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A fine man


It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our longtime friend Ken Hames. For many years Ken and his lovely wife Veva Jean hosted the John Wayne Wagons and Riders on our stop in Rosalia celebrating Battle Days. They allowed us to camp at their grounds across the street from the Rodeo Grounds. We were able to camp, with all of our horses on their beautifully manicured lawn field. The parking was tight, but Ken and Veva Jean furnished such hospitality. Ken was so proud of the Veterans Park and his community. One of our long time members summed it all up with “Ken was just a fine man.” The John Wayne Wagons and Riders would have celebrated our 39th Annual Cross State Ride this June, but we will be at Battle Days in 2021.

Tom Short,

John Wayne

Pioneer Wagons and Riders


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