Growing up, my head has always been full of thoughts and ideas concerning “my next big project”.  Whether good or bad (and I’ve had my share of both), I was always trying to come up with all kinds of anything from designs, to inventions, to sketches (theatric AND visual varieties), to ways to do jobs and tasks. Wherever I could bring in a little creativity and challenge myself to some problem solving, I would.  In everything I have done for a living, I brought that same “problem solving” mentality, which brings me to where I am today.

I have been a funeral director for almost a decade.  It is an amazing and emotional job where you can meet all kinds of people from every walk of life. It is truly a privilege to serve and get to know these families and walk them through some of the toughest times of their lives.  Everyone we serve comes in with different expectations and ideas for honoring their lost loved ones.  One of my favorite parts of my job is the opportunity to explore ways to say goodbye that are meaningful and special.

I have loved riding motorcycles for as long as I can remember.  I grew up on a farm where we had the old “get around” bike.  If you had to track down someone working in the field, or just needed to get somewhere quick, you just hopped on the bike and headed out.  I remember holding on tight to my dad or grandpa as we went for rides.  It was a blast.  Once I got old enough, I got to go out on my own adventures around the farm.  Years later, I have a Harley of my own and the rides around the farm have turned into rides around the country.  Everyone in my family has a bike, and a highlight of the riding season is getting together for some group rides.

Throughout my career I have had the chance to work with biking families and families of bikers.  One thing that has stood out with these people, as I have worked with them, is their passion for motorcycles.  We have had slideshows of ride alongs, bikes on display, processions led by bikes, and have even worked with a motorcycle hearse company.   I’ve enjoyed hearing stories of rides and adventures as well as sharing my own experiences and tales.  Just like any other group I have worked with, I have challenged myself to find unique ways to pay tribute to the bikers who have gone on before us.

With my wife challenging me to do more than just talk about all my ideas and start doing, I decided it was time to see what I could do.  Fast forward to 2014.  After about two years of trying to figure out the logistics and creating prototypes, I am excited to offer EtURNal Ride motorcycle cover urns.  These urns are designed to mount where timing, clutch, and derby covers mount on your bike, with the unique option to contain the cremated remains of your loved one safely inside.  As I continue to develop these products and come up with new options, I look forward to helping folks say goodbye in a very special way.

Motorcycles at Sturgis

My dad, brothers, some friends and me on the road at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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