A unique bike stolen

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

From Allen Ricks

Grinnell

My father, Wilbur Ricks, passed away in early December at the age of 91. He had the creative genius and the engineering skill to see something and then be able to design and build a working model of it. Such was the case in the late 1990s, when he saw a picture of a side-by-side bicycle “car.” From the picture he built a working model, complete with electric lights, which he and my step-mom then enjoyed riding in their neighborhood in northeast Creston.

We held an auction of his belongings on Saturday, June 22. The bicycle car was to be on the sale. One of the civic clubs in Creston had determined that they would bid on it to make it a “parade vehicle” for community events. Other individuals and families had stopped to look, as it was a featured item on the auction sale bill.

Unfortunately, sometime in the early-morning hours, someone decided they would prefer to acquire the bike by wheeling it away from the property, rather than seeing it sold at auction. The disappointment of this theft cast an unhappy shadow over the closing observance of a life well-lived.

Whoever decided that this would be a fun and easy way to acquire a very unique bike, please be notified that the theft has been reported to law enforcement. I’m afraid you will have to use as much care when and where you try to ride it or how you try to sell it as you used in sneaking it away from the property. Just keeping it stored for years in a garage or shed certainly can’t be too rewarding. Selling it for scrap won’t bring enough to buy a burger. Explaining to your kids or grandkids how you acquired such a vehicle surely won’t be very easy or satisfying.

In fact, I would encourage you to return it to the house from which it was stolen. Then it can be gotten on to that service club, so all the people of Creston can enjoy it and remember the remarkable man who so creatively built it.

If anyone else sees the bike, would you please call the Union County Law Enforcement Center at 641-782-8402, or call me at 319-269-3475 to collect a reward upon its recovery.

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