Harry Morse 1943 - 2011
Harry loved speed and competition. Throughout his college years he raced motorcycles in Illinois, and following retirement as a pilot for Continental Airlines in 2003, he became involved in Old Timers motocross racing, becoming international champion for several years. During his career with the Navy, he flew radar blocking jets off the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. While on a weekend pass in the Navy, he broke his leg while racing motorcycles, and then commented, "How do they expect me to land a jet on a carrier if I'm not supposed to take risks?" He was an avid runner and bicyclist, competing in marathons and triathlons. He was also a windsurfer and downhill skier. Born on Sept. 2, 1943, he grew up on a farm near Putnam, Ill. As a boy he was fascinated by watching his father and uncles repair machinery and was allowed to take motorcycle engines apart in the kitchen. These interests led to a degree in ag mechanization from the University of Illinois. Harry is survived by his wife and soul mate of 39 years, Ellouise Kissler Morse, who shared his interests in fitness and competition
Mark Ennis 1954 - 2011
Mark Vincent Ennis Born September 20, 1954 in Long Beach CA; passed away April 2, 2011 in his home at Graham WA. He moved to the Tacoma area in 1973 and began an aviation career as an A/P mechanic and then as a maintenance director, then in 1994 started up Thumbs Up MX Supplies as owner/operator at Kapowsin Airfield. Mark was an avid motocross racer for 30 years and member of the SMC and WOTMX clubs. Married Jean Saint in 1982. Together they have 3 children, Ryan 28, Breanna 24, and Aubrey 23. Preceded in death by mother Eugenia Miller, father James Harold Ennis, stepmother Linda Ennis, and brother James Ennis. Also survived by sisters Jeanne McKenzie, Joni Colby, Janice McCambridge, Beth Ennis-Lawther and Heather Ennis and brother Michael Ennis. Memorial service to be held on April 9th, 2011 at 2:00PM at Frontier Park in Graham, WA. The family extends their thanks to NW Medical Specialties and Franciscan Hospice Care.
Garry Roestel 1951-2010
Our Garry, so kind and generous even to a fault. His passion for WOTMX overflowed with enthusiasm. Garry is the creator of the Northern Challenge and the famous Legends Cup. He is survived by his wife Star and son's Joshua, Jason, and Jesse. Garry J. Roestel Age 58, co-owner of Roestels' Mechanical, loving husband, dad and grandpa died of complications from a motorcycle accident on March 11, 2010. Godspeed Garry! We miss you.
Norm Duvall 1925 - 2010
"Stormin’ Norman" DuVall passed away the morning of July 12, 2010, at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Christina "Chris" DuVall, Feb. 12, 1997; a son, Robert D. DuVall, Jan. 17, 2008; and three sisters, Mildred, Bertie and Ima Jean. Norm is survived by a son, Steve DuVall of Longview; two brothers, Charles and Donald; a sister, Ruby; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Norm gave up smoking in 1958 at the advice of his doctor and gained back his youthful energy to the point of buying his first motorcycle. That started a phase in his life that kept him going until the end. Norm and his friends rode the trail bikes all over the logging roads of Southwest Washington and soon they were racing each other. Norm got very good and became an active member of the Oregon Old Timers Motocross Association. He road and raced until his early 80’s, twice winning ‘hi points’ for the season in his class and collected many trophies over the years. Norm and Chris made many friends during Norm’s racing years.
Charlie Burchinal 1921- 2010
Charles Robert Burchinal passed away June 28, 2010, in Portland. He was 88. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and was discharged as a staff sergeant. For several years he worked at Boise Cascade until retiring. After moving to Medford he started a plumbing service, C.B. Plumbing, and retired again in 2009. He enjoyed numerous activities, but the love of motorcross was his passion, and he rode for several years in races around the northwest, including Vancouver, Canada. He is survived by his children, Bob Burchinal of Phoenix, Ariz., and Debra Peterson of Scappoose.
Zoli Berenyi 1932 - 2010
Zoli Berenyi Sr a multi time Canadian national champion and multi time World Vet champion passed on July 20th at the age of 78. He was still riding last year until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was truly an inspiration to all riders who met him whether young or old. To watch Zoli ride well into his 70's and still faster than many riders in their 30's was truly amazing, he had a smooth calculated style which no doubt came from decades of mastering the art. He was always right there lending a hand at the races whether it was using a shovel or water hose for track work or helping a friend or stranger with a bike repair between motos. Zoli, we will miss your legendary #67 presence at the AOTMX events, you were one of kind.
"Maico" Joe MacKenzie 1931-2007
Joe always remembered that Kay was devoted to his Stock Car Racing and Motorcycle Racing for the first years of their marriage, and has spent the last 14 years totally devoted to his loving wife and best friend, Kay, which included the winters in Yuma, AZ, and traveling the United States in the 5th wheel that is the size of a hotel. Joe and Kay cherished the many, many lifelong friends from the Wenatchee Valley, from motorcycle racing and their time spent in Arizona – they were a big part of their lives. Joe's activities for most of his life were related to "racing" and motorcycle racing was his passion and he was very successful at it. In 1971, Joe was a Charter Member of the Washington State "Old Timers" Motorcycle Club and rode Motocross "Expert" Division on a Maico Motorcycle, hence the name "Maico Joe". He was known all over the United States as "Maico Joe" and is still known by that name to this very day. His crowning success was winning the World Championship for riders over 50 years old, competing against riders from all over the world. His intensity and determination made him a fan favorite, along with his willingness to help out anyone, be it a competitor or just another rider in the pits.