Memorials

Lanelda (Putman) Conrad
May 26, 1924 - January 14, 2013

Lanelda (Putman) ConradLanelda (Putman) Conrad

LaNelda (Putman) Conrad, known as "Super" in her motorcycle days, was born on May 26, 1924 in Colville, Washington and passed away at her home in Sandpoint, Idaho on Monday, January 14, 2013. As a young child her family moved to Sunnyside, California. There she learned to ride by age 16 and then lived and breathed motorcycles for the next 10 years. During that time she never had a car, only bikes. She belonged to the Foothills Motorcycle Club for several years and participated in many events with other clubs as well. She raced and hill climbed in club events, recording many of those days with photos.

During the war, she worked at Douglas as a riveter on the C-47. Later she rode her "Super X" to Vallejo and became the first woman overhead crane operator at the Naval shipyard. During her California motorcycle years, she got to know many well-known motorcycle racers and dealers including Ed "Ironman" Kretz, Max Bubeck, Ed and Earl Farrand, and the Milne brothers, who were all Indian guys. Lanelda's favorite bike was her 1937 Chief. In 1949, she made her way north to Tacoma, WA. She worked as a motorcycle courier and joined the Tacoma Ducks Motorcycle Club. She helped build their flat track. In 1951, she rode a Harley with a side hack back to Southern California and joined the Marines, where she served 10 years.

In 1961 she married a fellow marine, Charles "Gunny" Conrad and they moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1963 where they raised two children, Clayton Miles Conrad and Roxane Conrad. She joined the Idaho National Guard as a photographer retiring in 1984. She belonged to the Marine Corps League. During the last decade of her life she became reacquainted with old motorcycles helping her friend Tom Renk to rebuild her 1944 741 Scout "bobber" and making many friends in the Northwest Classic Motorcycle Club where she enjoyed a lifetime membership. She also belonged to the Laughing Indian Riders Club

 

Les Burton
August 9, 1950 - September 27, 2012

Les Burton
Les BurtonLes Burton
His Father told him he could ride his bike when he could kick start it. At 12 he was barely 4 feet tall when he pushed it, jumped on and his years of riding began. Les had a bike most of his life, his first bike was a 650 Trumpet. His bikes were mostly Harleys and for the last 12 years he rode his Shovels.

Les loved females, all ages, and all sizes. He respected them and protected them. He was loyal to his friends and family. He was a man you could trust to watch your back and stand up to protect it. He loved the biker community and his brothers. He was old school and would stop and help anyone he saw at the side of the road. He carried spare parts and tools, worked on his own bike and respected old school biker traditions. Les loved to dance and would dance until the band stopped playing. Les was always volunteering for something and helping someone, just because they needed help. Those of you who had a special relationship with Les know he loved you, and he knew you loved him.


Les was diagnosed with ALS on July 7, 2008. ALS is a fatal progressive condition that affects motor nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, influencing the brains ability to initiate and control muscle movement. When the doctor told Les he had two to five years to live, he said, “I’ll take five”, and he almost made it. Les wanted to wait until 12/21/12 so he could “die with the rest of you”.

A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their lives wrote a blank check made out payable to “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” for an amount of up to, and including their life. THAT is HONOR, AND THAT IS THE HONOR LES EMBRACED.

 

Neil Cooper "Mr Indian"

Neil CooperNeil Cooper (Mr. Indian) (Age 87) passed away May 27, 2005 at Pinewood Care Center, Coeur d’ Alene, ID.

He was born on August 5, 1917 in Plains, Montana to Arthur J. and Alberta Dorris Cooper. Neil graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1936. Neil married Dorothy in 1938, she preceded him in death. Neil married Bonnie (Raupe) Dennison on November 9, 1979. He lived in Coeur d’ Alene most of his life. He was a mechanic and also worked for the Department of Lands. Neil was a member of the Northwest Classic Motorcycle Club, Coeur d’ Alene Eagles AMCA (motorcycle club), and at one time, he raced limited hydroplanes. He also did stock car racing, hill climbing, and motorcycle racing.

Neil is survived by his wife, Bonnie at their home; two sons, Tom of Coeur d’ Alene, ID, A.J. of Lewiston, 10; daughter, Judy King, Liberty Lake, WA; two sisters, Ora Parker, Kennewick, WA, Jean Thompson, Spokane, WA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; step-children, Jeff Tefft, Joel Tefft, Janene Tefft, Ann Butler, Earl Dennison and Ben Dennison. Preceded in death by two sisters, Norma and Marie; and an infant son. A celebration of Neil’s life was held Saturday, June 4th, 1 :00-4:00 PM at the Eagles Pavilion, 1700 N. 15th St., in Coeur d’ Alene.

 

Elisa Chapman
November 17, 1959 - August 3, 2008

Elisa Chapman: November 17, 1959 to August 3, 2008. Elisa Chapman was a Northwest Classic Motorcycle Club member since 1991.
GODSPEED!

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NORTHWEST CLASSIC MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE LOST

Fuzzy Lee Nelson - 1997
Big John - 1999
Vince Buonfiglio - 2001
Wolfman - 2002
Darrell (Dog Killer) - 2002