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Abate of Iowa
District 21

Remembering our Down Bikers

D. C. "Bear" Richardson

    Served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963 during the Vietnam War.  He was the owner /operator of Kodiak Black Hills Gold Shop and Kodiak Roofing in Clinton, and most recently, Artistic Rebellion Tattoo Parlor in Clinton. Bear was a life long member of A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa, and also A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois and Wisconsin. He established the District 21 ABATE Chapter in IA. and part of Illinois. Bear served as the district's coordinator, and was instrumental in organizing the Toys for Tots program in the area. He had an active part in starting the annual Blessing of the Bikes in Fulton, and was a member of HOG (Harley-Davidson Owners Group) and Motorcycle Riders Foundation and served as a motorcycle-driving instructor. He was a member of the American Legion of Il., the National Rifle Association and AARRP. He was a member of the Parachute Club of America and Blackhawk Skydivers of Sterling and Rock Falls, and had made many exhibition jumps. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling the open road on his motorcycle and helping others.
   Although "Bear" has ridden off into the sunset on his last ride, he will always ride with us in our memories.

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