 29, 2009, 3:23pm; Reply: 397
Quoted from The Stalker
You are so missed JonD.  It shows in so many ways!


Yes he is and yes it does.  :'(
Posted by: Camera Nut, September 29, 2009, 7:21pm; Reply: 398
JON,  YA NEVER TOLD ME THAT YVETTE COULD
PUT AWAY THE PIZZA.  WOW !!!!

ALL YOUR BRO'S ARE TRYING TO KEEP UP
WITH WHAT YOU STARTED.

I LIKE THIS FORUM, IT'S SURE HELPS WITH THE
HEALING PROCESS.  I'M WONDERING WHEN IT'S GONNA
START.


SMITH, YOU ARE IN SOOOO MUCH TROUBLE!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 29, 2009, 7:58pm; Reply: 399
Quoted from Camera Nut


SMITH, YOU ARE IN SOOOO MUCH TROUBLE!


Opps !  Guess I didn't think you would be seeing this.

How much trouble am I in???
Posted by: Camera Nut, September 29, 2009, 9:11pm; Reply: 400
Is this payback for the Barrington Fest pictures?

I can't help it if others want to take pictures with our members and you missed out.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 30, 2009, 6:00am; Reply: 401
JON,
I HOPE YOU SEE THIS POST.

I never thought I'd be able to take some of the heat
from you, that you endured over the last few years.   But,
as you can see, Yvette is now picking on me for no due cause.
Posted by: Hilsen, October 2, 2009, 8:08am; Reply: 402
As you can see things are changing. People are stepping up and that is good. I'm sure you're happy to see that.

Miss you
Posted by: The Stalker, October 5, 2009, 7:48am; Reply: 403
Miss you my friend
Posted by: Hilsen, October 5, 2009, 8:55am; Reply: 404
Just come in to visit you. Somehow it is comforting to know you're here and reflect. You'll always be in our hearts and minds.
I miss you JD.
Posted by: Wheelmaster, October 6, 2009, 10:53am; Reply: 405
Some of us went to Holy Hill Sunday. The same ride you loved. Well the weather sucked though the sun came out as we crossed back into Il. at about 18:30. Nice touch. It was a fun ride though . Reminded me of the karate kid. Rain gear on---rain gear off,,helmut on ,helmut off. Dude-I made it to the top of the steeple. You believe that crap. 8)
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 9, 2009, 5:41am; Reply: 406
Morning Jon,

Matt is getting his feet wet.  Good news is:
He is keeping them dry.
Posted by: The Stalker, October 11, 2009, 5:37pm; Reply: 407
Miss you Jon.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about you.
Posted by: Hilsen, October 12, 2009, 7:11am; Reply: 408
Well my dear, we know you were leading the way yesterday.  I know you had to have been laughing your butt off ;) Oh yes it as a good day and not soon forgotten. I still can't stop smiling and know many others still are as well.

Wild Weasel did a fantastic job, as you know. Especially for his first time RC'ing and it was a BIGGY. We all are very proud of him, and know you are too. He's gonna love his next one and those to follow. I think he's a natural and if he could hold up under this one nothing is gonna rattle his feathers.

There are so many things I could say about yesterday but the best part was bringing our hero home all smiles. That is what meant more than anything else. It was his special day and special it was!  

Miss you and love you
Posted by: The Stalker, October 12, 2009, 6:37pm; Reply: 409
JonD, here it is once again on the eve of the anniversary of that terrible night.  I will never forget the call from Yvette.  I still cannot believe it is even real.  2 months already! I miss you Jon, we miss you.  Out family chain really did break 2 months ago and it will never be the same.  Things just aren't the same without you here.   Know that we are taking good care of Yvette, and always will.  She is truly my sister and I will not ever let her down.

Miss you my friend.
Posted by: Wheelmaster, October 12, 2009, 6:38pm; Reply: 410
Stalker is hogging Yvette. We don't get to see her enough.
Posted by: The Stalker, October 12, 2009, 7:29pm; Reply: 411
Quoted from Wheelmaster
Stalker is hogging Yvette. We don't get to see her enough.


I am not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Wheelmaster, October 12, 2009, 8:31pm; Reply: 412
Quoted from The Stalker


I am not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Dont yell at me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Hilsen, October 12, 2009, 9:06pm; Reply: 413
Two months ago today we exchanged emails. I still have and read them. Your sharp wit and smile always makes me smile. All I have to do is think about your "gotcha" grin like when you asked about the "shots" and my bewildered look. Oh you had me going that day and you knew it. As I am trying to play it cool you knew you had me. There never was a bad day when you and Y were around. You both were the glue, but I don't think either of you knew that. God I miss those times and you.


Posted by: Hilsen, October 13, 2009, 6:58pm; Reply: 414
Miss you JonD...
Posted by: The Stalker, October 13, 2009, 9:18pm; Reply: 415
Two months and it still doesn't seem real.  I miss you. Things just aren't the same without you.
Posted by: Hilsen, October 14, 2009, 10:28am; Reply: 416
I know you have received another hero, LCpl Joey Braun, to welcome and take care of. I'm sure he is telling you about the day he was made "A Rock Star" and how surprised he was.  Yes your dreams of making our heroes feel like "Rock Stars" was accomplished. Wait until he finds out it was you that started the "Treat Them Like Rock Stars."

I know you will have a lot to talk about and will keep him under your wings, JD. Joey is a good kid JD, and I'm sure he knows he will always be a Hero to us and you won't let him forget that.

Love ya Sweetie!
Posted by: ironcross895, October 16, 2009, 9:24pm; Reply: 417
JonD never knew you although I feel like I did in knowing all your riders Thank You for Starting WWR!
It is a true blessing for our troops so they don't get treated the way we did when we came home from Nam!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 17, 2009, 7:16am; Reply: 418
Quoted from Hilsen
I know you have received another hero, LCpl Joey Braun, to welcome and take care of. I'm sure he is telling you about the day he was made "A Rock Star" and how surprised he was.  Yes your dreams of making our heroes feel like "Rock Stars" was accomplished. Wait until he finds out it was you that started the "Treat Them Like Rock Stars."

I know you will have a lot to talk about and will keep him under your wings, JD. Joey is a good kid JD, and I'm sure he knows he will always be a Hero to us and you won't let him forget that.

Love ya Sweetie!


This is a very nice note to JD.   I could not
have said it any better.
Posted by: The Stalker, October 18, 2009, 11:20am; Reply: 419
Hi Jon,
Just wanted to let you know as always I am thinking about you.  Miss you.
Posted by: Hilsen, November 2, 2009, 8:18pm; Reply: 420
Just checking in JD. You have not been forgotten. We have been doing quite a few missions just like you always wanted.
The one yesterday in Johnsburg was so neat. I know you know, but just had to say it. The smile on his face when he got that jacket was worth a thousand words. Thanks to Skip for bringing that bag full of goodies and jacket.
I know most do not know of what I am about to say, because they shot off to the Candy Give Back mission, but Brad said "His brother better not even think of wearing it. You had to be an Army SGT. in order to wear it." :)
Ya he was so happy and family so proud. Every thing went so well. Even the weather cooperated. We made him a "Rock Star."

Miss ya sweetie
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, November 6, 2009, 9:29pm; Reply: 421
Jon,

This past week, I drove through Indy.  Not sure if I can
ever go through without stopping by to pay a visit.

Miss ya Dude
Posted by: ROADHOUSE, November 7, 2009, 4:53am; Reply: 422
Jon, not a day goes by that i don't miss you by friend, nice job Bob
Posted by: Tatonka69, November 10, 2009, 3:16pm; Reply: 423
Hey JonD!  After happening upon this thread and reading many of the entries by friends and friends I have yet to meet, the wounds are opened again.  I miss you buddy!

Oscar C. Blomgren, III
Posted by: Hilsen, November 11, 2009, 6:39am; Reply: 424
Hi Sweetie!

Today is Veterans Day. We have been honored to be asked to help out with it at East and West Campus in McHenry. I know you have met our Veterans already and they know the Man you are. They also how much you loved honoring our military men and women. I know you all have stories to tell and some have them laughing, especially when it comes to the pranks and all those so close to you.

As always, you will be with us on the Special Day set aside for our heroes. Each one of us carry your heart with us on every mission. On this day we "Honor" your service along with all the other Veterans. I know it was not at the top of your list. That was for others. I don't even know if we thanked you for your service because we were so busy thanking others. But today we will stand with your service in mind along with all the other heroes.

Happy Veteran's Day JD...Thank you for your service. And Thank you Lord for bringing you into our lives. We truly are better people for it.

We miss you, we love you, and will forever be in our hearts.
Posted by: The Stalker, November 12, 2009, 7:53pm; Reply: 425
Jon,
As this is the eve of the 3 month date of your passing I felt I needed to write you once again.  Not a day goes by where you aren't in my thoughts.  I can't believe it has been 3 months already Jon, though sometimes it seems much longer.

I miss you Jon.  I miss your laugh, your smart ass comments, your caring ways.  Even though you always had a comeback, you were a very caring man.

Things just are not the same without you.  I find myself having a hard time getting back into the swing of some things, just isn't the same without you.  I know you would want us to all go on with the mission and in time I will, but right now I just am struggling with it all.

Guess I just wanted to tell you that I miss our daily emails, our daily texts and our long phone conversations but most of all JonD, I miss my friend.

Always in my heart and on my mind.
Posted by: Beads, November 19, 2009, 9:03am; Reply: 426
Hey Jon

It's been awhile since i've talked to you, but you have never been far from my thoughts. I hope we are making you proud with the things we are trying to accomplish. Everytime I present beads, I think of you. Everytime I RC a mission, I think of your encouraging words from my first mission and I try to pass along those same words to all who step up for that first one.

I didn't know you as long or as well as some of the others in the group have but your impact on me and my life will be with me forever, and for that I THANK YOU, as a mentor and friend.

With sweaty eyes, a still heavy heart but with MILES of SMILES, I think of you, MY FRIEND!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, November 24, 2009, 7:42pm; Reply: 427
Well Dude,

You sure were on track about the way WWR-IL has grown.  

Miss you Jon.  Can't finish this now, can't find the Kleenex.
Posted by: Hilsen, November 25, 2009, 8:34am; Reply: 428
Hi Sweetie,

Just me letting you know how we felt your presence last night at the Christmas packaging for the troops of 705th MP. We know it was you directing the donations because we had enough (and more of the most important items) and such a Great Variety! I know Everything requested was there and plenty of them.

Can you believe, with all that food etc., EVERY ITEM went into the boxes, not only once but several times! I really thought we'd have so much left over, but we packed 'em all plus! I also know you had a hand in "stretching" those boxes, because those boxes could not possibly hold all they did without your help.

I can see you smiling because you know there will be 135 very Surprised and Happy Heroes on Christmas. There isn't a person that knows you, and even those that never met you but have read our posts, knows what you were all about...Doing Anything and Everything for our troops. We and everyone knows you had the biggest heart, most gving person, tireless worker and so loved by all. To try and explain you to others is one of the hardest things to do. You were so much to so many, so giving yet trying to remain in the background, humble, so loved (and probably never even knew it) and I say "Bigger than life." Everyone you have ever touched is a better person and miss you so much. You raised the bar for us all and we will never let you down.

By now you have welcomed another one of our heroes from Crystal Lake, SPC Jason McLeod. Jason is a nice young man with a wife and child. (Of course I did not have to tell you that, you already know.) I know you took him under your wing, as only you can do, and that the Dear Lord will comfort his family as only HE can do. I can't think of a better way to be welcomed to "Heavens Gate" than to see both you and our Lords open arms and smiling faces.

Well honey that is all for now. We keep you and the heroes with you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

Love you and miss you
Posted by: matter, November 29, 2009, 1:02pm; Reply: 429
I like coming here, and re-reading all these posts.. It is still damn hard but it helps as much as it hurts.  Thanks again JonD.  It was nice visiting with you again.

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 11, 2009, 8:47pm; Reply: 430
Your vision is coming true Jon.
Posted by: The Stalker, December 13, 2009, 10:32am; Reply: 431
Hi Jon, Happy Hanukkah to you.

4 months, I can't believe it has been 4 months but who is keeping track.  4 months, 122 days, 2928 hours, but who's keeping track.  I still cannot believe you are gone Jon.  You are in my thoughts everyday.  Things have changed so much since you left us.  

So many things remind me of you, the missions, songs on the radio, not a day goes by where you are not thought of.  We keep the mission going in your honor Jon.

I miss my friend......
Posted by: Hilsen, December 14, 2009, 7:34pm; Reply: 432
Just wanted to come by and say hi. As you can see we had one heck of a snow last week. Sure was heavy shoveling it. Ah...you know that rock by one of my front windows. Well you can stop laughing now.  :P I tell you that was some "face plant", eh? My poor shin looks like I was dragged across the cement a few times. ('Course you know that....hahahaha)  Notice how fast I was to check and see if anyone saw my lovely accident? Of course you must check to make sure there are not others laughing their butts off. It was not very graceful...or was it?  ;D  Darn sneaky rock! Jumped right in front of me. Thank goodness my phone did not croak from the snow. Sheesh! I already did one in falling in the pool, didn't need another one bite the dust.

So what did you think of the wreaths we put on heroes of the Stewart family cemetery? They did look nice, didn't they. Mr. Stewart wrote us a letter thanking us for honoring their relatives of (1) Civil War,(1) WWI, (2)WWII.  They were very pleased that the WWR would pay their respects to their little family cemetery. Of course when we talked to them, prior, about placing wreaths we told them about you and how you'd have supported and did it yourself. (We know you were there 'cuz we brought you with us.) It looks like this will be a yearly mission and one we are proud to do.

Now if it was not for that one extra wreath, that I decided to put under my window, that was for my friend whose father we buried January 2008, I would not have done that "face plant" in the snow. I should have just brought it inside, but no. (I said you can stop laughing now  ;)

Well my dear, I meant to make this short but you know me. Get on a roll and there is no shutting me up. (Actually I really only talk to you like this. Everyone else is lucky  :)

I miss you sweetie... a lot.

Til neste tid...
Posted by: matter, December 18, 2009, 11:31pm; Reply: 433
About once a month, around the 13th I watch this..

Miss ya bud.
Quoted from Chambo
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 25, 2009, 6:05am; Reply: 434
Morning Jon,
Well, it's that time of the year again.  There have been reports
that Santa has a Biker friend giving him a hand this year.  Must be you.

Matt was in Indy and he'll be stopping by to pay his respects.

We sure miss ya Dude.  When ever it's my time, I hope people think of
me as they do you.  Well, at least some what as much.  Ya really have made a place in our hearts.

Still love ya man.
Bob
Posted by: Hilsen, December 25, 2009, 8:41am; Reply: 435
Merry Christmas Sweetie.

I knew everything I wanted to say to you today until I watched Chambeaux's video. GOD I MISS YOU!  :'(   I feel so empty inside and haven't felt this way since my mother passed away. There is not a day that goes by that you, as well as my mother, are not in it.

Oh, I know you are with us but I see you in these videos and miss your smiling face, your laugh, and hearing your voice so much more. I miss so much about you JD. I just hope you knew how much you meant to us. I don't think you did, but you sure do now. I don't know what we'd do if we could not come in here and talk to you?

Our hearts are broken. We try to carry on just like you want, but it is becoming harder when we do not see you. We try to do everything you wanted us to do for our heroes and make you proud. I hope we have and never ever let you down. I hope you can look at us and say "Good job! I'm pleased. You treated them like Rock Stars!"

We love you Jon and you'll forever be in our thoughts and hearts.



Posted by: Hilsen, December 31, 2009, 8:56am; Reply: 436
Hi Sweetie,

It's New Years Eve ('course you know that) and we are all still together. I know we became stronger and more determined to carry out every mission because of you. No one is going to let you down and everyone carries you in their hearts on every mission and everyday. There is one extra long hug and firmer handshake for all those we welcome home. Those are from you. I wonder sometimes if the hero thinks "holy  moly, that was a bear hug!" Especially from our little self, it must come as a surprise :)

I know you are watching over us so can I ask a tiny favor? Like will you let "Nellybell" keep running without anymore problems. Sheesh! It has been replace everything year on her and you never know what next will go next or when. Hate to have it happen on a mission and now she has me paranoid. (Uffda...a paranoid viking! Not good!. Not good at all, when you have those horns.  ;) I'd hate to flatten her tires with them if she really T's me off!
Ah wait! On second thought you just might like to see me T'd off. Umm, never mind. I can hear you laughing now and it brings a smile to my face. Damn you would crack me up with that laugh and twinkle in your eye! (LOL) It's etched in my mind like the "Swede" thing. Ya had me going, knew it, and got me good. (ROFL)

I will leave now with those happy thoughts in my mind and that can never be taken away.

Happy New Year, JD. Miss and love ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 31, 2009, 11:03pm; Reply: 437
Just wanted to stop at this site and make my
myself feel a little better.
Steve went to your Indy site and sent back the GPS
Coordinates.  For the others that are reading this, they are:
N39 42.370 W86 06.571
Ramp 106, South bound I-65 to east bound I-465

Had dinner with Yvette the other night.  It was nice.
In between tears, we did eat.  As you know, she has a lot
of support from all of her friends.
I'll be back to this site again.  Nice to see others are stopping
in and saying, "Hello".
Posted by: The Stalker, January 12, 2010, 2:43pm; Reply: 438
Jon,
Here I sit on the eve of the 5 month anniversay of our loss.  I cannot believe it has been so long already.  It still seems so unreal.   Y is hanging in there.  Please know that I will always be there for her.  

Heard a song that reminds me of you Jon. The words are so fitting.

Got the news on Friday mornin’
But a tear I couldn’t find
You showed me how I’m supposed to live
And now you showed me how to die
I was lost till Sunday mornin’
I woke up to face my fear
While I’m writing you this goodbye song
I found a tear

I’m gonna miss that smile
I’m gonna miss you my friend
Even though it hurts the way it ended up
I’d do it all again
So play it sweet in heaven
‘Cause that’s right where you wana be
I’m not crying because I feel so sorry for you
I’m crying for me

I got up and dialed your number
And your voice came on the line
That old familiar message
I heard a thousand times it just said
Sorry that I missed you
Leave a message and god bless
I know you think I’m crazy
But I had to hear your voice again


I miss you my friend and will never forget you.  It is because of you that I honor the servicemen and women.  You will always ride with us Jon.
Posted by: Hilsen, January 12, 2010, 5:16pm; Reply: 439
Quoted from The Stalker
Jon,
Here I sit on the eve of the 5 month anniversay of our loss.  I cannot believe it has been so long already.  It still seems so unreal.   Y is hanging in there.  Please know that I will always be there for her.  

Heard a song that reminds me of you Jon. The words are so fitting.

Got the news on Friday mornin’
But a tear I couldn’t find
You showed me how I’m supposed to live
And now you showed me how to die
I was lost till Sunday mornin’
I woke up to face my fear
While I’m writing you this goodbye song
I found a tear

I’m gonna miss that smile
I’m gonna miss you my friend
Even though it hurts the way it ended up
I’d do it all again
So play it sweet in heaven
‘Cause that’s right where you wana be
I’m not crying because I feel so sorry for you
I’m crying for me

I got up and dialed your number
And your voice came on the line
That old familiar message
I heard a thousand times it just said
Sorry that I missed you
Leave a message and god bless
I know you think I’m crazy
But I had to hear your voice again


I miss you my friend and will never forget you.  It is because of you that I honor the servicemen and women.  You will always ride with us Jon.


So well put, Lisa. I think you summed it up for many of us.
Posted by: Jumper82, January 15, 2010, 9:48pm; Reply: 440
Hey Jon... just wanted to come by and say Hi, and Happy New Year and Happy Birthday....
Gary & I have 2 kids deploying this week - Mike is leaving for Haiti - and the new baby is due in a couple of months, so it is really stressful on Mandy.  Gary's son, Jared is leaving for Iraq - they have a new baby, too... born Dec. 13th - she is a real cutie, and I know Mike and Mandy's new baby will be beautiful, too.

So - if you can keep an eye on these two sons of ours, and help them get home to their families, that would be awesome.  

On a funny note, we have Jared's pug while he is gone... he is quite funny... and sounds like a little pig rooting around...

take care, my friend... and know you are never far from our thoughts.

Jumper
Posted by: Beads, January 17, 2010, 6:19pm; Reply: 441
thanks Jon
Posted by: The Stalker, January 18, 2010, 7:32pm; Reply: 442
Jon,
Tomorrow would be your birthday and it break our hearts that you are not here.  

Today is your birthday
Without candles and cake,
And since you are not with us,
we will not celebrate.

We cannot send you a birthday card,
Your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message
to the one we love so much.

And grant us one wish,
and make it come true,
To have his choir of angels sing
Happy Birthday to you.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, January 18, 2010, 7:42pm; Reply: 443
Quoted from The Stalker
Jon,
Tomorrow would be your birthday and it break our hearts that you are not here.  

Today is your birthday
Without candles and cake,
And since you are not with us,
we will not celebrate.

We cannot send you a birthday card,
Your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message
to the one we love so much.

And grant us one wish,
and make it come true,
To have his choir of angels sing
Happy Birthday to you.



Lisa,
Thank you so very much for putting this
out.  It's really n ice.

Bob
Posted by: budman54, January 19, 2010, 4:32am; Reply: 444
Quoted from The Stalker
Jon,
Tomorrow would be your birthday and it break our hearts that you are not here.  

Today is your birthday
Without candles and cake,
And since you are not with us,
we will not celebrate.

We cannot send you a birthday card,
Your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message
to the one we love so much.

And grant us one wish,
and make it come true,
To have his choir of angels sing
Happy Birthday to you.


Thank You for posting this Lisa, Jon is smiling down at you!  Thou I never met Jon he is part of the Family and is missed.
Posted by: oopsie, January 19, 2010, 8:43am; Reply: 445
Happy Birthday Jon
I miss you
Posted by: Hansonfamily, January 19, 2010, 6:37pm; Reply: 446
Happy Birthday Jon!! We love and miss you.



Today is my Birthday                          
Celebrate my life with you               
And remember the good times                    
Not the bad and                         
Do not be sad                                   
Look upwards to the sun                         
And catch every ray of light          
Upon your cheek.                              
For I am there with you.      

Today is my Birthday                
Be happy for me                         
I lived short, but full                    
I had the pleasure of love               
And the joy of my family.               
Do not be sad                          
Look up towards the stars               
And catch each twinkle               
In your heart.                    
For I am there with you.               
                         

Today is my birthday
My legacy is not wealth
Or mighty belongings,
My legacy is you and your life.
Spend it wisely and carefully
Guard it always
Do not be sad
Feel the wind on your face          
And in your hair
And know that I loved you          
For I am there with you in your laughter     
And in your hearts.


Today is my birthday
Learn to live again without me,          
Take my strength with you               
For you are not alone
Do not be sad
Feel the rain on your face     
Feel all life’s treasures and     
Know that you are alive!
At each step of the way
I will help you     
For I am with you always
Until we meet again
                    
Today is my birthday…..     


This is the poem I found for our (Yvette & I) Uncle this past August and I wanted to share with you guys for Jon's Birthday too.               
Posted by: T, January 19, 2010, 9:37pm; Reply: 447
JonD, happy Birthday Brother. Just a note to let you know that you are in our hearts and on our minds as we silently celebrate and remember on this day.
Now, in case no has has told you, lately,GET TO WORK, Brother, we still rely on your guidance. T
Posted by: matter, January 19, 2010, 9:42pm; Reply: 448
Happy B-Day big guy..

I'll hoist one in your honor and upside down the other..

-matter
Posted by: Hilsen, January 21, 2010, 8:07pm; Reply: 449
I don't know why I could not post on your birthday, but I think it had a lot to do with Lisa's poem. Oh how befitting and true. It caused many a blurry screen because I know mine was. What could one say after that and after all the others to follow?

I know you know I was here and what I wanted to say, but choose to save it for a Belated Birthday wish today.

Til vi møtes igjen meg venn,
Elske du og frk. du

Posted by: Hilsen, January 28, 2010, 8:53pm; Reply: 450
Hi Sweetie,

I know you have been busy greeting our heroes lately. I am sure they were so happy to see and meet you. I can only imagine the stories flying around. Something like "our gang" and with many laughs.

I know you greeted "Snap" too.  I bet you both have had some pretty good conversations and lots of laughs. It is funny after all years of doing the same things and the outcome, you both agree it was quite silly. Maybe you both can send that message to those that don't quite get it yet.

I also know you met Andrew Tuesday. He is one of the WI LEO's that helped escort the 178th home and did various other things for the WWR. You already he's a good guy. We are going to show his hometown what a hero is was to us too.

You know JD, it is hard posting those that made the ultimate sacrifice but knowing they will be greeted by you somewhat eases the heartbreak I feel. I know they are in good hands and just wish the families knew you so they would too.

Well my dear I just wanted to say "hi." Don't know what we would do if we could not come in here and talk to you. We miss you, love you and have to be near you. So thank God we have this place to come to.

Oh, Oopsie walked by and saw what I was doing. She said to say "hi" and tell you she misses you a whole bunch too. (consider it done :)

Miss ya and love ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, February 3, 2010, 9:43pm; Reply: 451
Hey Dude,

Went to Indy last week.  So, needless to say, you sure were on my mind.

That's it Jon.
Bob
Posted by: matter, February 14, 2010, 7:46am; Reply: 452
Hi again.

Several of us got together and hoisted one in your name last night.  You have a bunch of neat friends.. One who could not make it was there in spirit as we sang Happy Birthday to Yvette even tho it was not her birthday.  Now who do we know who does that kinda thing???  HMMMM...

Well, off to wrestling again..

Take care big guy..

-matter  
Posted by: The Stalker, February 17, 2010, 11:43am; Reply: 453
Jon, 6 months, really?  I still cannot believe it has been so long.  I drove to Indy on Friday, stopped at the site and said a prayer.  As we were sitting there the sone "cryin for me" came on, so perfect, so appropriate as those are the words I always quote!!  I'm gonna miss that smile.... I'm gonna miss you my friend.
Posted by: Hilsen, February 17, 2010, 7:58pm; Reply: 454
Hei min venn.

Just had to stop in and let you know you have not been forgotten and never will be. ('Course you know that but it feels better saying it.)

Hey, can you put in a good word for me. Seems the old body needs an overhaul and I'd prefer without Dr's involved. It has been quite trying lately and I am about to say "uncle." So I just thought I'd ask. (I sure would like my old life back again.)

Well sweetie, can't be on the computer too long anymore so I just wanted to say "We all miss you and love you, very, very much."

Til neste tid og mid elsker
Posted by: Beads, February 24, 2010, 5:40pm; Reply: 455
6 months and the tears still come...we miss you jon but feel your guidence all the time. it's funny cuz now each time i'm involved in a mission i think "what would Jon do?" and i smile with an answer. and in case you didn't happen to seeit, we had another successful weekend at the bike show. i guess what you taught was to jump with both feet and my friends will catch me. THANK YOU!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, February 27, 2010, 3:18pm; Reply: 456
Well, my friend, I'm back.

You can be very proud of the way things are going at this moment.  We have more
members signing on every week.   It seems that more are helping out with everything.

Sorry, I didn't get to finish what we talked about regarding Todd.  He left and to be honest Jon
I can't tell you the last time I even checked their site.  With this subject in mind, it does seem
that things are somewhat at peace.
It's like rumors, if it gets passed on, it adds to the problem.   What I'm seeing now is we're hearing
less and less the negitive.  That's good for all.  Rumors never did any one any good.

I noticed a request from above for you, please do what you can.

Till next time-------
Posted by: Hilsen, March 6, 2010, 11:55am; Reply: 457
Hei min venn!

Oh I have so much to tell you, but first let me start with a Thank You for the word put in ;)  Last night we, Oops and I, went to a Welcome Home for a young man,SPC. Andrew Ernst, with credentials all over the place. He signed up when he was 16 years old!

I tell you Jon, this was the one I have been waiting for. The words I have wanted to hear from a warrior for a long time now. The words of how the WWR welcome home made him feel. He said it! Just what you always said we should make them feel like, A Rock Star. Well Andrew said "This whole thing made me feel like a Rock Star."

It was music to my ears. The thoughts of you repeating to us, "Make them feel like Rock Stars" and he did feel like a Rock Star.  I gave him another big hug (for you) after that remark. I think it was the "boost" some of us needed. I know I did and it has the fires burning again. So tonight we will go out and make another one of our heroes "A Rock Star."  Can't wait!

Oh, I forgot to tell you about the other young Marine Recruit that was at Andrew's WH. He will be leaving in 13 days and came to the school in support of Andrew. Upon learning of his presence, we beaded him and of course Mugged him with Hugs. I know he felt like a Rock Star too because of all the attention. Not to mention Andrews family insisted he join them at their home for something to eat, drink etc. He did join them and we also have him in the picture with the WH Banner. So it turned out to be a 2 fer. :)

I know I don't need to tell you all this, because you know...you're with us, but it feels better when I do. So I hope you never get tired of listening to all of us talk to you every now and then. We are trying to give you a bit of a break in repeating what you already know. (hehehe)

Hey, I know several have been sent your way lately. It is always a hard thing to post, but I know you were at the door, along side God, to greet them. Now they know the JonD we all love and respected. I just wish every family could have met you JD, then they would know the other set of good hands they are in.  

Til neste tid min venn,
Love ya!
Posted by: The Stalker, March 12, 2010, 11:55pm; Reply: 458
Jon I sit here on the eve of the 7 month date.  I truly cannot believe it has been 7 months.  There are times where the days fly by, than there are the days that time seems to stand still.  

I am sure you already know it Jon, but I will say it again....I miss you.

I miss your smile, I miss our talks, I miss my friend.
Posted by: Hilsen, March 16, 2010, 9:30am; Reply: 459
I just wanted to come on and tell you how much we love and miss you, Jon.  Not a day goes by that we do not think about you and wish...

I know Vets grandpa is with you now. He is a true hero of the Greatest Generation, as you well know. I can only imagine the stories you are telling one another. Many that probably were never told to anyone else before, but now bringing true inner peace. He will be given his rightfully deserved Honor Mission, with Lisa at the helm. If he never realized he was (and is) a Hero to us all, he will.

Hey, will you give us a good kick in the rear! You know why.

Love ya!
Posted by: matter, April 9, 2010, 12:18am; Reply: 460
Miss ya Jon...

Man, it don't get easier re-reading all these posts..  

And I am OK with that..

-matter
Posted by: The Stalker, April 12, 2010, 8:59pm; Reply: 461
Tommorrow will be 8 months? Has it really been 8 months?? Why does it still feel like I received the phone call yesterday?

I truly feel like I lost a brother 8 months ago.  Nothing seems the same Jon.  Not a day goes by where I don't think about you Jon.  

You are in our thoughts and memories.  

I miss my friend.  :'(
Posted by: matter, April 13, 2010, 2:00am; Reply: 462
Hey JonD.  The other day I went thru this whole post again..  Good thing I work from home most days..  When my daughter came home from school hours later, she asked "What's wrong, Daddy?".  I told her..  We hugged.. I cried..  The silly thing is I was smiling and remembering when you had TWO Slaughter Girls on your patriot bike!! (We might be seeing them again real soon!!).. It was sort of a laughing/crying thing... Aw hell, I am doing it again now and AM at a customer site.....  Good thing it is 2am and nobody is around...  

Miss ya big guy.... But ya still make me smile....

-matter out
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, April 14, 2010, 7:06am; Reply: 463
Quoted from matter
Hey JonD.  The other day I went thru this whole post again..  Good thing I work from home most days..  When my daughter came home from school hours later, she asked "What's wrong, Daddy?".  I told her..  We hugged.. I cried..  The silly thing is I was smiling and remembering when you had TWO Slaughter Girls on your patriot bike!! (We might be seeing them again real soon!!).. It was sort of a laughing/crying thing... Aw hell, I am doing it again now and AM at a customer site.....  Good thing it is 2am and nobody is around...  

Miss ya big guy.... But ya still make me smile....

-matter out


Matter,
Thanks for posting this.   Yesterday when you were talking about Jon, my thoughts went from being happy to a quick sence of sadness.   It's good to know that that everyone stil feels the impact that Jon made.
I'm sure his is very proud of you for the leadership that you have given to the WWR.
Posted by: matter, April 20, 2010, 1:44am; Reply: 464
Hey Big Guy..

I just received an email tonight from a mother of a Marine to whom I presented a folded flag that had, as I told the mom, some salt associated with it.  That flag first flew on your mission..  I had thought about retiring that flag and doing something nice with it.  Then I heard you say, "Shut up already and fly that thing for one of our warriors".

Well, I flew the heck out of that flag..  Her son's mission was mission #5 of that day in September.  To get there, about 15 of us had to ride a little fast and a little hard.  The flag was quiet shredded.  When the mission was over, I folded the flag as best I could and presented to the Marine as yet another small token of our appreciation..  

I had quite forgotten about that flag, having gone through many more by now until that Mom mentioned how she and her son treasure that flag and that it now resides in a case on their mantel.  I now can think of no better place for that flag to be.

Just wanted you to know that you touched yet another family's lives.

-matter
Posted by: ROADHOUSE, May 9, 2010, 6:02am; Reply: 465
JonD TIME HAS PAST MY FRIEND AND IT STILL SEEMS LIKE YESTURDAY WHEN WE SPOKE ABOUT THE LEO SPOT LITTLE DID I KNOW,
WE WENT FROM 50 MEMBERS TO OVER 600 AND STILL GROWING, JON THE MISSIONS COME FASTER  AND ALL YOU WORKED FOR IS
HAPPENING, WE HAVE A GOOD GROUP AS YOU KNOW AND I'M SO PROUD TO BE ONE OF OF SUCH A GREAT GROUP AS THE WWR.
MISSING YOU EACH DAY MY FRIEND.  GODBLESS
Posted by: Hilsen, May 9, 2010, 9:28am; Reply: 466
Hi Sweetie,

No, I haven't forgotten you and never will. You know how many times I have been here and just couldn't talk. I'm still finding it hard. Instantly I get a lump in my throat and then comes the blurry screen.
Oh there is so much I want to tell you. To be able to hear your voice again, your laugh, see that "twinkle" in your eyes, as we spar over silly stuff...God what good memories that are so missed. The only thing that brings me out of that "Debbie Downer" mood is to remind myself of how Blessed I am to have known you. We all are. Some people never meet a person like you, but we did and are Blessed to have had you in our lives.

There is not a day that goes by that you are not in it, and you always will be. You never knew the impact you had and made on people. Maybe it was because we did not tell you, or show you, but took it for granted you would always be around. (Well I know you are around, but it really isn't the same.) NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING, 'cuz I'm just so happy to be able to come here and talk to you. I don't know what we would do if we were not able to come here.

I miss you my dear, more than you know. You're always in my thoughts and heart.  
Til vi møtes igjen, min venn

Med Elsker!
Uff
Posted by: matter, May 12, 2010, 11:44pm; Reply: 467
Found the picture of your flag on that mantel I was talking to you about..  

Posted by: The Stalker, May 13, 2010, 9:19am; Reply: 468
Jon,
9 months.....it is so hard to believe it has been that long.  Though at times it seems longer since we have seen that smile, at times it is also hard to believe it has been 9 months.

I want to go back in time, I want things to be the way they were.  You had a way with people Jon that is special.  

I miss seeing you, talking to you, texting you, I just miss you, I miss knowing you were always there Jon.  I miss my friend.

Lisa
Posted by: The Stalker, June 3, 2010, 12:22pm; Reply: 469
Wow, I just spent my lunch hour re-reading all of these posts!  Jon, I hope you know how much you were/are loved and missed.  Not a day goes by where you are not thought of.  Not a missions happens where you are not remembered.  

I miss you JD.
Posted by: The Stalker, June 13, 2010, 12:37pm; Reply: 470
JonD my friend, It is hard to believe that 10 months have past since I have heard your voice, or seen that smile we all loved so much.  Somedays I sit here and it feels like we just talked, other times I sit here and cannot believe you are really gone.

Not a day goes past that you are not thought of, not a day goes past where you are not missed.

I miss you Jon.  I only hope you know how much you meant to all of us.  Maybe we didn't say it enough, but you were our rock.  Because of what you started for us in Illinois, I now have more new family members and friends than I could ever imagine.  It is all because of you Jon.  You were such an inspiration to us all.  

I miss that smile, I miss you my friend.
Posted by: matter, June 13, 2010, 8:42pm; Reply: 471
JonD... 10 months..  Every month I at least make sure to watch THIS - > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYkpV3wY-IE

Every single time I go under an underpass, I smile and remember us somehow both having a little clutch slippage problem, especially that one underpass by 68.  Every time I go under THAT one, my clutch slips...  It was kinda funny the other day when I was stuck in traffic surrounded by impatient commuters when I let 'er fly..  Boy some people are cranky at 0700 on a workday..  The guy next to me did not like the grin on my face when I did it, but he could not see behind the glasses...

I still look to you for guidance and you still help.. Thank you for the help and strength when I needed it recently.  And thank you for welcoming Cpl. Justin W. Cloe to Region 7.  

See ya next month buddy..
Posted by: Hilsen, June 15, 2010, 4:44pm; Reply: 472
Hi Sweetie!

I came here with lots to tell you, but then read the previous posts and can't talk now. So I will just say "ditto" to all that has been said by the others of this wonderful big WWR family you started. I know you are proud of the leadership and all who make the missions happen. If not for the team work by all and everyone's love for you, well... Nope! That will never happen. You're our glue and always will be.

Love you and miss you, JD.

Til vi møte igjen


Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, June 21, 2010, 7:38am; Reply: 473
Quoted from Hilsen
Hi Sweetie!

I came here with lots to tell you, but then read the previous posts and can't talk now. So I will just say "ditto" to all that has been said by the others of this wonderful big WWR family you started. I know you are proud of the leadership and all who make the missions happen. If not for the team work by all and everyone's love for you, well... Nope! That will never happen. You're our glue and always will be.

Love you and miss you, JD.

Til vi møte



Well, I sure don't want to start off by calling you Sweetie. lol
But, I guess Hilsen said it best, " You're our glue and always will be."

We still miss you my Brother.
Bob
Posted by: Dukesmom1, June 28, 2010, 2:11pm; Reply: 474
Almost a year has passed and I still look for you at each any every ride. I know you are there in spirit, but sometimes I get the feeling that you are standing next to me. I have a confession to make to you.
You gave Robbie a special coin when he was home on leave I have tried many times to give it to him but I just can't part with it. Someday I will I promise I will give it back to him, but for now every once in a while I take it out and just hold it tight and say alittle prayer for you or to you cause I know you can hear all of us. We all love you and there's not a day that goes by when we all don't think of you. You taught us well Jedi master.
Posted by: Hilsen, July 8, 2010, 11:17am; Reply: 475
Hi Sweetie,

I know you have to be laughing your butt off after the WL 4th parade. I don't think anyone will forget this one. (LMAO)  Pebs rode with Keith and it was so good to see. You know those hugs were for you.

I also know you are aware of what happened to JJ and Pam. What a way to start out the day.
Thank God they are ok, other than sore. I am sure you had something to do with that accident not being as bad as it could have been. We know you're always watching over us and frankly that is what gets us through a lot.  

Even though we know you are with us, and Forever in our hearts and minds we miss you. Always will, but know someday we will all be together again.

Med elsker alltid




Posted by: The Stalker, July 12, 2010, 11:05am; Reply: 476
My friend Jon D-
Today is the eve of 11 months since that terrible call came in.  I can't believe 11 months have gone by!  Somedays it seems longer, some days it doesn't seem real.  I look at your picture every day and have to tell you Jon, I miss you.  I miss talking to you and your smart ass remarks!  The mission continues as that is what you would want, but things do not feel the same.  

No one can ever replace you Jon.  No one can every be the voice of reason and calmness that you were.  So many of us leaned on you and you never once complained.   You were our rock, our glue, our brother, our friend.  Until we meet again....

Like the songs says- I'm gonna miss that smile, I'm gonna miss you my friend

Posted by: The Stalker, July 13, 2010, 11:39am; Reply: 477
Miss you
Posted by: Hilsen, July 17, 2010, 10:48am; Reply: 478
Hi Sweetie,

By now you and Debbie are together and know how many hearts are broken. I know it is the selfish part in all of us that we do not want to let go of those we love, but should rejoice knowing that you both are home with our Dear Lord.

We love you and miss you both, but find comfort in knowing you are with the heroes you so honored and our Lord.

Until we all meet again,

Uff and Oopsie
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 17, 2010, 9:11pm; Reply: 479
Hey Dude,

Well, by now you have a buddy telling you what to do.  Be careful of the hugs.
They'll get to you.

Still missing ya.
Bob
Posted by: Chambo, July 27, 2010, 8:36am; Reply: 480
I was just thinking this morning on the way into work about how Jon started up this group in Illinois.  How difficult it must have been.  So many unknowns.  Initial membership wasn't a big challenge.  We all followed Jon.  I remember that first mission.  What a turnout!  But how did he get the word out to the blue star families so that we were invited to participate in welcome homes?  Without invites we're just a group of well intended individuals.  He pulled it off.  Somehow.  We were almost instantly busy and it hasn't let up since.  

I've seen him sweat from the heat but never over the details.  There he was always cool.  I still admire and envy that confidence.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 28, 2010, 9:34pm; Reply: 481
You have another brother coming.  Wish I could say it was for a visit.  But, I can't.

Jon, the man coming to you is being escorted by the WWR.  Take him under your wings.

Still miss you.
Posted by: Hilsen, July 29, 2010, 2:11pm; Reply: 482
Hi Sweetie,

As you can see it has been busy, in many ways. Busy welcoming more of our Heroes home, parades, troop packages being sent and doing all the things you wanted us to do. We also know you have been busy welcoming the Heroes we lost. I always envision them meeting you and instantly knowing what we have all felt and known about you...Honor, Love, Kindness, Humorous and Respect. We miss you everyday of our lives and realize how blessed we were to have been a part of your life.

Love ya!

Posted by: matter, August 1, 2010, 4:50pm; Reply: 483
Hey Jon,

As you now know, I returned that stone I borrowed when I said goodbye.  I wonder how many miles that stone has ridden with me carrying on the mission.   I borrowed another from nearby..  I will return that one someday, by myself, so we can chat awhile....

Miss ya buddy..

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 1, 2010, 5:10pm; Reply: 484
           What a day..

"YOUR ON TOP OF THE WORLD"
Posted by: Camera Nut, August 1, 2010, 9:47pm; Reply: 485
Jon D,
Our hearts are broken.  You are missed by so many.  

You will always be with us.

Ride in peace.

Love you
Posted by: Beads, August 3, 2010, 8:30am; Reply: 486
WHAT A MAN

WHAT A LEGACY

MISSED BY MANY!
Posted by: Hilsen, August 3, 2010, 6:05pm; Reply: 487
Hi Sweetie,

No need to tell you how much you meant and mean to so many. Could you feel the love? I'm sure you did and finally realized how much you mean to so many. I bet you were a bit surprised when the letter from Wayne was read. Oh did he ever hit the nail on the head and God knows it was heartfelt. Then Coastie and Yvette...oh yes the tears did flow. More direct hits of what a "man" we were so blessed to have in our lives. You'll forever be in our hearts, thoughts and souls.

Mid Elsker Alltid


P.S. Thanks for those breezes when they were much welcomed and needed  ;)
Posted by: Camera Nut, August 13, 2010, 6:27am; Reply: 488
So often "Jon & Yvette" seemed like one word for so long.  I know it has been hard to see me without Jon or to even just say my name.  (For me too).  It has been a year of firsts for me.  I'm grateful to have my family and friends to help me go through this.  Thank you!  I appreciate all of you.  Josh, Jessi, and the rest of the Dreymann family thank you for your continued support.

It's hard to believe Jon D is gone, but he will never be forgotten.  Neither will Debbie or Marcus or any of our other warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  We will continue the missions because it is the right thing to do.

Live life, laugh often, and love your family and friends.  Cherish all the memories and make new ones.  Whatever life is throwing your way right now - grief, divorce, unemployement, your child is in service, illness, etc - know I'm thinking of each of you as well as the rest of your WWR family.  We have each others backs.

Jon D, I hope you are on your shiny new HondaDavidson and you stop to have a cognac and stogie.  Ride in peace.  Love you.
Posted by: Moonshine, August 13, 2010, 6:54am; Reply: 489
Yvette-all of Georgia is thinking about you today. We did not have the honor of meeting Jon but wish like hell we had. He will never be forgotten. You are in our thoughts and close to all of our hearts today and always.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 13, 2010, 7:19am; Reply: 490
Well sweetie it has been one long year since you left us. I can't say it hasn't been hard, because it has been. But we move on, because that is what you wanted and that is what our heroes deserve.

I have so much I want to say but it all adds up to "We Miss You" and (if ever a doubt) "We Love You!"  Always have and always will.

Til vi møtes igjen

Uff og Oopsie

Posted by: The Stalker, August 13, 2010, 7:29am; Reply: 491
It is so hard to believe that it has been a year.  I remember the call...on my way to WI to escort a unit returning the next morning and my phone rang.  It was Yvette telling me Jon went down on his bike.  I didn't hear the rest of what she said at first and kept asking how he was only to hear her through her tears say "Lisa he is gone" "he didn't make it".  It was a night I will never forget.  So many miles aways from Yvette, torn on what to do...do we turn around and go home? No we had to stay in WI for the night and continue the morning mission as that is what Jon would have wanted us to do.

The mission was a distraction, a distraction of the news we heard the night before.  If we didn't let ourselves think about it maybe it wasn't true.  Thank you to the WI police officer that played his bagpipes for our group at staging, it was so nice to think of us, but we couldnt make it about us as we had a unit to return home, and we made sure they knew we were there to escort them home.

Jon would have been so proud of us, crying when we were alone, but making sure the mission went on.

Not a day goes by where I dont think of you Jon.  You made us into a family and for that we will always be grateful.  WIthout you we would have all been lost.  

Having known you was a true honor.  You have touched more lives than you will ever know Jon and are missed by so many.  Did you know how many lives you touched?  I sure hope so.

Thank you for being my friend Jon and thank you for allowing me to be your friend.  

Yvette and I have truly become sisters in the last year and I really think you had something to do with that as well.  We will always make sure she is taken care of as I know you would have done the same for us if the situation was reversed.

You will always be our leader, you will always be the voice in my head telling me to do the right thing.  You are with us on every mission Jon and always will be.

You were my leader, mentor, brother and friend and more than you will ever know I miss my friend.

Until we meet again.....
Posted by: Hansonfamily, August 13, 2010, 11:58am; Reply: 492

Remembering

There will come a day
when your tears of sorrow
will softly flow into tears of remembrance
and your heart will begin to heal itself
and grieving will be interrupted by episodes of joy
and you will hear the whisper of hope.

There will come a day
when you will welcome tears of remembrance
as a sunshower of the soul
a turning of the tide
a promise of peace

There will come a day when you will
risk loving
go on believing
and treasure the tears of remembering.

  

We miss you Uncle Jonny.  I won't say it easy yet but I will say you can find comfort in the happy memories. Watch over our Maddie - you know what a handful she can be.  All our love always till we met again.
Posted by: matter, August 13, 2010, 9:01pm; Reply: 493
JonD, Matter....

I've ridden for an entire year with my rear pegs down for you.  I know you were there.  I had planned on puttin' 'em back up after a year.  We'll see.  You know you are always welcome there.. So is Y..  So are all the mothers who seem to end up there.  I remember you calling me "Mother Rider" (politically correct version) after it seemed the mothers always ended up on my bike..  I wondered how that seemed to happen only when you were around..  You'll be happy to know the tradition carries on. So does a certain slip of the clutch under 68 on 14.  I smile every time...

Ride Free JonD....

Matter out..
Posted by: matter, August 23, 2010, 6:58am; Reply: 494
We could think of no better place for this flag and plaque to reside than with JonD's Yvette.  
Here is a copy of that plaque.
Flag_for_JonD
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 23, 2010, 9:51am; Reply: 495
Quoted from matter
We could think of no better place for this flag and plaque to reside than with JonD's Yvette.  
Here is a copy of that plaque.
Flag_for_JonD


VERY NICE AND WELL DONE.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 26, 2010, 4:54pm; Reply: 496
So nice and the right person to have and take care of it.

Well done Matt.   :)
Posted by: fyrlieu, August 26, 2010, 8:30pm; Reply: 497
Well done boss; great keepsake for JonD's Yvette.  
Posted by: The Stalker, September 9, 2010, 9:41pm; Reply: 498
Miss you :'(
Posted by: Hilsen, September 11, 2010, 8:50am; Reply: 499
9/11 another time in ones life you never forget where you were, what you were doing, and when time stopped! That is just how we all felt when you left us.

Like those families who lost their loved ones 9 years ago today we move on, all the time knowing you (they) are with us. You are in our hearts forever.

Til we meet again, my dear friend...

Love and Miss You
Posted by: The Stalker, September 13, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 500
One year and one month, I can hardly believe it!  I miss you!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 17, 2010, 4:47am; Reply: 501
HEY THERE MY FRIEND.

JUST CHECKING IN.

STILL MISS YA JON AND SO DO THE REST
OF YOUR FRIENDS.
Posted by: matter, September 20, 2010, 1:14pm; Reply: 502
Pegs are still down.  Rereading and thinking about you..

-matter
Posted by: Hilsen, September 20, 2010, 2:02pm; Reply: 503
Thinking about you the same as matter. My pegs aren't down, cuz I don't have any, but my sails are floppy. Need your help Jon to get them back up and catching wind. Then we can sail again.

(Um, you always were quick...but the rumbling I hear from up above, that isn't you with an answer is it?
If so, I'M FINE NOW! THAAANKS. Don't need anymore help right now, that's enough. Owieeee! As they say "Careful of what you ask for!" )

Miss ya sweetie and thanks for the...ah grumbling.
Posted by: Hilsen, October 2, 2010, 10:17am; Reply: 504
Good morning sweetie,

I'm sorry I have been sending so many up to you, but know they are being welcomed by the best. Now they get to know the JD we all respected and love.

Also want to say "thank you" and "Gees do I miss you!"

Love ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 11, 2010, 4:52am; Reply: 505
Hey Dude,

Was near the location where you said good-bye to us.  Just
can't help but drop the tear of sadness.
Then I got thinking of your comment when Oscar went down on Bones
and then they went to tears of happiness.

Miss ya Jon.  
Posted by: Hilsen, October 14, 2010, 6:04am; Reply: 506
Hi Sweetie,

I came here feeling down because of the date and just wanted to say "hi." Then I read Bob's post!  ;D Oh how I needed that reminder.  I remember that incident.  (BB's)  
Now a rash of memories like that are flowing through my mind and you are here again making us smile.

Thank you Bob for the post and laughs it brought. Yes, tears of happiness are much better than the other kind.





Hey Dude,

Was near the location where you said good-bye to us.  Just
can't help but drop the tear of sadness.
Then I get thinking of your comment when Oscar went down on Bones
and they went to tears of happiness.

Miss ya Jon.  


Posted by: The Stalker, October 17, 2010, 9:04am; Reply: 507
miss you
Posted by: Hilsen, November 1, 2010, 7:14am; Reply: 508
Hi Sweetie,

As you already know, Keith and Lisa's beloved uncle Arthur "Ron" Swanson has joined you. I know he is with you, along with all our heroes and loved ones.

For me it is comforting to know you are continuing there where we left off here. I always envision your smiling face, firm handshake and big hug welcoming all home.  'tis good.

Miss you and love you!
Posted by: Hilsen, November 11, 2010, 6:54pm; Reply: 509
Happy Veterans Day Sweetie! Please thank all our Heroes there with you for their service. We have not and will not forget them.

Love ya and Miss ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, November 11, 2010, 10:02pm; Reply: 510
Well, here we are.  Another Veterans Day.  Just got home from spending a day up near where
you use to live.

Still thinking of you Jon.
Posted by: The Stalker, November 16, 2010, 11:06pm; Reply: 511
Miss you Jon D!!!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 4, 2010, 3:15am; Reply: 512
Just thought I'd check in.

WWR is growing.

MISS YA DUDE.
Posted by: The Stalker, December 7, 2010, 10:13pm; Reply: 513
Happy Hannukah JD
Posted by: matter, December 8, 2010, 10:51am; Reply: 514
Was reminded of you today.  (And every time I ride or drive under that underpass.  I rev the engine and smile EVERY TIME altho it is not quite the same in the truck..).  You are welcoming another warrior to Region 7 whom you welcomed home from war some years prior.  Make sure you & Deb give Jeff an extra hug from all of us down here.

Thanks bud..

-me
Posted by: matter, December 8, 2010, 11:16am; Reply: 515
PS.

Hey Nighthawk.  

Was also reminded the other night of what a great group of people you got together to make sure our warriors receive the honor they deserve.   I am continually humbled and eternally grateful to simply be allowed to associate with them.  Thank you for being you and welcoming me into this great group of selfless patriots.  

-secret squirrel out..
Posted by: Hilsen, December 15, 2010, 6:48pm; Reply: 516
Hi Sweetie,

I stood here on the 13th staring at this page. I had so much to say but just couldn't bring myself to talk. I know you know what is going on so I left. Sometimes it is just nice to come here and talk to you.

Chambeau did another video about the WWR. This one sums up 2010 and what the N. IL. WWR did. It also listed the heroes from IL. that we lost and are with you now. He has such talent and did a smash up job. I know you are so proud of what the leaders are doing and all the WWR members. I just wish the new members had a chance to meet you. Then they would know why Matt, Keith, Bob, Oscar, Johnathan, Lisa, Yvette. Cliff, and all the rest work so hard. You did and they will do no less. I know you're smilin'.

Well sweetie, all the rest I have to say you already know. So I will just say "Miss You" very much.

Med Elsker,
Uff
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 25, 2010, 9:11am; Reply: 517
MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND.

MISS YA.
Posted by: matter, January 9, 2011, 3:09am; Reply: 518
Was thinking of you yesterday when I saw Y while waitin' for a mission..  Will be drinking a toast to you and Jake and Deb and all you guys up in Region 7 soon.

-me
Posted by: Hilsen, January 11, 2011, 11:43am; Reply: 519
Hi Sweetie,

Just wanted to come in and say "Hi" and let you know (like you don't already know) how much we miss you.

I know you know all that has happened since before Christmas and still going on. It is going to be a long time before we can get back to doing what we love, but it will come. Until then, please keep putting in a good word or two. They are needed and every one helps.

Til neste tid, elsker du!
Uff
Posted by: The Stalker, January 18, 2011, 10:33pm; Reply: 520
Hi Jon.  Hard to believe your birthday would be tomorrow.  We think about you often and miss you.  


I miss my friend
Posted by: budman54, January 19, 2011, 4:16am; Reply: 521
Happy Birthday Jon.  You are truly missed by all of your WWR Family.  Rest In Peace.
Posted by: Beads, January 19, 2011, 11:44am; Reply: 522
hey jon
as you know i don't usually come here but i figured since it is your birthday ...i thought i'd stop by and wish you a happy birthday. i dont think i have ever met anyone who touched or influenced so many lives. when out on missions, your name often comes up "remember when... or were you there when...". the stories continue about an what an awesome person you are. i know i for one contribute. my favorite is 'come on, you can do it, i'll be there to help.' and so began my journey as an rc. and for that i thank you! i try to pay it forward... speaking of paying it forward, we are about to set up a booth for our 3rd year at the bike show. and that is also because of your "request"   ;) again, thank you.
forever indebted, happy birthday jond.....cheryl
Posted by: matter, January 19, 2011, 5:53pm; Reply: 523
Hey Jon.

I know you were not much of a drinker, but that don't stop me.  Tonight (9PM CST) I intend to tip one in memory of you on your birthday, Deb near her 6 month join up with you in Region 7, and Jake, whom I promised we'd share a "bit o the whiskey" when we met.  Well, you got to meet him before I had the chance.  You guys take care up there in Region 7.  I can still see ya smile when we'd crack the throttle together..  

Cheers!
Posted by: Camera Nut, January 19, 2011, 9:41pm; Reply: 524
Happy Birthday Jon D.  It's hard to believe you are gone.  As well as Deb, Marcus, and all of our loved ones.  You are all loved and missed.  You just never know how life can change in a moment.  

I don't have to tell you how well the N IL Team or WWR is doing.  We continue the missions and treat our Service Members like the Rockstars that they are because they all deserve to be honored.  We will continue to do so, until they all come home.  

Live life, laugh often, and love each other.   I'm getting my shots ready.  
Posted by: matter, January 19, 2011, 9:49pm; Reply: 525
Well,

I started early but will save the last one for you at 9PM sharp.



Miss ya buddy.

-matter
Posted by: ChgoJim, January 20, 2011, 12:46am; Reply: 526
Happy B-Day Jon-D i know  as we do each mission you are with each of us as we ride
Posted by: Chambo, January 20, 2011, 8:41am; Reply: 527
Quoted from matter






Dang it Matt, that picture got me all teary eyed at work.  So sad.  Makes me want to tell all of my fellow WWR friends how much I appreciate you!
Posted by: Hilsen, February 8, 2011, 2:59pm; Reply: 528
Hi Sweetie,

I know you know I have been here quite a few times, but walked away with out saying anything. I did not know, or maybe remember, it was your birthday the 19th or I would have been here. So I/We ( Oopsie too) wish you belated birthday greetings.

Today has been a hard day for me. Shouldn't have gone to WWR FB. You know and it never gets easier.

Miss you and love you
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, February 13, 2011, 7:32pm; Reply: 529
Your WWR group just finished with the MC Show here in Rosemont.  You'd be very proud
of what you started.  We have a lot of very good hearted people Jon.

It is a very good group with our Veterans in their Hearts.

Till next time.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 12, 2011, 4:25pm; Reply: 530
Hey Dude,
Duke should be up there with ya now.

Still miss ya Jon.
Bob
Posted by: Hilsen, April 20, 2011, 12:01am; Reply: 531
Hi Sweetie,

I just wanted to stop by and let you know you're still on our mind(s), Oopsie too. I know you are proud of all those in leadership because they have been doing a heck of a job. So many more have joined and are stepping up to RC. That is so nice to see. Matter is driving himself ragged as usual and finally got a vacation in. It probably was most enjoyable because he did not have to hear from his favorite PITA for a while. (Something like you always did...lol)  If you have any pull with the weather will you send some nice warm sunshine here. You know this area, 80 one day and snow the next. Ick! We're ready for the real spring weather, so do what you can do ja.

Til neste tid....Love ya and Miss ya!
Posted by: LT BOOTS, April 21, 2011, 5:17pm; Reply: 532
Hey JonD need you to do me a favor. My nephew Elijah has officially punched out and is heading your way. He's only 4mo old so make sure he gets set up in a worthy saddlebag to roll in. Nikki and I appreciate it. Thanks bro we miss you, a lot!!!
Posted by: The Stalker, April 25, 2011, 6:11pm; Reply: 533
Miss you
Posted by: matter, May 16, 2011, 7:41am; Reply: 534
Just lettin' you know that your advise to me on a particular topic is still being heeded and working....  You know what I mean..

The commuters near that underpass are still gettin' an earful EVERY TIME!!

Thank you buddy..  
Posted by: Hilsen, May 21, 2011, 4:48pm; Reply: 535
Miss you Sweetie...and Matter is doing just what you would have liked. Of course like you is underpaid and under appreciated.

Love from us
Posted by: matter, May 26, 2011, 10:13pm; Reply: 536
Hiya dude..  

Was thinkin' of you lately.

And about being under-appreciated..  That was always your plan. I can hear you say, "Appreciate those whom we honor.  Don't worry about the guys behind the curtain.."...

See ya at sunrise.. And at a certain underpass...

-me
Posted by: Hilsen, May 30, 2011, 10:09am; Reply: 537
Hi Sweetie,

Thinking about you on this Memorial Day. I know you will let those with you know we have not forgotten them and never will.

Med elsker alltid, min venn!
Posted by: fyrlieu, May 30, 2011, 10:05pm; Reply: 538
Missing you JonD!  Thank you for your service and sacrifices.  Give a big hug to Deb and Mike.  God's speed.
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, June 7, 2011, 6:25pm; Reply: 539
Hey pal, we miss ya.....


Posted by: matter, July 21, 2011, 12:04am; Reply: 540
The other day I went over that overpass..  Was not quite the same..  Just now went under that underpass in the Truck.  Not quite the same either.. But I think of you each time and have a little clutch slip..  Well, OK, in the truck I hafta slip her in neutral..  Sure get funny looks....  You'd love it!

-matter
Posted by: The Stalker, July 29, 2011, 3:03pm; Reply: 541
Miss you my friend.  
Posted by: matter, August 12, 2011, 1:32pm; Reply: 542
Thinkin' of you today....
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 12, 2011, 1:43pm; Reply: 543
Quoted from matter
Thinkin' of you today....


So am I.  

Jon, I think even you would be surprised at what the WWR looks like today.  It has grown so much and one of the things that I'm
proud to say is that, it's operating with the Professionalism that we all wanted at the start.
Posted by: The Stalker, August 13, 2011, 8:43am; Reply: 544
Thinking of you JonD and missing you.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 13, 2011, 11:19am; Reply: 545
What a privilege it has been to have you as and call you my friend.

Always in our heart.

Miss you sweetie.
Posted by: Beads, August 16, 2011, 12:36pm; Reply: 546
;) :o
Posted by: Tatonka69, August 26, 2011, 2:50pm; Reply: 547
I miss you JonD!  You were a good friend to many!
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, August 31, 2011, 1:50am; Reply: 548
Quoted from Tatonka69
I miss you JonD!  You were a good friend to many!


Your were a GREAT friend and peace maker to all!

Respects,
Trouble
Posted by: Hilsen, September 4, 2011, 8:58am; Reply: 549

Miss you my friend.
Posted by: matter, September 10, 2011, 1:27am; Reply: 550
Spent 2 weeks low on sleep, just now home and hoistin' one thinkin' of you..  
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 18, 2011, 5:31pm; Reply: 551
JUST LETTING YOU KNOW.   WE'RE STILL THINKING
OF YOU.

MISS YA.
Posted by: Hilsen, September 30, 2011, 11:17am; Reply: 552
I know I don't have to tell you this, but we miss you and always will. You left that footprint on the heart of the person you met. For everyone that knew you, you made a better person. In the storm, you were the calm. No matter what the situation there was always humor that made the situation better. Ya know something, I think Matter absorbed that quality well. Thank you for giving us the knowledge to pass your hat on to him. I know he is making you proud as all who have stepped up.

Love ya sweetie...
Always in our heart
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 9, 2011, 4:27pm; Reply: 553
Hey there,

We're hanging in there Jon.  Was looking through some Pic's and got thinking
back a few years.  Miss ya.

Bob
Posted by: matter, October 13, 2011, 11:35am; Reply: 554
Ya know that underpass that we used to blast..  I just noticed it works with the truck too!!  
Posted by: Hilsen, November 11, 2011, 12:11pm; Reply: 555
Happy Veteran's Day Jon. Please thank all those with you for their service from us. As we have always said "They will never be forgotten", and they (and you) aren't.

Miss you as much today as yesterday...

Love ya!

Uff & Oopsie
Posted by: matter, November 11, 2011, 11:01pm; Reply: 556
Blasted the underpass tonight after a full day of carrying on the mission...  You were thought of in every handshake, hug and thank you today and all days we do what we do.....

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, November 25, 2011, 6:28pm; Reply: 557
COULDN'T HAVE A THANKSGIVING WITHOUT
THANKING YOU.
Posted by: matter, December 8, 2011, 11:13pm; Reply: 558
Jon, you were right...  As always...  

THANK YOU!!

-me
Posted by: The Stalker, December 12, 2011, 11:39pm; Reply: 559
Miss you my friend
Posted by: Hilsen, December 27, 2011, 12:52pm; Reply: 560
Hi Sweetie,

It's been awhile since I talked to you in here but as you know I talk to you a lot out of here. You are never forgotten by all those who loved and knew you. The impact you had on so many lives continues and always will. What a legacy.

I know you have welcomed many of our Heroes and the stories must be never ending. I imagine all the veterans from WWII, Korea, etc. have so many stories of heroism and never considered themselves as heroes. It's funny, in a way, how one can serve their nation and not consider being a hero. We all know different and that is why we do what we do. Can never thank them enough, but we will continue to try.

"Til vi møtes igjen kjære venn."


Miss ya & love ya!


Posted by: Hilsen, January 18, 2012, 8:10am; Reply: 561
Hi Sweetie,

By now you have already met my USMC brother-in-law and DJ has arrived. Can't think of a better place for them to be than with you in Region 7. Don't know if there are many rules there but I think I can hear the stories and laughter now.  Deb is going to have her hands full for awhile, but also know she will have things under control when need be. She will have sore sides listening to all the stories, (Black Ops, Pebbles, #47 in Harvard, "the ditcher", and so many more) of the things we all did.  I know I do when I think of some of the adventures we all shared. Our group always had a good time and were always happy then. We could make the best out of some very trying times, but that is what kept us going. Knowing that no matter how bad it was we'd all be together in it meant a lot. We miss you all a lot, but know we will all meet again. Until then we have Region 7, 'tis good enough for now.

Love you all
Posted by: The Stalker, January 18, 2012, 6:08pm; Reply: 562
Tomorrow is your birthday JonD, I still cannot believe you are gone.


Today is your bithday, without candles and cake.
And since your not with us, we will not celebrate.
We cannot send you a birthday card, your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message to the one we love so much.
And grant us one wish and make it come true.
To have his choir of Angels sing Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday JD, I miss you.   Until we meet again....
Posted by: matter, January 19, 2012, 8:51am; Reply: 563
Happy Birthday JonD!  You are still thought of often.. Sometimes with a grin, sometimes with a little gentle cuss, but always finishes with a smile..

See ya at that underpass...

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, January 19, 2012, 2:38pm; Reply: 564
Hey there,
It's been awhile now since you took over
Region 7.  
Jon, You are so missed.  You have made a
place in so many of our hearts.  It's hard for
most of us that knew you to not see the empact
you have made within the WWR.
You would be so proud of our present leadership.
Anyway, "Happy Birthday Jon".
Posted by: Ranger Rick Towman, January 19, 2012, 11:23pm; Reply: 565
Happy Birthday Jon. Age is only a number and life is short, But we'll all live forever in region 7 , It's kind of nice to know you can be there to welcome home our troops that we no longer can.
Ride Free Bro !
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, January 21, 2012, 7:15pm; Reply: 566
Hey Jon,
I guess you know that Irish is making his way to
Region 7. (That is if he clears security)

It should make things interesting for you.  Well,
just wanted you to know.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, February 16, 2012, 8:24pm; Reply: 567
Hey Jon,
By now you have already welcomed Kat.


Your getting way to many of our friends.  Try what you
can to slow down your membership.

Bob
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, May 22, 2012, 5:09am; Reply: 568
JUST CHECKING IN JON.
WE LOST ANOTHER LOCAL MAN.
   SURE HOPE THIS IS THE LAST ONE.
     STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU.
       MATTER HAS DONE YOU WELL IN STEPPING UP.
         THE GROUP ON THE WHOLE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT A GREAT JOB.
Posted by: The Stalker, June 3, 2012, 9:54pm; Reply: 569
Miss you my friend
Posted by: matter, June 4, 2012, 7:56am; Reply: 570
During recent welcome home, a cop (forgot his name, forgot from where) noticed my JonD sticker and the date on my bike.  He says, you know you guys escorted me and my unit home right about then..  I said I know..  Told him about the bagpiper Sheriff in Wisconsin..   Funny how every once in a while, outta nowhere, ya get a little punch in the gut...
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, June 23, 2012, 12:38pm; Reply: 571
Just thinking of the past.
Posted by: Hilsen, June 23, 2012, 10:13pm; Reply: 572
Haven't forgotten you sweetie. Not too much to say but do think of you often.

Today is my mother's birthday. It would have been her 95th. I went to visit her and place flowers, of course I thought of you. Then I thought "I bet they know one another there." That was a good feeling cuz she would give you a good run for your money. As they say "Like Daughter, Like Mother." Ok, so she is the nicer one.  LOL

Miss ya!
Posted by: The Stalker, June 24, 2012, 3:45pm; Reply: 573
Just thinking of the past.


I miss those days too Bob.
Posted by: matter, June 25, 2012, 10:50pm; Reply: 574
Don't know why....  Found myself here tonight...  Remembering..  Laughing out loud (all by myself, kinda weird, I know) and a little something in both eyes..

See ya at that underpass and every single morning....

-me
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 17, 2012, 1:33pm; Reply: 575
STILL THINKING ABOUT YA.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 3, 2012, 9:41pm; Reply: 576
Like Bob and Lisa said, "Thinking about the past and miss those days."

You're never forgotten, I think you know that.

Miss ya Sweetie.  
Posted by: The Stalker, August 3, 2012, 9:46pm; Reply: 577
Hi Jon, well as you know Bob has now joined you, Deb, Mike and many others.  Please take care of him.  I am sure you guys will be riding in your own wwr group and having fun.  Still think of you and miss you.....until we meet again
Posted by: Hilsen, August 3, 2012, 10:10pm; Reply: 578
Quoted from The Stalker
Hi Jon, well as you know Bob has now joined you, Deb, Mike and many others.  Please take care of him.  I am sure you guys will be riding in your own wwr group and having fun.  Still think of you and miss you.....until we meet again


What Lisa said...

"til we all meet again"
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 4, 2012, 5:01pm; Reply: 579
JON,
WELL, BY NOW YOU HAVE ANOTHER BROTHER THERE BY
YOUR SIDE.  THE GROUP UP THERE HAS SOME MIGHTY
FINE PEOPLE.

AS THEY SAID ABOVE:

"TILL WE MEET AGAIN"

BOB
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 12, 2012, 6:53pm; Reply: 580
TOMORROW EVENING IS AN EVENING THAT I'LL NEVER FORGET. IT'S
BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE I GOT THE CALL ABOUT JON.

FOR THE ONES THAT VISIT THIS SITE, I THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING
THIS SITE AND JON.
Posted by: matter, August 12, 2012, 8:38pm; Reply: 581
I re-read all these posts every Aug 13th.  Read and cry.  Read and remember.  I see posts from those who've now joined Jon in Region 7.   And like Jon's and others' passings have reminded me to say with meaning, "I love all of you".   I am proud and honored to simply be allowed to associate with all of you who carry on the mission, day after day, year after year.  

Thank You.
Quoted from matter
JonD.

I am thankful for the time we had together. I have so many fond memories that I KNOW they will help overcome the sadness I feel right now. At least that is what I keep telling myself. I know you would say, shut up already, get on your bike, and go support some warrior somewhere...

Well, I will do that.. Every chance I can..

People not familiar with troops support groups like ours always want me to explain why we do what we do.. They are especially curious about me, as I have never served my country in uniform.. I give various answers, but I will type it up for the first time.. I've told only a few, including Dad Bowman last time I saw him...

I was out joy riding one day, saw a HUGE procession of motorcycles.. Spotted a PGR flag and thought.. Oh yeah, I heard about those guys.. I wonder if or how I could get involved? Next vehicle went by with the PGR website on it.. I thought , WOW! Ask and ye shall receive..  

I found it that night, read and cried for days.. That procession was for Greg Bowman.. I never met him, but wished I had.. I told Dad Bowman that I believe Greg somehow himself recruited me that day.

I can no longer count how many times I've hugged a warrior, or family of a warrior with tears in my eyes.. Both the happy and not happy tears.. In my mind,  I have always credited Greg for allowing me to show my support in the way that we do.. I told all this to Dad Bowman and once again cried for a man I never met while hugging his father..

Well, now I have someone else to credit... And this time, I will have the sad honor of taking a small part in what I saw that fateful day, but this time it is for a friend..
  
JonD...

There was a need being unfilled for a point in time. There were warriors not getting welcome homes, or send offs, when there were people willing to do it..  JonD found a way to again allow us to do these missions that we love, in addition to the ones we must.. Under JonD's leadership, he took a small group of like minded patriots and helped to refine us into a fine tuned welcome home machine over 400 strong in Northern Illinois alone!

In the last few months, I have been helping with the "work" of the WWR.. I always was thankful for every person who does this kind of work.. I could only imagine how much time, effort and responsibility is involved.. Now I have a better idea.. I have not thanked all who do this, and have been doing this for so long,  near enough. I don't really know if I can..

JonD, THANK YOU for allowing us to continue the mission.. And we will continue the mission... Every mission that we run,we  will carry with it a little of your spirit. You live on in our hearts. Maybe that is the only way I can thank you and all who strive so hard to make sure that EVERY warrior knows that he or she is appreciated..

I have said many times, I am so humbled and honored to simply be allowed to associate with such people.. One of the persons I always had in mind when saying that was JonD. But I extend that also to everyone who has stood a flag line, or stopped a lonesome warrior in an airport and thanked him for his service, or even the citizens who stop, get out of their car, and put their hands over their hearts when we pass with flags flying...

I never would have been able to show my support or see these things, were it not for people like Greg and Jon....

Jon...

I love you brother.. I will miss you, but will continue the mission and always remember you..

Yvette, and ALL who knew and loved Jon..

I can only imagine the pain you are feeling now.. I only knew him for 2 years and am wrecked... I can only hope that your fond memories of Jon will ease that pain somewhat... Know that we are there for you tomorrow and whenever you need us....

Standing By

-matter


Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 12, 2012, 8:53pm; Reply: 582
WEll said Matter.  Well said.
Posted by: matter, August 12, 2012, 8:54pm; Reply: 583
And in case you have not watched this recently..  This gets me EVERY TIME!

Miss ya buddy..

Quoted from Chambo


Posted by: Hilsen, August 16, 2012, 7:58pm; Reply: 584
:'(  Us too

Quoted from matter
And in case you have not watched this recently..  This gets me EVERY TIME!

Miss ya buddy..




Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 13, 2012, 5:50pm; Reply: 585
JUST THINKING
Posted by: budman54, October 14, 2012, 7:53am; Reply: 586
Just Thinking!  Never had the Honor to meet you brother.
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 14, 2012, 8:20am; Reply: 587
We will someday.   Maybe sooner than later.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Posted by: Hilsen, October 25, 2012, 3:56pm; Reply: 588
We still have Pebbles in the garage. Even though she takes up about 1/4 car bay we can't part with her.  And even though she has her stuffing missing and still falling out, can't part with her. She's a reminder of you my friend so I imagine she will live there forever just like you do in our hearts.

Miss ya.
Posted by: The Stalker, October 31, 2012, 12:37pm; Reply: 589
Miss you!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, November 17, 2012, 10:05pm; Reply: 590
Quoted from The Stalker
Miss you!


WE ALL MISS YA DUDE.  

MATTS DOING GOOD, YOU'D BE PROUD
OF HIM.
Posted by: Hilsen, November 27, 2012, 7:49pm; Reply: 591


WE ALL MISS YA DUDE.  

MATTS DOING GOOD, YOU'D BE PROUD
OF HIM.


I second that, Bob. There will not be followers unless they have good leaders and we have them for sure.

Matt has stepped up like you knew he would, JonD. (I know you know that but he has to hear it from us every now and then.)

Ya know, tonight I went strollin' through the forums. Went to the Illinois -Wisconsin Rc's of 2008 sticky post. What a group we were and times we had. They will be in our heart and souls forever.
We might be getting older and slower...making room for the younger ones to step up and good to know they are. Now they can make the friendships and make the memories we all have to share. From the old group right up to the WWR, it's been a long haul but worth every minute of it. We miss you but also know you are always watching over us, as is Debbie, Bob, etc...

Til vi alle møte ijgen

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 3, 2012, 11:40am; Reply: 592
Take care of jim, Jon.
Posted by: matter, December 4, 2012, 1:41pm; Reply: 593
Thinkin' of you as we send another your way..  Please give him the extra long hug, as Deb would do..  

-matter
Posted by: TOM TALLMAN, December 5, 2012, 6:53am; Reply: 594
HEY BUDDY: YU HELPING OUT CAPN. RON????


Posted by: The Stalker, December 6, 2012, 2:47pm; Reply: 595
Hi JD, miss you my friend.  Give Jim and Bob hugs from me.  One for you also!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 22, 2012, 9:40am; Reply: 596
JUST THINKING ABOUT YA.
Posted by: Hilsen, December 26, 2012, 2:08pm; Reply: 597
Another year is approaching Jon, 2013 to be exact. Everyone is out there doing everything you could have and would have done for our heroes. I know you know and are proud.

We miss you as much today as when you left us. Never thought you would have this much impact on so many, did ya. :-) well you did and do.

Give all with you a big hug from us. We'll do it in person when the time comes.

Love ya Sweetie!
Posted by: The Stalker, January 19, 2013, 7:48am; Reply: 598
Today is your birthday, without candles and cake.
And since your not with us, we will not celebrate.
We cannot send you a birthday card, your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message to the one we love so much.
And grant us one wish and make it come true.
To have his choir of Angels sing Happy Birthday to you!

I cannot believe another birthday is here.  I miss my friend.  Hope you are celebrating with all the others we have lost.  What a party that would be!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, January 19, 2013, 7:45pm; Reply: 599
Happy BD Jon.

We all still miss ya alot.

Bob
Posted by: Hilsen, March 14, 2013, 6:39pm; Reply: 600
Hi Sweetie... I missed your birthday so I decided to sing anyway. LOL...nah, I wouldn't do that to you. I just wanted to come by and let you know you're not forgotten. We miss you and all those who have joined you, very much.

Love ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 18, 2013, 8:19pm; Reply: 601
Just thinking about ya Jon.
Posted by: The Stalker, June 5, 2013, 2:47pm; Reply: 602
Can't believe in a couple months it will be 4 years.  Really... 4 years already!  4 years since I have talked to you....maybe it doesn't seem like 4 years since I still talk to you all the time.  You don't always answer me though......  Miss ya my friend.  
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, June 6, 2013, 3:11pm; Reply: 603
Was just looking through some Pic's
and remembered some of the fun times.
Posted by: Dukesmom1, June 13, 2013, 7:47am; Reply: 604
my heart is heavy these days with so much going on.I miss being able to talk to you with your words of wisdom and your calming voice. YOU WERE A GREAT FRIEND. aLWAYS IN MY HEART!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 24, 2013, 8:43pm; Reply: 605
WELL JON,
EVERYTHING STILL GOING GOOD DOWN HERE.  LAST WEEK SOME OF US WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE GOT STARTED.  FIRST TALK WAS AT THE BUFFALO REST.
YOU CAN STILL BE PROUD.   GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE.
bOB
Posted by: Hilsen, July 30, 2013, 6:09pm; Reply: 606
The other day reminded me of you and Yvette. The weather the way the sun shown the little occasional breeze reminded me of the day Yvette had her flags taken away. (LOL) She had just gotten them and (you know who) after seeing the mission on TV, took them away. The same feeling was so strong I text Yvette and shared that reminder with her. :-)   Gee's how I miss you, the whole gang and those good ol' days.
Love ya!
Posted by: The Stalker, August 12, 2013, 7:44pm; Reply: 607
Tomorrow it will be four years since I received the call from Y.  I truly cannot believe four years have gone by.   I miss our texts, emails, and calls.  You started a great thing here Jon.  You will never be forgotten.  I know you are in great company with wheelmaster, deb, Irish, Jim, and so many others.   Give them all hugs for me.  I love you, and miss you my friend.  
Posted by: matter, August 13, 2013, 10:54am; Reply: 608
Meteors last night, beautiful sunrise this morning.  Thinking of you.  Will re-read the whole post again tonight.  Maybe hoist one in your honor.  

Miss ya.

-matter
Posted by: Ranger Rick Towman, August 14, 2013, 9:39pm; Reply: 609
Just came by to say "Hi" This is the month that we all went into shock. You're the reason I joined the WWR. wanted to say...Thanks!  I'm still a member and will continue to be one forever.

8)
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, August 16, 2013, 8:52am; Reply: 610
MISS YA DUDE.
Posted by: Hilsen, August 25, 2013, 9:19am; Reply: 611
Did you ever think you'd leave such a footprint on so many hearts? Well you did and that's a goooood thing.

Til neste tid,
Uff
Posted by: Ranger Rick Towman, August 31, 2013, 11:43pm; Reply: 612
[quote=123]Did you ever think you'd leave such a footprint on so many hearts? Well you did and that's a goooood thing.

Well you did!  Bonnie & I are here because of you! You were always so welcoming to new members and never judged anyone.  We might have come from the PGR but the WWR is strong as ever,....and that my friend is all you ! 8)

Posted by: The Stalker, October 11, 2013, 10:38pm; Reply: 613
Missing you
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 27, 2013, 6:45pm; Reply: 614
YA KNOW.
Posted by: Hilsen, December 24, 2013, 9:08pm; Reply: 615
Just had to stop by and wish you Merry Christmas, Jon. I don't think there is a day that goes by that we all think about you. We might not stop in to talk all the time, but then you know. :-)

Love ya... miss ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, December 25, 2013, 9:59am; Reply: 616
IT'S NICE TO SEE THAT WE STILL REMEMBER JON.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
Posted by: matter, January 7, 2014, 10:19am; Reply: 617
Came by here lookin' for something for Otto.  Spent 70 minutes and forgot what I was lookin' for.  Miss ya Jon..  See ya at sunrise and the underpass.

-matter
Posted by: The Stalker, January 18, 2014, 9:21pm; Reply: 618
Today is your birthday, without candles and cake.
And since your not with us, we will not celebrate.
We cannot send you a birthday card, your hands we cannot touch.
So we ask God to give a message to the one we love so much.
And grant us one wish and make it come true.
To have his choir of Angels sing Happy Birthday to you!

I can't believe another birthday is here.   I miss the old days so much.   I miss my friend.  
I am sure you will celebrate in style with
Jim, bob, deb, mike and all the others.  
Xoxo
Posted by: matter, January 18, 2014, 11:07pm; Reply: 619
As seems to happen every year.  I am workin'.  But I will still raise one in your honor and then see ya at sunrise.  

I know you know how much you are thought of.........

-matter
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, January 19, 2014, 11:09am; Reply: 620
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE.

STILL ALOT GOING ON THIS PAST YEAR, AND IT''S ALL FOR THE GOOD OF ALL.
WHAT YOU STARTED WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP HAS SET A STANDARD FOR ALL
OF US.
NOTHING SLOWING DOWN.  MAYBE SOME NEW PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS
BUT ALL ARE DOING GREAT.

SEE YA SOON MY FRIEND.
BOB
Posted by: Hilsen, March 12, 2014, 5:25pm; Reply: 621
Miss you even after all these years... So many hearts you touched, bet you never knew that.

Vi sees min venn!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 26, 2014, 7:20pm; Reply: 622
JON, WE ALL STILL THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME.
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