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September 19, 2016

Crete Carrier Chairman Duane Acklie Passes Away at 84

Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete Carrier has passed away at the age of 84 due to complications related to a number of health problems, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

July 7, 2016

Scholarship Set Up in Memory of Aftermarket Leader

Set up in his honor, the Jim Moss, Aftermarket Legend, Scholarship will be awarded to a college student whose studies focus in the aftermarket or heavy duty industry.

April 26, 2016

Aftermarket Leader Passes Away

Jim Moss, president of Kona Communications (publisher of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer magazines), passed away on April 20 at his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, after a brief illness. Moss was 82.

April 15, 2016

Celadon’s Steve Russell Dies at 76

Steve Russell, the founder of Celadon Group Inc. died on April 15 at 76 years of age. The company he launched over 30 years ago to haul automotive freight from Michigan to Mexico has since grown into a truckload and logistics powerhouse.

March 9, 2016

Hendrickson Parent Company Head John Boler, Dead at 81

John M. Boler, chairman of the board and founder of Hendrickson parent company, The Boler Company, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016 at the age of 81.

February 19, 2016

Strategic Programs Co-Founder Rim Yurkus Has Died

Rim Yurkus, co-founder, president and CEO of Strategic Programs, died last month, according to representatives of his company.

August 4, 2015

Accuride Aftermarket Sales Director Tony Pape Dies

Accuride’s director of aftermarket strategy and sales, Tony Pape has died at the age of 53, the company announced.

July 29, 2015

CRST Founder Dies at 91

CRST founder Herald “Smitty” Smith Jr. passed away on July 27 at his home in Door County, Wis., at the age of 91.

April 29, 2015

Ford Heavy Truck Marketer Jeff Kahn Dies

Jeff Kahn, probably best known in the industry for his work at Ford Heavy Truck introducing the Ford Aeromax, has died at age 74.

April 8, 2015

Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away

Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.

January 26, 2015

Former Roadway CEO Michael Wickham Dies

Former Roadway CEO Michael W. Wickham passed away last Tuesday Jan. 20, at his home in Palm Coast, Fla. Wickham was 67 years old.

December 16, 2014

TRALA Announces Death of President and CEO Tom James

[UPDATED} Truck Renting and Leasing Association President and CEO Tom James died unexpectedly Monday night at his home in Arlington, Virginia.

December 7, 2014

Trucking Industry Mourns Death of Mike Pennington

UPDATED -- Longtime Meritor communications chief David Michael Pennington, 64, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 5, stunning the trucking industry supplier community and press corps.

November 4, 2014

Former HDT Senior Editor James Stacy Dead at Age 94

A memorial service for former Heavy Duty Trucking Senior Editor James Stacy is set for later this week following his death on June 18 at age 94.

September 2, 2014

FMCSA's Deborah Freund Dead at 57

A driving force behind trucking safety at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deborah M. "Debbie" Freund, died Thursday of metastatic breast cancer.

June 29, 2014

Ed Bobit, Founder of Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business Media, Passes Away

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86.

May 5, 2014

Former Rep. James Oberstar Dies

Former Rep. James Oberstar, a 36-year Congressman whose encyclopedic knowledge of transportation helped shape generations of policy, died May 3 at his home in Potomac, Md.

May 2, 2014

Ed Shea, TMC Activist and Retired Publisher, Dies at 91

Ed Shea, a retired publisher of Owner Operator and The Specialist magazines, passed away April 28 after a period of declining health. He was 91. He was a founding member of what is now the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

April 28, 2014

Former TCA Chairman Kaburick Dies

John Kaburick, owner of Earl L. Henderson Trucking and former chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association, died last week at age 61.

December 12, 2013

Award-Winning Truck Writer Patricia Smith Dies

Trucking journalist/communications specialist Patricia McCullough Smith, who served the trucking industry for nearly three decades, passed away Dec. 10 at the McMinnville, Ore., home she shared with her husband Doug.

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