Barry Strang told his wife when they got married he wanted a motorcycle. His wife Pam vetoed the idea that year and every year afterwards for 38 years saying "they're too dangerous." When Barry turned 59, and being semi-retired he told his wife, "it's time. It's on my bucket list." His wife gave in but told him she wouldn't be riding with him.
The Star Tribune reports on June 28th, Strang went to pick up his Harley from Lander's HD near Casper Wyoming. His wife dropped him off and went to a nearby furniture store to check on quilt she had ordered. The couple planned to meet later at a nearby casino. Barry posted a photo of the bike on his Facebook page and wrote""44 years finally got one :)"
But, Barry never made it.
Just three miles after leaving the dealership, Strang was along side a tractor trailer, and for unknown reasons struck the side of the rig and was thrown underneath, and was killed instantly.
His wife heard the sirens and said she knew it was her husband. "I felt him." Despite her loss, Pam Strang holds no bitterness or resentment at the cruel irony. She told reporters her husband lived his life to the fullest and died living life to the fullest, she said.
“It was something he wanted his whole life,” Pam said. “It’s like my son said, ‘Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.’”