American Woman Riders would like to thank Don Bunna for sharing his love of his Angel Kathy with us.
When I ride now she’s also my Angel watching over me and I’m glad she’s on my shoulder. Thank you Don!
My beautiful wife Kathleen Lyons-Bunna and I had been planning to ride the Blue Ridge Mountains for 6 months. We had both bikes packed. Kathy rides a 2010 Heritage. We had plans on staying in Tulsa for Friday night & heading out bright & early Saturday with the sunrise, down US 412 into AR.
Just before Stroud, a massive storm rolled out of nowhere & I couldn’t see anything in front of us. As Kathy had much less seat time than I, I felt the only safe thing was to pull onto the shoulder and wait out the heavy downpour. We left our flashers on, dismounted, stood in back of our bikes & spent the next 7-10 minutes holding hands and joking. At one point I said a particular joke, she countered with one of her own. We broke out into laughter. I bent down to kiss her.
We had our shields half way up and after releasing the kiss; I looked out of the corner of my right eye & saw a car with bright head lights coming directly at us. It was driving on the shoulder of the road, at a very high speed. As I went to grab Kathy & push her & me to safety, the driver thought of reacting identically & at the same moment, swerving to avoid hitting us, but ultimately hitting both of us. Kathy took the brunt of the impact & began riding her new Iron Horse instantly into Heaven. I was spared; don’t know how to this day & I came away with injuries that would heal quickly. In determining later what may have happened, it seems this was a horrendous twist of fate & some irresponsible driving on the part of the driver.
Kathy & I met 3 years ago on match.com & on our first date I explained to her how important riding was in my life. She told me she had been thinking about learning how to ride herself. An HR executive, well known in the OKC area, she was always about being in control of her life; so she took the beginner’s class at OKRiders & we got her a 2005 Honda Shadow to learn on. She graduated up to a 1200 Custom Sportster & traded up for her dream bike, a 2010 2Tone Pearl Blue/Pearl Purple Heritage. At first I thought she was learning how to ride just to be with me but, no, she was feeling it in her soul and looking forward to seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains. She asked me 1 week before we left, what was the one thing I was truly looking forward to on our vacation.
I told her…to see your smile, from ear to ear, the moment you gaze your eyes on the Blue Ridge Mountains. I told her I had seen them already, in a cage, but still had seen them, but my one greatest moment was going to see her smile when she finally saw the Majesty of the vast & beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. My wife Kathy has always been competitive in everything she did. Well, before I could get her there to see the majestic rolling mountains, she got an aerial view from Heaven.Kathleen was an HR exec. at a financial institution, here in OKC & had been very active for many years in the Oklahoma State and the Oklahoma City HR Society. We were married on October 9th. We had within our new home, us, an 11 year old special needs son & a 16 year old son trying hard to get through high school. Although, I can say, we had a couple husband/wife differences since we’d been together & we both had previous marriages that didn’t work. We knew from almost the very beginning we were soul mates. We used to tell each other, we may not be perfect people but we’re just perfect for each other.
I will love her forever & will cherish her & her memory forever. Including the family she picked up from me, we had a total of 8 children, ranging from 35-11 & at the time of her bike ride into Heaven, 5 grandchildren. The sixth grandchild was born 2 days after Kathy’s funeral. They say when one angel leaves to travel to Heaven they make way for another angel here on earth.
Our bikes ended up in perfect condition, never touched by the driver and the car. It has taken me awhile, but I’m starting to feel my soul and her’s while riding. You never REALLY know when your last day on this earth will be.
Note from Tina : When I read Don’s story about his love for Kathy it made me really think about not taking any day for granted and that we need to not forget our friends and loved one that have gone before us and are now Angels. American Woman Riders is making a Tribute Page to those Angels watching over us. Angel Kathy is the inspiration for this Tribute Page and will be our first Angel Winged Rider.
Angel Winged Riders
If you have an Angel Winged Rider please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . American Woman Riders would be honored to proudly include their spirit on our page.
Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!
Tina – HarleySkyangel – American Woman Riders