Hundreds gather to honor Gabe Wilken

Posted By: Jenn Schanz 

A week after 38-year-old Gabe Wilken was killed in a hit and run accident, a crowd of almost a thousand gathered to honor him.

“He was a wonder guy, he really was,” said one of Wilken’s friends.

Wilken was a motorcyclist from Lincoln. A special procession was held Friday at Frontier Harley Davidson, where he worked. The flag there, hangs at half-mast.

The accident that killed Wilken happened Jan. 16th near northwest 48th and I-80; deputies are still searching for those involved.

At this point, they’re looking for a white pickup or a dark colored van they think may have been in the area at the time of the crash.

Those who knew Wilken could all agree on one thing: nothing could beat Wilken’s smile. 

“His smile was, it would just melt your heart,” said his cousin, Karen Spath.

From Frontier Harley, the massive crowd of friends and family rode to Lincoln Berean Church for a service.

Everywhere you looked was another bike, another face, and another person Wilken touched.

“He always seemed to make light of an unhappy situation,” said one of Wilken’s friends. 

“So friendly and personable. Just a dear young man,” said another. 

But even people who didn’t know Wilken showed up to honor him.

“Incredible. Phenomenal. That so many people, they’re from everywhere, came together for this guy and his family,” said Trish Anderson. 

She came from Malcolm to attend the processional and service. 

For the biking community, the loss of Wilken affects them all.

“We’re a band of brothers,” says Anderson. 

Again, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this case. Anyone with information that could help is urged to call them at 402-441-6500.