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David Adkins — 1964-2014

David passed away on October 6. His kind and gracious wife, Shena, took the time to let George and Wendy know how much she appreciated their help with selling his Fitzgerald Freightliner glider kit truck.

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Rest in peace: Owner-operator Don Mulder of Nebraska

Owner-operator Donald Ray Mulder of Lincoln, Neb., passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. In the 1980s he was head of the Nebraska chapter of the Independent Truckers Association.

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Final send-off for a Maine log-hauling legend

Dale Crawford was the owner of the Maine Crawford family's log-hauling outfit until he sold it to his brother, Robin, in 2000 upon becoming ill. He passed away last week.

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Former OD Owner-Operator of the Month Jimmy McSwain dead at 52

Sunco Carriers driver, TCA Owner-Operator of the Year finalist and Overdrive's April 2012 Owner-Operator of the Month Jimmy McSwain died Tuesday morning.

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Smokin’ Joe Lee Smith rides into the sunset

Today, a salute, a send-off, for Smokin' Joe Lee Smith, a hardworking free spirit of a driver well-known for his 1989 album of rock 'n' roll truck-driving music, Smokin' Joe in Overdrive. I wrote about Smith after his record found a second life back in 2010. (Find a more detailed story about the record and Smith in this story, part of my column for Truckers News at the time.) Longtime friend from the Texas-based owner-operator (Smith was ...

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Bob ‘Cowpoke’ Martin passes on

It is with sadness I bring news to you today of a longtime operator's passing. Though it's been years since I spoke to him -- and then only briefly -- the memory of the conversations I had with Indiana-based Bob Martin (on the occasion of his win of the 2007 $50,000 truck makeover on the occasion of the Shell SuperRigs event and associated calendar) is crystal clear in its essence. Martin could tell instantly how ...

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Channel 19 Monday: Fallen log hauler gets send-off; Court to Tiger Truckstop: ‘Set Tony free’

Last ride for Maine log hauler 'Mackie,' R.I.P. The Central Maine Morning-Sentinel news site reported late last week on the Skowhegan memorial-service convoy that was reportedly "one last ride" for area log-hauler Maxell C. "Mackie" Moore. Around 20 trucks joined the ride, including Mackie's own, piloted by Tim Clements, best friend to Moore's youngest son, Matt, who now operates the rig he and his father bought together. For a pic from the convoy, as well ...

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Remembering a genuine American — Yellow Freight driver Karl Krueger

It is with sadness that I that I relay news reports that confirm the death of a true American -- Karl Krueger of Sioux Falls, S.D. (pictured), a union driver for Yellow Freight who made his mark on the trucking world and general public with a campaign for the presidency of the United States. A five-rig crash near the end of a construction zone on I-29 in Western Iowa, near Missouri Valley, eventuated in Krueger’s death; ...

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