Remembering John Parham, 1954-2017

| 4/25/2017 12:38:00 PM

John Parham with a Harley-Davidson

John and Jill ParhamJohn Parham dedicated most of his life to motorcycling and to his wife, Jill. With passion and perseverance, through tough times and success, together they created J&P Cycles in 1979 and helped motorcyclists worldwide enjoy two-wheel adventures. Later, John devoted his time and resources to amassing one of the world's largest and most comprehensive personal collections of motorcycles, in excess of 300 machines, and found a home for many of them when he moved the National Motorcycle Museum to his hometown of Anamosa, Iowa. Then he again invested his time and talent to make this a great place to preserve and present American motorcycling history. He worked tirelessly until his long battle with pulmonary fibrosis consumed him, and now he's at rest with the Lord. John's battle ended peacefully with Jill and son Zach at his side.

5-year-old John Parham

John at age 5.

John's parents were the late John William Parham and wife, Anna. He had two siblings, both younger, Luann and Mark, and the family originally lived in Shelby, Iowa, both parents involved in education.

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