Heartbreaking “goodbye” to a true Harley’s Hero

There are those people you meet in life who, although you’ve just met, feel like you’ve known them forever. This was never more true than when we met Bill and Wynn Wasinger nearly 5 years ago. They are the kind of people who make the world a better place just by being in it, and they have certainly made ours much brighter.

When Bill landed in the hospital a week ago, we were worried. But he had always seemed healthy and strong, and I was so convinced that, in the end, Bill was going to be okay. I didn’t consider anything else. I had not … I was not … prepared for this. I sat at my computer last night until late, trying to find the words, but I simply couldn’t. So I never made a post. I stared at Bill’s pictures and I watched a video of him over and over. Dan and I cried for the loss of our wonderful friend with the kindest heart, a great love for animals, and such joy for life.

And we cried for dear Wynn, Bill’s soul mate for more than 50 years. There will never be another couple more in love and committed to each other than these two. But it was Wynn who made me feel better, she helped me understand. Despite the tears, this amazingly brave, beautiful woman comforted me with her words – as only Wynn can do – and we both were able to laugh as we remembered Bill and his incredible spirit. So I guess, in the end, Bill really is okay.

Bill, we love you and you will be missed beyond measure. We are so grateful to have called you our friend, and we know you were greeted by the souls of countless people and animals whose lives you touched and made better.

Having not expected our Bill to leave so soon, we have nothing prepared, but I assure you that Harley’s Dream will honor him in a very special way. In the meantime, please hold Wynn in your hearts and send love and strength her way as she faces the days ahead.

Love, Rudi


  1. Although I never met Bill, I feel as if I did
    I followed all his posts and pictures and felt so much love for him. He fought for the suffering animals with a fury and loved Wynn with all his heart
    Bill you now fly with angels and are watching over Wynn and all the animals you loved
    RIP to a sweet soul. You will be missed
    Love and hugs to you Wynn and always remember all the wonderful little things that made you and Bill so happy together

  2. I am so so sorry to heat about the loss of your dear Friend…. Sending you lots of Hugs and Love…. God Bless

  3. …sweet sweet man..
    shined a light on all living souls he touched..
    …”I will always be as close to you as your breathing…”
    rest forever softly..
    dear Bill..
    ..how loved you are..
    what a difference you made..
    ..and will always make..

  4. Oh I am so sorry for your loss of this great friend. We are never ready or prepared.

  5. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, he definitely was one of Harley’s hero’s. Prayers go out to Wynn and her family also you and Dan. Bill will truly be missed!

  6. So very sorry you lost your dear friend. What a wonderful person he must have been.

  7. That’s so beautiful Rudi, I haven’t stopped crying since Wynn told me last night.
    A couple if the first people I met of Harleys Heroes and we cried all through breakfast the day of Harleys Service.
    Truly the most loving people I know and Our Bill will be missed beyond measure. Julia

  8. God bless you Bill. We need more animal lovers like you and Wynn. I know he is with harley and other dog survivors who have passed on. May your wife be comforted to know that you will be missed.

  9. Never had the chance to meet you two in person ,but your post and comments always made me laugh and add smile. Wynn you and Bill are true Halery . You will be missed Bill.

  10. Dear Wynn,
    While tears fall down my face, my mouth dries out of words!! Wynn, I am so sorry for your loss! Sending you hugs your way! RIP Bill….😢💔

  11. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Cherish all your beautiful memories over the past 5 years.

  12. Sorry for the loss of your dear friend. My he rest in peace and may Wynn find the courage to push forward through the memories and love that they had for each other. Hugs to you all

  13. My love and prayers to Wynn & family , Bill’s dear friends and fur-pals! Such a beautiful soul shall never be forgotten. ❤🕊

  14. I was lucky enough to meet bill and Wynn once at a campground. Thank you to our chihuahuas we formed a beautiful friendship. When I was sick with cancer they gave me so much support. I will miss you my friend. I’m thinking you are taking harley for a walk.

  15. Bill was a tireless fighter for Harley and the end of puppy mills –

  16. Such sad news. RIP Bill. Prayers for you and your family including your fur babies and especially Wynn. Sincere condolences. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😥

  17. So sad!!! He’s with all of you spirit!!! So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful human being!!!

  18. Bill you will be so missed by all of us. We have been blessed that you were in this world. You have given so much of you to others and to precious sweet animals that desperately needed your love❤ Wynn, I know this is terribly hard for you😢 My love and prayers are with you. You and Bill were an awesome team.
    Thank you both so much,

  19. The world will deeply miss this special man, his dedication to fighting against puppy mills was amazing, as was his love for his wonderful wife, Wynn. I don’t think I’ve every seen a couple that did so many wonderful things together, you inspired me so much. I wish I would have met Bill, I have missed out on meeting a treasure. RIP Bill, you will be missed beyond measure.

  20. Prayers of peace and comfort to all he left behind, animal and human. God Bless him and his wife, Wynn. So very sorry for your loss….. <3 <3 <3

  21. Rudi I am so sorry to hear that you have lost a very good and loving friend. And I send my condolences to Wynn for her loss. Bill looked like he was a very kind gentleman … you can see it in his face .. in his eyes. And what a smile! Rest in Peace Bill …

  22. Bill was such a special man! I never saw him without a smile. I was so blessed to have Bill and Wynn for neighbors for several years. I guess heaven needed a special extra tall angel. 💔🙏🏼😇

  23. Times like this makes you realize how very fragile life can be, and the most beautiful people in our lives we must cherish. I know myself and my husband are like alot of us, ie, those “two peas in a pod” couples… best friends, soul mates, trusting and wrapped in each other’s thoughts, day in and day out and NEVER TIRE!!! An unending undying respectful love like no other. Prayers and thoughts for you Wynn and a beautiful husband whose heart will never leave you but protect you always. May God bless your family and RIP blessed Bill. 🙏🍁🍃🍂🙏💕

  24. Let me preface my remarks by saying I did not know Bill well. We attended the same high school and spoke casually in the halls. He seemed quiet and shy. Over the years I saw that he led a full and varied life, one that I suspect many of us had experienced. After seeing all these loving tributes I wish that I had known him better. He and his wife Wynn were so lucky to have a true everlasting love. Everyone should be so fortunate to have had such a wonderful and full life.

  25. My condolences to Wynn. Prayers for your strength and healing during this difficult time.

  26. God bless this special man. He is remembered in my prayers and it would if been a blessing to have known him. He now can hold Harley and Gwennie all he wants and they all will be looking down on all of the world. I bet he will be waiting st the rainbow bridge to greet and meet from now on💜

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