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Biker Chooses to Be Buried in His Harley-Davidson Sidecar

For some motorcycle owners, biking is simply a hobby. For others, it's more than a hobby; it's a way of life. For one Pennsylvania man, however, biking has been both a way of life and a way of death. Arthur Werner Sr., of Steel City, PA, passed away recently after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Before his passing, however, he requested that he would be laid to rest in the sidecar of his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. The funeral home chosen by the family is run by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, who were honored to comply with the request. The sidecar would not even require any modification for the arrangement, they said. Werner's family says he bought the bike with his retirement bonus after 42 years as a steelworker. His daughter-in-law noted shortly after his passing, "he lived for that bike."

Potential Preaching Angles: The Lord bestows upon us bountiful blessings during our lives on earth, and we are right to enjoy them fully. But Jesus also reminds us in scripture not to let the joy of the gift distract from joy in the Giver. Matthew 6:19-21 reads: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

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