Harley-Davidson hearse provides unique ride for last tripWritten by Kyle Cappelletty | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A local funeral home offers a once-in-a-lifetime ride to motorcycle and Harley enthusiasts.
A Harley-Davidson hearse is available at Sujkowski Funeral Home, 114 E. Alexis Road. Sujkowski Funeral Home is an independent, family-owned facility operated by Valentine Sujkowski and his son Hilary Sujkowski, third- and fourth-generation Sujkowski funeral directors.
The funeral home has had the Harley-Davidson hearse since 2010.
“When our funeral home ordered the custom-made Harley-Davidson hearse from Pennsylvania’s Tombstone Hearse Company in 2010, we didn’t know what to expect. Two years later, we have rented out the Harley-Davidson hearse so many times that I have lost track,” Hilary said.
There are at least two motorcycle hearses in Ohio and nearly 50 across the United States. The hearses are starting to become so popular that a national organization, the American Motorcycle Hearse Association, was created to promote the use of these unique bikes.
“I was surprised to find out that the Harley-Davidson hearse seemed equally as popular among men and women,” Sujkowski said. “With the American flag draped over the casket in the back of the Harley-Davidson hearse, it looks very classy and many veterans’ families decided to go with the unique vehicle as well. It is all about making the best of a very difficult time for families.”
The motorcycle hearse costs $300 to use, which is the same price as a regular hearse.
Sujkowski Funeral Home is not the only company in Ohio looking to help feed the growing demand for motorcycle hearses.
Boot Hill Hearse Company in New Lexington serves Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The company works with funeral directors as well as with individual families to arrange for the rental of a motorcycle hearse from Boot Hill’s collection.
“My father was my inspiration for starting this business,” said Dan Kinsel, Boot Hill founder. “When he passed a couple years back, there was just no way to rent a motorcycle hearse in all of Ohio. In his loving memory, I set out to change that and this year alone, we have helped provide our rental services to 37 different funeral homes in Michigan and Ohio.
“Boot Hill Hearse Company provides a very unique service to families who want to choose a funeral home in the area that does not actually own a Harley-Davidson hearse. It helps to provide options to families that are grieving and options are important.
“We also offer our rental services for free to the heroes that have fallen serving our country in active duty. This was a great way to say thank you to the men and women that died for our country and it provided their family with a great last memory,” Kinsel said.
For more information, visit sujkowski.com or boothillhearses.com.