Iowa motorcycle legend John Parham 'touched a lot of people's lives'

THE GAZETTE | Alison Gowan

ANAMOSA — Jill Parham says her husband was “one of those people that everybody just wanted to talk to.”

“He had so many friends in so many states and so many countries. He touched a lot of people’s lives,” she said.

John Parham, founder of J & P Cycles motorcycle company and the person responsible for bringing the National Motorcycle Museum to Anamosa, died Thursday at the age of 62, following a prolonged battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

His wife spoke with The Gazette on Saturday.

She said her husband would most regret missing the opportunity to make motorcycle enthusiasts and entrepreneurs out of his two grandchildren. He already had passed a penchant for riding down to the couple’s son Zachary, who was 16 years old when he rode with his father for the first time to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

Zachary remains vice president and general manager of J & P Cycles’ retail center in Anamosa.

Jill and John Parham met when they were 16, she said. They were married for 43 years. Continue reading

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