It’s been quite a weekend for Marquette resident LaVona Engdahl. Thousands of motorcyclists filled the town and many came just to see LaVona. Her husband Stan was a motorcycle racing legend. Together they began a motorcycle museum in Marquette five years ago. Stan died last year and this weekend, the motorcycle rally named “Thunder on the Smokey” is in his memory.
“It’s a very close-knit town. If you get in trouble, someone will come and help you.”
At the Kansas Motorcycle Museum in downtown Marquette, you’ll find LaVona Engdahl. LaVona comes to the Museum every day because that’s what her husband Stan would have wanted.
“That’s why I came back. Because I knew that’s what he wanted. And if I didn’t come down here and do it. He’d get after me.”
Stan died of massive heart attack following a fire. He was McPherson County District #2 Fire Chief. But his lifetime love in addition to LaVona was motorcycles.
“Yeah, because I went to every race and I more or less helped him with the bike and helped him with everything else…and it was just fun!”
Over the years he took home over 600 racing trophies.
“And he wanted to get the other room finished and I said OK. We’ve got to get it done, because that’s what he would have wanted.”
Stan and LaVona began the Motorcycle Museum five years ago in the building that once housed their radio-TV business.
“We had been married 55 years.”
“They are beautiful. Like the way some people say cars are beautiful…the motorcycles are to me.”
The museum contains all kinds of rare motorcycles and of course Stan’s.
“We just enjoyed them.”
. LaVona believed coming here every day would be better than staying at home.
“I feel more comfortable here than I do at the house.”
It’s been a big motorcycle weekend for LaVona…full of memories…and friends.
“I’m on my way…I’ll see ya…see you this weekend…ok.”
For more information contact:
The Kansas Motorcycle Museum
120 West Washington
Contact: LaVona Engdahl – 785-546-2449
Web site: www.ksmotorcyclemuseum.org