The late 60’s and early 70’s saw a surge of growth in the club. Returning veterans sought to continue the sense of brotherhood and the excitement of the military by banding together with other like-minded individuals. The motorcycle of choice was, of course, the Harley Davidson. Most were pan heads and a few knuckleheads. A weekend run always included a lot of tools and spare parts as there were sure to be some breakdowns. In spite of the mechanical problems, there were few places the club couldn’t ride to in a weekend. From Copper Harbor, Michigan to LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Savannah, Illinois the Heavens Devils were well-known and, occasionally, not welcomed back.
The late 70’s brought tragedy as gang wars, bar shootings and motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of several of our members. We were all aware that these things can happen but that didn’t make our losses any easier to bear. We remember these and all fallen members every year with a memorial service at the grave site and a party afterward. “Gone but not Forgotten” is the theme as we toast those who have passed before us. Through the generosity of one club member the club has established a common grave site so that we may remain together for all eternity.
The 80’s and 90’s saw the club celebrate its 20th and 30th anniversaries with huge outdoor parties that included pig roasts, music and fireworks. Membership grew as people from all over Wisconsin wanted to join a club with the tradition and history of the Heavens Devils. Many of our members have come from other motorcycle clubs and joined the Devils because they liked what they saw. The club maintains a strict set of rules and any violations deemed to be a detriment to the club can result in expulsion.
The last decade brought our 40th anniversary. Celebrated with another great party and a full social calendar that included summer runs, more parties and some motorcycle rides to places like Daytona, Sturgis and around Lake Michigan. The club continues its tradition of fun, motorcycles, riding and brotherhood.
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary we honor those who came before us (RIP), remember those we have lost and look forward to continuing the legacy of our founding members. The Heavens Devils have been around longer than cell phones, computers, microwaves and 8 United States Presidents.
We are here to stay.