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.
Acklie was noted for helping Crete Carrier founder Ken Norton incorporate the company and later acquired the business, investing in acquisitions and expanding the company. Acklie was chosen as one of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s first Truck Fleet Innovators in 2006.
He served as the ATA chairman for many years and also served with several other transportation groups including the Nebraska State Highway Commission and the American Transportation Research Institute.
Acklie was also known for his work within the Republican Party, serving as the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee. He played a role as an adviser to President George H.W. Bush and later George W. Bush. He received the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest civilian award given for public service.
His funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Neb.