In Loving Memory of
Willie Harold Conger
Willie Harold Conger. Born April 14, 1957 in Bakersfield, California, he was known to his family and many friends to embody the spirit of a hard-riding cowboy, hard-driving trucker, and a dedicated biker. In 2004 Willie’s became a full-fledged member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Chapter 6, Grass Valley, CA. Our brotherhood dubbed him Sidewinder, a name he proudly wore on his vest for 10 years.
He left the saddle, shut down his rig, and transferred to Chapter 1 on June 30, 2014.
Willie lived life to the fullest. As his widow Aliza remarked, "Everybody -- I mean everybody -- had a 'Willie story' to tell." Most of those tales are humorous. A few are a little scary and some are a bit sad. But it can be said with certainty that Sidewinder celebrated his life with gusto and enthusiasm. And, if he didn’t always follow all the rules, he certainly always followed his heart. Make no mistake about it: under what appeared to be a rough and gruff exterior, Willie did have a big heart.
A veteran of the United States Navy, he served proudly from 1974 through 1976. Together since 1997, he and wife Aliza were married at the Nevada City Elks Lodge on July 8th, 2005. At this same site a celebration of Willie's life was held for family and friends on July 19, 20014.
Wife Aliza, three daughters --Misty, Stella and Christy -- eight grandchildren, and two great grandsons survive him. Aliza tells us that, beyond becoming a full-patch holder in the BFMC, one of the brightest lights in his life was the birth of his great grandchildren. That was something he felt blessed to live long enough to witness. We will all miss brother Willie.