Before he dies, Muskegon Vietnam veteran and hospice patient Wayne Whisler wanted to ride a motorcycle one last time.
And Friday afternoon his wish came true.
“It was great,” he says.
The last ride was arranged after Whisler told a care Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab Center care giver Theresa Flynn how much he liked her Harley, and how much he would like to hang out with some bikers and go for a ride.
She sent a message to Muskegon Motorcycle Club member Vic Martin.
“Spend a little time with him, let him look at the motorcycles and enjoy himself for a few hours,” says Martin.
“And we needed to get as many bikes out here as we could,” adds motorcycle rider David Edwards.
Friday afternoon, a convoy of several hundred motorcycles streamed into the Hillcrest parking lot. Whisler was loaded onto a sidecar and taken for a road trip.
“Ever since we were married he has had a motorcycle,” says Wayne’s wife Judy Whisler. “When he got sick he couldn’t ride anymore. He hasn’t really said much but he loves this -- I know he does.”
“He was willing to give his life,” says Edwards. “We are here to pay respect for what he did.”