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Old Spice and sunshine: Remembering Jim Johnston

"He looked like sunshine and smelled like Old Spice and Marlboro cigarettes, and he was a big deal to me." --Wendy remembers OOIDA head Jim Johnston, who passed on at 78.

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Iowa 80 Truckstop co-founder passes

Carolyn and her husband Bill leased the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, from Standard Oil in 1965. In 1984, the Moons purchased the truck stop and built it into what they billed as the largest truck stop in the world.

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Songwriter Kim Williams passes on at age 68

Songwriter Kim Williams, known for his work with Garth Brooks, Randy Travis and (more recently) trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice, died in Florida this week at age 68.

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Truck-driving music pioneer Red Simpson dead at 81

Red Simpson, singer-songwriter well-known for such classic trucking songs as "Roll, Truck, Roll" and "(Hello) I'm a Truck" died Friday, January 8, in Bakersfield, Calif. Simpson was 81.

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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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