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The family of Richard Jack "Spider Man" Keehmer have asked us to accompany them as he is taken to his final resting place.  We are honored to fulfill their request.

Richard was a proud member of the American Legion and a rider in ALR Chapter 221.  He was also a member of VFW Post 5948 where he served as Commander from 2011-2012.

Richard was a Marine who entered into service on 17 December 1953.  He served in Korea as well as at the Barstow Marine Corps Supply Center.  While on active duty he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the USMC Good Conduct Medal.  He left active duty in December of 1956 and completed his Reserve obligation on 15 July 1961.

Richard leaves behind his wife, Janice; four sons; Rick Jr., Mike Keehmer, Jeff Johnson, Greg Johnson and two stepdaughters; Karen and Michelle.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran.  For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, we will be accompanying the hero and his family from the mortuary to the Bakersfield National Cemetery.  Please see the timetable if you would like to participate.  For those who would rather go directly to the cemetery, we will meet you there.

Timetable for Friday, 21 June 2024:

1100 - Service at Woods Family Funeral Home 321 W F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561

1145 - Stage at Woods Family Funeral Home

1150 - Mission Briefing

1200 - Flag Line as our hero is moved from the facility to the coach, and KSU to Bakersfield National Cemetery 30338 E Bear Mountain
Blvd, Arvin, CA 93203

1300 – Flag line and Military Honors

Ride Captain
Jim "Pops" Davis

Tehachapi Area Ride Captain
US Army 1964-1970
Vietnam 1966-1970 Army Ranger 63B20-63C20

You do not have to be a veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission.  All PGR members are welcome.  We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car.  If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the Ride Captain (RC).  Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car).  Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can.  Please ride/drive safely.

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes.  No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service.  Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit.  Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground.  Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we are honoring.
John D. "Major" Gretzinger
MAJ, AVN, USA (Ret.)
61st Avn Co (AHC) - Lucky 15
Administrator - SoCal PGR Mission Ops
Assistant State Captain, Southern California PGR