Loyal friend memorializes father-son dealer team with portrait

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Father and son Harley dealers have been immortalized in a painting by a friend who wanted to honor them after they died within a few months of each other.

Wayne Pierce Sr. opened Pierce Harley-Davidson in 1957. He died in 2007, just months after son Wayne Pierce Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Friend Lynden Bute memorialized he pair in a painting now hanging in the museum at Pierce Harley-Davidson in De Kalb, Ill.

“It’s something I wanted to do,” Bute told the Daily Chronicle. “I’m proud to have it here.”

The painting, framed in a whitewall H-D tire, is modeled after a photo of the father and son sitting on their own bikes that is displayed at the entrance of the museum. The motorcycle Wayne Pierce Sr. is sitting on in the painting has a permanent place in the museum’s motorcycle collection.

“It is especially meaningful that [Bute] painted the picture because he means so much,” says Marylou Pierce Smith, Wayne Pierce Sr.’s daughter who runs Pierce Harley-Davidson. “Lyn was a regular in the ’70s and a friend of the family.”

Posted by Holly Wagner