Fill out the form below by Sept. 9 to nominate a trucker you love for Overdrive’s iLuvMyTrucker contest, held in recognition of the annual Trucker Appreciation Week. Check back during that week, Sept. 14-20, to see which truckers we have chosen to highlight.
Congratulations to first-place winner Michael Mick and the other iLuvMyTrucker finalists. This contest highlights drivers in conjunction with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 15-21.
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iLuvMyTrucker: Rick Wells
I love my trucker! He's hard working, has raised a family helps his parents. Never gives up and never complains about the hours/days/months away or the time he has to put in to give us the life we live. His trucks are more to him than a tool or a job they are a part of him. He's nicknamed " the Legend" has driven trucks since he was a teenager and is a credit to his life long profession.
iLuvMyTrucker: Dustin “Duck” Paris
My amazing husband has a tough schedule of 21 days on, 3 and 1/2 days off so he is away from his family for 26 days out of every single month, 12 months a year! He misses so many things, birthdays, holidays, milestones in our sons life and the list goes on and on. He has sacrificed being home with his family so that he can put food on our table. I don't know many people who would choose to be away from all of their loved ones to get the bills paid. My husband is one of many hard working, good hearted, family driven truckers and he inspires me every single day. I love him because of all he has given up for his chosen profession. Thank you to every trucker out there!
iLuvMyTrucker: Robert Greene
He leaves me and our grandbabies for weeks on end to do a thankless job. This year along he has driven through three blizzards and two tornadoes to get his freight there on time. He, like many other drivers, works long hours for little pay and no creature comforts. He has worked sick and injured for a company that could care less. He has given some of his last money many times this year to drivers and strangers who he saw were in greater need than him. He is a wonderful man and my best friend! He would say he was just another driver doing his job!
iLuvMyTrucker: Gary Rittenour
He is my best friend, my co-worker, my husband. He has a 2-million-miles-plus safe, perfect driving record. He will help anyone he can. He's a loving father of two girls, and grandfather of a boy and a girl and another boy on the way!! He doesn't get to see them as he is delivering the FedEx packages everywhere in the U.S. We have been trucking together for 17 years and got married in Reno, Nev., in our truck.
iLuvMyTrucker: Dave Goalder
Dave Goalder of Goalder Transport is a highly recommended shipper of heavy duty fitness equipment. I used Dave on a previous shipment and he was a real pro, so I decided to use him again on a second shipment. The second shipment happened to come at a rather awkward time as my wife was giving birth to our first child. Dave was a real pro and class act and rearranged his busy schedule to drop off the machine after the birth. I couldn’t be happier with Dave Goalder of Goalder Transport!
iLuvMyTrucker: Charles Kelley
My husband has been my best friend for the past 13 years, and we have been married for 7 years this month. I had a 5 year old daughter from a previous relationship. Her father passed away when she was 2 years old. Chuck took both of us as a package deal. He couldn’t have been a better dad if he was her biological father. We both think the world of him. Life would be very boring without him.
iLuvMyTrucker: Corey Moon
I love my trucker because after all we've been through he is still my rock. He never "brings his work home." It always stays at the door. He has overcome so many obstacles to get where he is today. He has always made a point to make sure that our son and I are taken care of if anything goes wrong here at home. I could go on and on about the many reasons why I love this man. Corey Moon is my angel always has been and always will be.
iLuvMyTrucker: Ron Graves
He’s an amazing man who works hard to provide for his wife and 4 kids!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Brian Oswald
Brian works hard, not unlike all truck drivers! What makes him special is when he is finally back at home, he makes the time to spend with our young sons and his wife count although he's sometimes exhausted(even if it means MORE driving!). He is stoic and selfless and goes without sleep and good meals at times so we try to spoil him when he gets back home. He is a Godly, loyal man to both his customers and his family and we all love him.
iLuvMyTrucker: Mike Dicke
In 2006 after a few very bad relationships, I met my "Knight in the Shining Semi." His name is Mike Dicke. After being together for awhile, Mike decided to take a break from driving and we went into business together with five trucks. Mike took care of all of the repair work, and I handled the paperwork. After low freight rates, high workers comp rates and other difficulties beyond our control, Mike decided to go back on the road and we got out of the company. It was quiet a transition for us both. After good times and bad we are still staying strong. I'm very proud of Mike. He is a professional in every way, and I know what an important role all truck drivers have in keeping us supplied with food, clothes, etc. I luv my trucker and I'm in it for the long haul.
iLuvMyTrucker: Steve Peer
I never dreamed that I would ever marry a trucker. Actually I was scared to death of them. We met in a restaurant that I was running and from then on, well we have been married for six years. Never in my life would I ever imagine me in a big truck. We have a step deck that requires chaining and strapping, in freezing cold to blistering hot days. Steve has 33 years of truck driving and knowledge that I couldn't even imagine. He runs his own company and always thinking of ways to help out other fellow drivers. I actually think he would give his shirt off his back if it would help someone else out. The old school guys have a responsibility to pass on their knowledge to the younger generation and he goes out of his way to help them. He has taught me so much over the years and over the road. His stories and ways from years back, make me and others laugh. Steve is dedicated to his work and to me and cares so much about others. He wants to buy us a home and that is his goal. iLuvMyTrucker: Steve Peer
iLuvMyTrucker: Brandy Peters
I luv my trucker wife Brandy for being the woman behind the wheel supporting her family while I am home being Mr. Mom taking care of our 15-year-old son. Brandy and I used to truck together for 10 years but back in 2009 I became disabled and had to come off the road, and Brandy picked up the reins and just kept on trucking up and down the road solo. I am so proud of her for being the woman she is and teaching other women they they too can do a so-called man's job!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Kenneth Covington
iLuvMyTrucker: Andy Thomas
I've been with my husband for 18 years (since I was 16). We have two beautiful, funny, smart, intelligent children. Our daughter is 12 and our son is 4. My husband is an OTR driver which means he isn't home except for Saturday and part of Sunday. The rest of the time he is in his truck by himself working in all kinds of weather good or bad. He works 100+ hours a week to make sure me and our children have a home to live in and food to eat. He does all of this without complaining.He is great at what he does.He 98 percent of the time misses birthdays. He misses school functions that he really wants to be at. Like last year when he was delivering a load across the country while our daughter had Daddy Daughter Day at school. She was brokenhearted her dad couldn't be there with her. But she understood he has to work to take care of us. She may not like it but she accepts it. Twelve years ago when I went into labor with our daughter he was four hours from home. He did what he had to do to make it back to see his child be born. He made it with a hour to spare! He's never late to his appointments. He is never mean or nasty to anyone anywhere. He always takes five minutes to help anyone that needs it. I love my trucker with all my heart. He's my best friend and my soul mate. Whether you choose him for this or not that won't change how much appreciation I have for my husband. There are a lot of drivers who do their job every day with a smile on their face even though their hearts are breaking and they all deserve to be recognized for what they do and what they sacrifice. Thanks so much for your time.
iLuvMyTrucker: Lonnie Jones II
He is my father, and he does lots of good things for me.
iLuvMyTrucker: James Barksdale
Hi, my name is Wendy, I want to tell my trucker how much I love him and appreciate him. In the picture is James and his truck. He hauls cars for a living. To him it is not just making a living, but it is a passion. As a little boy his dream was to be a trucker. And he is living the dream. For 17 years he has been driving and he loves it. Just want to let James know how much we appreciate him and love him for providing for his family and working the long hours day in and day out!! That is why I love my trucker!!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Luke Bright
I love my trucker because he's a wonderful, loving husband that has shown me this beautiful country of ours. Also, he has helped several other truckers out in various ways. He is an amazing man who is out to prove truckers are some of the most giving people out there.
iLuvMyTrucker: Paul Mass Jr.
My husband, Paul Mass Jr., is a hard-working, very smart and creative owner-operator as well as a great husband and father. Paul takes pride in his work and his 2005 Kenworth dump truck. For years, Paul has consistently started work at 4 a.m., and as G.M. Paterson said, “When a driver is proud of what he does, he has reason to get up in the morning and get down the road.” To my great husband and friend, thank you for providing so well for us, and for being proud of what you do, who you are and proud of the trucking industry! We love you!
Tara, Natalie & Pauly
iLuvMyTrucker: Marvin Dixon
I luv my trucker because for 48 years he's pounded the pavement as hard as he could to make a great life for my family. When he was gone for a birthday or holiday he'd call and we could talk as long as we wanted. When he was home all his time was spent with us and I have great memories of learning how to shoot, using a magnifying glass to roast ants, and barbecues in the backyard. My Dad is my hero — he's constantly reading and learning and sharing with us. He's safe and reliable and a great family man and has taught his children all those attributes. We love him and miss him when he's gone but we know he's doing what he loves. And when he gets home we all come to spend time with him now!
iLuvMyTrucker: John George
He’s a special edition: There is only made one of his kind! Hardest working guy I know, hands down. He and my mother have been married for 25 years, and he’s driven a truck all over the country every single one of them to support her and my brother and me. He has been an owner-operator the biggest part of his career and with Mercer Transportation of Louisville, Ky., for 13 years. He’s been in Overdrive magazine for Mercer’s add and is among the top 10 percent of the company.
Even though he wasn’t home every day like a lot of fathers are he and my mother still established good old-fashioned morals and values into us boys growing up in a small town in the Ozarks of Missouri and also how hard work pays off. He also has given my brother and me exposure by taking us on the long hauls with him across the country so that we were able to see more than rural Missouri, even though it’s the best place on Earth! I feel like a lot of children growing up didn’t have that option and I really wish they did!
My whole family is in the trucking industry and always has been. I followed right along myself working for Peterbilt of St. Louis as a sales rep. I love when guys like my dad come in and tell their stories because I understand being that I drove a local truck through college myself. I owe all my successes to my father. He’s taught me everything I know about the trucking industry and is a huge contributor to where I am today.
iLuvMyTrucker: Greg Milo
I love my driver cause he is all perfecial. He goes out of his way to take care of his customers and always runs a shiny clean truck and trailer. He is the only one I know who parks way out in right field at a truck stop and says good morning or good afternoon to everybody. He says it does not cost a thing to be nice. He is a Trucker Buddy going on two years. Last year’s Trucker Buddy class he drove down with his truck clean as could be. All the kids he made them shake his hand and pet his dog who runs with us. They all got to come inside the truck. He is clean shaven and smells good, too. He does not speed and is trying to get the best milage he can. He does his job not for the money but as he says its just a hobby. He is also starting a trash pick-up called Trucking for Trash. In my eyes, I wish there were more of him. I love my trucker.
iLuvMyTrucker: Travis Hebdon
As a child, my father was constantly on the road. He was, and continues to be, a truck driver. When I met my husband, I didn't think I was strong enough to be a "trucker's wife." As the year and a half we were dating wore on, I realized that I was stronger than I thought. Travis, my husband, has shown me exactly what type of relationship every woman should have. He is very dedicated to his job. Not because he enjoys being away from home, but because he enjoys knowing that by working long, stressful, lonely days, he is providing me with a great life!
Travis is the most honest, hard working, loyal, loving, generous person I have met besides my father. He is the type of man that, no matter what type of time crunch he is on to deliver his load, will stop and help someone change a tire. Someone who will hand out water in stopped traffic to those that need it. Someone who will give his shirt off his back, no questions asked.
Sometimes, he is hard to handle, but in all reality, I wouldn't have him any other way. He'd miss out on nice things for himself to ensure that someone in need, or his family, never goes without.
He is an amazing person, and I love my trucker with all my heart and soul. And I will take the long periods of time without seeing him, the responsibility of taking on the home front, just so that when he does get home, I can snuggle up next to him at night. I have him to miss, and I would not want to miss anyone else!
iLuvMyTrucker: Ellis Houk
I love my trucker: my husband, Ellis Houk. He is my best friend and husband of 35 years. He has trucked a lot of years for various trucking firms and now is my trucker for my business, Country Peddler of Corning, Iowa. He keeps my business going by keeping our rig on the road. He always seem to be my lifesaver for the financial end of the business. Without him, I would not be where I am today, a successful business woman. Keep on truckin', honey!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Orlando Carillo
We give many thanks to our Dad whom has given us & has taught us so much. It's not about material things but what we learned from him. Growing up in his world (trucking), we we given an opportunity that lots of kids don't have. He taught us everything we know. Thanks to him, we are both diesel mechanics and use all the knowledge that he has given us! Thank you Dad for everything; we love you!!! We love our trucker!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Bret Weiler
The words “truck driver” always carried a negative connotation (mostly due to the societal stigma) up until the day that I first met my husband. His mentality as a truck driver and his dedication to professionalism on the job has shed a whole new light on the business and given me a newfound respect for those men and women that call themselves truck drivers.
He refuses to wear sloppy clothes to work; he is always in a button up shirt and pants, and is usually wearing the hat for the company he is leased to. He aims to give truck drivers everywhere a good name by presenting himself and the company in the most professional way possible.
But, he is his own boss. After dabbling in heavy haul, tanker work, and some excavating as well he traded in his excavating equipment on his very first “baby,” a 2005 Kenworth W-900 and went to work as an owner operator and leased onto a company. She was a beautiful truck that I had the pleasure of traveling with him in on some of the jobs that he did. Ever since then, I haven’t looked at a truck the same. He has taught me all about the different manufacturers and the models of trucks, which ones are his favorite and what his dream truck would be. He also taught me about truck safety and what to look out for when driving on the road around other truck drivers. Now that we have two young boys, there is nothing that brings him greater joy than to see them climbing all over “daddy’s truck” and hopes that one day he will be able to not only hand down the business but his work ethic as well to them.
Today, he can be found hauling hazmat in his stretched out Peterbilt 379 daycab all over the Midwest and Canada. We could not be more proud of how hard he works for our family all while doing what he loves. I’ve learned that is takes a very disciplined person to be a truck driver; It is not easy being miles away from your family knowing that complete strangers are depending on you just as much as they are. I’ve also learned that this isn’t just a source of income, trucking is a way of life. Before getting married, he warned me that being a trucker’s wife wasn’t going to be easy- but I was up for the challenge and have tried every day to be his biggest supporter possible. (Trust me, some days it is not easy!) He is the most hardworking, dedicated person that I know in my life and I am happy to call him my husband and father of our three beautiful children. His name is Bret David Weiler, and he is our Trucking Hero.
iLuvMyTrucker: Jason Garner
I love my trucker because he is from a long line of truckers, and he works so hard to support his family (five kids and a wife)! This is not a job to him; it’s in his blood, this is the only thing besides his family that he loves! He works hard and takes pride in himself and this career! Truckers never get the praise they should! With that being said, thank you to all of the truckers that take time away from their lives & families! We appreciate you & all you do! Love you, Jason Garner!!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Dennis Bergholz
He’s a workaholic. He will help anyone that needs his help. My husband has been driving 30-plus years now. He tells me all the time that his dad wanted him to take his path but when his dad passed it was hard on him. He took his dad to his resting place with his truck. Then when his brother, also a trucker, passed at the age of 45, he did the same thing for him. My husband is one good trucker just like when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. He was down there for two years working and cooking food for truckers that next morning. He’s got that heart of gold. His dream is to own a new Freightliner with a big sleeper on it. He tells me, “One day I will have one honey so you can ride.” Thank you for reading my story. Kelly.
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iLuvMyTrucker: Bryson Warner Jr.
Our children learned from an early age when Dad said he would be back to see their ball games, parts in school plays and their birthdays he always managed to get the job done. Now it is the same with the grandchildren.
He takes pride in his profession, whether hauling logs, cattle, produce and other commodities through out the USA.
He's my best friend and hero!
iLuvMyTrucker: Dano Kurry
Dano is the most caring, loving man I have ever known. It was a chance meeting my third day of orientation at the new company. It was a couple months later we crossed paths in Missouri and exchanged numbers. From there we would call each other just to chat. The calls got longer and longer. Eventually we met up and had dinner. Dan showed a peaceful, quiet, caring side. Always concerned about my safety as a female driver. We would run across each other across the country spending every precious moment we could together. We finally told our dispatcher and he agreed when he could help us see each other he would. Several months later we were on a dual run out in west Texas. We had been chitchatting on the CB all day. And I hear the sweetest thing on my CB in the middle of nowhere: "Will you marry me?" It was all I could do to hold on. Of course I said yes! Dan's quiet manner, his shyness, his sweet disposition, his care and concern for me and my safety taught me that not all men are jerks.
Since that time we have started team driving for the company. He has not stopped showing me how much he cares for me and loves me. We take each day as a gift.
We will be married in November in Las Vegas with our closest trucking friends in attendance.
iLuvMyTrucker: Legion Logistics
Legion Logistics loves truckers because they make our business possible! As a third-party logistics company, we rely on all of our carriers, whether owner-operators or company drivers, to deliver our loads safely and on time.
We love our truckers so much that we had our home-state governor, Gov. Steve Beshear, issue a proclamation making September 15-21, 2013 Truck Driver Appreciation Week specifically in the State of Kentucky.
We know that truck driving isn't easy with the rising cost of fuel, continuous changes in regulations, and time away from family and friends, so we raise our glass to all the drivers traveling our nation's roadways. Thanks for doing what you do!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Lisa M. McAlpine
First of all, she is my pride and joy and she is a great person. She has always worked hard for everything since she was very young. She has raised four children by herself. And the things I tried to teach her have made her a very strong woman. I spent five weeks on the road going cross country and back last year and I know from previous experience how bad it is to be a truck driver. I was comfortable putting my life in her hands because she is the best at what she does. She gives tenfold to her job because she takes it seriously. She deserves more recognition like in the top 10 most beautiful contest got her. She should be awarded for being a safe and conscientious driver that delivers all her freight on time anywhere it goes. I love my trucker daughter, Lisa M. McAlpine.
iLuvMyTrucker: Tom Moore
iLuvMyTrucker: Andy Moats
I love Andy because he has had two back surgeries (within weeks of each-other) which had caused him to quit working and he couldn’t do anything, including tying his own shoes. He had promised me before we married that I could be a stay-at-home mom, but due to his work accident all that changed and I worked to support us. He always has felt bad and now after having him at home he has taken another trucking job in North Dakota. Now I was informed they are moving him to Minnesota!! He’s going due to the money. He has to live in his truck and eat out of a cooler in his truck because we can’t afford to eat out all the time. We are putting things into storage and will lose a place to live on the 1st of September. But yet no matter what I know he is my strength and best friend. With him, no matter what we are thrown, we will be there together! I love you so much, Andy!!! Be safe always and prayers with all the truckers, so that they too will arrive home! Thank you!!!!
iLuvMyTrucker: John Raskay
John came to May Trucking as a student driver. He quickly picked up the ropes of the industry excelled as an over-the-road driver. Being an over-the-road truck driver can be a tough job. Not only are you away from your family and home for long periods of time, you have to deal with all the adversities out in this tough world. Weather, other drivers on the road, road construction, dealing with people in general. These are all things that can either make or break a truck driver’s day out there. No matter what John’s day was like, he always called in here or came in here with a smile on his face. He could have had the worst day but he would never take it out on anyone else. When we had a local driving position open up here in Denver, John was the first person who came in mind. He was due to get married and his wife to be really wanted him home more often. John has been our local driver for almost a year now. He goes above and beyond to make sure the freight is thoroughly covered and our customers are happy. He keeps our yard neat and maintained. He takes so much pride in his truck. That truck is spotless. He is an excellent representative of May Trucking Company and of the industry itself. I couldn’t speak higher of John and everyone here in the office loves him as much as I do!!!
iLuvMyTrucker: David Pounds
David’s first words were “budne budne” which was a truck sound. He is an awesome driver. He is so dependable. David and his family have hauled milk since the 1950s. David is my soul mate. We have been married since 1982. I want to be with David for the rest of my life. He is a help mate and a great person to be around.
iLuvMyTrucker: Shannon Price
He is very good at his job. He makes truck driving fun. He has very good truck driving sense.
iLuvMyTrucker: Ronald Sirochman
I love my trucker because he leaves our home early every Monday morning and don’t come back until Friday evening to support his family! He has been driving over 16 years. He loves what he does and I know it’s hard for him to be gone all week and home for two days! I love him so much and it is hard having him gone but I support him all the way.
iLuvMyTrucker: John Archer
He has a very big heart. He loves to work and is a very hard worker. He has to hand off load a 53inch trailer for store delivery. He don't complain. He knows that it's his job and he takes care of his family. He inspired me to become truck driver. If I had questions, he would stop his truck, get out his map and guide me to what highway I needed to be on. He taught me my job. I would be several states away from him and some how it felt like he was in cab of truck with me guiding me. That's not a easy job. He is very very patient man. That's why I love him. If it had been anybody else they would not have been as patient. I know I did not make it easy on him. His saying to me he always tell me he is a real man and he is gonna keep it 100 percent. If it is good or bad he is gonna tell you and he does it with a gentle heart. It's just so many good things I can say about him he still remember what I had on when I met him for first time.
iLuvMyTrucker: Brian Taylor
We just got together and he is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I thought it would be a difficult relationship, but he is so attentive. Even when he is on the road, he is still right there.
iLuvMyTrucker: Thomas Lewis
My son Tom loves what he is doing, and not many people can say this. He grew up in a trucking family. My father (his grandfather) had a trucking business, so Tom was around trucks growing up and always said he would to do the same thing, hopefully when he grew up. I also had five brothers that were drivers. Three drove for the same company. Tom grew up listening to them talk whenever they got together.
He graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College and worked for a uniform company coming up through the ranks to drive for them in small box trucks.
Then he decided if he was ever going to do what he has always wanted to do, he had better do it before he got any older. Left that job of 23 years and got his CDL and drove with an owner-operator to get his experience.
He is with a good family oriented company now, which has nice equipment and treats their drivers very well. His wife can ride with him, which makes it nice, and he enjoys what he is doing. He strives to always do the most to benefit the company, as they treat him well
I am proud of my son as he does his best for the people he works for and they do appreciate it. He is on the road Monday-Friday and home on the weekends. He told them he wanted to be home on Sunday for church, and they honor that.
He also dresses neatly and has a good attitude toward the people he has to deal with, which I believe is important and represents the company good as well. That is a priority for him. I am proud of him for that!!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Mack Gates
I love my husband because he's the hardest working man I've ever met and is the most generous soul I've ever known! He got his own authority and started our little company five years ago. He has a tremendous heart and goes out of his way to help people. He loves trucking and is happiest when he's behind the wheel.
iLuvMyTrucker: Charles Goebel
Most people do not realize the things truckers give up so that they can have their products delivered on time. Everything that they buy at the stores a trucker has delivered. They have been away from their families for sometimes two weeks or more at a time and they continue to deliver. They miss birthdays, anniversaries and holidays and many other family obligations all in the name of getting it delivered. I want my husband to know that I love and appreciate all he does for his family.
iLuvMyTrucker: Tyson Bumgarner
Tyson is one of the hardest working men of our generation. He has been in trucks since he was born. Car seat strapped in and he was ready to go. He started grabbing gears by age 10. Did construction driving belly dump during the summers through high school. Got his CDL at age 18 and owned his own truck by 19: a 1976 Peterbilt 359 extended hood. I met Tyson when he was 19. He left his family in Pendleton, Ore., to go haul logs down on the Oregon Coast in Tillamook. I had met him through some friends at a birthday party. I had no idea when I started dating him what I had gotten myself into at age 17. I knew he worked a lot but didn't know what it takes to own your own truck and work all day.
Tyson would get up at 1 a.m. and head to work, get off around 7 p.m., shower and head to my house where he would help with with some homework and relax. Then he would go home about 11 and do it all again the next day. My parents just decided he could move in with us. Tyson had known my dad previous to meeting me because he is the log yard boss at Stimson Tillamook.
As a few months went by, Tyson started involving me in business decisions. (I think he really liked me!) He would pick me up from school and I would ride on his last load of the day. He even taught me to drive. He taught me so much about finances, old-school Peterbilt 359s, log gear, taxes and so much more.
He decided to buy another truck. He got a 1995 Kenworth T800. That's when the real lessons came into play. I started driving more and more and we were the talk of the logging industry. He was on the front page of the Log Trucker magazine in September 2011.
After a year went by, in September 2012, we as a couple decided to expand the company and buy another truck. We found the most amazing one out there. An '86 peterbilt 359 extended hood. Original paint and some bumps and bruises. But I didn't care. It was a perfect fixer upper. At first he was a little bummed about the condition but after all the attention he got, he loved the truck. She was the mistress in this relationship!
Tyson worked every day to make sure we had enough money for food on the table, an amazing house and to not have any late bills. Sadly, times got tough. We met a guy who needed a truck more than we did so we sold the T800 to him leaving us with the Mistress. (Smurfett was her actual name)
Things just kept breaking faster than we could keep up with. So an opportunity came up where Tyson could go over the road cattle hauling. He had always wanted to do that so I said, "Let's make it happen!" We parked the Smurfett and hit the road.
We have been out here since May 2013. He works his butt off. Doesn't sleep much, works ridiculous hours, smells like crap all the time, literally! He doesn't eat very healthy and is on the phone 24/7. But he doesn't complain at all. I couldn't ask for a better person to be on the road with. He's tough. He has a lot of patience with teaching me things and out here on the road is where I've gotten most of my driving experience. Most of the cattle haulers are impressed. I'm 20, and he's 22 now. We live in an orange Peterbilt 379, pulling a bull rack. Some days I load and unload his trailer. I drive when he's tired and push him to keep on truckin' when we are almost there. I clean for him, check his livestock and get him food so that he can have that 10 minutes of rest. He oftentimes tells me to stay inside cause it's hot out, or he doesn't want me to get dirty, because he would rather go through the troubles.
I love my trucker for how optimistic he is. I love him for how hard he has worked the past two and a half years I've been with him. I love that he doesn't give up. I love that no matter what the circumstances are out here, he hugs me every day and tells me it's worth it. I love my trucker for keeping trucking alive, for keeping his head up when life is looking down, for planning our future together, for having hope that within a few months we will be back in his own truck doing what we love. It just takes time. I love my trucker for the life he leads at 22 years old. He will be an amazing husband to me, and father to my children some day. And for what we have, I will always stand by his side. I love my trucker for being a loyal man of his word, working for what he wants and making sure that even when times are tough, the time we spend together in this truck makes it all worth it.
iLuvMyTrucker: Mike Sutterfield
My husband, Mike, is one of those guys who was born to be a trucker. With love, the independence and freedom it brings us. He loves being out on the road traveling the country and only comes home once a month or so. I love him because I know even though he prefers to be out driving if I really need him he will go through hell or high water to be there for me. When my father passed away, I did not expect him to come home because he was on the other side of the country. I don’t know how he did it but he found a way to make it home in time to be there when my father passed away. He may not make it home in time for birthdays or anniversaries (sometimes he doesn’t even know what day of the week it is!), but I know I can always count on him to be there for me when I need him most!
iLuvMyTrucker: Michael Heck
My husband works hard to provide the little things in life and I love him dearly for that!! He’s given up his dream of owning his own truck and going over the road again to stay home with us. I know he misses the road a lot, but seeing his daughter and son grow up makes him so much happier!! I thank God every day for him and all truckers because without them, this country wouldn’t work!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Scott Rogers
He is a hard worker that turned owner-operator in two years and named his company after me, Bodie Trucking. Can't wait to go out on the road again. I am amazed what these truckers go through for the amount of money they make. My hats off to all the truckers out there.
iLuvMyTrucker: Matthew Dunphy
I met Matt seven and a half months ago. I had left a previous 31-year relationship and moved in with my sister. I had no idea
life held for me at my age. I was a little scared, but Matt came into my life and made everything all right. He did all those things that women want their man to do: hold my hand, buy me flowers, tell me I'm beautiful, call me or text me every day to tell me he loves me. I instantly fell for him. One day he asked me if I wanted to go for a ride on his truck. I was very interested to see what he did, so I jumped at the chance. It was an experience I will never forget. I enjoyed the drive: seeing all the amazing things he gets to see every day and just being with him. I enjoyed watching him drive so much that a few months later I decided to go to truck driving school myself. And, here I am halfway through the school and eager to get on the road. He gave me hope for my life and is my biggest cheerleader through this whole process.
iLuvMyTrucker: Tulio Figueroa
He travels interstate and yet manages to home to us every weekend while allowing the company to make a profit.
He has learned how to fix things in our truck "MacGyver Style," which has saved us thousands of dollars in the years that we have been in business.
He is very responsible and a safe driver.
Because of his desire to open a trucking company, I have since been able to leave the corporate world I used to be in and stay home in my home office and work from home while caring for our girls.
His work ethics have made me want to work hard at changing the stereotypes of truckers being irresponsible drivers, like many people see them.
We have also been able to learn so much about how the trucking business is the backbone of our economy and how many lives are affected daily by just a simple load.
For this and many more reasons; my daughters Eillim & Junee and myself LOVE our Trucker: Tulio Figueroa Sr.!! :)
iLuvMyTrucker: Roger Hopewell
A couple of years ago, my dad hurt his back and had to have surgery. He was out of work for several months and wasn’t even sure he’d be able to drive truck ever again. But he got better and was able to drive again!! He works very hard day in and day out, even when his back is killing him!! He truly is a wonderful man and driver!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Archie Miller
My trucker bought our first truck in February 1958, 18 months after we were married. For only having a high school education he has provided very well for our family thru the years, and now in his retirement years, he still enjoys trucking. Due to some health challenges, at the present time I stay home, do the paper work and find the loads for him to haul.
After our children graduated and moved away, I was able to truck with him, giving us opportunities to park our truck, rent a car and take mini vacations. My trucker has trucked in 49 of the 50 states but we have been to all 50. We have lots of stories we could tell; from when his truck went over a 25-foot embankment, catching on fire before it was stopped and he was in the sleeper, (which put us out of business and we had to start all over); to being able to drop our trailer and bob-tailing where ever a motor home could go.
At the present time he is pulling a flatbed trailer which he really likes the best because of the people that he deals with when he's loading and unloading. Over the years, he has hauled just about everything: produce, (including going into Hunt's Point Market in the Bronx,) frozen foods, cattle, hides, air freight, Well-head for Arco, delivered to Fairbanks, Alaska, to be shipped to Prudhoe Bay on the north slope; general freight of all kinds including one whole trailer load of nothing but bubble gum. (We unloaded it and the closer you got to the nose of the trailer the worse it stank!)
I'm looking forward to my health challenges being over with so that I can once again go on trips with my wonderful, loving trucker and we can make many more mini-vacations. There's a lot to see from the interstate highways but you can see so much more on the back roads and you're not in a hurry to pick-up or deliver a load!
I luv my trucker of 57 years!
iLuvMyTrucker: Kenny Keeler
Twenty-three years ago, I married a trucker who has been driving since he was 18 years old. Throughout our time together, he has been both an owner-operator and a company driver but no matter what seat he takes, he's always a content individual always happy as long it's behind the wheel. I'm proud to say, he's one of the hardest working men I've ever known and has never been out of a job. In fact, he's never filled out a job application in seeking a change of jobs. His reputation of strong character and truck knowledge has employers seeking him if they know he might be available for extra work. In fact, he only missed less than a week of work for the birth of children and the death of his beloved father.
He has been the main breadwinner in our family of five, raising kids and their expensive hobbies. He has supported me, tirelessly with career changes and self-employment, without complaints. For many years he allowed me to be first in having the best of everything. And despite the craziness we have tread through, he was never selfish and showed the appreciation the wife and mother duties I had to pull many times because he worked so hard.
I love my Truckin' Husband beyond what is in his blood and what he does for a living. Now that kids are grown and gone and it's just the two of us. I am realizing it's his turn to be appreciated more than he ever did for me.
iLuvMyTrucker: James Wakeman
My father is a second generation owner-operator in a family fleet of trucks. All Mack to the core, mechanic, owner, driver, wrecker operator. Dedicated service first to God, then family and clients. Has loved trucks and trucking all of his life and is still going strong at 68. He believes that picking a job that is your hobby will make everything easier in life. We are now getting into fourth-generation family working in the fleet. Fifty years of service to the community. He is the all-time mentor and teacher — everything from greasing and cleaning trucks to taking care of our clients and their needs to keeping the trucks moving and everyone happy. I am honored to match logs with my father any day!
iLuvMyTrucker: Brian Woods
In 2001 when I met my trucker he was a company driver for MS Carriers, and I was a dispatcher there. We were friends for a long time before we ever dated. He was a driver that everyone liked and respected. He was always professional, safe and on time. In 2003, we were married and in 2004 we had a little girl. In 2010, I lost my job and we teamed up. I don't have my CDL and could never do the job that he does but I have many many years of office, safety, dispatching and planning under my belt. By teamed up I mean we bought a 2004 KW W900L and became an LLC. By 2011, we had our own authority and have a small company. Each year I gain a deeper respect for truck drivers and especially my trucker. Shipper delays, unloading delays, horrible traffic, unsafe drivers, weather and many challenges come Brian's way every day. He gets frustrated like anyone would but he puts the smile back on his face and keeps truckin'. It is so important to him to show those both inside and outside of the industry that professional truck drivers do exist. He is an amazing father to our little girl and he makes it home for all the things that are so important to her. He embraces his job and is constantly seeking ways to make the industry better.—Michelle Woods
iLuvMyTrucker: Eddie Conrad
The country turns on the life of a trucker delivering products. They are awesome. My husband is awesome!
Thank a trucker for what you have! They are proud of what they do!
iLuvMyTrucker: Michael Ford
I love my trucker because he's worked so many years for us. We have a teen and toddler. I wanted to return to school and work until we learned our little one has ASD, PDD, and SPD. It was then decided I stay home to finish homeschooling our teen and giving therapy to our little one. His sacrifices make this possible. God bless our truckers!
iLuvMyTrucker: Earl Harris
I am blessed to have Earl as my husband, my best friend and as a partner in our company. Being away from home two weeks at a time is not easy, but Earl does what is required to provide for our family, putting our needs above his own. Earl takes pride in his rig and the work he does. As his "dispatcher" I frequently receive feedback regarding my clean dressed, polite, professional driver, to which I reply proudly that he is a great driver but a better husband. He helps anyone that he comes across in need. His love of God and his 22 years in the military gave him a great foundation to be an amazing Southern gentleman that makes it easy to say iLuvMyTrucker.
iLuvMyTrucker: Jamie Taylor
How often is it that you are privileged to meet someone who devotes a majority of their time most days of a week, year after year traveling the roads, as a way to provide a life for their loved ones and also to ensure that the needs of society are met by delivering a product to a location when needed?
Until I met my trucker, I never put much thought into all the sacrifices he often makes. So many of us complain of investing extra hours into our jobs when required, yet a trucker sleeps and wakes at their job for consecutive days. There are so many other things that I could continue on with, but most important, is to express why I luv my trucker. He is one that I know I am able to count on, no matter how far away.
iLuvMyTrucker: Donald Wyers
I have loved this man for 16 years. Our relationship has been complicated through that time. He is a dedicated trucker who has been driving for 30 years. He will go out of his way to help another driver no matter what it takes. He is the best at what he does. He has twin boys whom he loves and adores and takes them on the road every chance he gets. Not a day goes by that I don't think of this man and wish him safety. He has my heart — always has and always will no matter where life takes us.
iLuvMyTrucker: Mark Pugh
He’s receiver-oriented. Over 1.5 million miles accident free. Willing to drive anywhere. Four-wheeler friendly.
iLuvMyTrucker: Brandon King
My name is DeAnna King. I luv my trucker cause he is doing all he can to take care of our little family. He adopted my two daughters almost two years ago and is doing everything to provide the best life he can for them. He graduated from college this past spring and when jobs weren't looking very promising he signed up to get his CDL and hit the road. I am very proud to be a trucker's wife.
iLuvMyTrucker: Dino “Hammer” Tomassi Jr.
Our son just celebrated his fifth year with us at Finish Line Towing. He started off like everyone else in a small tow truck and has worked his way up through the ranks to a driver supervisor and the operator of the "Can't Touch This" pictured above which is the largest tow truck in Northern CA. At only 24 years old "Hammer" as he has been called since he was little operates the FLTOW #29, 80-ton sliding Rotator tandem steer Kenworth T800 extended cab with a Cummins ISX 600 HP Engine, 18-speed transmission, and locking rears mounted with an NRC 60/80 H.I.M. Double with five winches including a 35,000 lb. drag winch. Hammer is such a hard worker, always shows up for his shift, even when he is sick. He is very knowledgeable in his field and is eager to share and teach what he knows. As a heavy duty recovery specialist, his first priority is always safety, to the public, for his drivers and for his equipment. He has never had a speeding ticket or moving violation since receiving his drivers license at the young age of 16, a rarity these days. I would like to nominate my son Dino "Hammer" Tomassi Jr. for the amazing job he does for our company. He deserves to be recognized. For more information on Finish Line Towing and to view Hammer in action please go to www.finishlinetowing.com and click the tab "services," then click "heavy duty recoveries." Thank You for your time.
iLuvMyTrucker: Paige Weiss
There isn’t anything Paige wouldn’t do to help me out, from driving all hours of the night, to running my road miles for both my trucks so I don’t have to, to booking loads for our two trucks.
Paige always goes many steps beyond to help me out. She’s like a daughter to me. She’s willing to even come out of the truck and stay at my house to babysit my dogs so I can take a weekend off; or go to my pet grooming shop and step in and run the shop or groom the dogs. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her. Please God don’t ever let me have to find out, either.
Paige is one of the best drivers I’ve ever dealt with. She can put her truck in trailer in such tight places I’ve seen these macho guys not ever be able to do. “Girl Power”
iLuvMyTrucker: Glen Davis
He's a man of his word and the last of a dying breed of chivalrous men out there.
He charms every lady he comes into contact with be it in a shippers office or just having coffee somewhere. His blue eyes and smile (and quick sense of humor) are well-known throughout the 48 states he travels.
Look out, ladies.
iLuvMyTrucker: Eric Miller
I love him because of who he is. He works so hard to take care of us. He has sacrificed so much of his time and hard work to keep pushing on. He does not give up no matter how hard things get. The biggest reason I love my trucker is because of who he is as a person.
iLuvMyTrucker: Leonardo Leos
Always supports family.
iLuvMyTrucker: Wally Miller
I luv my trucker for many reasons. He is honest, hard-working, fun-loving and God-fearing (to name a few). We bought our first truck with the plan to see America together. About a month later we found out we were expecting our first child. :-) We traveled anyway, even after she was born & her brother, also. When our children were both old enough for school (they are a year apart), the kids and I totally stopped going in the semi. Halfway through the school year, Wally said he missed us so much that he wanted to homeschool them & go on the road together. That was 2 and 1/2 years ago. We are still seeing America together & I am so thankful for this opportunity for our children to be with Daddy full time. It hasn't always been easy, but the benefits for all of us are amazing!
iLuvMyTrucker: Robert Comer
iLuvMyTrucker: Tim Riddle
I love my trucker because even out on the road he is still a devoted dad to our 3 daughters and he is never to busy to fix their problems even when he is 1000 miles away. He is a proud and he takes pride in his truck. He gives up so much, time with the girls cheer practice football games and other functions, for our family. It is war in the house trying to divide 34 hours in to enough quality time for each of the girls but some how he does. I could not ask for a better husband or father. I am very proud of our trucker!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Michael DeShawn Crummie
He is my son, and he will always follow my instructions when I find loads for him. He calls and checks in with me all the time.
iLuvMyTrucker: Ryan Hatch
My nominee for iluvmytrucker is my awesome husband, Ryan. He is one of the most caring, dedicated guys I have ever met. He puts everyone else first, and puts forth 110 percent even when times have been tough for him.
He takes a great deal of pride in his job, if it is not perfect or close to it, he will be sure it is when he is done! Ryan is a very easy guy to get along with and he will be the first to tell you so, one way or another he will figure out a way to make things go smoothly! A man this selfless is very hard to come by! I love my trucker!
iLuvMyTrucker: Adolf Buckner
My dad has been a truck driver his whole life. He has always worked his rear off for everything his family has. I couldn’t have asked for a better life. Even all the polishing I had to do on his trucks growing up. Love my trucker dad.
iLuvMyTrucker: Bob Yerdon
He works very hard for myself and our daughter. I was laid off a year ago and he’s been working his butt off for us.
iLuvMyTrucker: Tom Reid
My trucker is so dedicated to his profession! He is a very safe, kind and a true old-school gentleman driver. He keeps extra food in his truck to give to other drivers in need. He always goes the extra mile for his company. I love my trucker!
iLuvMyTrucker: Vernon Blundell
He keeps his truck in safe operating order and is courteous toward others on the road. He has no patience with truckers who deliberately put others in danger, and he will ask them if they are prepared to commit murder. If he will be delayed in coming home, he always calls. Actually, he keeps in touch with me regularly. I like that!!!! I don’t worry so much when he is on the road.
iLuvMyTrucker: Craig Lanehart
He’s awesome, and he’s my husband.
iLuvMyTrucker: Jon Howey
He is a young man who has overcame autism to do what he loves!
iLuvMyTrucker: James Pope
James is always willing to help whenever another driver has a problem. James is a good balance between company driver, driver liaison and good friend to the drivers. If a driver ever needs help he calls the "The Pope."
iLuvMyTrucker: Jeremy Willerton
I love my trucker husband because he works hard to support our family. He has been in the trucking industry for over 16 years and has had some ups and downs. He is hard working and dedicated to getting the job done and now teaches students gaining their CDL how to be good drivers on the road. When I have had the opportunity to drive with him, he is amazing being able to handle a large loaded semi driving in winter conditions without any worries, while I was white knuckled all the way. He knows his stuff and does a wonderful job!
iLuvMyTrucker: Bobby Brewer
The road is in Bobby’s soul and he will always be a Saddle Tramp, but he always comes home to me and makes me feel loved. He is the safest driver in the company we both work for and he always makes sure our equipment gets to where it needs to be when it needs to be there. He is safe, courteous, intelligent and the funniest man alive and I am Blessed every day that he is in my life. He always makes sure to share those beautiful sun rises/sets, snow covered mountains or mid-west scenery with me over the phone while I wait for him in Pennsylvania. I think he is AMAZING!
iLuvMyTrucker: Michael Mick
Michael has been a driver for 38 years. He is always helping everyone he can. He is always there to lend a hand. Last year, he was out on the road for 325 days. He misses our grandkids’ parties, ball games, etc.
Michael was hit by a driver that came left to center back in 1998. He was bad it was touch & go for us he was in a hospital bed for over a year but did not give up after getting a lot of help from family and friends and of course our almighty GOD. He got $23,000 after paying all bills, but we made do and never gave up. He is handicapped, but he still drives a truck and that’s what we did; we went and got a truck. Well, here it is: 2013 and he is still going. He is struggling a bit from day to day but with the help of GOD we don’t give up we do what we can.
Michael is the best. He has always told me: My dad said to have something you have to work for it because it’s just not given to you. Well, that’s the truth, and it’s hard for truckers now days but we pray for each and every single fellow trucker out there giving his or her time away from families to make sure American people have the things they need for our truckers give what they need to take care of all of us.
I love My Trucker. He is one of the best! Now that I’m down sick and unable to go be with him going to doctors for my health it’s worse cause it’s all up to him, and boy are the pennies tight, but with God we will make it because my Michael NEVER gives up no matter how hard it gets. I’ve always told him if someone needs help or needs some change or hungry never walk away if you can help for you never no when it could be God, so he doesn’t. Well, he was running close one day, and another trucker offered him to sit for coffee and breakfast so he sat down not saying a word. The lady asked if they wanted one ticket or two. The driver answered quickly saying one ticket. Michael was lost for words but was very grateful. So he has been there for millions of people and in return some has been there for him!! I love Michael, and God has truly blessed our family. Thank You God & Thank You Michael for all the driving you do clear across country I’m proud of my TRUCKER!!!
iLuvMyTrucker: Gary Strickland
My daddy is amazing!! He has always been the strongest, Godliest man I know. He and my mom have been married for 40 years! He has always worked hard to provide for our family which sometimes meant he was gone. But when he was home, he never once hesitated at spending time and playing with his kids. When I had my daughter, the best moment was when my daddy was holding my daughter and the love I saw in his eyes for her. He is an amazing daddy and an even more amazing Poppy!
iLuvMyTrucker: Charles Kruetzman
I luv my trucker, Charles Kruetzman, because he is a loving and devoted husband. He is kind hearted, a great listener, patient, and fun to be around. He has been in my life for 12 years now, the past two in which we have been married. One year ago, he obtained his CDL and became a company driver. Since then, he has made it a goal not to stay at that point, but, to move forward any chance he is given. He is a very hard worker and very determined. He is now owner-operator, a mentor, and just recently formed an LLC. I am very proud of him and what he has accomplished in this past year. He is my soul mate and best friend.
iLuvMyTrucker: Jeremy Bammer
I love my trucker because he is the ideal image of a great provider for his family. He is dedicated and an incredibly hardworking fella who puts his family’s needs above his own, running countless hours a week on little sleep in order to give his kids all he never had when he was a child. Even with all the time he puts into his job he never misses the important things like family holidays, kids’ birthdays. I couldn’t be more proud to call him my husband.
iLuvMyTrucker: Joe Toney
I am so thankful for my trucker husband, Joe Toney, because he gives his all ...... to his work, to being a responsible driver, to showing his lived ones he loves us tremendously. He drives for Melton Trucklines as a flatbed driver. He sends me sunrise pictures each morning, as a way of saying good morning. He sends me pictures of flowers from all over the nation, and he shows he loves us (me and our dog Death Row who rides with him) that he loves us more than eve. He shows his love for us in so many ways. He just got back on the road after having a deer jump out in front of him when he was riding his Harley. It took 3 months to heal his broken leg, but as soon as he could, he was back on the road, loving every minute of it, and loving me too.
iLuvMyTrucker: Joe Rodriguez
I love my trucker husband, Joey. He has loved trucks all of his life. Trucking is in Joey's blood. As a child he would build truck models, putting them together and taking them apart. At 13, he started repairing and driving dump trucks. He worked as an employee for many years. The he started his trucking business in 2001. In 2004, he decided to drive his own truck. For the first few years he was able to run Florida, but the economy declined so much it forced him to go over the road. He has worked very hard to keep things running. He may be gone 1 and 1/2 to 2 weeks at a time. He has sacrificed so much of his time away from home. He is a great husband and provider. Family comes first, but he must keep trucking to provide for his "girls."
iLuvMyTrucker: Clyde Sullivan
There has only been one "other woman" that has ever taken my trucker away from home, and her name is Taylor. Taylor is young, being born in 2000, yet she has been around the block a few million miles so far! When Clyde and I first started dated I thought it would be fun to tour the United States with him, so the dog, he and I set sail on my first maiden voyage, to New York City (being from a small town in Texas I thought I was high class!) This was a chance to see the open road, and for us to form a "close" relationship. A few weeks later, I realized that we were expecting a baby (not quite sure which state she was conceived in, but that didn't matter) and we kept on truckin'! As the miles were put in our hip pockets, my waist line was growing, and the list of cities we had visited became longer and longer. You see I had never been in a semi, and actually was terrified, due to Terminator, but when out on the open road things seemed different. Don't get me wrong, the close quarters were difficult. I had to add a portable toilet and a microwave, but that Peterbilt was our home. Now that our daughter is 3 years old, I don't get to truck very often, but Taylor is good to Clyde, she keeps him safe, she keeps him trucking, but she always brings him home! I luv my trucker because no matter what he always chases those pretty white lines, but makes it home no matter what!
iLuvMyTrucker: Justin Seiders
My husband is a wonderful man. I don't think I have ever met someone who works as hard as he does. We have been married for five years now, and every sacrifice he has made has been for his family. He has always been there for us and will always find a way to be there. His 4-year-old daughter looks up to him and his hard work and determination has rubbed off on her. We could not be more blessed to have him as a husband or a father.
iLuvMyTrucker: Bags Lind
My husband spends a lot of time on the road to provide a living for us. He is a great business manager because he has too be. Rates are low, fuel is high. Even through a bad economy, due to his experience in the trucking industry, we're still truckin'.
iLuvMyTrucker: George Moralez
He has given me everything that I could ask for. He sacrificed by going to a Bon Jovi concert just for me and then after the concert, he paid to have the autographed picture, program and tickets professionally framed just for me. He is also very patient with the students while teaching them all about trucking. Many of them stay in touch with him for years after they graduate. When he was a long-haul trucker, I would go with him periodically and it was so much fun going from California to Texas. I definitely am with him for the LONG HAUL and will support him in wherever the road in trucking takes him.
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