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Gone But Not Forgotten Prayer

Heavenly Father, who sees all of our hurt, please comfort the hearts of those who have lost loved ones. We have lost Brothers Spook, Archer, Sarge, Wolf, Snap, Ovrnout, and Brother Bill from our earthly ride. It might seem to us who remain as "unfair," but You are the God who ordains our days. Let us remember that we are still grieving our losses today, and we miss our Brothers deeply.

Please remind our Brothers and Sisters present of Your love for them. The feeling of loss provides us with a safe place to live and worship You.

Keep our Club's families close to Your heart today and every day. Comfort us and let our Eternal Chapter know that they are Gone But Not Forgotten by our actions as Brothers and Sisters in Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club. Amen.

-Brother Sapper

VAL "SPOOK" CALDER

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Val Calder (Brother Spook) was born in Dixon, Illinois, and grew up in Fremont, Nebraska. He married Patti Calder (aka Dove) in Bellevue, WA. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

He attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, from 6th grade through his sophomore year in college, where he attained the rank of Battalion Commander. He graduated with a B.A. from Central Missouri State University and obtained an MBA from City University in Bellevue, WA. He served in the United States Army Counterintelligence from 1970 to 1979, where he achieved the rank of Captain. After active duty, he served in the Army Reserves for fourteen years. His professional career continued in computer technology, and his last position was with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service. After an honorable discharge from the Reserves and before working with DHHS, he owned two exotic pet stores in the Everett, WA, area for many years.

Spook had something interesting going on in his life, raising macaws, monkeys, black panthers and other exotic cats, tarantulas, quail, bird dogs, a genet, and just about anything that could get him into trouble! He was a hunter, fisherman, and horseback rider and was involved in clubs for them all. His latest passion was riding his motorcycle.

As a Vietnam veteran, his job in the military was "secret," thus the road name Spook. He became a patch holder in the Puget Sound Chapter in March 2007 and subsequently volunteered to be the Chapter Webmaster. When the first official National Officers were nominated, Brother Spook was elected to be the National Webmaster, where he worked endlessly trying to salvage a dead system. To help save the Club money, he would drive to his Seattle office and use his phone system to make the teleconference calls for our PTCs. When the Club decided to file for Federal Non-Profit, the lawyer fees were around $3,000. But Spook convinced his brother-in-law (a tax lawyer) to take our case free of charge.

Spook was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He could draw people of different backgrounds into his circle and treat them like family. He was loyal and generous. Many turned to him for advice and help. It often seemed that he could do the impossible, and he always had a great story to tell. He was a loyal Brother and is deeply missed. We know we will ride with him again.

On 27 January 2010, Brother Spook passed away at the Portland, Oregon VA Medical Center. He was the first Brothers in Arms patch holder to pass away.

WILLIAM "ARCHER" DORAN

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Sergeant First Class William Kyle Doran-30 Sept 64-April 17th 17 (52 years old)

Probate 1 July 2007 – Puget Sound Chapter (Original Chapter)

Patched 1 November 2007

Retired 21 February 2015 - Charter Member South Puget Sound Chapter (Road Captain)

William Kyle Doran was first and foremost a husband and a father. His heart and soul belonged to Mary, Hollie, and Amelia. Those who knew him in his other capacities were lucky that they were willing to share such a great man with the rest of the world.

SFC Doran was a paratrooper on Active Duty before a break in service from 1982-to 1992 and served in the Army Reserves from 2008-to 2014. He defended our country many times. He first took hostile fire on the DMZ in Korea at his first duty station (long after the Korean War, he wasn't that old). He entered harm's way again while deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm.

Brother Archer was a Charter Member of South Puget Sound Chapter, Dirty South. This expanded BIAMC from the Original Chapter, Puget Sound. He was a solid Brother, an excellent Road Captain, and always in good standing. He was essential in recruiting many members through his example. His willingness to serve in the Club was foremost in his mind.

Archer opened his house to crab feasts, poker parties, and our Annual 4th of July party. It was always a great time had by all. He was an avid and successful hunter. He once bagged a large bull elk in his backyard. He also enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and camping.

After his active service, Brother Archer was a Washington state Department of Corrections Officer. When he rejoined the Army in the Army Reserves, he bought his vast experiences of Special Reactions Teams and service at the McNeil Island Facility. He specified watches at Western State Hospital to the 493rd Military Police Company, making them far better at their Corrections and Detention Mission. Yet, he stepped into harm's way while supporting the Global War on Terrorism while deployed to Afghanistan. SFC Doran retired after that deployment.

He received more than 20 awards during his career, including a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Award, and a National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. He retired as a Sergeant First Class with an honorable discharge.

He lived our motto: For Those Who Came Before, For Those Yet To Come, We Serve. He will not be forgotten.

On 17 April 2017, at 52, Archer passed away due to complications from a recent surgery. His name is on the Veteran's Memorial Monument in Montesano.

CHRISTOPHER "SARGE" SARGENT

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Positions held:

·  National President

·  National Vice President

·  WA State President

·  N. Thurston Co. President

·  N. Thurston Co. Vice President

·  South Puget Sound Vice President

  

Chapters:

·  Puget Sound Chapter

·  South Puget Sound

·  North Thurston County

Patch Date: 1 DEC 2007

Sarge started his military career in the Marines, leaving as a Staff Sergeant. He then joined the Washington Army National Guard and retired as a Sergeant First Class.

While in the military, he maintained the standards for military haircuts. However, once he retired, the luscious locks started to flow. At first, some called him a Richard Branson wannabe or Don Johnson 20 years too late, but by the time he had grown into his helmet hair, many would affectionately call him "Biker Jesus."

Sarge owned the following bikes: Suzuki Boulevard, Harley Road King, Harley Street Glide Special "Cherlene," Harley Road Glide Limited.

Brother Sarge, with Brother Grease, was instrumental in becoming guests at the Confederation of Clubs for Washington State. While working with Tubes (VNVLV), Sarge was instrumental in creating the Veterans Conference of Clubs (VCOC).

No matter the person, Hang Around, Prospect, Probate, Patriot, or Patch holder Sarge always made that person feel like they were the most important person in the world whenever he was talking to them.

Sarge was a key visionary for the challenge coin, which all patch holders carry. Each time we do a coin check, Sarge is there in spirit.

He always made sure Cherlene was clean, even when he was at work. But he was always there to help change oil, repair a broken part, pick you up, or B.S. over a beer. He was the brother that all brothers should aspire to be.

He was the first to show up to help the family when the brother was out of town.

Knob Creek was his favorite whiskey, and we still don't know why because it could take the paint off a gas tank.

His smile was infectious, and his hugs were legendary. Anyone that knew him was a better person for having known him, and those that won't have the opportunity have missed the chance of a lifetime.

BOB "WOLF" ASHBY

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Patched March 2008

Positions held: Treasurer, Vice President, President

Chapters: Puget Sound Chapter

Bikes: 2006 H.D. Soft Tail Night Train.

 

 Brother Wolf served in the U.S. Navy on submarines. He was an experienced scuba diver. Not much is known about his actual rating, but Brother Wolf often told stories of swimming with the Seal Teams. He was always made clear that it be known he was not a Navy Seal, only a Navy Diver. One of his favorite stories was swimming (floating) in the Dead Sea.  

 

When he was patched, Brother Wolf worked for Boeing doing computer-related work. He and his wife Donna (Bliss) lived in Pacific, WA. Bob was a semi-professional photographer who never passed up the opportunity to capture a memorable moment. Around 2012 Bob and Donna decided to pull up roots and move to Ocean Shores. No doubt it was because of their love of nature. Before moving, he sent out an email asking his Brothers for help tearing down some fences and a couple of old sheds. His message said something to the effect of "You bring the chainsaws and power tools, and I'll bring the beer," spoken like a true military man. Bob continued to work for Boeing from home until his retirement when he started devoting full time to his photography business, WolfGrafx Photography.  Bob loved the outdoors and nature. You can see Brother Wolf's work in many places, such as Carlsbad Caverns brochures, postcards, Wedding albums, some of the Brothers, and their families. He aspired to publish a book with photos of Mt Rainier and the roads with the best mountain view as one traveled around Puget Sound.  

 

Wolf took his road name because of his love for wolves. He spent endless hours lying in the snow around Mt Rainier, waiting for the right picture. He was an avid biker long before coming to BIA. His knowledge of the motorcycle community and protocol justified his being labeled "Old School." He was usually a quiet man. When he spoke, his words were chosen and thoughtful. He was wise and had an infectious laugh. Bob could always be depended on to reach out and help a fellow friend, vet, or brother. He once recounted the first Club he contacted about joining was the Buffalo Soldiers, but Wolf never heard back from them. Brother Wolf continued to look further for a Club and found Brothers In Arms. Once he joined, he never looked back and was always happy with the outcome, as was BIA. Nothing describes Wolf's personality and values more than his signature block: 

 

Wolf Creed

Respect the elders. Teach the young.

Cooperate with the pack. Play when you can.

Hunt when you must. Rest in between

Share your affections. Voice your feelings.

Leave your mark.

JAMES "SNAP" BRANNAN

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James Brannan was a pivotal member of Brother In Arms Motorcycle Club. He was part of the initial cadre and a Founding Member. Brother SNAP was Born on 18 May 1955, and he was mechanically gifted and loved cars and motorcycles. Brother SNAP joined the Air Force in the 80s and served on Active duty, Reserve, and as a civilian technician for over 30 years of federal service. He was proud of his Air Force profession, having worked on both the C-141 Starlifter, the C-17A Globemaster aircraft, and multiple different airframes over his years. He was instrumental in his efforts on a McChord Rodeo team in 1998 which the team won the best C-141 maintenance from various units around the country. These events were prestigious and helped build numerous relations from teams spanning the globe, similar to relations in the Motorcycle community. 

 

Brother SNAP was a founding member and held numerous positions in the Club. One of his last positions was Road Captain, for which he fondly remembered. He rode with authority and a calm demeanor in all situations, never letting him get fazed by much. He knew how to teach young riders about all things to become safer riders. Along the way, he formed many friendships throughout the Club. Brother SNAP never took his place in the Air Force, Club, or community for granted. While others would be enjoying themselves, Brother SNAP was checking to see if there was anything he could do for the Prospects.

 

Brother SNAP's warm, gentle smile reflected his overwhelming compassion for every person he met. Brother SNAP will always be remembered by a single straightforward saying……. WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU!? 

DAVID "OVRNOUT" WOSLAGER

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David “OVRNOUT” Woslager from Hayfield Minnesota was born on March 13th, 1962, in Norfolk, Nebraska and passed away on October 28th, 2022 in Tacoma, Washington. He wrestled for Hayfield and was very proud of what he accomplished. He continued to wrestle once he joined the US Army, where he wrestled for the US ARMY in Germany. He loved being in the Army! David was then relocated to Fort Lewis. While at Fort Lewis, David was the personal driver for the famed General Nigras, which was also a highlight of his career. This allowed David to travel to various countries. David then moved to FT Dix, New Jersey to pursue a successful career as a Drill Sergeant.

When he finished his career in the military, he opened his own HVAC business in Tacoma where he served the Puyallup Tribe. David loved and respected the Native American community. David was known to drop everything to help the Puyallup Tribe elders anytime they called, he knew that the elders having heat or cooling in their homes could literally save a life. Besides the Puyallup Tribe, David had the same commitment to his family, friends and vets. There was nothing he would not do for anyone that knew him, he embodied the term SELFLESS SERVICE.

Besides his love for family, work, club Dave had a sense of humor that would keep everyone guessing. Being his friend or in his company you had to be on your toes at all time. If there was something that caught his eye or attention he would gravitate right to it. He was known for the name OVRNOUT because he would end a conversation with it, even if the conversation was not complete. This would generally leave people second guessing what had just happened. He was also known for his love of rigging items up with Velcro, Duct tape and Bondo. For this reason he almost earned the club name of RIGS and because of these actions of rigging stuff, it left most of us rubbing our heads saying….I’m too old for this shit.

David “OVRNOUT” Woslager will be greatly missed by all that knew him, but will never be forgotten.

WILLIAM "BROTHER BILL" PAVONE

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William Eugene Pavone was born October 23, 1947, in Munich Germany while his family was stationed there. He had 7 brothers and 1 sister. Bill achieved an associate degree in arts and science and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Puget Sound. For 30 years he ran his own accounting and tax business and was a pillar of his community.

Bill served 4 years in the Navy during the Vietnam war as a radar man bringing pilots back from their missions. Some years later he returned to service joining the Coast Guard and serving another 23 years retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. During his time in the Coast Guard, he earned the distinction of Pacific Coast Enlisted Person of Year and went on to be second runner up nationally.

Bill’s Catholic faith was very important to him. He was a fourth-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus and a prominent member of the St Francis Cabrini church in Lakewood. He spent a great deal of time making wooden crosses that he would tie on a string and then give to friends, family and pretty much anyone he met. Each cross was unique, and he probably gave thousands of them away. Many Brothers today still carry one with them or on their bike.

Serving was Bill’s passion. In addition to the military and his church, Bill was proficient in Karate and a member of the American Legion, United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association, Pierce County Mustang Club, a Volkswagen car club and for years he did ministry with the national Christian motorcycle association, Destiny Riders.

Bill was a founding member of the Brothers-In-Arms Motorcycle Club and held many positions during his time with the club. He greeted every person he ever met with a smile and a hug and was always willing to help a brother in need even without being asked. Even after retiring from the club he would happily take the time to sit down with a prospect to share some words of wisdom.

Brother Bill truly embodied the concepts of service and Brotherhood. Though he will be missed daily, he will never be forgotten.

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