Trucker of the Month
The Star Markets chain, later purchased by Massachusetts-based Shaws Supermarkets, recognized Stump for a decade of on-time service in 1990. Stump emphasized that truckers should demonstrate respect to customers, because they may ask drivers not to return.
Stump’s wife died from cancer in 1986. That year, he bought a 1984 Autocar and later leased to Kevin Ryman Trucking of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1992.
In 1989, he married Susan Lebo-Moose, who encouraged him to get his own authority because she believed he would be happier and more successful as an independent. He began hauling meat under his own authority in 1993, and netted $66,300 in 2009.
In turn, Stump convinced Susan to earn her CDL, and she drove team with him until 2007. She continues keeping his books while employed as a full-time Lowe’s nursery specialist and serving as mayor of their 372-resident hometown.
He credits their success in marriage and in working together to love. “I try to do more for her than she does for me and she tries to do the same,” Stump says.
In 1992, he bought a new Peterbilt 379, a model he would stick with when buying his next two trucks. Stump entered it and his 1993 Great Dane trailer in a Carlisle, Pa., truck show, winning three trophies.
Owner-operator Kent Miller of Lewistown grew up knowing Stump and in 2005 leased to him for one year. Stump is a model of professionalism and has combined those skills with clean living and dedication, Miller says. “His kindness is unbelievable,” he says. “He’ll call and encourage me. He builds on the positive things of life.”
As for retirement, Stump says he will quit when he believes he is no longer doing his job well. “I’m thankful for what trucking has done for me,” he says. n
Dec. 25, 1939: Born in Yorktown, Pa.
1960: Bought first truck.
1969: Earned American Trucking Associations’ three-year Safe Driving Award.
1978: Receives 12-year Safe Driving Award from American Trucking Associations.
1990: Star Markets recognizes Stump for service.
1993: Obtained his own authority.
2006: Receives citation for his work from Pennsylvania Rep.Will Gabb.
TRASH RECYCLING is one of Stump’s hobbies. A trucker friend driving a couple hours ahead of Stump once called to tell him that he left a broken air governor at a rest stop trash can. Stump snagged it. Friends kid him about his frugality, but he laughs all the way to the bank, sometimes netting $400 a recycling trip.
STUMP’S FITNESS ROUTINE includes bicycling, walking and a 6-mile weekly jog. He is learning golf and tried to learn to swim, but his swim teacher, one of his 15 grandchildren, lost hope, Stump says.