(When you go to a funeral what do you expect? People dressed up? To find out about a different kind of funeral, read the story below.)
The air smelled of exhaust and cigarettes and rumbled with the thunder of Harley pipes.
Some of the hundreds of bikers wore tattoos of devils, skulls and raised middle fingers. Mottos on jackets and bikes said “Trust no one” and “We give what we get.”
Disputes among the Bandidos, Hells Angels, Vagos and other outlaw motorcycle groups can erupt into brawls, stabbings and gunfire.
But on this day they’re gathering at Hope Baptist Church. With tears in their eyes.
It’s Wolf’s funeral.
Until six years ago Wolf had been one of those outlaws, a “one-percenter,” a member of the biker gangs notorious for intimidation and mayhem. In his own words, which were read at the service, he was an outlaw among outlaws — an enforcer, bouncer and bodyguard. He had written the story of his faith a few days before his death, intending to share it at a Bible study that had been scheduled for this day.
“I was mean and angry and I put (my wife) Debbie and my family through hell,” Wolf wrote. “But Debbie told me that one day the good man in me would come out.”
Wolf’s life hit bottom after the death of a brother and the loss of his job. He was beyond angry. He was empty.
“I’m tired. I’m done. I don’t wanna be this man no more,” a friend recalled him saying.
It was about then Wolf turned to the Soldiers for Jesus motorcycle club — former outlaw bikers, drug addicts and alcoholics turned evangelists — and they led him to a relationship with God.
“God has changed my life a lot and still is. The anger and violence — God has taken it away,” Wolf wrote after his conversion.
(Read the rest of this powerful death and salvation story Biker’s legacy: Outlaws in church – Las Vegas Sun.)