Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embrace the universe, watch over all those in towing. Protect them from harm in the performance of their duty out there on our roadways all round the world. We pray, help them keep safe both day and night.
We recommend them to your loving care because their position is dangerous. Grant them unending strength and expertise in their daily assignments. Dear God, look after our brothers and sisters. Grant them your almighty protection and unite them safely with their families at the end of the day.
Amen

written by
Ron Parrish

Tower's Memorial Info

Wall of the Fallen
International Towing & Recovery
Hall of Fame & Museum
 Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.

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1945 - 2013

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The Dash

RICHARDSON
Brad Michael

Born :
March 20, 1979

Entered into rest :
February 3, 2013

33 years old

Brad was the owner of Independence Tow. He loved riding his Harley and traveling.  On Sunday morning, he had been involved in a large disturbance outside Frankie and Johnny's Pub and Grille on the outer road of Interstate 49 near 172nd Street. While headed to the scene, Belton police said they saw a vehicle leaving the area and later stopped the vehicle and found Brad suffering from medical problems. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

Thank you (destroked) for remembering Brad

BROWNING, Jr.
Michael Duke

Born :
August 8, 1981

Entered into rest :
January 29, 2013

31 years old

Michael was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Hwy 277 in Haskell County, Texas. According to the report, Michael "lost control of his vehicle due to driving too fast due to water on the roadway. The vehicle rolled over and ended up in a field on the west side of the roadway.” He was driving a 2011 Kenworth Rollback.
He wasn’t wearing his seat belt and was ejected during the crash. He was taken to Stamford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Thank you (TxGirlExFl) for remembering Michael

GLEAVES
Gene

Born :
April 12, 1932

Entered into rest :
January 28, 2013

80 years old

Mr. Gleaves was the owner of Gleaves Wrecker Service in Memphis, Tennessee. His company was known as the second oldest towing company in the area. He was a very respected towman and businessman and was known for helping people who needed his help. He was an Army Veteran who served in the Korean War and a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. He leaves his wife Lisa of 18 years, several children and a huge extended towing family.

Thank you Tim
(
NationalAutow) for remembering Gene

     

SMITH
Denise Peeples

Born :
February 19, 1956

Entered into rest :
October 1, 2011

55 years old

Denise was the owner/operator of East Coast Recovery and owner of Precision Paint and Body Works. She was operating a flatbed tow truck parked in the north-bound emergency lane on I-95 near the Coosawhatchie exit when a pickup truck veered off the interstate and crashed into the truck that was being loaded onto the bed. Both vehicles struck Denise and her friend, Phyllis Cook. Phyllis was riding along with Denise to keep her company. Phyllis was killed instantly, Denise was taken to Memorial University Medical Center, where she later died. The accident is still under investigation. One report was that the truck had several beer containers on the floor. Denise inherited the towing company from her husband, Don Smith, who died last year of cancer. Both women had been friends since high school. Smith is survived by her daughters, Ashley and Sonya.

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INMAN
Jesse

Born :
May 24, 1982

Entered into rest :
September 13, 2011

29 years old

Jesse was one of four men killed on Interstate Highway 80 east of Grinnell. Jesse and his co-worker, Daniel Walsh were assisting a driver of a flat bed semi truck at mile marker 188 next to the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 shortly after 7 p.m., Tuesday when the accident occurred. A semi truck, driven by Herbert Terrell, 54, of Indiana, side swiped the first tow truck, then struck the parked semi, pushing it into the other tow truck. All four men were pronounced dead at the scene. Jesse was a Heavy Duty Tow Truck driver for Hanifen Towing for the past five years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, family and friends

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WALSH
Daniel Joseph

Born :
July 12, 1951

Entered into rest :
September 13, 2011

60 years old

Dan was working alongside his co-worker, Jesse, on Interstate 80, when a semi truck driven by Herbert Terrell, 54, sideswiped the first tow truck, then struck the disabled semi flatbed which was pushed into the second tow truck. Four men lost their lives on the side of the Interstate including the driver of the disabled semi flatbed. Dan worked for Hanifen Towing for the last four years. He is survived by his wife and family and friends.


GUTHRIE
Gary V.

Born :
September 30, 1951

Entered into rest :
August 20, 2011

59 years old

Gary passed away in a dune buggy accident in Pismo Beach on Saturday. He died living life full throttle, the only way he knew how. Gary's energy and fearless approach to life and business. When you live as hard as Gary did, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but you are never a spectator. He lived in Lodi his entire life and established and operated several business ventures including Charter Way Auto Recycling and Towing, U-pull-A-Part, Stubbs Towing & Auto Body, Stubb's Heavy Haul, Jiffy's Truck Rental and Class A in a Day. He also enjoyed all things related to cars. He had a passion for speed and was an excellent racecar driver and coach. Gary is survived by his wife and family and friends.

Thank you Bob
(
BBerry52) for remembering Gary

DILLEY
Alan Eugene

Born :
September 15, 1969

Entered into rest :
July 31, 2011

41 years old

He was a knight in shining armor for many faces. He touched many lives in different ways. His soul purpose and priority in life was to always put his family and friends first no matter the cost, or issue to be resolved. He was a valued employee of Connolly's Towing. It took two people who were driving under the influence to take Alan's life Sunday morning. Alan was was working to clear a prior D.U.I. crash near the intersection of 58th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, when he was hit by another D.U.I. driver who fled the scene but was later stopped down the road and arrested. The driver who struck Alan had priors for driving under the influence and other serious offenses. He has been charged with murder in addition to vehicular homicide. Alan is survived by his family and friends.

ROIG
Jonathan

Born :
October 27, 1986

Entered into rest :
June 24, 2011

24 years old

Jonathan had towed an RV to Cummins Power South to be repaired around 4:15 p.m. As he was unloading the vehicle it rolled backward and pinned him against the parking curb which crushed him. An employee of the business later noticed the red tow truck still running at approximately 5:40 p.m. and Jonathan discovered at the rear of it. Fire-rescue crews responded to the scene and pronounced him dead at 5:46 p.m. Jonathan worked for Hughes Towing & Recovery in Orlando. He leaves behind two daughters, family and friends.

AREVALO
"Timio"
Eutimio Perez

Born :
July 8, 1961

Entered into rest :
May 18, 2011

49 years old

Timio was working in the parking lot of the company he worked for when a car slammed into him, killing him instantly. A 30 year old man was driving southbound on Abbott St. when he suddenly sped up, crossed into on-coming traffic in the northbound lanes and veered into the parking lot of USA Towing. The vehicle struck Timio and carried him a short distance. As the car struck several other objects in its path, Timio was thrown off and landed on the ground. Timio died at the scene. The 30 year old driver and a teenage passenger were taken to the hospital and treated. The accident was still under investigation.

BOBHOLZ
"Dan"
Daniel G.

Born :
August 5, 1952

Entered into rest :
April 19, 2011

58 years old

Dan was struck and killed while trying to pull a vehicle out of a ditch during treacherous weather near West Bend on Tuesday. The driver of a Jeep, lost control and sideswiped a Washington County sheriff's vehicle and then hit Dan causing him to be pushed up against his own truck. He then fell into the traffic lane where he was struck by a semi truck. Dan served in the Army from 1972 to 1978. He was currently the owner and operator of Bobholz Towing and Recovery in Allenton. Dan enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hunting. He loved spending time with his family.

DABNEY, Jr.
"Paul"
Rev. William

Born :
September 6, 1971

Entered into rest :
March 28, 2011

39 years old

Paul passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a member of North Acres Baptist Church. He loved the Lord, people and bass fishing.

BROWN
H.R.W.
Rooney

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 24, 2011

87 years old

Mr. Brown passed away peacefully at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Rooney served with the Navy during the Second World War and after he was known to be always willing to lend a helping hand to all. He co-founded Brown’s Towing in 1950. He will be sadly missed by his many grandchildren and very many great grandchildren and by the many lives that he came into contact with.

JETT
"Ronnie"
Ronald M.

Born :
June 26, 1953

Entered into rest :
March 17, 2011

57 years old

Ronald passed away in a three-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday when an 18-wheeler merging onto Interstate 20 overturned as it was entering the freeway in Nolan County. The driver of the 18-wheeler lost control of his truck as he was entering the freeway which rolled onto its side. Ronald, driving a Freightliner wrecker, struck the overturning 18-wheeler. Jett was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Sharon Gardner at 3:40 p.m. A third vehicle took evasive action to avoid the collision and rolled. Ronald was a good man and will be missed by family and friends.

GIAIMIS, Sr.
John Salvatore

Born :
October 23, 1932

Entered into rest :
March 16, 2011

78 years old

Mr. Giaimis passed away in the comfort of his home in Lake Charles. He served in the United States Air Force and during his younger years he operated two service stations for nearly ten years. He then went into the towing business, as owner and operator of Independent Wrecker and Towing for twenty six years. During his years of working, he grew his business from light duty only to heavy trucks and trailers and was trained and licensed, in Louisiana and Texas, for Hazardous Material Emergency Response. He was a charter member of Towing and Recovery Association of America. Mr. Giaimis will be missed by his family and friends.

Thank you Noel
(
Cotton) for remembering John

HAMON
Harold

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 13, 2011

57 years old

Harold was driving a blue Ford F-350 pickup truck with a passenger when he was involved in a traffic collision with a panel van on Friday. The crash happened around 9 a.m. on the Langley Bypass east of the 200 Street intersection. RCMP said the collision occurred when the van attempted to make an illegal left hand turn to head east on the Bypass and collided with the eastbound pickup truck which spun out of control and landed in a ditch. Both men were rushed to the hospital with serious head trauma. Harold passed away two days later. Charges are pending against the panel van driver. Harold was the owner of Hamon's Towing. He will be missed by many.

DREW, Sr.
"Russ"
Russell Henry

Born :
January 6, 1929

Entered into rest :
March 9, 2011

82 years old

Russ died at his home with his family at his side, following a short illness. For many years he owned and operated Russell Drew’s Wrecker Service and Salvage Yard in Tilton prior to his retirement. At the time of his death he enjoyed assisting his sons at Rusty’s Towing Service and Camaro Heaven, both in Tilton. Russ enjoyed stock car races. He was a former member and one of the founders of the New Hampshire Towing Association for over 40 years. He also served with the U. S. Army during the Korean War, discharged as Sgt 1st Class.

FIELDS
"Bill"
William C.

Born :
May 22, 1923

Entered into rest :
March 7, 2011

87 years old

Bill opened Gasoline Alley 25 Hour Towing in 1951 and built it up to the biggest towing recovery operation in Arizona. He later left the business and came back to start W. C. Fields Towing with a heavy medium and an underlift equipped heavy. He left there and later started Gasoline Alley back in 1986 as the name was available and worked it up to 11 units. In 1995 he retired with his wife to Kentucky. Bill was a man of firsts in Arizona towing, first heavy wrecker, first California Stick Boom, first hydraulic integrated (Bro on a KW), and was working for my brother when he brought in the first rotator. Yes Bill was an old school towing legend in Phoenix. He was out paying his water bill when he missed a step and fell breaking his neck, but being the tuff old towman he was he hung on until his children could get there the next day.

Thank you Andy (ADfields) for remembering your uncle

RIVERA
Wilfred

Born :
April 15, 1962

Entered into rest :
March 2, 2011

48 years old

Wilfred and a co-worker went to the home of a 51-year old man and notified him that they had orders to repossess his pickup truck. As both men prepared to take the vehicle, the 51-year old grabbed a gun, ran outside and began shooting at them. Wilfred was dead at the scene and his 31-year old co-worker was airlifted to a Jacksonville Hospital. The 51-year old was arrested and charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. He was being held without bail. Wilfred was highly-respected by his peers and competitors in the repossession and private investigation business, dedicating 15 years of his life to his craft. Those who knew him well expressed that, "He was the epitome of a true professional. He had the highest work ethic any person could have." He is survived by his wife and children.

BRADLEY
Gary David

Born :
July 28, 1956

Entered into rest :
February 24, 2011

54 years old

The flatbed tow truck that Gary had been driving missed a curve and ran off the road and into an embankment west of Ashland Thursday evening. It happened at the intersection of Little Salt Road and County Road 7 around 6 p.m. Investigators said one of the vehicles the truck was towing came through the back window of the tow truck, killing Gary. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear whether slippery conditions contributed to the accident. He worked for TC Towing of Ithica. He will be remembered for routinely going out of his way to help people, regardless if he knew them or not and for enjoying the company of his friends.

FENTY
Travis

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
February 24, 2011

44 years old

Travis worked for Quick Drop Impounding and along with another co-worker, was hired to remove old cars from a foreclosed lot that had been involved in a property dispute. The sheriff’s department came out there, knocked on the door, and nobody came to the door, so they just proceeded to remove the cars. The second time they arrived at the lot to remove cars, the previous owner of the lot was on the roof and called to the drivers below shooting and killing Travis when he stopped to look up. The man was arrested and charged with murder. Travis will be remembered as a man with a good soul.

ROSE
Allen L.

Born :
July  20, 1957

Entered into rest :
February 23, 2011

35 years old

Allen was attempting to tow an illegally parked sport utility vehicle from an apartment complex in east Colorado Springs when someone jumped inside and took off. A cable that tethered the sport utility vehicle to the tow truck snapped and somehow ensnared Allen, dragging him behind the vehicle for over a mile. The driver was later stopped for questioning. Allen was taken to Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at around 11:30 a.m. Allen was an Iraq war vet, a married father of two, and worked for J&J Towing. Hundreds showed up to pay their respects at his funeral.

You can donate by making checks payable to the Allen Rose Memorial Fund and bringing them to any Key Bank location nationwide.

SANDERS
Michael Robert

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
February 7, 2011

27 years old

Michael was killed when he was hit by a box truck that drifted to the right shoulder of Highway 50 near the Latrobe Road exit and east of the Sacramento County line in El Dorado Hills at about 6:25 p.m. Michael was standing to the left rear of his tow truck, which was fully parked on the right shoulder, operating the levers and extending the boom lift forks toward the front of a disabled bus, that was converted into an RV, when the collision occurred. Michael worked for Ace in the Hole Towing Inc. in Roseville. “He did everything right that he was supposed to do,” company owner Larry Moniz said. The driver of the box truck failed to obey California's Move Over Law.

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SERINESE
Thomas M.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 12, 2011

47 years old

Tom was fatally injured at work while clearing snow from a tilt-back car carrier. A fellow worker sent the bed of the carrier into its "down" mode, unaware Tom was nearby. He was pinned against the truck bed and the tool box. It was a terrible accident. The incident occurred where Tom held down his day job as a tow truck driver for Coppa's Service Center & Towing Inc. on Route 1 in North Brunswick. Tom was also a veteran North Brunswick firefighter and race-car enthusiast. Tom was a fine worker who was admired by colleagues and was very well-liked by the people there.

 

MAUCK
Benny Wayne

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 29, 2010

48 years old

Benny passed as a result of a brief battle with cancer, he was a 25 year veteran in the industry.  He worked for Ten West, B&J Towing ever so briefly , Kern Towing, and was as of late the Operations manager for the Lebec yard at Jim's Towing Service. Benny was known as a mentor and a savior to many, a man that would do anything for anybody at anytime. He always went above and beyond anyone's expectations. Our industry lost a truly gifted operator and teacher and he will be greatly missed.

Thank you (bigred60) for remembering Benny

AVELLA
"Ronnie"
Ronald Anthony

Born :
February 13, 1958

Entered into rest :
May 16, 2010

52 years old

Ronnie worked for Avella's Garage as a tow truck operator. He was also a partner in the business according to his cousin, Steve. He is remembered as someone who was always there for people and someone you could depend on. He will truly be missed by family and friends.

HERNANDEZ
Nelson

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 9, 2010

58 years old

Hernandez died while serving a member of AAA, he was a part time driver for his sons company. He was getting out of his tow truck to help a motorist, when he was struck and killed by a white van on Sunday just after 11 p.m. The van was traveling at approximately 70 mph in the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway near the Flagler Street exit. The AAA member was okay, she was missed by inches and the driver of the van has not been arrested yet but is known to have priors.

LAYTON
Garth P.

Born :
October 3, 1932

Entered into rest :
April 23, 2010

77 years old

Garth owned and operated Layton Wrecker Service for 43 years. Through his working career he gained many friends. He also loved to travel and spend time with his family. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He passed after his battle with cancer.

LOPEZ
Adam Diaz

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 21, 2010

46 years old

Adam was at the scene of an earlier wreck on Interstate 20, trying to remove a 2007 GMC C7C rental truck, however, an eastbound 2008 Ford F-250 traveled off of the roadway to the left and into the original crash scene. The Ford hit the GMC and then struck Adam. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, (JPS), where he died about 5 a.m. in the intensive care unit. No citations had been issued yet, but the fatality wreck was still under investigation.

MALLOY
Timothy P.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 16, 2010

28 years old

Tim passed away unexpectedly on Friday of natural causes. He loved trucks and was the General Manager of his family business Malloy's Automotive in E. Weymouth. He was a beloved husband and proud father. Tim also loved his toys and enjoyed boating, snow mobile riding, riding motorcycles and working on his prize mustang.

 

COPLEY
"Pete"
Peter Cornelius

Born :
March 26, 1932

Entered into rest :
August 13, 2009

77 years old

Pete passed away at his home in Charleston, surrounded by his family. He was the retired owner/operator of C.C. "Spike" Copley Garage Inc. on Charleston's West Side. Pete founded and was the past president of the West Virginia Towing and Recovery Association, a member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America and was past president of the Stage Workers Union. Pete also served on the board of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority. He will be remembered as a strong voice and a great friend in the industry.

STARMER
Andy

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 9, 2009

36 years old

Andy was killed when he was struck by a pickup truck while assisting a motorist on I-64 in Newport News. The accident happened at 8:24 p.m. Sunday near Victory Boulevard. Andy was loading a Plymouth van onto his wrecker from the shoulder of the interstate when a 2005 Mitsubishi Raider truck, driven by William Charles Burns, ran off the road and struck him. Andy died at the scene. In the direct path of the out of control vehicle stood Andy. He was hooking the last chain onto the broken down van. He never knew, moments before he lost his own life, he saved someone else's.  "Him (Andy) and the driver were standing there just mere seconds before it happened and he explained to the other driver, he said, 'Look sir, I really need you to go back on the other side of the vehicle out of harms way because you never know what happens out here, okay?' " says Clarence Patrick of Superior Towing. Burns was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Police said alcohol was a factor in the accident. Andy leaves behind an 11-year old son and loving mother.

DANNER
Daniel P.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 8, 2009

58 years old

Danny was the owner of
Solid Gold Towing
in Brooklyn. He passed away on Saturday after loosing his battle with cancer. He was an active and well known towing industry leader and organizer. He was also a recipient of the Towman Commendation for "courageous professionalism" in 1993, and also took part authoring the Towman Bill of Rights in 1997 and was also a multiple ACE recipient. Danny was also active in the Boy Scouts of America program as well as the Eagle Scout program. He was known as a great family man and one who promoted our industry in a positive light.

APPLE
Ricky John

Born :
April 6, 1968

Entered into rest :
August 8, 2009

41 years old

Ricky passed away Saturday at LSU HSC University Medical Center in Lafayette. He was the owner and operator of Apple's Towing Service in Scott for thirty years. The company was started by his father, Randy.

LONG
John B.

Born :
December 27, 1947

Entered into rest :
August 5, 2009

61 years old

John passed away at his home on Wednesday. He was an auto mechanic and tow truck operator owning and operating Long's Towing and C&L Automotive of Spotswood formerly of Milltown. He was an Eagle Scout and was a life member of the Highland Park First Aid Squad. He had served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war.

Van ENGELENHOVEN
"Van"
Vernon Gene

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
June 17, 2009

61 years old

Vernon passed away at his home after a long battle with lung cancer. He owned and operated Van's Garage and Towing in Kingdom City since 1972.

KOCOT
Harry J.

Born :
July 14, 1929

Entered into rest :
June 14, 2009

79 years old

Harry passed away Sunday at Medilodge of Sterling. Harry and his wife, Joan, owned and operated the Sterling Sunoco and Towing beginning in 1949. They worked side by side for over forty years, seven days a week. Harry was a member of the Sterling Fire Department, serving as fire chief for 30 years.

EATON
Bud

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
June 8, 2009

82 years old

Bud was the owner of Eaton's Towing in Brooklyn Park.

ROBERTS
Keith E.

Born :
August 2, 1961

Entered into rest :
May 27, 2009

47 years old

Keith, of Lebanon, Ohio, passed unexpectedly Wednesday. He was a tow truck driver most of his life and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Wilmington. Keith leaves behind a large family and friends that will miss him dearly.

GILLIKIN
Mark K.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 25, 2009

48 years old

Mark was riding his 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on West River Drive when a Chevy Blazer driven by 18-year-old Aija Suuta slowed to make a turn on Beyhill Drive. Mark rear-ended the SUV which was also occupied by 18-year-old Morgan Stone. He was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids where he died from injuries sustained in the crash. Neither of the teenagers in the SUV were hurt. Both of them were wearing their seatbelts. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Mark was the owner of Berry Gillikin's Towing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

WELCH Jr.
"Frank"
Maurice F.

Born :
January 8, 1943

Entered into rest :
May 21, 2009

66 years old

Frank started his career at age 17 working for Burlingame Motors in Burlingame Ca., as an apprentice auto mechanic and beginning tow truck driver. During a two year stint in the Army in Germany he was a tank commander and drove a tank retriever (a tank tow truck) over the next almost 50 years Frank worked in and around the automotive and towing business. He was an "expert" on vehicle recoveries. Frank was also an excellent auto mechanic. A service manager for dealerships in the San Mateo area for many years and Tow manager for R. Lance in Pleasanton, CA before joining his son Jeff at Golden State Towing in Sacramento in 2005 as tow manager. He loved to play Slots and spent many hours at Thunder Valley or Red Hawk Casino's in the Sacramento Valley. His grandson Cody was the love if his life, Frank died in his sleep on Wednesday night the 20th of May, 2009. He was scheduled for Heart Valve replacement surgery in June.

Thank you Sean (polarbear0808) for remembering Frank

ROSHONG
Donnie Larverl

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 8, 2009

47 years old

Roshong was attempting to connect his 1999 Peterbilt tow truck to a 2007 Mack rig that was disabled on the side of the interstate when the accident happened near Posey Road near Natchitoches. Vanzile lost control of his 2006 Peterbilt 18-wheeler, which was hauling about 150 cows, as it approached the other two trucks from the rear. Vanzile's rig struck the rear of the disabled tractor-trailer, forcing it into the heavy-duty wrecker and pinning Roshong between the tow truck and a guardrail. All three vehicles erupted into flames. The driver of the Mack was not in his vehicle and was not injured. Donnie was the owner of
Donnie Roshong's Towing & Service
.

COTTRELL
"Bobby"
Robert

Born :
February 16, 1961

Entered into rest :
May 6, 2009

48 years old

Bobby was a beloved husband and father of 5 children. He was employed at Mike Kaeser Towing in Cincinnati for the last 15 plus years.

Thank you Tug (AutoWorks) for remembering Bobby

JUSTICE
Michael A.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 27, 2009

43 years old

Michael, of Dayton, was killed when he was ejected from the tow truck he was driving, two miles east of Ohio 72, just before noon. Justice was eastbound when the front driver’s side tire blew and sent the vehicle across the left lane into the median. The truck tumbled and came to rest in the westbound lanes of U.S. 35.

RAWLINGS Sr.
"Earl W."
Bill

Born :
August 1, 1943

Entered into rest :
April 25, 2009

65 years old

Bill had been towing in Clark County since the 60s and was working at Triple J Towing for the last year or so. Previously, Bill had owned and operated PDQ Towing for somewhere around 40 years. Bill spent several years hauling for Co-Parts so he became well known throughout the greater Portland area.

Thank you Gale (Gale25yrs) for remembering Bill

SAGE Sr.
"Wally"
Paul H.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 18, 2009

66 years old

Paul was working beneath a flatbed truck when a chain between a second vehicle and the truck snapped. When the chain broke, the truck that had been propped up fell on Sage, pinning him to the ground. Police and fire crews responded to the scene and took him to Oswego Hospital where he later died. Sage was the owner of Wally's Towing for over 20 years. He was an active member of the Palermo Vol. Fire Dept. and past member of Volney Vol. Fire Corp.

BEVIS
Merle E.

Born :
October 8, 1936

Entered into rest :
April 14, 2009

72 years old

Merle was the owner/operator of Bevis Towing of Colerain Township. He passed away Tuesday after a long battle with diabetes.

Thank you Ken (KyTowBoss) for remembering Merle

LIVESAY
Howard

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 6, 2009

53 years old

Howard worked for Ken Betts Towing in Oakland for over ten years. He enjoyed his job and was very well known in the area. He was known as a very organized person, one person told me that he was a model employee, never a problem and was always on time. He handled mostly light duty work and loved working the car carriers. He will be missed by many family and friends. I was told he was a "great guy" to know. Howard passed away after his battle with cancer.

SHORT
Virginia E.

Born :
January 5, 1924

Entered into rest :
April 5, 2009

85 years old

A devoted homemaker, she worked with her husband in their business, Short's Garage, for 58 years. In her leisure time, she shared with her husband enjoyment in fishing, boating and antique cars. Her husband of 60 years, Robert S. Short, Sr., passed away on June 5, 2007.

BAKER
Bruce

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 4, 2009

69 years old

Bruce spent his life dedicated to Our Lord and Savior, His family, the United States and the State of Arizona. He was proud to serve his country in the branch of the Navy. Bruce was very well known in many communities, and wore many ties (more fitting then hat for my dad). Some knew Bruce as their minister, pilot , Lobbyist of Arizona, MVD towing communities, AARA, Recycle Association, and some Councilmen of El Mirage to name a few. Bruce spent countless hours doing what he could do to make Arizona a better place. Bruce will be greatly missed by all. Bruce passed away Saturday from a heart attack.

BLACK Sr.
Thomas Jeffrey

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 2, 2009

48 years old

Thomas was working underneath his van and had propped it up with a concrete block and wooden boards. The boards gave way about 6 p.m., and the Ford Windstar came crashing down on  top of him. Investigators say the ground was soggy from rain earlier in the week and that may have caused the van to fall on him. His 4-year-old daughter, who was the only one home at the time of the accident, went to a neighbor's house after she found her father. Black was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter was released to her aunt.

WOODWARD
Richard Anthony

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 30, 2009

63 years old

Richard was killed Monday afternoon when the truck he was driving crashed on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. The crash happened just after 1 p.m. on northbound I-81 near mile marker 122. Richard apparently lost control of the 2001 Sterling rollback wrecker he was driving. The truck went off the road into the median, and he overcorrected and went off the right side of the road, where the truck struck the guardrail and overturned, Richard was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected and died at the scene.

DOWNEY
Michael Troy

Born :
December 20, 1962

Entered into rest :
March 27, 2009

46 years old

Michael passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday. Mike worked for Fortney Towing in Fresno for about three years. He was a great guy who loved driving his tow truck and touched a lot of people's lives. They will remember him as being a kind, caring, funny, thoughtful, and loving person. He is missed by many.

HALL
LePrince

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 26, 2009

41 years old

Hall was killed after an argument over a money issue with Lawrence Covington, Jr., a previously fired employee, while at his home. Maurice Fountain, 24, and Hall's daughter, Genea Simms, 22, had left the house and returned later when Covington had bound them, took their jewelry and cut their throats according to the police. Genea survived and called 911 for help. Hall owned a local towing company which also did vehicle repossessions.

Thank you Chip (chip2830) for remembering LePrince

SWANEY
Bobby Joe

Born :
August 15,1941

Entered into rest :
March 26, 2009

67 years old

In 1981, Bob started a new career in the towing and recovery industry. In 1991, he became the sole proprietor of Ken's Wrecker Service/Cozy Corner Towing in Broomfield. He remained active in his business through his final days. He was active in many organizations, including Masons, Chamber of Commerce for Lafayette, Louisville, Broomfield and Erie, the Towing & Recovery Professionals of Colorado (past president, treasurer and a founder of the Widows and Orphans Relief Fund), the Towing & Recovery Association of America and the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was recognized by many local agencies for his contributions of time and talent to civic affairs. His life was full and he will be missed by all who crossed his path.

GADDIS
Richard O.

Born :
January 2, 1937

Entered into rest :
March 24, 2009

72 years old

Richard passed away of a heart attack while working in his yard in Ellijay. Richard was a Businessman operating Gilmer Towing and Parts for many years. He also was a member and deacon of Northcutt Baptist Church, a Gideon , member of the Oak Bowery Lodge #81 F&AM, Shriner and served with the U.S. Army.

FERNANDEZ
"Joe"
Jose

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 24, 2009

29 years old

Police responded to an apartment complex where several witness heard gunfire erupt around 2:30 a.m. Police later found the victim, Jose Fernandez, in the parking lot. Investigators said Fernandez had been shot in the head, chest, and legs. Officers at the scene said Fernandez's truck was still running when they arrived, and they found his flashlight on the ground. Sources have confirmed that Fernandez was there to repossess a vehicle at the time of the shooting. Fernandez was rushed to University Hospital, but died from his injuries. Police are now searching for Fernandez's killer.

BAILEY
Robert Vaughn

Born :
August 15,1941

Entered into rest :
March 16, 2009

33 years old

Robert was involved in a single vehicle  traffic accident near the Interstate 16/Interstate 75 north interchange at 11:30 a.m. The white Ford F550 tow truck that Robert was driving lost control and hit a guardrail at the intersection just before noon. The passenger, Charles Pittman, 32, and Robert, were ejected from the truck. Robert was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia and pronounced dead at 12:21 p.m. Pittman was listed in stable condition.

MARCINAK
John E.

Born :
October 12, 1959

Entered into rest :
December 31, 2008

49 years old

On the afternoon of New Year's Eve, 2008, forty-nine-year-old John Marcinak was murdered in front of Garrison Garage, the Route 9 towing service that he and his family had owned and operated for many years. Mr. Marcinak had also served as part of the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company (GVFC) in a number of capacities for thirty years or more. The case is still under investigation.

Donations can be sent to the GVFC, PO Box 252, Garrison, NY 10524. Checks should be made payable to the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company with "Marcinak Children's Fund" indicated on the memo line.

TAPIA
"Big Daddy Kane"
Michael Checo

Born :
January 3, 1960

Entered into rest :
December 16, 2008

48 years old

Mike worked with me at a local tow company in Hayward before moving to Manteca and working for Vern's Towing as a flatbed driver. He was a dear brother who would always offer to feed me at his house if I ever got hungry during my shift. He loved the towing industry, the recoveries and accidents, and any challenge that came along with the job. He was a family man who loved his family dearly and he leaves behind a huge family. I would hear awesome stories about his camping trips every year and see the pictures from his computer. In Hayward, we were a part of an awesome family before the reorganization, we had each other's back when we needed help. It didn't matter if it was in the middle of the night, we'd go out and help each other with a recovery or bad accident. I will miss Mike very much. I will miss him bringing me his computer to fix and the lunch he would take me out for afterwards. I will miss his smile and his sense of humor. My thoughts are with his family. Mike will be missed by the many lives he has touched.
Adios, mi amigo.

PEMBERTON
Gale Ray

Born :
April 27, 1947

Entered into rest :
December 9, 2008

61 years old

Gale was killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler. The accident occurred as he was helping a stranded motorist on the shoulder of I-35 approximately 3 miles north of Blackwell. The driver of the 18-wheeler was attempting to make a lane change maneuver when his trailer struck Pemberton where he stood. Pemberton died from his injuries an hour after the crash. He was a deputy police officer for Grant County as well as the Newkirk Police Department for 14 years. Gale was both owner and operator of Blackwell Wrecker and Towing Service. Gale was passionate about hot rod cars and old classic cars and trucks. He was a former member of Classic Cars of Ponca City. He enjoyed boating, camping and watching television, but Gale especially loved spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids

SCHROEDER
Timothy Don

Born :
April 27, 1962

Entered into rest :
December 6, 2008

46 years old

Schroeder was killed after being struck by a big rig. He was preparing to connect a car to the back of his truck when the big rig drifted onto the right shoulder, striking him. The big-rig driver, 58-year-old John Hamersley, of Sacramento, isn't believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the C.H.P. has said. It still hasn't been determined whether he'll face any criminal charges. He had worked at Performance Towing in Merced for about five months. He's the second Performance employee to be killed in the last two weeks. Tim enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish. Holidays were his most cherished family times. Tim loved life. Each day was embraced with a smile.

 

ARMENDARIZ, Sr.
"Randy"
Randall

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
November 24, 2008

41 years old

Randy may have been killed while trying to confront an auto thief. That's the theory Merced police have formulated about his death. Randy was shot to death around 10:30 p.m. Monday off Gerard Avenue. Cmdr. Floyd Higdon said Randy was an employee at Performance Towing in Merced. One of the company's service vehicles, a white 1989 GMC 1500 pickup, was reported stolen at 7:43 p.m. on Monday. Police believe that Randy spotted the stolen vehicle and confronted the thief. Higdon said witnesses reported what appeared to be an argument between the victim and the suspect at Ruby Court near Carmel Road, before shots rang out. "The suspect apparently pulled out a gun and shot him." Employees at Performance Towing described Randy as a caring father of four who had worked at the business for nearly 10 years.

Thank you Billy (myerstowing) for remembering Randy

KING
Richard

Born :
February 15, 1963

Entered into rest :
November 23, 2008

45 years old

King worked in the towing industry for 25 years, eventually buying American Towing. In 2005, King was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder. He tried a variety of treatments over the last three years, and in September, he underwent a bone marrow transplant at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Friends said King was recovering from the transplant until his health took a turn for the worse in mid-November. He loved spending time with family and friends. King was dedicated to his employees, and was always ready to jump into action at a moment’s notice. He really went above and beyond for people and never asked for anything in return. "He’ll be missed, for sure. He already is."

JOSEPH
"Vinny"
Venton V.

Born :
1966

Entered into rest :
November 20, 2008

Vinny passed away unexpectedly on Thursday. He was a part of the Northside Towing LLC family in Atlanta. He was a veteran tow truck operator and a great friend who will be missed very much.

KACZUR
Paul

Born :
January 15, 1950

Entered into rest :
November 19, 2008

59 years old

Paul passed away at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener. Paul was the proud owner/operator of Ken's Towing. He started towing at 16 years old. From 1967-68 he ran a Sunoco station and tow truck in Burlington. In 1970 he started PK towing with his brother Pete. In 1974 they moved to Brantford and bought Ken's Towing which at the time had three trucks. The business grew steadily to where it now operates sixteen trucks. Paul was a member of the Ontario Recovery Group, the Provincial Towing Association and the NASCAR Race Recovery. Paul was a kind hearted and good man who dedicated his life to providing for his family. Paul was the type of person who would do anything for anyone.

Thank you Mike (towtruckmike01) for remembering Paul

HEMENEZ
"Hank"
Henry

Born :
November 11, 1921

Entered into rest :
November 15, 2008

87 years old

Hank passed away peacefully in his home in San Leandro. Hank was preceded in death by his loving wife JoAnn who he was married to for 55 years. He founded Hank's Automotive Service with JoAnn in 1949. He specialized in automotive work with towing. His motto made many a people smile when he would pull up to assist them, "Don't Cuss Call Us" is known through out the country. Besides racing his motorcycle at the Oakland Speedway he was the official tow truck there. He was the first to put a personal touch on his tow truck, which had a hand crank. He was the first one to have chrome wheels on his truck. He was truly a pioneer in the towing industry. He has been serving the Bay Area for over 60 years. For the sake of their dad his daughters have been keeping his tow service running since his stroke in 2001. He has received numerous awards and trophies for his continual service for numerous police agencies for over 60 years. Worked in the MADD program, he assisted with the clean up from Loma Preada earthquake. He was one of the first Tow companies to participate in the FSP program in the Bay Area. He was a great man and father and will be greatly missed.

"We love you, Dad."

HILL, Sr.
"Kenny"
Kenneth W.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
November 15, 2008

Ken was a Truck Driver for Mikeco Transportation, Palisades Park retiring in 2003. He was a member of Ridgefield Fire Dept., Hose Co. #3 and the American Towmen's Assoc. He was also a valuable member of Tow411.net where he was known as Towmanken. He would share wealth of knowledge with others who were willing to listen. You will be missed by your family at Tow411. Ken had passed suddenly and had been known to suffer through several heart attacks after his wife, Lori, had passed from cancer.

Thank you Steve (hpgtowing) for remembering Kenny

BLACKBURN
Jimmy

Born :
February 9, 1961

Entered into rest :
November 9, 2008

47 years old

Jimmy was the owner and operator of All Hours Towing and Jimmy Blackburn's Wrecker Service. On the day of Jimmy's passing, two men contacted Jimmy after their vehicle broke down on Interstate 20 eastbound near mile marker 625 in Scottsville. As Jimmy winched the vehicle onto his ramped flatbed truck at approximately 1:29 a.m., an 18-wheeler drifted toward the men and the flatbed on the side of the road. The three men were killed instantly when the truck hit Blackburn's flatbed and stopped partially on top of it.

Thank you Brian(Brian Bell) for remembering Jimmy

DALEY
"Rick"
Richard Stephen

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
October 27, 2008

53 years old

Rick was the proud owner/operator of A-1 Towing Service in Hamilton for twenty-seven and a half years. Richard’s life passion was the towing industry. In recognition for his accomplishments and contributions to the industry, Rick was inducted into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 20, 2008.

O'DONNEL
"Pat"
John Patrick

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
October 22, 2008

John worked for Ewing Bros. Towing for over 25 years and at other companies in both Nevada and California before that. He was known as someone who was always helping others and will be missed by all that knew him.

Thank you (drgwolf) for remembering Pat

 

SCHULTZ
Stanley

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
September 23, 2008

55 years old

Schultz was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a van while removing debris from a previous car accident on FM 3083 in Conroe. He was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Patrol cars partially blocked the eastbound lane of traffic and Schultz apparently crossed the road into the westbound lane of traffic to pick up debris. That's when the 2000 Chrysler van traveling east on FM 3083 hit him. The van apparently passed to the left of the marked patrol cars and the driver did not see Schultz in time to try to avoid hitting him. Schultz also was not wearing a reflective safety vest as required by state law. Alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor, but speed and other factors are still being investigated. The van driver and her 10-year-old passenger were not hurt. She was released at the scene pending the outcome of the investigation.

   

BROUGH
Thomas

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 26, 2008

55 years old

Tom was traveling northbound in the #2 lane of the I-405 on his motorcycle, alongside a dump-truck which was traveling in the #3 lane. For unknown reasons he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with the dump-truck and sustained fatal injuries. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Tom was the owner of Bruffy's Tow in Marina Del Rey and a long time CTTA member and former Director. He will be remembered as a kind and loving family man.

"Not only was he a Son, Father, Grandfather......he was a very good friend......to the lives he's touched along the way.......and to the ones lucky enough to know him......just know that he will be missed & will always be in our hearts."
KM

MERIT
Duane

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 26, 2008

Duane lost his battle with heart problems today. He was a dedicated driver for Crash Masters Towing for several years and will be sorely missed by his family, co-workers and friends.

Thank you lj (lovetohook) for remembering Duane

GILJE
Larry

Born :
October 25, 1942

Entered into rest :
August 25, 2008

65 years old

Gilje was the owner of
Larry's Towing
in Grand Forks. He will be remembered as a hard worker with an optimistic outlook on life. Gilje died as the result of an accident. He was hitching a semi-trailer to a wrecker when he was pinned between the two vehicles. A friend of his went outside to talk to him when he noticed what had taken place. Gilje had already passed when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

BANKS
"Frank"
Leland

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 25, 2008

41 years old

Frank passed away peacefully on Monday at his home surrounded by his loving family. Frank was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer which spread like wildfire through his entire body. Frank was a driver for Home Motors in San Angelo. Frank is survived by his wife Shelly, sons Jairod, Jairus, Ty and Trystan.

"Frank was a very special man that loved nothing more than his family and working in the towing business, except maybe talking to other towers."
Jean Steward

CLEMENTS
"Doug"
Ezell Douglas

Born :
April 17, 1945

Entered into rest :
August 16, 2008

63 years old

Clements, who owned Doug's Towing in Prescott, loved cars and loved to race. He was behind the wheel, with the lead, at Prescott Valley Raceway today when he pulled his car over on the back straight. He coasted off the track at the flag stand mid-race, shut off all his switches and succumbed to a heart attack. He died behind the wheel, pursuing his passion. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and bragged about them constantly. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. He never knew a stranger and there wasn't anyone he wouldn't talk to. He also made sure he told his family and friends he loved them always.

DAUGHERTY
Dale Allen

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 15, 2008

46 years old

Dale was outside
Carl's Automotive Repair
cutting a vehicle apart for scrap metal when the vehicle caught fire and the gas tank exploded. When EMS arrived, they found Dale conscious and breathing in the back of a box trailer. He was first transferred to Mercy Medical Center and then taken to a hospital in Portland the next morning and remained in critical condition for a week. His father, Carl, said his son's injuries were too severe to survive.

PICKLE
"Ron"
Ronald Gene

Born :
June 22, 1956

Entered into rest :
August 11, 2008

52 years old

Ron went to help a motorist near the intersection of M-37 and Mill Road in Blair Township early Thursday. The disabled vehicle had lurched forward and trapped Ron underneath it in which he suffered severe injuries. He was taken to Mudson Medical Center and never regained consciousness. Ron enjoyed being by the grill, taking in time with friends over a barbecue or feasting on fried chicken. Ron had no greater love than his family and the time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren. He will be missed for his talents and love for his family.

CORTEZ
"Johnny"
John Richard

Born :
March 3, 1927

Entered into rest :
August 3, 2008

81 years old

Johnny founded Johnny's Auto Body, later called Johnny's Tow & Storage, in 1957. Johnny was an inspiration to others both in business and in his personal life. He was respected and had a solid reputation as being a great person. He will be missed by many.

GAULT
Jesse Scott

Born :
August 13, 1963

Entered into rest :
August 1, 2008

44 years old

Jesse, a AAA driver, had just finished changing a AAA member's tire on Loop 202 in Mesa Friday morning, but hadn't finished the paperwork yet when a heavy commercial equipment truck barreled into the tow truck, crushing the two to death and propelling the stranded SUV across the highway. The driver of the large truck was taken to a local hospital and had not yet been interviewed by police late Friday. Jesse worked for Thompson's Auto Center in Mesa.

HICKS
Seth E.

Born :
July 11, 1981

Entered into rest :
August 1, 2008

28 years old

Seth was securing a pickup to the flatbed of his tow truck on U.S. Route 23 south, near Rathmell Road, at about 1:30 a.m. when he was struck by an American Electric Power vehicle. Seth was pronounced dead at the scene. He worked for Fletcher's Towing Service in Circleville. Investigators said charges were not expected to be filed against the driver of the American Electric Power vehicle.

ATKINSON
Hoise Lee

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 28, 2008

 55 years old

Hoise worked for a tow company in Hayward, California. He was an old friend of mine whom I had the pleasure of working with on many accidents, recoveries and special event tows. He was a good man and a hard worker. He loved being in his tow truck and helping people. He was also a man of God who worked for his church. He was always talking about what he was doing at church for the church to better it. He was proud of the work he did. I will miss him very much. He passed away Friday night of a stroke in his sleep. He was supposed to work the next Saturday but his passing was not discovered until the following Monday.

HOLGUIN
"Pablo"
Anthony

Born :
April 1, 1971

Entered into rest :
July 27, 2008

37 years old

Anthony, of Jasper, worked for Fannin Salvage when he fell ill on a tow one day and was found laying on the ground next to his tow truck on the side of the road. This was about a year ago. He fought his strange illness that had began to destroy his internal organs. He made many friends throughout the industry and will be truly missed. He was also a Volunteer Fireman for the county. He is survived by his wife and 2 kids.

STORER
Brian

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 24, 2008

24 years old

Brian and his father, Mark, died after their floatplane took off from a lake Thursday afternoon and crashed nearby. Witnesses say it appeared the plane was struggling to get up after taking off from Nahwatzel Lake. It disappeared over some trees, then crashed and exploded into flames. Brian was married with two young sons.

STORER
Mark

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 24, 2008

51 years old

Mark and his son, Brian, died after their floatplane took off from a lake Thursday afternoon and crashed nearby. Witnesses say it appeared the plane was struggling to get up after taking off from Nahwatzel Lake. It disappeared over some trees, then crashed and exploded into flames. Mark leaves behind his wife Lynette, a son and a daughter. Mark coowned two of the area's busiest tow companies, Burien and Airport Towing.

GIBBONS
"MOM"
Patricia Alice

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 21, 2008

70 years old

Patricia was the night and weekend dispatcher at City Towing in San Bernardino, California for the last ten years.
"She was beloved and respected by all who knew and had the privilege of working with her. She was an encouragement to all of us to keep the quality and professionalism in our industry. She was an advocate for customer service and required safety measures with her driver's."
In the words of Jerry Lair, Owner,
"She is irreplaceable."
She is in God's loving hands now and will be sorely missed.

"MEMORIES

OF YOU ARE

ALWAYS WITH ME

AND WILL NEVER

BE FORGOTTEN"

PRINCE
Malcom

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 21, 2008

51 years old

Mal was unloading a compact road roller off the tilt tray of his truck when it toppled over and crushed him underneath the machine. He died a short time later from massive internal injuries. Preliminary inquiries suggest the engineering vehicle slid and overturned due to its steel roller losing traction on the tow truck's tilt tray, according to a police statement. Mal worked for Ad'z Towing and will be deeply missed by many who knew him.

HERMAN
George

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 21, 2008

George passed last night from liver failure. George operated medium duty for Jamaica Towing in Queens for many years, and worked for a brief time at Apple Towing in Brooklyn. George was a kind hearted man and a friend to all.

Thank you Dennis (SwiftSoprano) for remembering George

RUDY
Richard L.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
July 18, 2008

58 years old

Rudy, of Danville, was
traveling south on I-155 at Milepost 12 when the flatbed tow truck he was driving left the roadway about 11 a.m. and overturned, police said. Rudy was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tazewell County Coroner.

RAMSEY
Jeffrey A.

Born :
November 2, 1961

Entered into rest :
July 17, 2008

46 years old

Ramsey died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Police were called to the scene shortly before noon after multiple people called 911 to report an accident involving a tractor trailer and roll-back wrecker. When emergency personnel arrived, the tractor trailer was engulfed in flames. However, the driver of the tractor trailer, Elden McDowell of Winslow, was able to escape the burning cab. McDowell told officers he’d been southbound on U.S. 231 when the wrecker crossed the center line and struck his vehicle head on, leaving him no way to avoid the collision. Witnesses told investigators it appeared the wrecker was trying to stop for a vehicle turning into a private drive on the east side of the road when the vehicle went left of center. Jeffrey worked for Country Auto Parts and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

DODSON
Harry Lamar

Born :
June 18, 1945

Entered into rest :
July 16, 2008

63 years old

Dodson, of Cornelia, died at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Tuesday evening following the injuries he received in a two-vehicle wreck at a red light on Ga. 365 at White Sulphur Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Dodson drove his 1996 GMC Sierra into the back of a Palmer Trucking dump truck that had stopped at the red light in a northbound lane of the state highway. There were no signs of Dodson applying his brakes, a spokesperson said early Wednesday, and family members told the investigating trooper at the hospital that Dodson had a previous heart condition. Dodson was a former DeKalb County Firefighter and former owner of a used car lot, transmission shop and garage. He was employed with Atlanta Wrecker Sales in Lawrenceville for the past 2 years and was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Loganville. He was a very loving family man and loved spending time with his family.

DeSPAIN
Carl W.

Born :
October 8, 1941

Entered into rest :
July 8, 2008

66 years old

Carl owned and operated Carl's Texaco and then Carl's Towing & Auto Repair from September 1965 to present. He was a member of the Towing and Recovery Association of Washington, the Towing Recovery Association of America, and the International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame. His professional passion was growing and operating Carl's Towing & Auto Repair. He loved the challenges of engineering safe recovery of rollover accidents, especially while operating his large trucks. Equally rewarding were the numerous parades he participated in, showcasing his wide variety of tow/recovery trucks. Carl's love for his family and friends will be greatly missed with his passing.

Thank you Michael (michael212) for remembering Carl

SMALL
Alan Michael

Born :
January 14, 1968

Entered into rest :
June 29, 2008

40 years old

Alan was the owner of
American Towing
in Boulder. He was found dead in his home after failing to show up at his shop one morning. He had apparently passed away in his sleep two days prior. He enjoyed camping, fishing and stock car racing.

Thank you Terri Cloonan Pelham for remembering Alan

WAITE, Jr.
William B.

Born :
August 27, 1958

Entered into rest :
June 23, 2008

49 years old

William and Henninger were working for Waite's Service and Towing and helping a disabled semi when a second semi in the eastbound lane slammed into them. Christian Henninger, 30, of La Salle was transported to Community Hospital of Ottawa and then flown to another hospital. William was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the La Salle County Coroner.

CADIE
Larry D.

Born :
April 4, 1949

Entered into rest :
June 22, 2008

59 years old

Larry passed away in his home on Sunday after a short illness.

ALLEN
"Pop"
Calvin Eugene

Born :
May 27, 1938

Entered into rest :
June 15, 2008

70 years old

Calvin passed away at Piedmont Medical Center on Sunday. He was owner and operator of Allen's Wrecker Service, which he founded in 1970. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.
"Calvin was always there for his drivers, and was quick to teach them what it meant to be committed to the business. He showed us all what it means to live & love the towing industry, and his teaching and strength of character will live on in our hearts. Everyone in the towing business in and around our area has been guided by Calvin Allen in one way or another. We will miss him, and will never forget his lessons of life."

Thank you Chris (interstaterockhill) for remembering Calvin

HOUSTON
Margie

Born :
May 25, 1942

Entered into rest :
June 14, 2008

66 years old

Margie passed away after a long battle with cancer last night, she passed away peacefully in the night. A successful business woman, who, with her husband, owned and operated for the past 26 years Complete Wrecker Service, Inc. of Marietta. While doing so, she made countless friends, touching the lives of many in several ways. Margie loved to travel, taking several sea cruises with her friends, as well as her beloved son, David. Margie loved to travel with her grandchildren to her summer home in Florida; and travelled afar with her husband many times. She enjoyed owning and showing their many beautiful classic cars. Her home and office are adorned with the many trophies amassed from the competitions they entered.

Thank you Chris (bigwinch1) for remembering Margie

BAKER
Christopher J.

Born :
September 30, 1985

Entered into rest :
June 14, 2008

22 years old

Chris died of injuries he received on Saturday as a result of a motorcycle accident in Chester, New Hampshire. Chris was an employee for Blue Hills Towing in Quincy, Mass; then N.A.R. Recovery out of Weymouth, Mass and has been employed back at Blue Hills Towing for a month now. Chris was a great worker and very dedicated to keeping his truck clean and showing what your company image should look like. He was a young clean cut young man who did his job in a very professional manner. Chris will be very much missed by all. Chris was also a Whitman call firefighter.

Thank you (blue hills towing) for remembering Christopher

GERBING
Gregory Ronald

Born :
January 4, 1967

Entered into rest :
June 12, 2008

41 years old

Gerbing worked for Smedley's Towing of Perris. Gerbing was called by the C.H.P. to clear a late-night rollover crash on I-215 near Moreno Valley. The original accident happened at 11:28 p.m. Thursday when a black Toyota Corolla overturned in the southbound lanes just north of the Moreno Valley interchange. Gerbing was standing in an area blocked off by cones and flares on the left side of his flat-bed tow truck on a new transition road from southbound Interstate 215 to Highway 60 east. The Chevrolet Sierra pickup traveling south on Interstate 215 veered across a dirt median and three lanes of traffic, entering the blocked-off crash scene. The pickup struck both the tow truck and Gerbing. He was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died at 1 a.m. CHP officers arrested the Silverado's driver, Oswaldo Lopez, 30, of Moreno Valley, this morning on suspicion of manslaughter and gross negligence. According to the C.H.P., drugs, alcohol and speed were not factors in the incident, but fatigue may have been.

PASS
Gregg

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
June 7, 2008

39 years old

Pass, of Calhoun was killed when the tow truck he was driving went off an embankment on Highway 156 and into a pasture. He was pronounced dead around 12:05 Saturday morning. The wreck happened just past Everett Springs Road. According to the coroner’s report, Pass was taking a van to Rome when the wreck happened. The accident is still being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.

CUNNINGHAM
Mike E.

Born :
May 1, 1976

Entered into rest :
June 6, 2008

32 years old

Mike, a driver for
64 Garage
, had his tow truck parked on the emergency shoulder of U.S. 41 south of C.R. 225 North. Cunningham's tow truck was completely off the roadway, but he was standing on the left side of his truck near the white line. The tow truck had its emergency amber lights flashing. Randall McSwain, 50, of Henderson, KY, was driving a coal truck southbound on U.S. 41 when he struck and killed Cunningham. After the collision, the coal truck left the roadway on the west side and overturned. Cunningham was pronounced dead at the scene. McSwain was not injured. Further investigation revealed McSwain was under the influence of cocaine. McSwain was arrested and is currently being held in the Gibson County Jail.

PATTON
Raymond A. M.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 30, 2008

53 years old

Ray passed away early this morning from a sudden illness. He opened
Patton's 5 Star Towing
just over 11 years ago. He was a member of the Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio (TRAO), and was involved with WreckMaster and other local and state organizations. Ray will be missed by all those who had the honor of meeting him.

Thank you (Valley Dog) for remembering Ray

BARKER
Earl D.

Born :
September 28, 1922

Entered into rest :
May 27, 2008

85 years old

Earl, who owned
Barker Chevrolet and Towing,
entered into eternal rest on Tuesday at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
 Earl was very well respected and known throughout the area for his skill in heavy duty recovery.

Thank you (AWT902) for remembering Earl

JONES Jr.
Stephen M.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 27, 2008

43 years old

Jones was traveling east on Ridge Road at 12:45 a.m. and was believed to be on his way to tow a vehicle. But when Ridge Road curved to the left near Pasco-Hernando Community College, Jones didn't, causing the vehicle to flip, according to an accident report released by Florida Highway Patrol. Pasco County Fire Rescue pronounced him dead at the scene. Jones was not wearing a seat belt. Jones was described as a hard-working man who loved his family and was a fantastic person. Besides owning his towing company,
I Hook Towing
,
Jones enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

TORRES
Vincent

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 26, 2008

44 years old

Vincent, who worked for Black Eagle Towing, had pulled over just after 2 a.m. Monday to assist the driver of a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of State Road 874 at Miller Drive. As he walked to the vehicle, witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol Torres was struck by a dark purple Hyundai which then sped away. The FHP says the vehicle they are looking for will have damage on its right side and will be missing the right side mirror. A reward of $15-hundred is being offered for information that will lead to the driver's arrest.

KREAGER
Richard Charles

Born :
September 29, 1942

Entered into rest :
May 21, 2008

65 years old

As the founder of
Kreager Towing Inc., Richard C. Kreager is remembered by loved ones as a man dedicated to his business and community. Kreager died Wednesday of respiratory failure at St. Mary's of Michigan. Kreager retired from his business in 1988, handing the reins of the family business over to his sons Richard C. Kreager II and Robert Kreager. According to his son Roger, he loved (the business) so much, he came back and worked for my brother for five years (after he retired).

SHILLING
Matthew M.

Born :
March 20, 1973

Entered into rest :
May 18, 2008

35 years old

Matthew, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday while picking up a car that had been involved in a previous accident earlier. The disabled car had hit a deer on I-71 and was in the right berm about a mile south of the Franklin-Pickaway county line. Matthew was either on the right-lane line or slightly over it when he was struck by a passing vehicle about 1:50 a.m. He died at Mount Carmel West hospital. The State Highway Patrol has not yet found the driver who fled the scene and witnesses did not get a good look at the vehicle that struck him.

CARLSON
Darril Robert

Born :
November 24, 1967

Entered into rest :
May 8, 2008

40 years old

Darril died in a tragic automobile accident in Grand Terrace, California. Darril, along with his wife Connie; and his brother Darrin, and his sister-in-law, Josephine, have been entrepreneurs in a small business for 12 years, in the San Bernardino area as Direct Towing, Inc. in Grand Terrace.

STONE
William David

Born :
December 9, 1981

Entered into rest :
May 5, 2008

26 years old

Stone was loading a black Mitsubishi GT3000 onto his flatbed tow truck when a black Chevrolet Cavalier crashed into the Mitsubishi. The Chevrolet then hit Stone and veered off on to the service road and came to a stop. Stone was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened at 10:18 p.m. Sunday on the southbound lanes of
I-35W.

ISOM
Robert

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
May 3, 2008

53 years old

Robert, who owned Isom's Automotive in Lady Lake, died of a heart attack while at work, acording to family members.

McKINNEY
Shawn Cary

Born :
February 11, 1964

Entered into rest :
April 30, 2008

44 years old

Police were investigating a theft in the Magnolia neighborhood. As part of that investigation, officers called Lincoln Towing to have the flatbed truck impounded. The tow truck driver, Shawn, arrived in the 4400 block of 26th Avenue West and determined that the flatbed truck was too big for his tow truck, so he called for a second, larger tow vehicle. Shawn was making preparations so that the flatbed truck could be towed when it rolled on him. The second tow truck driver discovered the accident at 10:00 p.m.

MASON
"Buddy"
Clarence

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 30, 2008

52 years old

Mason was walking his dog, Grace, around the corner from his Kerr Avenue home, with a friend when they were shot by a man on a bicycle at about 2:30 a.m. Mason and his friend were walking the dog when a third man rode past them on his bike. Mason's friend called out to the bicyclist, who stopped and began to head back toward them. As he turned, he fell off his bike. Mason and his friend laughed at him. The bicyclist then got up, pulled a gun from his pocket and emptied the clip at them. Mason's friend was shot in the leg and will survive, Mason, however was not so lucky and died of his wounds. It is believed that the fight appeared to be related to "intimidation or an argument over a respect issue. The suspect was later caught in a park and is being held for further investigation.

HOGG, Sr.
Daniel Vittitoe

Born :
December 16, 1944

Entered into rest :
April 29, 2008

63 years old

The Highway Patrol said that Daniel was on the job, putting a disabled vehicle onto a wrecker, when a passing box truck clipped him around 3:45 p.m. It happened along the eastbound lanes of the freeway near mile marker 170, which is near Interstate 95 and the town of St. George. He was loading the vehicle onto his wrecker and was actually at the controls of the wrecker when he was struck. Hogg was airlifted to Medical University Hospital where he died from his injuries The man who was driving the Penske truck and stopped at the scene was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Daniel was well known throughout the southeast as a champion boxer and won the Golden Glove championship in 1961. He was a tow truck operator for Davis Towing in Summerville and a member of Sangaree Baptist Church.

BECKMAN
"Bud"
Charles

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 29, 2008

67 years old

Bud started his towing career in 1958 with J&H Towing, also known as Uptown Garage, and worked there through 1965 when he joined the Army. He served in the military until 1967 and then went to work for Bob & Harry's. In 1970, Eiler's Towing purchased the towing part of Bob & Harry's and Bud worked for them until 1995. He then began working for Hubbard's Towing until his passing. Bud gave a lot to the towing industry in Cincinnati.

Thank you James Hatmaker for remembering Bud

 

REID
Klint

Born :


Entered into rest :
April 21, 2008

Klint was killed in a head on collision while driving a AAA service truck. Witnesses said the driver of the Tahoe was traveling down South Cobb Drive when he sped up, crossed four lanes of traffic, and struck the AAA service truck head-on. The AAA truck burst into flames and both drivers were trapped inside their vehicles. The horrific scene unfolded in front of an apartment complex on South Cobb Drive at Plaza Drive. Residents of the complex grabbed fire extinguishers and tried in vain to help the victims. Neighbors ran to the scene, spraying the vehicles with their extinguishers, but they could not get the drivers out. The driver of the Tahoe was believed to have suffered from some pre-existing medical condition.

Atlanta ERS Team Fleet

GARDNER
"Bob"
Robert A.

Born :
April 11, 1962

Entered into rest :
April 21, 2008

46 years old

Bob was the owner/operator of Bob's Towing and Repairs in Pen Argyl for the last 12 years. He was also a past volunteer firefighter for Plainfield Township Fire Company. He was a great family man with a heart of gold. He will be sadly and deeply missed by his family, friends and his whole community.

ROLON-CENTENO
Dario

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 12, 2008

61 years old

Dario went missing around the end of March as he answered an unknown call for tow service. His family was concerned because Dario suffered from a heart ailment for which he was scheduled to undergo surgery for in the coming week. Police investigators found his Isuzu tow truck two days later parked in a residential neighborhood at Northwest 22nd Avenue and Johnson Street. More than two weeks after he vanished, a hiker in Portland's Forest Park found his body near Germantown Road.
This was a sad story when it came out, my heart broke when the bad news hit. His death and the circumstances surrounding it are still a mystery as the police continue to investigate it further. On a personal note, he shares the same first name as my great-grandfather.

 

RAMOS
Miguel Angel

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 11, 2008

42 years old

Ramos had stopped between the Newcastle exit and the turnoff for Highway 193 on the shoulder shortly before 3 p.m. because his truck developed engine trouble. He was inspecting the engine when a big rig drifted onto the shoulder of eastbound Interstate 80 and crashed into him and his parked tow truck. A passenger in the tow truck, Milca Aguilera, 23, of Sylmar, was also outside the vehicle and was injured and taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and was released after treatment. The big rig, driven by Lakhwinder Singh Sidhu, 34, of Ontario, Canada,  was carrying a load of prunes and weighed about 78,000 pounds. Sidhu submitted to a voluntary drug and alcohol test to ensure he was not impaired at the time of the crash. The investigation was continuing.

 

BEECHER, Sr.
Randy E.

Born :
October 9, 1955

Entered into rest :
April 7, 2008

52 years old

Randy had been battling cancer and passed away at his home on Monday. He was the owner/operator of Beecher's Auto Salvage Yard in Fayetteville. He was a member of the Brethren Fellowship Church, Chambersburg.

Thank you (papaskeeb2) for remembering Randy

DeVENY
Dennis E.

Born :
December 9, 1954

Entered into rest :
April 7, 2008

Dennis had finished doing a service call and was on his way back to the shop. Another vehicle passed by and a suit case fell out of it. Dennis stopped and grabbed the suitcase and chased the vehicle down to give it back to them. The vehicle stopped for Dennis who had been flashing his lights and Dennis never got out of his truck, he suffered a heart attack behind the wheel. Dennis worked for
Tom's American Towing.

Thank you Terri Cloonan Pelham for remembering Dennis

COVINGTON, Jr.
Ronald Dean

Born :
September 22, 1965

Entered into rest :
April 4, 2008

44 years old

Covington, who worked for Warren's Wrecker Service, was reportedly sweeping debris off the roadway from a previous car crash when he was hit by a 2008 International log truck. Officers were directing traffic around the scene when the log truck approached and failed to stop even after officers instructed him to do so. After Covington was struck, the truck driver left the scene, an Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office official pronounced Covington dead at the scene. Authorities were able to identify Greely as the driver of the log truck, and all agencies were on the lookout for him. Troopers then received information about Greely's whereabouts and arrested him at his home. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Thank you Caley (CaleyJ) for remembering Ron

STREALEY
"Tim"
Timothy Jo

Born :
July 1, 1958

Entered into rest :
April 4, 2008

49 years old

Tim had passed away due to injuries sustained while working an accident on the Buckhead Loop in Atlanta on April 2. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked for Futo's Wrecker Service for over 20 years and loved it according to his family. The accident, which took Tim's life, is now under criminal investigation.

Thank you Tom
 (
thomas hackler) for remembering
Tim

COFFTA
Kevin M.

Born :
June 1, 1979

Entered into rest :
April 2, 2008

28 years old

Kevin, who worked for Marty's Towing, was killed when an SUV veered off the road, side-swiped the disabled car being hooked up to his tow truck, then striking him and then his tow truck, sending the SUV rolling-over numerous times before coming to rest in the center-median about 130 yards away. The accident occurred at 4:50am on the South-bound I-190 near the Sheridan Drive exit. Kevin was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was arrested at the scene and later charged with Vehicular Manslaughter 2nd degree and DWI. David Brown, 64, of Cheektowaga is currently in the Erie County Holding Center pending a court appearance in the Town of Tonawanda tomorrow. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

Thank you John (Towing247) for remembering Kevin

STEWART
Clyde W.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
April 1, 2008

40 years old

A Mazda 6 was going east on Holmes Road when it veered off and went into a ditch about a mile east of Reynolds Road. The driver, Tony Williams, 43, was able to get out of the car, just as the water began to rise. He called for help and a sheriff's deputy, plus two tow trucks from Star Towing arrived. Clyde was trying to put a hook on the car's frame, while standing on top of the car. The car began to move and Clyde fell into the rushing water. The car shifted about 20 feet into a culvert under Holmes Road. Clyde had tied an air hose around his waist as a "makeshift lifeline", but the line broke under the force of the water. Divers later recovered his body from the water.

Thank you Ron (TowZone) for remembering Clyde

"MEMORIES

OF YOU ARE

ALWAYS WITH ME

AND WILL NEVER

BE FORGOTTEN"

 

REASOR
John R.

Born :
October 14, 1956

Entered into rest :
March 31, 2008

51 years old

John passed away at his home from cancer. He was the owner/operator of Cardinal All Hour Towing in St.Charles. He was a wonderful person according to the many comments left by those who knew him. He will truly be missed. He was a member of Miller Industries Race Recovery Team, Just Us Motor Sports, Towing Recovery Association of America, Towing and Recovery Association of Missouri, Professional Towing Recovery Operator of Illinois, North 94 Planning & Zoning Commison of St. Charles, and Wreck Master.

Thank you Jim (jimnichols6359) for remembering John

AMATO
John S.

Born :
September 22, 1956

Entered into rest :
March 26, 2008

51 years old

John passed away at his home in Sacramento, California. He had worked for 10 years as a tow truck driver at the All American Speedway in Roseville and was an avid Nascar fan who enjoyed building model cars. John was a very generous man who was well liked and will be greatly missed.

JOHNS
Robert Scott

Born :
September 9, 1973

Entered into rest :
March 22, 2008

34 years old

Robert passed away Saturday at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

"He was a good driver and a good guy! you will be greatly missed by all who knew you. With deepest sympathies from all your buddies in Dallas. God Bless!"

Thank you (floorjack58) for remembering Robert

Stairway
to
Heaven

EVANS
Ercil R.

Born :
February 20, 1920

Entered into rest :
March 18, 2008

88 years old

Ercil, of Zanesville, entered into rest at Genesis Good Samaritan following a brief illness. He was employed at White Chevrolet as an Auto Mechanic & Wrecker Driver and retired in 1993. He received the "Towman Commendation Award" on November 20, 1993 for his emergency road service & was presented by the American Towman Magazine. He was also a 1st Sergent Army Veteran with honors having served in WWII.

WENNINGER
Jerome F.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 9, 2008

58 years old

Jerome passed away at his residence after battling cancer. Born and raised in Polk, after high school he worked at
Ackerville Garage, the family business. He took over the business in 1980. He was a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Towing Association and recently celebrated 40 years of continuous service.

JOHNSTON
Michael Byrne

Born :
June 27, 1961

Entered into rest :
March 9, 2008

46 years old

 Michael, a driver for Sakstrup's Towing Service, was working on westbound I-94 at the end of the ramp from southbound US-23 at about 3:20 a.m. when he was struck. Troopers said they used a patrol vehicle and flares to block the lane at the end of the ramp to protect the wrecker driver. But a 60-year-old Ann Arbor man drove through the flares, and hit the tow truck and the driver, who was standing outside the wrecker operating the winch controls, Johnston was killed instantly.

BLACK
Neil

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 5, 2008

46 years old

Neil passed away of a heart attack on his way home from a fatal car crash in which three young men died in a fiery crash. The vehicle of the fatal crash was still on the back of his flatbed when it was found crashed against a tree.

WHITE
"Pop"
Richard Walton

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 4, 2008

80 years old

In 1964, “Pop” founded the original White’s Wrecker Service. For more than 40 years, Richard White owned and operated White’s Wrecker Service, originally in Springfield and then in Callaway, first using a 1949 Chevy truck with a hand crank. He started the Holiday DUI Program, carrying people and cars home on his wreckers. He purchased the first police car and radio equipment for the City of Callaway Police Dept. and started the first Rescue Unit in Bay County. In his down time, Richard kept a garden and was an avid fisherman.
“He was a great man. It didn’t matter who, what, where or when. He was there."

JANKOWSKI
"Jim"
James R.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 2, 2008

56 years old

James passed away Sunday at his home in Plant City, FL. He was the owner of
Jankowski Towing
Services
and was an Army veteran. His son, Charley, will keep his father's legacy going now.
James Jankowski was a special husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

ROBBINS
Jason R.

Born :
April 1, 1980

Entered into rest :
February 26, 2008

27 years old

Jason was killed while unloading vehicles off his tow truck in Florence. Jason became trapped under his truck after he loosened a cable and the truck rolled backwards over him. He was co-owner/operator of Byram Towing & Recovery. He was an avid dirt track racer and mechanic, Jason loved the outdoors and motors. He was a friend and help to all he met and member of the Baptist faith.

CAPASSO
Valerie R.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
February 21, 2008

43 years old

Valerie died at her home on Thursday. Valerie and her husband, Thomas, were co-owners of Superior Towing in Jupiter.

CASSADY
Pat

Born :
December 25, 1933

Entered into rest :
February 14, 2008

74 years old

Pat passed away at his residence. He was the retired owner of
Pat Cassady's Wrecker Service. He served his community for 35 years and was a well respected individual, a gifted mechanic, a car enthusiast, and a NASCAR fan.

WISSMANN
Donald A.

Born :
November 12, 1933

Entered into rest :
February 1, 2008

29 years old

Wissmann was driving west when an eastbound vehicle driven by Kurt L. Martin, 60, Jefferson City, crossed the center line and struck Wissmann's vehicle head on. Wissmann's vehicle, a 1999 International tow truck, then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Martin's vehicle, a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, spun after the impact and came to rest in the middle of the highway. Martin sustained serious injuries in the accident and was taken to University of Missouri-Columbia hospital by Staff for Life, the patrol report said. His condition was unknown Friday night.

HARRIS
Kenny Milton

Born :
August 7, 1978

Entered into rest :
January 30, 2008

29 years old

Kenny was traveling north on Texas Avenue  towing a vehicle when he approached the traffic light at Osborne Street at approximately 10:30 a.m., he swerved his truck to avoid hitting a vehicle stopped at the light, forcing his vehicle into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer that was hauling cement piling to an area refinery. Kenny was pronounced dead at the scene. He sacrificed his own life to protect the family in the stopped vehicle. Kenny was also a volunteer Firefighter, who reached the rank of Assistant Fire Chief for West Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

People wishing to make a donation to the Harris’ family can donate at any Mid County Teacher’s Credit Union to assist Harris’ wife, Jennifer, and their two young children. The account number is 94014.

Gilbeaux’s Towing, Orange

KALINEC
"DOC"
Frank J.

Born :
July 4, 1931

Entered into rest :
January 29, 2008

76 years old

“Doc” had the biggest heart and unending compassion for life. He enjoyed everyday to the fullest. No matter where he was or what he was doing, Doc always made time to visit with everyone and tell one of his stories. His family, friends, Aggie’s ball games, and his faith brought him his most happiness. Doc’s love of the towing industry led to his life-long ambition of building the best towing company in Brazos County- A-1 Towing. This dream began over 50 years ago. He was a pioneer in the industry with his finger always on the pulse of new innovations. Through being a board member of the Texas Towing and Associates Industry, he had made life-long friends throughout the country. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame Award by the Texas Towing & Storage Association for his dedication and his many contributions and services the towing industry.

MERRIMAN
"Wild Bill"
Billy R.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 26, 2008

71 years old

In 1964, Bill opened and truly enjoyed operating "Bill's Sunoco." In 1981 he relocated his automobile service business to Bill's Wrecker and Radiator Service where he continued to enjoy his career and high-spirited lifestyle until retiring and passing the business to his son, Gordy, in 1994.

PAYNE
"Gentle Giant"
Robert Thomas

Born :
January 24, 1974

Entered into rest :
January 26, 2008

34 years old

Robert had just dropped off a vehicle at an apartment complex on 28th Street and was walking back to the truck to lower its bed when he was hit by a truck driven by Robert Wayne Burns, 44, of Long Beach. After Burns struck Robert, he fled in his damaged Dodge Dakota pick-up, but was tailed by Richard Dedeaux of Pass Christian, who helped authorities make the arrest. It is suspected that Burns was driving drunk. Robert died by blunt force trauma.

TABERS
Gerald K.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 24, 2008

70 years old

Gerald was killed in an auto repair shop after accidentally setting himself on fire while using a cutting torch. Calloway County Sheriff's Department and Fire-Rescue personnel were dispatched to H&S Truck Service on Old Shiloh Road at 11:20 a.m. after 911 Dispatch received a call of a possible explosion at the business. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Lt. Richard Steen said he discovered what appeared to be an accidental fire. Steen said Jaime Kennedy, a patron of the business, had arrived and discovered the fire and tried to extinguish it. Kennedy discovered the victim, Gerald Tabers, 70, and called 911. Tabers body was transferred to the Kentucky State Police forensic lab in Madisonville for an autopsy. The cause of the fire is now under investigation by the fire marshal's office. Gerald was a diesel mechanic for Howard Duncan and attended Hardin Baptist Church. He was former owner of Tabers Body Shop and Tabers Wrecker Service. He preached at New Liberty Church of the Nazarene for 25 years and at Hopkinsville Church of the Nazarene for two years.

COLBURN III
Roy R.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 19, 2008

40 years old

Roy was driving south in a 2000 Chevy S-10 pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the north bound lane, struck a culvert and rolled three times. The truck then hit a utility pole, rotated 180 degrees and came to rest up on it's wheels in a private driveway. Roy was transported by ground ambulance to DeKalb Community Hospital where he died. It was reported by his employer, Tim of Tim's Truck Service, that he had come into work Saturday morning a few hours late - not feeling well and told him that he could not work, he had been feeling light headed and dizzy. Tim told him that he needed to go home and call his doctor and advise him of how he was feeling. Tim was training Roy for the last six months as a wrecker driver and he loved the job. He leaves behind an estranged wife and two boys.

Name Plaques at the
Wall of the Fallen

International Towing & Recovery
Hall of Fame & Museum
 Chattanooga, Tennessee
U.S.A.

WALKER
Stanley H.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 18, 2008

86 years old

Stanley passed away after a battle with cancer. He was the co-owner/operator of Walker's Garage which was established by his father in 1924. He also served in the U.S. Army in WWII.

KELLY
Michael Patrick

Born :
November 17, 1972

Entered into rest :
January 15, 2008

34 years old

Michael's truck blew a tire which caused him to lose control of the heavy duty tow truck he was driving on I-75 westbound near mile marker 98. The truck veered off the highway and overturned into a canal running parallel to the westbound lanes. Michael was trapped in the vehicle as it went underwater and was unable to get out. His passenger, John J. Giacobba, III, 19, of Boca Raton was able to get out safely. Rescue workers pulled Michael from the truck about 40 minutes later and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

JACKSON
Donald D.

Born :
February 22, 1946

Entered into rest :
January 15, 2008

62 years old

Don was an Air Force veteran. While in the Air Force, he was well known and much sought after for his amazing portrait painting ability. These portraits span the world from the U.S. to Vietnam. He was executive director of the Professional Towing and Recovery Association of Arkansas (PTRAA). Don went to his fullest efforts to help benefit the towers within the state of Arkansas & the towing industry as a whole. He will be greatly missed as director of the PTRAA.

JONES
"Tater"
Darrell L.

Born :
July 7, 1971

Entered into rest :
January 12, 2008

36 years old

Darrell was trying to repossess a SUV early Saturday morning in the 500 block of Little Fork Road just after midnight Saturday. Darrell, who worked for Pensu Towing & Recovery, had attached a 2001 Dodge Durango to his tow truck using the lift. As Darrell attempted to reposition the Durango, the SUV bounced off of the lift and began to roll backwards. Jones attempted to catch the escaped vehicle and reached the driver's side door area when the vehicle went into a ditch. The impact caused the vehicle to swing around and trapped Darrell in the ditch under the vehicle. Darrell died at the scene.

Memorial fund set up
for his children.
Darrell L. Jones aka Tater
Bayport credit union
3711 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607

BELLASAI Jr.
"Junior"
Salvatore John

Born :
April 19, 1963

Entered into rest :
January 6, 2008

44 years old

Sal Jr. was riding on his 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle when it collided with a 2002 Chevrolet truck, driven by Mary Washburn, just before 1 p.m. at Northwest 10 Avenue and Prospect Road. Sal tried to skid to a stop about 281 feet in front of the Chevy which had turned south into the intersection, but it wasn't enough. Officials pronounced him dead at the scene. Sal Jr. is from Sal's Towing in Oakland Park, Florida. They are considered one of the most respected tow companies in the area.

ABBOTT Sr.
Kenneth E.

Born :
May 31, 1942

Entered into rest :
January 5, 2008

65 years old

Mr. Abbott died Saturday at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis surrounded by his loving family after a brave battle with cancer. He was known as a dedicated worker and a good man who was one of a kind. Those who knew Kenny knew he was always trying to make a buck. He loved swapping, trading and selling. He will be missed. Abbott founded
Abbott's Towing in 1977.

 

AQUINO
Albert Andy

Born :
January 30, 1950

Entered into rest :
January 2, 2008

57 years old

Albert was a very hard worker since the age of 8 years old and worked his way up saving his money and building his hot rod, a 1955 Chevy and also loved his Corvette's. Albert started his business ... Aquino's Service and Towing in Chowchilla, after buying his first truck for $6,500. It was really important for him to give people fast service when they needed help on the road. Also having a clean truck was a must. "I bet you never met a person that would wash a tow truck in the rain." He also translated for the city of Chowchilla when they needed help. It didn't matter what time of day or night. 11 tow trucks later he started Aquino's Towing company in Madera in 1993. He loved to work and spend time with his family. Mom, Misty and I (Andrea). Until he became a grandfather in 2003 and then it was all about the grandkids ... Zachary, Everett and little Isaac (he never had the chance to meet).
"Dad also loved food ... he always made sure that everyone had enough to eat when they came over his home."

Thank you Cliff
(
cliffwm010069) for remembering Albert

WILSON
"Bobby"
Arthur Robert

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
December 28, 2007

71 years old

Bobby was attacked and robbed early one Saturday morning approximately four months ago, August 11, 2007 to be exact. He was at the Texaco station he owned, which he started back in 1961. He was a well known businessman in the Spanish Fort community because of the station he ran for 46 years. Bobby was known as the "Unofficial Mayor" of Spanish Fort, a past Fire Chief of the Spanish Fort Fire Dept. for 26 years, as well as being a Justice of the Peace, and a member of the Providence United Methodist Church. A Spanish Fort Police Officer discovered Wilson beaten and bleeding inside his store. He was airlifted to the USA Medical Center in Mobile where he was listed in critical condition at that time with a fractured skull. Wilson, who remained asleep in a coma, lost his battle on Friday. He was given a Tower's procession around the town on a flatbed tow truck. There are still no suspects and the reward for information has gone unclaimed.

"Spanish Fort buried one of its treasures today but not the memories."

TULIP
Charles Sherman

Born :
February 6, 1956

Entered into rest :
December 27, 2007

51 years old

Charles, who died Thursday of a heart condition, was the owner of Hartland Towing & Garage. He was a member of the Michigan Towing Association, serving on the Board. He loved scuba and cave diving, drag racing, motorcycle racing and was an underwater recovery specialist. He was president of Hartland Marine Salvage, a lifetime member of Great Lakes Historical Shipwreck Society, Hartland Fire Department Dive Team and Underwater Research Associates. Charles was a member of Hidden Springs Church in Howell. Charles is a man who will be sorely missed as he was a friend to many and would be there to aid anyone he could at any time he could.

PRUETT
Robert

Born :
December 16, 1969

Entered into rest :
December 18, 2007

38 years old

Robert lost his life in the service of others when his tow truck lost control responding to a call Tuesday night. Robert was driving on the Garey Avenue on-ramp to the westbound 60 Freeway just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday when he crashed his vehicle and went out of control, slamming into the center divider of the Pomona (60) Freeway. He was a professional driver who knew what he was doing not only driving the trucks, but repairing them as well and getting them functional for the others at night. If you needed backup on a call, he was the one you wanted there because he knew what he was doing and could get things done quickly and efficiently. Pruett was ejected from his truck and died at the scene.

Thank you Steve (?) for remembering Robert

SPERLING
Gary W.

Born :
November 22, 1949

Entered into rest :
December 17, 2007

58 years old

Gary died at St. Francis Medical Center after collapsing suddenly at his business. He was the owner/operator of Sperling's Garage and Wrecker Service. A tower for more than 30 years, he built his company into a thriving business with about a dozen trucks and a repair shop. Towers formed a tow truck procession to honor his memory.

SULLIVAN
"Pop"
Wayne Grender

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
December 9, 2007

73 years old

Wayne (Pop) Sullivan passed away in his sleep at the age of 73. He is Wstowing11's Grandfather and the man who started the company. Fifty years ago this man had a dream and through hard work turned it into a true family business that is now run by his Son Wayne and Grandson Wayne the 2nd. I will miss you Pop and Thank You for all you have done for us. May you rest in peace.

Sullivan's Garage, Baltimore

Thank you Jeff
(
trucker jeff) for remembering Pop

MONTERO
Javier

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
December 9, 2007

19 years old

Javier was one of several tow truck operators clearing and cleaning up a previous accident scene after 4 a.m. Sunday morning on SR 836 at 23rd Avenue, when the driver of a Ford Mustang plowed through the accident scene. Javier was thrown 30 feet from his vehicle and died after being transported to the hospital. Others in the truck were seriously injured and taken to the hospital as well. Two other drivers are in critical condition.

Thank you Jorge
(
xcessiveforce52) for remembering
Javier

ST. GERMAIN
"Judy"
Judith

Born :
April 14, 1942

Entered into rest :
December 8, 2007

65 years old

Judy left this world after a long and courageous battle with cancer, with her family beside her. She was known by many as a loving, caring woman, wife and mother. She was happily married for 47 years to her husband, Donald "Don" St. Germain. Together they fought her battle with cancer until the end, as they have been the best of friends as well as husband and wife. She was co-owner of Morris Auto Parts, Inc. and Don's No Preference Towing Co. Judy was also involved with, and enjoyed her time, serving as secretary of the Towing and Recovery Association of Maine. She also was the past president of TOPS ME #160, Auburn, where she had very dear friends.

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
He put his arms around you,
and whispered, "Come with Me"
With tearful eyes we watched
you suffer and gently slip away.
although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.

WE WILL MISS YOU

FROWNFELTER
Margo Jean

Born :
October 3, 1953

Entered into rest :
December 4, 2007

54 years old

Margo, known to most as “Margo of Bolster’s Towing,” passed away in her home with her family by her side after a short battle with cancer. In 1990, owner Maynard Bolster convinced Dennis and Margo to buy him out. Margo would go with Dennis, her husband, on long calls and help with recoveries. Margo enjoyed driving the tow trucks, she could back the truck and vehicle better than any other driver, including Dennis; the shops would tease the drivers about calling Margo if it took them more than one try to back a vehicle into their shop.
In 1999, Margo joined Dennis at the Montana Tow Truck Association meetings as the Mountain Towing representative.

SMITH
"Brad"
Bradley E.

Born :
February 5, 1979

Entered into rest :
November 30, 2007

28 years old

Smith was taking a sport utility vehicle to Texas when he was involved in a crash in Wyoming. Smith's family members are wondering whether he had begun suffering from diabetes and whether a diabetic seizure occurred at the time of the accident. Before the accident, he had been suffering from occasional dizzy spells. Smith was an organ donor and high glucose levels were discovered in his blood when his organs were being tested for harvesting. Smith had exited Interstate 90, about 2.5 miles from Gillette, and was driving down the exit ramp when the vehicle veered off the road, and crashed through a right-of-way fence and onto the premises of the Wyodak Mine. It plunged over a 100-foot wall and into a coal pit at about 1:45 p.m. Thursday. Smith was taken to a hospital in Gillette, then to a hospital in Casper, Wyo. There, he was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. Friday. He was the owner of Hook-Up Towing and Recovery Association.

Thank you (diamondtowing) for remembering Brad

DAVIDSON
Donald John

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
November 18, 2007

 Don was well known and respected in the trucking industry. He began his career at Busters Auto Towing, eventually leaving there to start Davidson Truk Tow. He chose a bright, sunny day, the kind he truly appreciated to give up his valiant, hard fought battle with cancer. His family takes comfort knowing he is free from the pain and indignities this insidious disease creates.

Thank you Dwayne
(
DrHook541) for remembering Don

CUNNINGHAM
"Jim"
James Dale

Born :
June 24, 1941

Entered into rest :
November 16, 2007

66 years old

Jim was one of the original members of the UNiTOW team in the mid 70's. He had two of his trucks liveried in the yellow and blue for a few years before returning them to his fleet at Jim's Towing. Jim sold his trucks a few years ago and went to work for Buster's Towing.
He will be missed.

Thank you for all
the memories, Jim.

Thank you Dwayne
(
DrHook541) for remembering
Jim

SIMPSON
Wayne K.

Born :

Entered into rest :
November 8, 2007

52 years old

Simpson, for unknown reasons, committed suicide in his tow truck. He was known as a "pretty good guy" by his employer. He worked for
S&R Route 66 Auto Center
for four years, it is located on the west edge of Pontiac.

CHAVEZ Sr.
Mario Albert Jimenez

Born :
September 29, 1952

Entered into rest :
November 1, 2007

54 years old

Mario was a good person who I had the pleasure of working with in Hayward. He was known as a good service truck driver. He helped many people who were locked out of their autos, needed a battery jump, had a flat tire and needed it changed, needed fuel delivered to them, or just needed help starting their autos. Around the shop, he was known for his off duty entertainment gig as an Elvis impersonator. I hear he was good and am sorry I never got to go to one of his shows, you know, ...working too many hours. He left Hayward and went to work for Vern's Towing in Manteca, California. He passed due to health related issues.

HEIMBACH
Michael A.

Born :
September 17, 1970

Entered into rest :
October 27, 2007

37 years old

Michael was traveling eastbound Caldwell Corner Road west of Townsend when his pickup truck crossed over the center line and lost control. Michael's pickup truck began to slide sideways before it collided with a westbound Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by a 17 year old. Michael was ejected from his pickup truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The young driver and passenger in the Mitsubishi were treated for non life-threatening injuries at Christiana Hospital.
Michael was also a volunteer firefighter and EMT for quite a few years. He worked for Chubbs Towing in Middletown. He was a very nice guy and will really be missed!

Thank you Jody
(
jodycvm) for remembering Michael

SLUSAR
Glenn Allen

Born :
June 28, 1953

Entered into rest :
October 16, 2007

54 years old

Glenn had a massive heart attack while driving his T/A Louisville/NRC on Highway 1 near Mt. Lehman Rd. He apparently was able to steer into the median where the truck came to a 'soft stop'. He was the owner of Jack's Towing, Abbotsford, BC.
He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather and as a highly respected and accomplished businessman.

He is a hero in my book. His last action showed unselfish concern for other people's safety and welfare when he went through what he was going through in that truck. He kept his wits about him and pulled the truck over so that it didn't hit and kill anyone. He's a hero to me.

JACKSON
Lloyd Allen

Born :

Entered into rest :
October 15, 2007

52 years old

Lloyd was driving his tow truck eastbound on highway 225 towing a Cadillac. He was approaching the Goodyear exit when a tire popped off the Cadillac and rolled off into the distance. Lloyd pulled over into the center lane so he could recover the lost wheel. He ran across the roadway to look for it and decided to go back across when he was struck by a white mini van. The sad part was that Lloyd's 6-year old son was riding in the tow truck with him and possibly witnessed the incident.

WOODY Jr.
Theodore Floyd

Born :
December 1, 1935

Entered into rest :
October 5, 2007

71 years old

Theodore was the owner of Woody's Garage. He had been working under a bus when the vehicle shifted and he became trapped underneath it. Fire crews arrived and used air cushions to lift the bus and get him out, he later died at the hospital.
Woody is truly one of those individuals who has touched many lives, and they have voiced their sadness at his passing, but what they also voiced were the many times that Mr. Woody was there for them.
He will truly be missed.

KINMAN
Roger L.

Born :
September 21, 1939

Entered into rest :
October 1, 2007

68 years old

Roger died Monday, at Kindred Hospital of Indianapolis. He was a resident of Greenwood. He was co-owner of Kinman Towing & Recovery Co. & Kinman of Indianapolis. He also was co-founder of the Indiana Towing & Wrecker Association, Interstate Towing Association, Towing & Recovery Association of America, Friends of Towing, ReNuTruk Corp., Universal Auto Storage Pool and Global Towing Network. Roger was the co-designer of The Kinman Rescue System and Recovery Air-Lift System, he was the first to create the Insurance Field Inspection Stations and was an instructor of Vehicle Recovery Operation for the U.S. Army reserve.

STROLLO
Roger J.

Born :
April 20, 1944

Entered into rest :
October 1, 2007

63 years old

Roger passed away with his family by his side on Monday at his home. He was the owner and operator of Strollo's Towing Service in Cheshire. He was a member and past president of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Connecticut, a member of the Gravely Tractor Club, and a member of the Teamsters Local 559. He also served in the National Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Park­way, Waterbury 06708

FRIZZLEY
"Mandy"
Amanda

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
September 30, 2007

26 years old

Amanda was driving her tow truck at about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday when she collided with an errant SUV driver going the wrong way down a one-way street, Donald Street and York Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. She and other tow-truck drivers were busy clearing the downtown area of vehicles to make way for a charity run to benefit cancer research. The collision caused her tow truck to roll onto its roof. Amanda later died at the hospital. Friends will always remember her as someone who was always there for them, whenever they needed help. She worked for Dr. Hook Towing for several years.

HALL
Jayson

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
September 28, 2007

29 years old

Jayson was known for being a hard worker and always willing to lend a helping hand. His sense of humor could keep his friends and co-workers laughing all day long, which is something they will miss very much. Jayson passed away due to a heart attack suffered on Friday. He leaves behind a fiancé and a little girl of whom he was so proud of because she had just started Kindergarten.

A fund has been set up in memory of Jasyon for his daughter. Any Citizens Bank will be taking in donations. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact tracydi16 at 860-828-3186.

PANNICIA
"Vinnie"
Vincent

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
September 24, 2007

72 years old

Vincent was the owner of Vincent Service Station in Mamaroneck. He did towing for several police departments and the AAA. He also had been an auxiliary officer in Harrison, where he was a resident, and Mamaroneck when those departments had auxiliary police.

WHEELER
Donald L.

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
September 23, 2007

43 years old

Donald was the owner of D&D Towing in South Boston. He died Sunday of a sudden illness. People remember him as being a funny man, someone who could always make them laugh, the big heart he had always lending a helping hand and as a man who was amazing and a true friend. You will truly be missed, Donald.

PUGH Jr.
Cecil Eugene

Born :
February 4, 1948

Entered into rest :
September 17, 2007

59 years old

Cecil, who was transporting a vehicle on his tow truck, was shot and killed by a man cleaning his rifle inside his home. A 50-year-old man was cleaning the weapon in his trailer near North 29th Avenue and Deer Valley Road when the rifle discharged. The bullet pierced through his blinds and window, shattered the windshield of the tow truck, and lodged in the left side of the passing driver's forehead, killing him instantly. Pugh fell out of the cab as the vehicle continued moving down the road. The gun owner ran outside, jumped in the truck and managed to bring the vehicle to a stop before hitting any houses. Phoenix police said there's a good chance they'll recommend the man who fired the rifle be charged with serious crimes.

DV Towing

SYMEOY
Jimmy

Born :
September 17, 1961

Entered into rest :
September 10, 2007

46 years old

Jimmy was on his way to pick up an NRMA breakdown on the F3 when he hit a spare tire in the roadway. The tire fell from a southbound truck around 3:40 p.m. The truck Jimmy was driving ran over the tire and caused him to lose control of his vehicle which hit the rear of a semi-trailer traveling in the same direction. The impact sent the tow truck spiraling into a rock wall. Jimmy was trapped in the truck until emergency crews could extricate him. He was flown by helicopter to the hospital but died in the emergency room from his internal injuries. Jimmy worked for Suburban Towing for about 20 years and was recently employed by Abal Towing for a week. He was also an active member of the Round Corner Fire Brigade. Jimmy leaves a wife and several children behind.

BARRETT
Craig Alan

Born :
December 16, 1980

Entered into rest :
September 2, 2007

27 years old

On Sunday, September 2nd of 2007, Craig was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. He was a member of the
Jim's Towing
 family for over three years.

COLEMAN
Sam

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
August 20, 2007

Sam was known as a great towing operator and friend. He built most of his own trucks and was known for being ahead of his time when using hydraulics. He was thought of as being one of the best heavy duty recovery operators around.

Thank you Bill
(
bbyers) for remembering Sam

HEINRICH
Scott Bradley

Born :
November 20, 1964

Entered into rest :
August 4, 2007

43 years old

Scott died fighting a courageous battle with A.L.S. Scott was a great tower and friend to many. You may have seen his truck on loan at the museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was also the former owner of Pro Tow in Nashville and Scott's Crane Service. He was the owner of A.B. Collier Wrecker Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

NAKOA
Rodney Roy

Born :
February 4, 1942

Entered into rest :
August 3, 2007

65 years old

Rodney was the owner of Island Wide Towing in Honolulu. He was one of the founders of the Hawaii Tow Truck Association and served as its first president. He was a long-standing member of TRAA and served as a director representing the State of Hawaii for several terms. In 1996, he was inducted into the International Towing and Recovery Hall Of Fame. He was a frequent contributor and avid reader of Tow Times magazine. He served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1962 and in the Honolulu Fire Department from 1967 to 1982.

SMITH
Bruce Wayne

Born :
December 9, 1957

Entered into rest :
July 16, 2007

49 years old

Smith, a member of the Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 26 years and a part-time employee of Smith’s Diesel Repair & Towing, was traveling west on Massey Road about 11 a.m responding to a call Monday when the wreck occurred. The large vehicle traveled into the intersection and rolled over on its right side. Smith was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him killing him instantly. He was operating a former military vehicle made in 1976 which is commonly known as “deuce and a half,” Lawson said. It had been converted into a wrecker. The accident was reported not to be mechanical related.

SOMMERS
Howard

Born :
June 2, 1932

Entered into rest :
July 15, 2007

75 years old

He was a true pioneer in the towing industry, a member of the Official Police Garage Association of Los Angeles as well as one of the original founding members of the California Tow Truck Association. He was also the owner of Howard Sommers Towing, Inc. He is known as a true industry leader who will be truly missed.

WIGGINS
Troy

Born :
July 17, 1969

Entered into rest :
July 8, 2007

37 years old

Troy, who worked for Fort Worth Wrecker, passed away suddenly in his home Sunday. Troy, you will be remembered as a great person and true friend, for your humor and quick wit and for all the joy you gave to your friends, co-workers and family. You will be painfully missed.

RANK
David William

Born :
November 20, 1964

Entered into rest :
July 8, 2007

42 years old

It is with a heavy heart that I inform our friends that Dave Rank had passed away in his sleep this morning. Dave always had a smile and was a good friend and will be missed.
Dave was a member of the heavy duty division. Dave is survived by his wife and new born son.

Thank you (redwolf1357) for remembering Dave

GRIBBINS
Johnny Wayne

Born :
October 26, 1970

Entered into rest :
July 6, 2007

37 years old

Gribbins fixed and sold an old Jeep to Zach Mooneyham. When Mooneyham didn't pay, Gribbins decided to take it back. Willie Mooneyham, 57, is charged with criminal homicide and his son, Zach Mooneyham is charged with aggravated assault against Gribbins. They are both in the Wilson County jail. Gribbins leaves behind 3 children.

WALDFOGEL Jr.
Jeffery D.

Born :
December 14, 1983

Entered into rest :
July 3, 2007

23 years old

It was just after 4 a.m. July 3, when Jeffery was towing a 1987 Ford Bronco 245 miles from Gloucester to Camp Lejeune, N.C. when his truck ran off the side of the road and flipped over. He had been married to the former Sarah Makepeace for just 17 days. But the two were dating two years ago when Waldfogel attended the funeral of two truck drivers who were killed in their Denbigh garage. At the time he told his then girlfriend that when he died, he wanted tow trucks at his funeral too. He loved his work as a tow truck operator for David's Towing.

PAYNE
Amy Lynn Morris

Born :
October 27, 1974

Entered into rest :
July 2, 2007

32 years old

According to Mike, Amy's husband, his wife had 19 chemo treatments but was still running the business end, handling the books and paperwork until she passed away at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Mike founded Payne's Towing in 1977 in Ruckersville. She also leaves behind two boys who love and miss her very much.

KEMP
Christopher Alan

Entered into rest :
June 30, 2007

23 years old

Chris died in a car accident on Saturday, June 30. Chris was the son of Chip Kemp and the grandson of Charles and Christina Kemp. Chris also worked for the family business, Kemp's Garage in Birmingham, AL.
"We worked many jobs together, and he was a friend who will be greatly missed."

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the memorial fund for Chris' son, Cameron Kemp, at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church.

Thank you Steven
(
sweiljr) for remembering Chris

SHARPE
Charles Daniel

Entered into rest :
June 29, 2007

57 years old

As a Florida Highway Patrolman sat in his car writing a report, Charles was standing outside his tow truck when, for unknown reasons, Reginald Tyrone Benyard, 37, of Jacksonville drove his SUV off the road and into the sides of both vehicles at approximately 1:00 p.m. Charles died at the scene and no charges have been filed.

Universal Body Company

JOHNSON
Lynn Wayne

Born :
January 20, 1967

Entered into rest :
June 26, 2007

40 years old

Johnson was returning to his tow truck in the parking lot of Ms. Betty's Restaurant shortly before midnight in Houston's south side, when someone approached and shot him. The truck drifted a few feet and hit a pole. Johnson died in the driver's seat. "He was a wonderful wrecker driver, the guys always had good things to say about him." No one can understand why anyone would want to hurt Johnson as he was so loved and highly respected. At this point, police have no motive or suspects in the fatal shooting.

Update: Police have arrested two people in the connection with the death of Lynn and are searching for a third suspect. It turns out that it was a robbery that lead to the death of Lynn.

LEEK
Tommy C.

Born :
January 31, 1933

Entered into rest :
June 23, 2007

74 years old

Tommy had been operating wreckers since the 1960's. He was a well respected operator who never took advantage of anyone's situation, but he did everything in his power to take care of their need when they needed him. At his passing, many were saddened to see him go. There were over 500 people who walked by his casket to pay their last respects. After the preacher was finished, Tommy's flag draped casket was loaded onto the back of an old black flatbed Mack truck. There were many tow trucks big and small, flat-bed carriers, semi-tractors, dump trucks and utility trucks which followed him to offer a proper send off to his final resting place.

MEIS
Marilyn Pannone

Born :
June 18, 1958

Entered into rest :
June 23, 2007

49 years old

Marilyn passed away from an illness Saturday, she was the Office Manager for her family's business,
Dietz Towing of Ontario, California. Marilyn worked in the family business for over 20 years providing the necessary duties in the areas of dispatching, payroll and accounting. Marilyn will be remembered for all her contributions to CTTA and the towing industry, and will be greatly missed by her family, friends and associates.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to the
"CTTA Drivers Relief Fund".

SHORT Sr.
Robert S.

Born :
May 19, 1922

Entered into rest :
June 5, 2007

85 years old

Robert was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. He was the owner-operator of Short's Garage for 58 years. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and antique cars.

MEJIA
Salomon Padilla

Entered into rest :
May 30, 2007

47 years old

Mejia was towing a van uphill about 6:30 p.m. when it shifted, Officer J. R. Stallings wrote in an accident report. He set the parking brake and got out of the tow truck to check on the situation. The tow truck began rolling backward when the van became unhitched, Stallings wrote. The truck went over a curb and struck Mejia. A passenger in the tow truck was not injured. Mejia was pronounced dead at the scene, near the intersection of Manor View and Grove Barton Road in northwest Raleigh.

SOLO
Roy G.

Born :
April 10, 1925

Entered into rest :
May 26, 2007

82 years old

Roy was employed by
 Blackard's Towing of West Covina, Ca. Since the 1940's, Roy was a light and heavy duty driver and the manager for many years. He has saved more lives than I could count as in his day, the tow driver was the person who pulled you out of the car at an accident so that the ambulance could take you away. They didn't have paramedics and rescue squads back then. As far as I was concerned, he was one of the pioneers of towing in the San Gabriel Valley.

Thank you DJ
(
The Tow God) for remembering Roy

CALDWELL
Joe Russell

Born :
April 4, 1929

Entered into rest :
May 25, 2007

78 years old

Joe ran a small garage and towing company for many years until the last year in which he was ill and finally passed. He served his community well and will be missed by those who knew him.

Thank you James
(
wreckerman05) for remembering
Joe

IKUESAN
"Ken"
Olugbenga

Born :
November 16, 1959

Entered into rest :
May 9, 2007

47 years old

Ken was found dead in his red tow truck which was parked on a side street off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard by police who received 911 calls from passersby in Norcross Wednesday. He had been shot and his wallet was missing, police said. Ikuesan had been driving a tow truck for less than a year, said Sola Thomas, his half-brother. He had been robbed twice before, the second time about two months before his death. During that robbery, the thief stabbed Ikuesan, Thomas said. Gwinnett police obtained a murder warrant against Joe Lee Farris, 41, of Carrollton. Gwinnett County Sheriff deputies and the U.S. Marshal's fugitive task force arrested him Tuesday at Sony Music Warehouse in Carrollton where he was working.

SISK
Christopher Allen

Born :
May 28, 1975

Entered into rest :
May 3, 2007

31 years old

Sisk, who worked for his father's A&R Towing of Ceres for eight years, was killed Thursday. Sisk had parked his tow truck in the parking lot of Swaids Market, at 800 West Hatch Road in Modesto about 10 p.m., and while he was inside the store, someone tried to steal his truck. Sisk ran out of the market to confront the man. As Sisk tried to get inside the vehicle, the suspect began to drive away. Sisk tried to stay on the vehicle, but was run over as the suspect fled the parking lot. He suffered major injuries to his head and chest and died that night at a Modesto hospital. Officers found the tow truck about an hour later, abandoned on Lombardy Street in Modesto. Witnesses described the suspect as a black, in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall, wearing dark clothing and a white bandana or t-shirt on his head.

HELFRICH
Aaron D.

Born :
September 17, 1974

Entered into rest :
April 30, 2007

32 years old

Helfrich, a driver for Betty's Bumper to Bumper Towing, was working near his tow truck on the side of Interstate 270 near Manchester when he was struck and killed. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson Cpl. Julie Scerine said, "He had been removing this abandoned vehicle somebody left along side of the road. He had been removing that, loading it on his flatbed and was in the process of getting into his vehicle." Witnesses told authorities the semi carrying heavy equipment struck the victim and did not stop. But it didn't take long for authorities to find the driver at a contracting company in South St. Louis County. Authorities are also trying to determine if the semi driver violated the
Move Over Law,
which requires drivers to either change lanes or at least slow down if an emergency worker is on the side of the road.

DREW
Jamie

Born :
July 21, 1980

Entered into rest :
April 25, 2007

26 years old

Drew was employed at Alan's Diesel, in Lee where he had worked his way up the ranks, eventually taking over as head mechanic. Drew was killed last Wednesday afternoon less than a 1/4 mile from Alan's when his motorcycle struck a tree on Steppingstone Road. The crash occurred moments after he had left the garage for a lunchtime bike ride. Described as a loving father, he loved spending time with his two daughters, Jersey, 4, and Kallie, who turned 6 the day after her father's death. He is remembered as someone "who was always willing to help."

HERMAN
Wally

Born :
November 6, 1948

Entered into rest :
April 21, 2007

58 years old

Wally was the dedicated owner of Wildwood Service and Herman Brothers in Gage's Lake. Words can't describe the huge loss Wally's passing is to his family, the community and his fellow Towers. Wally helped everyone and in return he has friends everywhere. From the local Fire Departments to the local kids sports teams, Wally supported them all without question. The hole left in our hearts will take a long time to fill.
We will miss you Wally.
Thanks for all your help!!!!!!!

Thank you Dan
(
firedan(1)) for remembering Wally

TARAS
Paul Jerome

Born :
April 20, 1950

Entered into rest :
April 20, 2007

57 years old

Paul was changing the tire of WWJ reporter Stephanie Davis when he was fatally struck by another vehicle. He had been working for Monaghan's Towing in Ferndale. Davis was driving in a company vehicle. She was not injured. Investigators said the driver of the other vehicle appeared to have been drinking. The driver was taken into police custody. The man's sport utility vehicle collided with the tow truck, pinning Paul between his tow truck and the WWJ-AM news vehicle. He later died from his injuries.

DeROSE
Jason Carl

Born :
April 16, 1973

Entered into rest :
April 20, 2007

34 years old

At 3:00 Pm yesterday, while riding a motorcycle with a bunch of the guys in Oroville, California, Jason for some reason drifted across the centerline of the highway and struck a ford F-250 head on. He was the Owner of BJ's Towing in Antioch.
Bro... We will miss you forever.

Thank you Terry
(
Supertow(1)) for remembering Jason

MILLS
Mike

Entered into rest :
April 14, 2007

49 years old

Mike Mills, owner of Mike's Towing, died at the scene of an accident on Edwin Swales Drive underneath the Inkhosi Albert Luthuli (southbound M4) bridge at about 10pm. Saturday night. The tow truck collided with the embankment beneath the bridge and rolled repeatedly. "According to witnesses, the tow truck was allegedly travelling at high-speed around a blind corner when the driver, the sole occupant of the truck, swerved to avoid a stationary vehicle in the roadway," Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to save Mills while his distraught family and concerned tow truckers from rival companies watched.

HARPER, Sr.
Jerry L.

Born :
December 3, 1942

Entered into rest :
April 13, 2007

64 years old

Jerry & his wife, Doris, started a used car lot and had a car hauler to tow cars to the auction and back. A few years later, several garages came to Jerry to ask him to tow cars to their shop for repairs and after that a wrecker was bought in addition to the car hauler and Harpers Wrecker Service was formed in 1986. Jerry along with his son, Lynn, were towing and Jerry's wife, Doris handled the office & dispatching. In 2007, Jerry lost his life to cancer and Lynn and his mother continue to run the business now with 5 trucks in their fleet.

Thank you Lynn
(
HarpersWreckerSvc) for remembering your father

 

MILLER IV
Raymond W.

Born :
August 5, 1966

Entered into rest :
April 1, 2007

40 years old

Miller, the 40-year-old Bakersfield man and father of five was killed Sunday night in a crash near Airport Drive when the Cheap Discount Budget Towing flatbed truck he was driving, rolled down an embankment and slammed into a tree. According to reports on the crash, he was not wearing his seatbelt. He was driving on a highway on-ramp and apparently failed to negotiate the curve. A passenger survived the crash. Chad Elmore said he was Miller's best friend -- one of many. Jessica Elmore, Chad's wife, said Miller will be remembered for his fun-loving approach to life and the love he had for his family. She laughed as she remembered what a terrible dancer he was, and her throat tightened as she recalled how valuable he was to have for a friend.

DAY
"Chuck"
Charles Byron

Born :
September 1, 1945

Entered into rest:
April 1, 2007

61 years old

He will be remembered for being a loving husband, father and grandfather. His sense of humor could bring a smile to anyone's face. He loved Meier Towing and was dedicated to preserving the tradition of the business, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family, friends and grandchildren.

BOURGET
"Paps"
Edward F.

Born :
April 9, 1919

Entered into rest :
March 12, 2007

87 years old

Edward died at his home after an illness. He was an owner and a tower for over 50 years of Bourget Brothers Garage on route 20 in Worcester, coming to the aid of stranded motorists morning, noon, and night before retiring. Services were attended by friends, family, officers, and towers from all over. The procession was followed by a parade of approximately 50 tow trucks.
"Whenever Eddie saw someone in need, he responded."

BALADEZ
Zane Craig

Born :
January 10, 1963

Entered into rest:
March 8, 2007

44 years old

Baladez was killed when the front bucket on a Bobcat loader fell onto his head as he and another man loaded it onto a tow truck. The flat bed on the transport truck was angled, so the owner of ACA transport drove the loader up onto it. At that point, Baladez crawled under the loader with chains to secure it to the flatbed. The other man turned off the engine, which also shut off the hydraulic system and caused the bucket to fall. The Larimer County Coroner's Office ruled the death accidental from head injuries.

MORDOWANEC
George

Entered into rest :
March 6, 2007

67 years old

"George Mordowanec was the Executive Director and Membership Coordinator for the TRPC for the last 10 years plus. Prior to that he served as President and was one of the founding members of the association which today has over 300 member companies. George was not only a friend to the industry and supporter but a long time personal friend and family member to many of us."

YATES
Lloyd Reed

Entered into rest :
February 23, 2007

88 years old

Lloyd died Saturday in a local hospital. He was the owner and operator of Yates Wrecker Service. His wrecker service started in 1946 as Highland Park Garage and became Yates Wrecker Service in the 1950’s. Mr. Yates was inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in September 2006 for his lifelong contribution to his industry. Yates Wrecker Service has continued to grow under the steadfast commitment of his sons.

Thank you Brad
(
BGTow) for remembering
Lloyd

GERVAIS
Raymond N.

Entered into rest :
February 14, 2007

68 years old

Raymond passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, after a valiant two year battle with A.L.S. A resident of Plainville for over 40 years, Ray and his two brothers established Gervais Brothers, Inc., the family business he owned and operated for 47 years until his retirement in 2005. He was a skilled truck driver and wrecker body installer, a hard working and loyal man who was devoted to his business and his community. He was a longtime member of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut and the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Connecticut. Ray's optimism throughout his illness, his love for life, and hard work ethics will live on through all who knew and loved him.

Thank you Dan
(
Da Wash Boss (1)) for remembering Ray

NISSON
Thomas Joseph

Entered into rest :
February 11, 2007

68 years old

The Founder of Day and Nite Towing, enjoyed life and his business until he passed away unexpectedly in Seattle. Tom’s dedication to hard work, his love for people and an entrepreneur’s heart inspired the start of his company. He was well respected, honest, he loved animals and idolized his grandchildren. Tom had an incredible sense of humor and a smile that wouldn’t quit. Tom treasured spending time with friends and family.

Thank you Steve
(
Stevo(1)) for remembering Tom

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;
Love leaves memories no one can steal!

HOPKINS
Preston Wayne

Entered into rest :
February 4, 2007

34 years old

Preston owned Hoppy's Towing. On Sunday, he died in his sleep of a massive heart attack. His 12-year-old daughter, Shaina, found him. "He was a great person and someone I'll never forget," said James Johnson of L&G Road Service in Stafford. "He'd do anything in the world for you, come out at 4 o'clock in the morning, if he had to," said Tony Willette of Midnight Express towing in Stafford. "He loved driving and talking to customers, meeting different kinds of people," said Marlon Anderson of On Time Wrecker Service in Triangle. "He acted like he knew you forever."

GALE
"Dick"
Richard I.

Entered into rest :
February 2, 2007

Dick Gale was long associated with
Gale's Towing
in McMinnville, Oregon and had been an active member in OTTA.

Thank you Jeff
(
TowXchange) for remembering
Dick

MORGILLO
Louis P.

Entered into rest :
January 31, 2007

79 years old

"Lou" was the President of the company, commonly known as NRT Towing, one of Southeastern CT's oldest towing companies, and one of the original Heavy Duty companies in the area. Although the company had been run for several years by his sons; Al and Louie; Lou, although retired, often remained close to the company in an advisory role. NRT was one of the original members of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Connecticut and remains active in the association today.

Thank you Bill
(
Towtrk1) for remembering
Lou

AMBROSIO
Louise

Born :
June 29, 1948

Entered into rest :
January 19, 2007

58 years old

Louise worked as a dispatcher and secretary for ATS Towing and Recovery Service in Long Island for more than 13 years. She will be missed dearly and will be loved and never forgotten.

CORBETT
William Lee

Born :
September 2, 1981

Entered into rest :
January 9, 2007

25 years old

Corbett was shot when he tried to tow an illegally parked car parked outside a business across from a nightclub on North Church Street. Witnesses said a large group of people left the club at about the same time he was hooking the car to his wrecker, and they surrounded him. One man in the crowd pulled a gun, shot him in the chest and fled. James Taylor Jr., 24, of Rocky Mount, later surrendered to police and was charged in Corbett's shooting. He later plead guilty and received 25 to 30 months in prison.

TATKENHORST
Joe C.

Born :
December 10, 1946

Entered into rest :
December 28, 2006

60 years old

Tatkenhorst was killed while loading his truck. He was struck by a motorist that lost control of their car in the snow.

 

 

WALSH
Mark

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
November 12, 2006

49 years old

Mark was killed about 8 p.m. Sunday in a collision on Loop 101 in the West Valley. He was called by DPS to remove vehicles involved in an earlier two-vehicle crash. DPS officers had closed the high-speed lane to allow Mark and paramedics to do their jobs. As Walsh was loading a vehicle onto his tow truck, he was struck by a vehicle driven by Shirley Stulce, 62, of Phoenix, killing him.

WANDLER
"Deddie"
Pearl

Entered into rest :
October 30, 2006

84 years old

On Monday, Pearl passed peacefully surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Casper Wandler. She and Casper were well known in the community, owning and operating Cappy's Ballard Towing for thirty-two years. Deddie was the anchor of the business being the dispatcher and bookkeeper, as her husband and three sons teamed together as tow truck operators.

"KBQ 297 (Base) to C-66 (Cappy) I'm on my way KBQ 297 Clear"

Thank you Michael (michael212) and for remembering Pearl

DEVINE
Tim T.

Entered into rest :
October 29, 2006

53 years old

Tim, owner of Tri County Towing died Sunday morning of liver cancer at Newton Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the New Jersey Towing Association and had been active in the Boy Scouts in Englewood. He leaves behind a wife an 3 kids.
Contributions may be made to either the Devine Children's Education Trust c/o the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, or the Englewood Hospital at 350 Engle Street, Englewood, N.J. 07631.

Thank you Ken (Towmanken) and John for remembering Tim

PRICE
Charlie

Entered into rest :
October 26, 2006

"We lost one of our own last p.m., early this a.m. Charlie Price a long time friend, mechanic, business owner, and tow driver passed. Charlie fought cancer bravely and quietly for over a year. We will miss him and hold him in our hearts. May God be with him."

Thank you Gene (exxonpapa) for remembering Charlie

FAVRE Sr.
Clyde A.

Entered into rest :
October 22, 2006

76 years old

Clyde Favre Sr., who was known throughout his life for working hard and helping others, died earlier this week from lung cancer. He was born in Bay St. Louis and graduated from Bay High, where he played football and boxed. After serving in the Army for 20 years, he returned to DeLisle, married and opened his own wrecker service. "He was always working," Wayne Favre said. "All of the people in Pass Christian will miss him because he helped everybody there. He was always willing to help anybody. It didn't matter to him who you were or what you were."

Thank you Richard (ibflat2) for remembering Clyde

HERRON
James L.

Entered into rest :
October 17, 2006

75 years old

James, retired owner of Bluegrass Towing, died Tuesday. 'Jim' Herron served the Towing & Recovery Association of KY while active at Bluegrass Towing, and was a leading proponent of several of the current statutes relating to the towing industry. Jim lobbied for the interests of the towing association and was well known across the commonwealth as a knowledgeable towing company owner and a worthy adversary to his competitors.

STEINBERG
Daniell F.

Born :
December 30, 1973

Entered into rest :
October 16, 2006

49 years old

GARDNER
"Ray"
Charles R.

Born :
March 23, 1947

Entered into rest :
October 14, 2006

59 years old

Ray passed away from a hard fought battle with lung cancer. He worked alongside his wife  Dot everyday to keep Ray Gardner Auto-Truck Repair going in Fayetteville since 1973. It's not the same without him but his wife and their son, Ted,  keep it running just like they know he would've wanted them too.

You are missed everyday!

BUTLER
Bill

Entered into rest :
October 10, 2006

54 years old

Butler, 51, died suddenly of a heart attack in his home, the day before he and his wife, Cindy, were supposed to sign papers to buy a house on Crown Street. Butler had worked as a tow-truck driver for Quality Towing & Recovery, and was also a mechanic for Medstar ambulances.
"Billy was the type of guy who would help you out, even if he didn't know you. If he drove by and you were broken down on the road, he would stop by and help you. He was one out of a million."

HELLER
Ronald W.

Born :
December 6, 1938

Entered into rest :
October 7, 2006

67 years old

Ronald died Saturday afternoon while attending to a towing service call when he slipped under the wheels of a truck he was trying to pull out of the mud at 122 LaBar Village in Stroudsburg. The 67-year-old Smithfield Township resident owned and operated CHC Motors, a towing business and auto body shop also in Smithfield Township, since 1963.

Donations may be made to the Delaware Water Gap Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 91, Delaware Water Gap, Pa. 18327.

Theo

Entered into rest :
October 2, 2007

Theo, a tow member in Pretoria, was on his way to assist a stranded tower on an out lying road when rounding other traffic he collided with a still standing 8-ton truck and was killed on impact. A great guy is lost, he always left a scene when all was clean and all were smiling. He will be missed. It was my honor to have known you, may the Lord keep you close to Him and may you look down on us and smile, Charl.

WILSON
Clay

Entered into rest :
September 21, 2006

47 years old

"We lost a good man and a great WreckMaster today. His family needs your prayers to get through this trying time. Clay was born August 16,1959. He was a light and heavy duty driver. Clay loved his work and loved this industry and he will surely be missed by us all.
I'll see you in the ditch my friend, Cliff".

Doc's Towing

Thank you Cliff (cliffwm010069) for remembering Clay

SANDERS
David Lee

Entered into rest :
September 20, 2006

56 years old

Sanders worked at Paxton Towing as a property caretaker and was murdered there in the yard in Chula Vista. The killer, later identified by police as 28 year-old Edward L. Snow Jr., was arrested by Chula Vista police detectives in Arkansas City, Kansas. Police received an anonymous tip that Snow had gone to Kansas after the shooting. The detectives also seized $26,000 in cash from a house where Snow had been staying. The money is suspected of being stolen from the towing business. The San Diego District Attorney's Office is working with the Kansas authorities for Snow's extradition.

HAFENSTEINER
Diane L. Cutri

Entered into rest :
September 8, 2006

50 years old

Diane died at St. Mary’s Home Asbury following an extended illness. Diane was co-owner of
H & S Service Station
for many years. She was the wife of late Tom Hafensteiner.
On Tow411, she was known as "Sidekick"

Thank you Steve (Truck9) for remembering Diane

RUBIO
Joey

Born :
September 9, 1970

Entered into rest:
September 6, 2006

35 years old

Rubio was struck and killed last night in a hit-and-run accident on State Route 2-0-2 in Tempe. D-P-S says the victim was standing next to his truck, getting ready to tow a disabled car from the emergency lane when he was struck. Officers say the Shamrock tow truck had its yellow emergency lights flashing, and the truck's rear-deck loading lights also were on. The incident occurred sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 p-m on the eastbound side of the 2-0-2, near the area of McClintock and the entrance ramp to southbound State Route 1-0-1. D-P-S is requesting the public's help in identifying the vehicle that struck the man. It says it should have extensive damage to the right front due to the impact.

Shamrock Towing

BEAMISH
Jonathan W.R.

Born :
July 29, 1983

Entered into rest:
August 28, 2006

23 years old

MERCADAL
Miguel A.

Born :
December 19, 1980

Entered into rest:
August 26, 2006

25 years old

CRAWFORD
Calvin

Entered into rest :
August 26, 2006

38 years old

Crawford's 2006 Pontiac GTO spun out of control on Capitol Raceway Road and slammed into a tree, killing him. The 38-year-old's shiny orange car was a mangled wreck and it took rescuers more than 30 minutes to free him. Tyrae, his 11 year old son, was unharmed, and managed to climb out of the twisted car through a window. The boy stood in the dark for about 20 minutes, watching several cars drive by before one finally stopped. "He remembered everybody's cell phone number, called his mom, his aunt - all the right people after they called 911. County police suspect Mr. Crawford was driving too fast and lost control of the car. Tyrae said his father, a professional tow truck driver, was swerving to avoid a deer that had suddenly emerged from the woods along the road.

 

HALL
Peter B.

Entered into rest :
August 17, 2006

59 years old

Hall was killed Thursday afternoon while helping to unload furniture at a house on Daleview Circle, according to a Russellville police department report. Hall, died when he was struck by his tow truck while unloading furniture. He was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His death was caused by his chest being crushed and related internal bleeding, said Coroner Jackie Dunlap. He came into contact with a tree while trying to get the truck stopped and he was also run over by the truck. He was not in the ‘rollback' truck but was operating the controls beside the vehicle when a piano which was being unloaded caused a load shift, and the truck began rolling down the hill.

Owen
Dan L.

Entered into rest :
August 16, 2006

57 years old

Owen was the owner of
A-Express Towing
& Recovery
in Palatine, Illinois.
He passed away last night.

HARTSFIELD
James Dennis

Born :
November 7, 1973

Entered into rest :
August 7, 2006

32 years old

Hartsfield was struck and killed on Monday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County. The incident occurred on the southbound inner lanes near interchange 10. Authorities said Hartsfield was helping a disabled motorist when another vehicle veered into the right shoulder, striking and killing him.

STILLION
Dean R.

Born :
August 3, 1941

Entered into rest:
August 5, 2006

65 years old

Dean, of Johnson's Towing, died of cancer on Saturday.

RUSHTON Sr.
"Big Mike"
Michael D

Entered into rest:
July 31, 2006

47 years old

Mr. Rushton was owner and operator of Rushton Towing Service. He passed away at his residence on Monday and was buried Thursday at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery. With over a dozen tow trucks leading the procession with lights flashing in honor of Mr. Rushton, the half-mile long line of cars made their way to the gravesite. In addition to friends and family, several law enforcement personnel attended the service. One law enforcement officer said, “Mike was one of the good guys.” Indeed, “Big Mike” will be missed.

REIMAN
"Jack"
John A.

Born :
July 23, 1954

Entered into rest:
July 30, 2006

52 years old

Jack worked for
Snyder Towing when he was called out to assist Thomas Stoll, whose car received a flat tire while traveling west on SR 2 just west of SR 101. Jack and Stoll were outside the 2005 Chrysler Town and Country mini van, while Stroll's daughters, ages 10 and 7, were inside. Matthew Jones, of Sandusky, was driving a 1991 Mercury Tracer west on SR 2 when he fell asleep and drove into the median strip at 1:43 p.m. Jones told the troopers he immediately woke up and swerved back onto the roadway. Hearing the screeching of the tires, Jack ran, Jones, however, hit him as he neared the left front bumper of the van. After hitting Jack, Jones hit the van, rotating it clockwise and hitting Stoll. Jack was pronounced dead at the scene by Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter. ''The impact of the car to his chest caused internal injuries that ultimately killed him,'' Baxter said.

GILLARD II
Richard Wayne

Born :
July 2, 1968

Entered into rest:
July 29, 2006

38 years old

A public bus passed through a red light last week and smashed into a car, witnesses say, critically injuring an 82-year-old woman. Then, just four hours after the bus was impounded Thursday, it rolled over the tow-truck driver at the impound lot. The driver, Richard Gillard, 38, died Saturday from his injuries. Gillard had lowered the Regional Transportation District bus to the ground, and it rolled forward as he was unhooking it from his tow truck, said friend and co-worker Kirk Richardson. Gillard was pinned for several minutes beneath the left front tire, Richardson said. Gillard was unconscious when paramedics arrived but was later revived. His family removed him from life support Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gillard Family Fund at any Citywide Bank.

MONTGOMERY
Roy G.

Born :
September 4, 1926

Entered into rest:
July 9, 2006

47 years old

Roy was the owner and an operator of Jackrabbit Towing in Phoenix, Arizona for five years.

JENSEN
"Mike"
Michael

Entered into rest :
July 28, 2006

37 years old

Owner of Jensen's Towing in Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin passed away Friday evening from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. He was on his way to a dinner after the weeding rehearsal he was at with friends. He is survived by his wife, Paula, who is his business partner, and two children, Michael Jr., 11, and Brooke, 5. They have set up a memorial fund at First Banking Center in Kenosha, WI. It will provide for the children's education needs. Mike had two locations and is a very large outfit traveling as far as Chicago and other places. He was also a collector of bikes and autos, "he had a lot of toys" Kelly, dispatcher at Jensen's Towing mentioned.

BRUNNER
"Bill"
William Bernard

Entered into rest :
July 24, 2004

62 years old

Bill worked for Joe's Towing. Bill Brunner passed away from injuries received in the line of duty. He was involved in a multi vehicle accident involving a semi that ran his highway tow scene during a police call at 3 a.m. on the morning of February 28th.

Garrett
John Michael

Entered into rest :
July 20, 2006

49 years old

Garrett was killed after the dump truck he was trying to hook up rolled over him. Garrett had worked for Kellett's Korner Towing for about 20 years.

OVENDEN
Jack

Entered into rest :
July 18, 2006

Jack was very well known in the recovery industry in the UK and was well respected.
He was known by his very wise quote, "your light won't shine any brighter by blowing out the other man's light"

You will truly be missed by those who loved you.

PERRY
Fred J.

Born :
January 2, 1950

Entered into rest :
July 9, 2006

56 years old

Fred was the owner of
Livingston Towing
& Recovery
in Jackson.

HART
Edward C.

Entered into rest :
July 5, 2006

55 years old

"A local tower, who we met as our AAA Rep, but was always one of us has passed away. This man was one of the few "good guys" that ever worked for the motor club. He was always looking at a situation objectively and was the only one that ever put the tower first! Most importantly though he was out there with us through hot and cold, rain, snow, and sleet and never put himself above anyone."

SPEED
Jimmy Worth

Entered into rest :
July 2, 2006

77 years old

Jimmy started Speed Automotive Service in 1962. Shortly thereafter, he expanded the business to include towing service, which would become a major factor in his business and a driving force in his life. From the late 1970 through the early 1990 he devoted much of his time working to eliminate monopolistic regulations in the Texas towing industry while seeking to improve the image of the industry nationwide by working to implement regulations to elevate standards of service, responsibility and professionalism. He helped to found the Texas Towing and Recovery Association, holding numerous offices in that and other industry organizations, and is a 2002 Texas Towing Hall of Fame member of the Texas Towing and Storage Association.

SANCHEZ
Julio

Entered into rest :
June 27, 2006

30 years old

Sanchez was killed late Tuesday when he was pinned under the wheel of an SUV he had been towing, police said. He had towed a Ford Explorer from the 700 block of South Beach Boulevard on Tuesday evening and soon realized he had left the SUV in park. He stopped the tow truck and got out, accidentally leaving it in drive. He climbed under the SUV to disengage the drive shaft and when it was disengaged, the tow truck went forward. The rear wheel of the Explorer pinned Sanchez, who was dead when he was found by a local resident walking a dog. It is believed he had been pinned for about two hours.

Thank you Raymond (ihaveyourcar) for
remembering
Julio

SCHUUR
Courtney R.

Entered into rest :
June 16. 2006

61 years old

Schuur owned Shorty's Towing in Fridley Park. He was known for his passion for caged sprint car racing. He died Friday from injuries he suffered in a crash during an "old-timers" event at Knoxville Speedway. Three weeks ago, Schuur had a heart attack. He had vowed not to race at Knoxville, but watch two nephews drive his cars.
"Once he got there, that plan went out the window," Peterson said. "He loved racing. He lived for it."

Thank you Peter
 (
buddy corgan) for remembering
Courtney

CRAWFORD
"Richie"
Richard J.

Entered into rest :
June 15, 2006

53 years old

Mr. Crawford from Livingston Collision in Livingston New Jersey passed away last evening after a short illness; he was 53 years old.
Richie was a long time member of the GSTA and the Towing Industry
He was an Antique Tow Truck enthusiast, often visiting shows with his own prized Antique Tow Truck.

Thank you Mark (moranmg) for remembering Richie

PERRY
Kenneth J.

Entered into rest :
June 13, 2006

52 years old

Perry, of Bumpass, was killed yesterday at 8:51 a.m. on U.S. 33, just east of Wickham Road in Louisa County, when he drove off the road in his sedan, overcorrected, drove into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer cab.

Thank you Steve (Stevo) for remembering Perry

MARTIN
James

Entered into rest :
May 31, 2006

The owner of Gotcha Towing in Fontana, California passed away of an apparent heart attack. James Martin is survived by his wife, Pat and son, James. As a small tribute, we had a procession of about 40 light and heavy duty tow trucks that took a 41 mile drive to his funeral in Temple City, California.

Thank you (TheTowGod) for remembering James

CHADWICK
Ralph H.

Entered into rest :
May 30, 2006

59 years old

Ralph was the proprietor of Ralph’s Towing and Sales in Ashippun. He passed away Tuesday morning as the result of a heart attack. Memorials suggested to St. John’s Church Youth Group or St. John’s Church Improvement Fund.

Thank you Mike (litltow) for remembering Ralph

Hernandez
William

Entered into rest :
May 24, 2006

43 years old

William died when he was pinned between two vehicles after a collision Wednesday morning on the shoulder of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, north of Artesia Boulevard. He was standing behind his truck and in front of a disabled vehicle about 2 a.m., when a big-rig truck hit the tow truck from behind, causing it to collide into the disabled vehicle and pinning him. He was taken to La Palma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter are pending against the big-rig driver.

Thank you John (auto rescue) for remembering William

HOFFMAN
PAUL SCOTT

Entered into rest :
May 16, 2006

47 years old

A flatbed truck rear-ended a fuel tanker Tuesday west of Jupiter Farms, killing the fuel-tanker driver, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The fuel-tanker truck had stopped at the railroad crossing on Pratt Whitney Road near the Bee Line Highway at about 2:40 p.m. when it was hit, according to Terri Barbera, a sheriff's spokeswoman. Neither driver has been identified. Traffic was rerouted near Palm Beach Park of Commerce for several hours, and the accident is still under investigation.

CARLTON Jr.
"Rusty"
William

Born :
July 23, 1958

Entered into rest:
May 8, 2006

47 years old

A tow truck driver responding to a crash collapsed and died Monday.
 At 3:40 p.m. Monday, DeWitt Police say Harold Philips Junior, 55, Canastota, lost control of his dump truck. Police say he was attempting to turn from Nottingham Road on to Jamesville Road when the truck overturned. Phillips was taken to University Hospital with non life-threatening head injuries. The tow truck driver responding to the scene, William Carlton of Syracuse, 47, collapsed at the scene. He later died at University Hospital. The cause of death is unknown.
The crash is under investigation.

KRAMER
"Bill"
Leon William

Entered into rest :
April 30, 2006

56 years old

Kramer, the owner/operator of Kramer's Towing Service, passed away from complications due to a stroke. He owned the company for many years. He completed schooling for the Towing and Recovery Association of America along with the Wreckmaster Certification Schooling. Kramer also received his state inspection certification. Kramer was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Towing Association.

ANKENBRANDT
Robert

Entered into rest :
April 27, 2006

68 years old

Robert failed to stop for an approaching train and was killed, along with his passenger, James Geiger Sr., 68, of Maumee, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The Norfolk Southern freight train struck the passenger side of the tow truck about 12:40 p.m. Thursday. The accident happened in Allen Township, about 15 miles southeast of Toledo. Witnesses said that it looked like the driver, Bob Ankenbrandt, was stopping at the tracks. The train blew it's horn, but he just rolled across the tracks and the train smashed into it. The impact separated the tow truck from the boat it was hauling and pushed the truck about 75 feet from the railroad crossing into a ditch. The boat wasn't damaged. The train crossing had no lights or crossing arms, but there was a sign that indicated the rail road crossing.

Ankenbrandt's Inc. Towing and Garage

HARDEN
"Jim"
Jimmie Franklin

Entered into rest :
April 13, 2006

Jim Harden, of Jim's Garage & Towing in Bakersfield California passed on this afternoon. Jim's wife, Evelyn is a member of The Towing Recovery Hall of Fame.

Thank you Kevin for remembering Jim

Leeson
Dean A.

Entered into rest :
April 12, 2006

43 years old

Dean was the Owner/Operator of Dean's Towing of Kailua, Oahu. Dean passed away following health complications. About 35 companies formed a funeral procession which started in Sand Island and ended up at the Kailua Baptist Church where his services were held. Dean was the nicest guy and he would always wave or flash his lights as we passed each other on the road. You will be missed Dean!!
"Dean may have left this world for a better place, but he will remain in the hearts and thoughts of the many people he helped and befriended during his short time here. We will all miss him dearly and look forward to the day we meet again."

The family requests that any donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in loving memory of DEAN A. LEESON.

Thank you Ken (ibuytoys) for remembering Dean

Lefancheck
David J.

Born :
June 1, 1967

Entered into rest:
April 3, 2006

38 years old

A pickup truck struck a tow truck driver off I-40 East. David tried to hook up a vehicle to his wrecker when he was struck. He was partially standing in the roadway when an eastbound Ford F-150 struck him. Kenneth Pearce, 51, of Clayton then hit the tow truck before coming to rest. The accident occurred on Monday night near the Miami Boulevard exit. Lefancheck was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics took Pearce to Duke University Hospital for treatment of his injuries. No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation.

Ivey's Towing and Transport, Raleigh

Irons
Cabel

Entered into rest :
March 29, 2006

28 years old

Cabel was struck while he was hooking up to a vehicle during a AAA tow on the side of I-44 in Oklahoma City Sunday. The passing motorist struck the vehicle being hooked up to, tearing the door off the hooked vehicle and then struck Cabel knocking him around 100 feet in the air. He suffered multiple injuries and later died in the hospital. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

American Eagle Towing

Schram
Samuel C.

Entered into rest :
March 23, 2006

57 years old

Samuel was the owner of
C & H Towing in South Sioux City. He passed after a long illness. Over the years he and his brother Charles had expanded the business. Prior to that, he had worked for
L & M Towing in Omaha.

Steitz
George

Entered into rest :
March 17, 2006

58 years old

Steitz was an avid race fan who began racing in 1967. Mr. Steitz was a multi-track and state champion in the Sportsman Division. He stepped out of racing in 1987 to take over the family business, Steitz Towing, which was established in 1946. His funny stories will be missed by all who knew him.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1325, Merced, CA 95341-1325 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 801, Merced, CA 95341.

Gritz
"Grandpa"
William

Entered into rest :
March 9, 2006

William was known as "Grandpa" to all of us. He always had a special place in his heart for his grand-kids and all the kids that he came in contact with. William served in the U.S. Army and did two tours of Vietnam where he was a medical corpsman in a unit in combat. He returned after his enlistment and came into our profession having worked for Action Towing, Pink's Towing, Rube and Dan's Body Shop, BobKat Towing and All City Towing Service. All of these in Oakland, California. William truly loved our profession. William became ill and was taken to the hospital recently and was unable to defeat the illness. He passed on with his family at his side.

Ehling
Jody J.

Born :
May 19, 1963

Entered into rest:
March 9, 2006

42 years old

Ehling, of Oakley, a driver for American Tow Co., Martinez, was next to his truck on the shoulder of westbound Highway 4 near Interstate 680 when he was hit just before 9:30 p.m. Ehling was helping a stranded motorist when he was struck by a Volvo sedan driven by David Blackmer, 55, of Benicia. Witnesses told the CHP that Blackmer had been driving erratically before the collision. After striking Ehling, the Volvo continued on and overturned twice. Ehling was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. Blackmer was hospitalized with minor injuries. When he is released, he will be booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

A trust fund has been setup for his 6 year old son at: WestAmerica Bank Concord Branch, 2400 Willow Pass Road Ste. F, Concord, CA 94519, Patrick J. Ehling, account #2217006549.

Read the edited letter from his mother to TowTimes

Read the poem by
Eric Kern of K&S Towing

Bradshaw
Donald M.

Born :
July 15, 1939

Entered into rest :
March 5, 2006

66 years old

Bradshaw was a Florida Transportation Road Ranger who was killed while working at an accident scene on I-275 in Tampa. At approximately 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Bradshaw was setting up cones and lighting flares to warn other drivers of the two car crash just north of Howard and Armenia when one car didn't see him and struck him. The driver was arrested on a charge of DUI manslaughter. He was being held without bail at the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County.

Townsell
"Moose"
Robert E.

Entered into rest :
March 3, 2006

52 years old

Robert was a tow truck driver for Oldenberg & Sons in Gary where he had worked for more than 30 years. He was honored with a funeral procession of tow trucks with his truck and casket leading the way.

Read Mary Oldenberg's letter to TowTimes

Bennett Sr.
Frank Swainey

Entered into rest :
February 28, 2006

78 years old

Frank owned and operated J.S. Bennett & Son Inc., which was established in 1933. He was a founding member of the Southern Delaware Towing Association. He had served as a councilman and mayor of Millville.

Smith
Richard G.

Entered into rest :
February 22, 2006

71 years old

Richard started in the towing industry in 1961. He was a past president of the Ohio Towing Association and helped form TRAO. His accomplishments are far reaching into the industry. He will be so truly missed by all.

Lavelle
Francis

Entered into rest :
February 13, 2006

35 years old

Lavelle died when he accidentally crashed his snowmobile into a concrete barricade in Millcreek. According to police, Lavelle was riding at a high rate of speed along the railroad tracks near Henderson and Cidermill roads at about 12:35 a.m. when the accident occurred. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said Lavelle was thrown more than 100 feet after he struck the barricade. Millcreek Paramedic Service transported Lavelle to Hamot Medical Center where he later died.

FOX
Harry L.

Born :
April 25, 1967

Entered into rest:
February 11, 2006

38 years old

Harry, owner of Fox's Garage & Towing Service, was removing an automobile from a ditch Saturday evening on the east side of northbound U.S. 41 near Earl Park, police said. Fox and a passenger of the car being towed were struck by a northbound van allegedly driven by Amber Scearcy of Lafayette. Police said alcohol is thought to be a factor in the van crashing into them. Scearcy was arrested the next day on suspicion of operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content above .15 and causing a death.

A trust fund has been established at the Boswell Farmers and Merchants Bank for Harry's daughters, Shelby and Allie Fox.

Del Corpo Sr.
John L.

Entered into rest :
February 10, 2006

44 years old

John was a repo man who founded and ran Specialized Recovery Services Inc. in Kenvil. He died after he suffered a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife and eight children. John cherished fatherhood and he had a soft spot for children. He was described as a gentle giant with several tattoos, but they all meant something. It was artwork created to memorialize a moment in his life. His body became a road map of his life. To sit and stare at them would be to stare into John's soul. He was a big teddy bear, very accepting. He's touched so many people's lives.

You will truly be missed by those who knew you.

Stubblefield
Darren W.

Entered into rest :
February 5, 2006

40 years old

Darren owned
North Georgia Towing
.

Bobo Jr.
Pierce F.

Entered into rest :
February 1, 2006

52 years old

Bobo, who became a friendly face for many in the Rock Hill community, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. As owner of Frank Bobo's Wrecker Service and Garage and B&B Collision Center, he helped plenty of people, whether they needed a lift after a wreck or work done on their car. Friends say he was an outgoing man who was always willing to serve others. "If somebody needed help ... he was always willing to help. He was a good man. He'll be missed."

Diller
Spud R.

Entered into rest :
January 28, 2006

48 years old

Diller was sitting on the ground removing an axle from a Ford Probe when the car fell on top of him Saturday. A tow truck was hoisting the car's front end, and the tow line appeared to have slipped from where it was hooked on the car. Diller owned Auggie's Auto Parts in Spencer Township. Diller worked in the car salvage business with his family for many years. His grandfather and father both operated auto salvage shops.

Stewart Sr.
Jerry Dale

Born :
August 15, 1951

Entered into rest:
January 28, 2006

54 years old

Jerry was killed on I-75 near Cartersville, GA, while attempting to load a disabled car onto his tow truck. He operated K&S Towing Service in Chattanooga. He was also a Vietnam veteran. According to a published report, Jerry was to tow the vehicle back to a Chattanooga auto dealership early Saturday morning. As he was preparing to load the vehicle onto his tow truck, a large truck struck the disabled car, which was parked on the shoulder of the highway. The car then slammed into the tow truck, hitting Jerry and killing him instantly.

Ward Sr.
Ralph Donnie
 

Entered into rest :
January 26, 2006

56 years old

Donnie died after suffering a heart attack. He was a well respected tower and thought of as a great guy who would always make time for a fellow tower. Donnie and his crew were always professional and had fun at the same time. One of his passions was building show trucks. Donnie will live on in the hearts of towmen in Virginia forever.

Ward's Truck Center, Woodbridge

Giorgis
Mary K.

Entered into rest :
January 14, 2006

71 years old

Mrs. Giorgis worked with her late husband Julius Michael "Mike" and family at Mike's Wrecker in Saginaw. She was a Gift of Life donor. She was a member of Women of Towing and Recovery Association of America.

Grantham
Bradley

Entered into rest :
January 3, 2006

37 years old

Brad was a dedicated towie and a speedway fan. He suffered from a heart disease and lived with a pacemaker for five years. During a "regular check-up" of his pace maker, 10 minutes into the procedure, Brad developed complications. He never revived. He is survived by his only son 8, sister & partner. Brad was a good hearted guy who was 'entertaining' to be around. You will be missed.

Metroplolitian Towing Service, Mt Druitt Sydney NSW Australia

Thank you Danny (TOWIE) for remembering Brad

Guzman
Juan

Born :
June 10, 1975

Entered into rest :
January 1, 2006

30 years old

Guzman was struck and killed at about 5:23 a.m. by a hit-and-run driver while trying to hook up a vehicle to his tow truck in the 400 block of Airport Freeway, near O’Connor Road, according to police. The driver of the passenger car did not attempt to stop, police said.

Update: Irving police said Wednesday they have made an arrest in connection with the hit-and-run death of a tow truck driver on New Year’s Day. Charles Lamon Hicks, Jr, 19, of Dallas was arrested Tuesday and faces a charge of manslaughter, police said. Hicks is being held on $25,000 bond.

If we have faith, death shouldn't scare us but we should be able to smile at death as it will be the ship that brings us to the embrace of GOD.

Michael DeAngelo

SAEHLENOU
Harry C.

Entered into rest :
December 27, 2005

77 years old

Saehlenou owned and operated Anaheim-Fullerton Towing Company. He was a past president and one of the founding members of the California Tow Truck Association (CTTA). In 1992, He received the Member of the Year Award and in 1997 was bestowed the Life Achievement Award. He was a member of the Class of 1988 International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and a founder of Friend's of Towing.

STARCEVICH
Michael

Born :
July 5, 1974

Entered into rest :
December 20, 2005

31 years old

Starcevich was killed when a westbound semi truck ran off the road about a quarter mile east of Cherry Hill on Interstate 80 and slammed into his tow truck and a van he had on his hook. Starcevich had pulled his vehicle off the highway to adjust a white conversion van he was towing. The semi truck, which was hauling rolls of paper, caught fire. Starcevich was found lying in the snow about 100 feet from his tow truck and was non-responsive. He died in the emergency room soon after arriving at Silver Cross Hospital. The wreck remains under investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed.

 ENOX
Winford Perry

Entered into rest :
December 17, 2005

38 years old

Enox was on the right shoulder of westbound Interstate 8, east of Taylor Street, when he was hit by a vehicle which continued down the freeway a short distance before stopping. The occupants jumped out and ran away. No arrests have been made, California Highway Patrol officials said. A small group of co-workers followed Enox to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he died. The doctors let them say their goodbyes.

"He was a good person. Dependable . . . professional. He lived for the tow."

A&M Towing

EVILSIZER
Richard Patrick

Entered into rest :
December 15, 2005

53 years old

Richard died Thursday night after the truck he was driving plowed through the office of a local flower shop. He was driving a 1998 black International wrecker truck that suddenly started drifting across the east lane traffic and into the small office building of The Flower Peddler. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

OWEN
Ryan

Entered into rest :
December 15, 2005

33 years old

A doctor discovered Ryan with a gunshot wound in a parking lot of a store. The doctor said he saw the truck crash into a fence behind the store and thought it may have been an accident. When he went over to help, he noticed the gunshot wound to the back of Ryan's head. Ryan died the next morning at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital. City homicide detectives are investigating the shooting.

AUSTIN
Donald Dean

Born :
August 7, 1932

Entered into rest :
December 15, 2005

73 years old

Don passed away Wednesday at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Don served in the U.S. Army 1953 - 1955 and was a retired tow truck driver. Donald enjoyed fishing and camping. He loved taking care of his beautiful roses. Donald also loved tinkering around in his work shop. He will be greatly missed by all who knew, loved and respected him.

 

 REIF
Joshua D.

Entered into rest :
December 6, 2005

17 years old

Josh Reif had the kind of smile that made others smile in return - and it’s one of the things his many friends say they will miss most about him. Reif had been employed at Dennis’ Service Inc. in Brookfield for nine months through a co-op program at West High School despite a state law that prohibited him from operating the truck. Reif was killed when a car he was removing from the back of a tow truck fell on top of him. A co-worker witnessed the accident and attempted to use the tow truck to remove the car from on top of him, but was unable to do so and called 911. The Brookfield Fire Department got Reif out from underneath the vehicle and took him to Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Dennis’ Service Inc.

 

GURLEY
Ervin C.

Entered into rest :
December 1, 2005

44 years old

A Greyhound bus, loaded with passengers, became disabled. A second bus and mechanic were dispatched to the location. The mechanic was unable to get the bus operational. Gurley's company was called to tow the bus. Gurley had partially prepared the bus for removal. He last contacted his supervisor and Greyhound officials at approximately 9:30 p.m., advising of problems with the rear axle of the bus. Gurley continued to make mechanical adjustments to the axle when the vehicles, which were connected, rolled forward. The right rear wheels of the bus appeared to have been blocked with wheel chocks. Gurley was apparently caught between the wheels of the bus and dragged almost 100 feet. Both vehicles came to a rest on the shoulder.

Robinson’s Wrecker Service, Mechanicsville

Georgeff
Larry Daniel

Entered into rest :
December 1, 2005

65 years old

Larry was in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he had been admitted to the hospital with an irregular heart beat. Larry, along with his wife Lizabeth, owned and operated Larry’s Gulf Service Station in Carbondale from 1969 until 1977. They also founded Larry’s Towing in 1972. Larry was very active in the business until his illness, and upon recovery was semi-retired. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling to different towing shows and had planned to be in Baltimore, Md., on the day he passed away. He was a member of several Illinois and national professional towing organizations. Larry was a great father, and grandfather. His sense of humor, and willingness to help all, will be greatly missed.

Romans
Scott E.

Born :
September 12, 1960

Entered into rest:
November 29, 2005

45 years old

Romans, a 15 year employee, was performing a heavy duty tow on the side of the interstate when he was struck by a passing box truck and fatally injured. Scott was one of their best and a long time heavy duty operators with vast experience. He operated one of their flag ship rotator tow trucks and was known well throughout the towing industry in the Indianapolis market and elsewhere. He was a man of respect and admired by his peers for his knowledge and can do attitude.

Interstate Towing

McGrey
Peter

Entered into rest :
November 6, 2005

30 years old

McGrey, a Steenberg tow truck driver and police reservist, was called out to attend to a car just after 2 a.m. McGrey was walking over Steenberg Road to fix a punctured tire when the 43-year-old driver of a 4x4 vehicle allegedly drove over a traffic island and into him, pinning him against his tow truck and pushing the truck into a ditch on the corner of Steenberg and Reddam roads. He died of internal injuries within minutes. The driver of the 4x4 was arrested on charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving.

Compass Towing

Trykoski
John F.

Entered into rest :
November 3, 2005

53 years old

John worked in the towing and recovery industry for more than 37 years. He was a Wreckmaster 4/5 who worked for Sams, O'Hare and Bristol Towing and Recovery over the span of his career. John is remembered as a workaholic who always had a smile and a story to tell. He will be missed.

Hopper
Dean C.

Entered into rest :
October 31, 2005

55 years old

Dean was the owner and operator of Dean's Automotive and Wrecker Service of Lakemont.

CAVINS
"Gentle Giant"
Kyle Franklin

Entered into rest :
October 29, 2005

58 years old

Cavins was the owner of Kyle's Towing in Phenix City. Cavins was shot to death by one of his employees who robbed him and took his car. He later turned himself in when he found out the police were looking for him. Cavins also was working as a boiler keeper at Fort Benning's Martin Army Community Hospital. He was a very loving and caring individual who trusted everyone. His gentle spirit caused everyone who knew him to give him his nickname "Gentle Giant".

BOSCO
"Diana"
Mary

Entered into rest :
October 18, 2005

65 years old

Mrs. Bosco was the president of Bosco's Towing in Enfield.

KRAMER
"Jim"
James P.

Entered into rest :
October 5, 2005

40 years old

Jim was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday near his home. He was backing a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer down Wildwood Drive when he attempted to turn onto Elk Drive. He lost control and rolled the vehicle. He wasn't using a seat belt and was partially ejected from the Blazer when it rolled. In September, Jim went through a custody case to get the other 3 of his 4 children and won (1 already lived with Jim). His friends, the teachers and neighbors supported his case by being character witnesses. He loved those kids so much and was one of the best fathers.

Thank you (husker2000) for your thoughts

WALTERS
"Rob"
Robert

Entered into rest :
September 20, 2005

30 years old

A tractor-trailer and a tow truck were stopped on the side of the highway when another 18-wheeler traveling North veered off the road and hit them causing all three vehicles to burst into flames. The tow truck operator was under his vehicle when the collision occurred and was killed instantly.

ABC Towing

BREESE
Arthur

Entered into rest :
September 14, 2005

63 years old

Arthur "Sonny" Breese, 63, of Monmouth Junction died suddenly yesterday at his home. In 1968 he founded and opened Sonny's Garage and was still active in his business until the time of his death. He was responsible for servicing police and the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad vehicles and in early years also serviced the Monmouth Junction Fire Company trucks.

SHULTZ
Michael B.

Entered into rest :
September 9, 2005

24 years old

Shultz was killed while changing a tire for a AAA member on the 91 freeway in Yorba Linda. A woman in her mid-20s was driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass in the fast lane when she lost control of her car and swerved across four lanes of traffic, crashing into the sound wall and then hitting Shultz while he was changing the tire. The accident is still being investigated.

Bitteto's Tow and Service, Anaheim

GIBNEY
Catherine Alva

Entered into rest :
August 31, 2005

69 years old

Alva passed on as a result of a heart attack. Alva was Joe Gibney's wife. Both Joe and Alva are known for their many years in Boston and also for their work on the Phantom Magazine and their work with the S.T.A. They also have been to many tow shows with their booth. Alva was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration and the Windmill Red Hats. Many people remember how well Joe and Alva took care of each other over the years. Alva will be sadly missed by many.

SWINK
Bill

Entered into rest :
August 28, 2005

71 years old

The native Texan moved to Simi Valley in 1959. Swink served in the Air Force for several years before he worked for Lockheed Aircraft. During the 1960s he opened three gas stations in Simi and Moorpark, but in 1975, during the gas shortage era, the entrepreneur left the gas business to open Swink’s Towing. “Bill was an icon of Simi Valley and a Chamber member for over 30 years,” said Jessica McCormick, projects coordinator for the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce. “He had been battling cancer for the last 12 years and he will always be in our hearts.”

Thank you Quinn (WEDOTOWS) for notifying us about Bill

HESSMAN
"Jack"
John Francis

Entered into rest :
August 10, 2005

46 years old

Jack Hessman was killed last night in a motorcycle accident. It happened in Ellicott City area of Maryland. Along with his wife, Jami, he owned and operated Heavy Duty Towing in Burtonsville, Maryland. Jack was known on TOW411 as JACKSTOWING. Jack will be remembered as a towman, writer, activist and friend who was trustworthy and dependable. He will truly be missed by many.
The Family of 411 sends our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jack.

Rest in peace Jack

 Davis
Burnice Wayne

Entered into rest :
August 8, 2005

46 years old

Wayne was the owner of Davis Wrecker, an avid drag racer and NASCAR fan who loved life and lived it to it’s fullest. Many people were shocked to hear of his passing as he was one of the most loved people around. Wayne was known as someone who could put a smile on your face because of the smile on his face and his humor. He was a best friend to many and an inspiration to others. He was someone who would help you out in your time of need. Truly and deeply he will be missed. He did more in a month than most people do in a year.

You will never be forgotten.

STONE
Jerry

Entered into rest :
August 2, 2005

Stone was moving a vehicle from the travel lane when a vehicle driven by Ala Faye Locklear struck the tow truck. Stone was then hit and killed. Police are still determining whether to file charges against Locklear.

Quality Towing

HOLLY
Tye

Entered into rest :
August 1, 2005

37 years old

Holly was struck and killed in a chain-reaction collision on the Far Northside during the Monday afternoon rush hour. Holly was hooking up a tow truck to a vehicle on the highway's shoulder and was standing partially in the right lane. When the driver of a Buick SUV moved to the left and slowed, it was hit by a Mack dump truck. Police said the collision sent the SUV to the right, where it struck Holly and the vehicle he was working on.

BARNHART
"RED"
Leon A .

Entered into rest :
July 31, 2005

69 years old

Leon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who passed away peacefully at his home. Red was a real good guy and will be missed by all who knew him. He was one of them old guys that told you the way it was. Not many people like that anymore unfortunately. He was owner and operator of Red's Garage-Towing and Recovery in Conklin for 30 years. He was very active with ESTRA (Empire State Towing & Recovery Assoc.) serving as the Director for the Southern Region. His life's passion was racing and towing.

NIEMAN
Herbert A.

Entered into rest :
July 30, 2005

93 years old

"He was truly a friend of law enforcement and a friend of our community," said Wood County Sheriff Thomas Reichert. "Whenever there was a need and no means to take care of it, dad would always help out," said his son, Bill Nieman. "When a wrecker was needed from Nieman's for any type of situation, be it an accident, disabled vehicle, or whatever, Herb was always available and always there to help," said Wisconsin Rapids Police Chief Kurt Heuer. He needed a heart valve but knew he had a full life and was getting tired, Bill Nieman said. He died the way he wanted to, and he didn't suffer. "I think because he treated everybody so well, God gave him the life he desired right down to the very end."

 Nieman's Service

RICHARDSON
James

Entered into rest :
July 29, 2005

43 years old

Richardson was one of two tow truck drivers called to an accident scene late Thursday evening at the request of Birmingham police. The first driver picked up one of the vehicles involved in the accident and left. Richardson was sent to pick up the second wrecked vehicle. By the time Richardson arrived to tow the second car, police had already left the scene. Richardson was found shot near the front tire of the vehicle he was to tow and his wallet was missing. Police suspect robbery was the motive in his death.

Birmingham Towing

LUPCO
John

Entered into rest :
July 23,2005

42 years old

John died Saturday of injuries sustained in a car racing accident at Atco Raceway. His throttle stuck open, carried his dragster through the sandtrap and tire barricade and smashed into a tree. He was an avid car racer, racing in the Super Comp division and in Bracket Racing, and was a member of the National Hot Rod Association. He leaves behind a wife, Marie, and 11 year old daughter, Saige.

Owner of Highline Automotive, South Brunswick

ALLEN
Chuck

Entered into rest :
July 7 2005

Many people knew Chuck Allen from Allen's Towing in Portland Or. as 800 on the AAA radio. His booming voice, & southern drawl were unmistakable. He ran the southeast side of Portland for AAA from 1960 till around 1997. He was the master at starting cars. His stories of AAA always included setting the record for most calls cleared in an hour, & in a day. His passion for family & fishing took place of running AAA calls after he sold his business to long time friend & confidant, Jack Benson, A & B Towing. Chuck was also active in the forming of the Oregon Tow Truck Association. Chuck passed on Saturday, July 2nd 2005. He was fishing when the last call came in. Chuck will be missed. Chuck was a great person.

Arnott
  santiam01

FUNK
Dale

Entered into rest :
June 29,2005

51 years old

Dale died Friday when the bridge he was crossing collapsed, and his tow truck plummeted 75 feet into the South Santiam River. Dale was bringing a vehicle across a private bridge during the collapse, landing the truck upside down in about two feet of water and he was pinned in the vehicle. He was eventually removed from the vehicle by members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office dive team, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Owner of Cascade Towing, Lebanon

Barna
Ray J.

Born :
September 28, 1955

Entered into rest:
June 25, 2005

49 years old

Ray was standing in the emergency lane about 1 mile south of Woolbright Road, after loading a disabled vehicle onto his tow truck, when a Chevy Trailblazer traveling southbound left the travel portion of the lane and struck him. The car continued to drive away, exited at Congress Avenue and got back on the highway traveling north. The driver of the Trialblazer, Stephen R. Labovick, 34, of Pittsburgh, was later caught and charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death. Ray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boca Raton Towing & Recovery

Brown
Richard D.

Entered into rest :
June 6, 2005

42 years old

Brown was killed Monday morning when the tow truck he was working on crushed him. The accident happened about 7:34 a.m. at Budget Towing on Homer Street in St. Paul, said St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell. The man was working on the hydraulics elevating a flatbed truck when the bed of the truck fell and crushed him, Schnell said.

DREES
John

Born :
February 23, 1975

Entered into rest:
June 2, 2005

30 years old

When 30-year-old tow truck driver John Drees didn't come home Wednesday night, his wife went looking for him at the Denbigh garage where he and his best friend, Robert "Bobby" Gowing, had been working on a car. Inside, Karen Drees found the battered bodies of both men. Police said Drees and Gowing, 34, fought off whoever attacked them. Because he didn't have a father growing up, John Drees wanted to be there for his own children, David Drees said. Family members said John Drees was an excellent father. "He loved his children and he loved his wife," Angie Drees said.

Update : Life sentences were handed down to the three men who pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of tower John Drees.

HOWARD
John

Entered into rest :
May 23, 2005

22 years old

Tow truck drivers came together to remember one of their own, who became one of Buffalo's latest victims of crime. A line of tow trucks joined the procession following the funeral of 22 year old John Howard Friday. Police are still searching for the killer who gunned Howard down inside an automotive shop on Bailey Avenue Monday. Investigators believe he was killed during a robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call Buffalo Homicide Detectives at
851-4466.

COORDES
Lynnet

Entered into rest :
April 29, 2005

The wife of Cody Coordes, owner of Summit Towing, was killed in Billings Mt. She moved there to be closer to her family in Dec 2004. Lynnet Coordes was crossing over a bridge that was Icy and lost control of her truck that rolled causing her to be ejected.
Just wanted to let you know. Also Thank you for the tribute to Cody it is very kind of you.

Chris Haglund,
sister to Cody Coordes.

HIGGINBOTHAM
"
Zabe"
Carsie Zeaburn

Entered into rest :
April 13, 2005

64 years old

Higginbotham was called to pick up a 2001 Camry in Benoit and phoned his wife shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to tell her he would be transporting the vehicle to Greenville, according to police reports. He wasn't heard from again. On Wednesday, workers at Ceranti Oakes Toyota, Lincoln and Mercury Dealership in Greenville found the badly beaten body of a white male behind the Camry. The wrecker was missing. Authorities have not officially identified the victim, but investigator Mike Thompson with the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department said the victim appeared to be Higginbotham. Greenville Police Chief Lester Carter said the wrecker was later found parked on the side of a street in Greenville.

Zabe's Wrecker Service, Cleveland

Read the touching eulogy prepared by his only daughter, Elizabeth.

BRYANT
Mack

Entered into rest :
April 13, 2005

Bryant was driving from southbound
I-581 onto the Orange Avenue West exit ramp about 9:30 p.m. when he lost control and hit a guardrail. His vehicle traveled through the grass next to the exit and crossed four lanes of Orange Avenue before hitting a utility pole. Bryant was ejected as the vehicle came to a stop near the entrance ramp to southbound I-581 from eastbound Orange Avenue. Mack had been a towman for Fat Boys Towing for 8 years.

KOEHLER
Bruce H.

Entered into rest :
April 12, 2005

78 years old

Bruce was co-owner of Koehler’s Towing, a family operated business for 52 years.

PERRY
Bennie L.

Entered into rest :
March 26, 2005

Bennie Lee Perry had parked his tow truck outside a Safeway on Alabama Avenue on Saturday afternoon. When he came out of the store, he found someone behind the wheel. Investigators believe Perry struggled with the suspect, who kept driving, even as Perry wound up crushed to death underneath.

Salter
"Freight Train"
Johnny A.

Entered into rest :
March 22, 2005

25 years old

Johnny had been in a coma since February 25 when he was accidentally struck by an ambulance as he was crossing a road to help a woman who was fighting with a man outside their vehicle. Johnny worked as a tow truck operator for All Wrecker Service in Mobile.

REXROTH Jr.
Lloyd Eugene

Entered into rest :
March 22, 2005

43 years old

Gene died from injuries he received from a truck accident that day in Burlington County, N.J. His hobbies were shooting pool, boating and riding his Harley motorcycle.

 Owner of Redline Towing and Transport, Edgewater

LUCAS
Scott

Born :
September 3, 1970

Entered into rest:
March 18, 2005

34 years old

Lucas had been dispatched to a crash where an SUV slid off the slippery road and struck a tree. According to the Michigan State Police, Lucas hooked up the damaged vehicle and began to lift the front end into the air. After he crawled underneath the SUV to disengage the transmission, the vehicle fell on top of him. Lucas was able to call out to troopers who were there investigating the crash, said Post Commander Lt. Ann McCaffery. Troopers freed him by using his wrecker and portable floor jacks, but were unable to rescue him in time.

Anyone who wants to do a little more can send a card or letter to Mrs. April Lucas C/O Budget Towing 876 RAILROAD ST, YPSILANTI, MI 48197

Budget Towing, Ypsilanti

TURNER
Cliff

Entered into rest :
March 17, 2005

Cliff was killed while loading a vehicle onto his flatbed on the side of the road. A drunk driver had drove up the drivers side rail of the flat bed, hitting Cliff and then flipping over. The driver of the car had ran but the Asheville police caught the driver.

Owner of Biltmore Exxon

CECRLE
"Pap"
Frank

Entered into rest :
March 16, 2005

90 years old

With kind words, blaring horns and a long parade of trucks, 45 tow truck operators from Ohio and Indiana said goodbye on Monday morning to one of their own. After Frank Cecrle, founder of Englewood Truck Towing and Recovery, died Wednesday at 90, his employees decided to pay tribute to him with a time-honored towing-industry sendoff. So when the eulogies ended at 11:15 a.m. at Kindred Funeral Home here, drivers climbed into their Kenworths and Peterbilts and Internationals, revved up the engines and accompanied Cecrle on his last ride over some of the roads he'd come to know during his 58-year career. "This is a tradition in the towing industry, but Frank's sendoff is going to be larger than most because he was one helluva nice guy," said Jody Crosby, 30, who worked for Cecrle for five years.

SNOOK Jr.
Donald E.

Born :
May 14, 1957

Entered into rest :
March 11, 2005

State police say Donald Snook Jr. of Loganton was on the shoulder when he was hit by a car that went out of control on the snow-covered highway. The car then hit his tow truck. It happened in the westbound lanes of I-80 near the Jersey Shore exit.

Thank you Dave (bresslers) for notifying us about Don

TAYLOR
Lewis

Born :
December 10, 1964

Entered into rest:
March 8, 2005

40 years old

Taylor was assisting a stranded motorist who spun off the roadway at approximately 11:30 p.m. As he began to extract the stranded vehicle from the snow, Taylor was struck by a 1999 Monte Carlo, operated by Jennifer Snyder, 26. According to reports, Snyder was traveling north on Route 695 when she lost control of her car as she passed over a snow-covered section of roadway. Snyder's car struck the driver's side of the tow truck, crushing Taylor between both vehicles.

AAA Western and Central New York Towing Service

DALE
Dwayne

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
March 7, 2005

46 years old

The Worker's Compensation Board is investigating the death of a 46-year-old employee at City Wide Auto Towing in Richmond Monday. Dale was killed at the towing company's compound at 9500 River Drive sometime between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. According to police and the WCB, Dale was apparently working beneath a vehicle, which was up on a flatbed truck, when the accident occurred. "The vehicle ended up falling on top of him and crushing him, and, unfortunately, killing him almost instantly," Police received the call at about 10:30 a.m. Ambulances also arrived on the scene, but paramedics were unable to revive Dale, Fonseca said. "Certainly there's nothing suspicious about it - no foul play," Thiessen said. It's not clear how the vehicle managed to roll off the flatbed. That is something WCB will be investigating, said spokeswoman Donna Freeman.

SKAGGS
Gary

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
February 28, 2005

48 years old

Gary lost his life Monday in the line of duty as a Medium Duty Tow Truck Operator. He leaves behind his wife and two sons. Gary worked for Bob's Towing Service for 2 years and was a well respected member of their service team. A benevolent account has been established to help his family members with their immediate needs. Any contributions to the account would be greatly appreciated.

Bank of America
Acct: 0132-40186
Gary Skaggs Driver's Relief Fund
c/o Bob's Towing Service
3445 Sonoma Blvd.
Vallejo, CA 94590

Bob's Tow Service, Vallejo

SMALLWOOD Jr.
Stanley

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
February 28, 2005

22 years old

Smallwood was killed after driving a wrecker into several trees on NC Highway 99 near Plymouth Monday morning at approximately 10:15 a.m. Smallwood died at the scene and leaves behind a wife and small child. According the the NC State Highway Patrol, it looked like he ran off the right side of the road and then came back on and ran off of the left side into several trees. There were no witnesses to the accident.

Roy's Service Center in Windsor

CALCUT
Earl D.

Born :
May 4, 1970

Entered into rest :
February 11, 2005

34 years old

Earl was killed while assisting a stranded motorist on the side of US-23 near Hyne Road in Brighton Township. Earl was loading the vehicle when another car struck it at about 1:30 p.m. The errant vehicle then careened into Earl, who was outside of his truck. Alcohol was a factor in the collision.

Charley Tulip at Hartland Towing is accepting donations on behalf of Earl’s wife and three children. Anyone interested, please send checks payable to Lisa Calcut c/o Hartland Towing, PO Box 343, Hartland, MI 48353.

Hartland Towing

Thank you Nicole for the added info and picture of your brother.

JANAITIS
Robert

Born :
March 29, 1973

Entered into rest:
January 27, 2005

31 years old

Robert was talking to a motorist with a disabled vehicle when a dark-colored Mercedes convertible slammed into him and kept going. Robert was thrown onto the hood of the van and dropped into the path of an oncoming taxi. Robert died at the scene. The police later caught the hit and run driver.

South Philly Towing

WILSON
Xavion D.

Born :
February 8, 1961

Entered into rest :
January 10, 2005

43 years old

Wilson was killed Monday morning, he lost control of his tow truck on northbound I-85 just south of Indian Trail Road when a Honda Accord changed lanes in front of him said police Cpl. Dan Huggins. The truck struck a median, then the Accord and overturned. Two other vehicles were sideswiped during the collision, but no other injuries were reported. Charges are pending against the driver of the Honda, police said.

PETERS
Allison

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 7, 2005

Allison Peters ran the the office at Ken's Towing in Redmond, Washington. Her husband is an Ex-Driver, now Dispatcher at Lincoln Towing in Seattle. A brain anueryism took Allison's life unexpectedly. She will be missed by many.

Thank you sir (rrloneman) for remembering Allison

BENTLEY
Ronald E.

Entered into rest :
January 7, 2005

Mr. Bentley was the founder and long time operator of Peytona Garage on east US 60 in Waddy, KY. Bentley served as president of the Towing & Recovery Association of Kentucky in the 1998-99, after completing terms as vice-president from 1996-98.

Thank you Scott
 (
Scott Burrows) for remembering Ron

RESNIK
Gary Lynn

Entered into rest :
January 4, 2005

52 years old

Resnik was helping with a crash that involved several cars in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Shawnee split. Resnik began directing traffic from the right lane, indicating to motorists to move over into the left lanes. A sanitation truck driver saw the victim too late, and when he tried to move over, he hit a cattle truck, spun out of control and hit Resnik, causing him to fall over the highway guardrail, and drop 75 feet to his death.

AAA Kentucky

ERICKSON
Marvin L.

Born :
November 6, 1937

Entered into rest:
December 26, 2004

67 years old

Erickson, who owned a gas station and towing service on Highway 97, was shot the day after Christmas while answering a late-night call to pull a stranded motorist out of the snow. The shooter, who later killed himself, was wanted in the deaths of two Washington men.

Owner of the Erickson Shell station in Chemult

PFEIFFER
"Scooter"
SCOTT V.

Entered into rest :
December 9, 2004

27 years old

Scott left behind many friends and a 3 year old son. Scooter was the kind of man that would give you his last dime if he thought you needed it and it would help you. Scott did volunteer work with the Maryland Heights Police Department with their Safety Town for several years. He also attained Boys Scouts highest rank of Eagle Scout. Scott was employed by AA Roadrunner. He will be missed by many.

A trust fund will be established for Scott's son, Scott Thomas Pfeiffer. Contributions can be made to Commerce Bank (Maryland Heights), 12633 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, 63043.

Thank you Doug (midriverstowing) for remembering your friend

RICE
Zane

Entered into rest :
December 2, 2004

42 years old

Zane was working the job he loved Thursday evening, pulling a pickup from a ditch in Burleson, when police say he was struck and fatally injured by a pickup that then fled the scene. "Zane had set up some cones in the roadway" Burleson Sgt. Chris Havens said. "According to one of the witnesses, as he was picking them up is when he got struck in the roadway." Havens said Rice had been called out to the 1100 block of Northwest John Jones, also known as Farm Road 731, after a Burlington Northern Sante Fe truck got stuck in the mud. "He was one of those people who would be all dressed up going out for dinner, and he would see someone broke down on the side of the road and he would stop and help," Toby Rice said.

 Leithoff
Tim

Entered into rest :
November 25, 2004

25 years old

Tow truck driver Tim Leithoff was enjoying Thanksgiving with his family when he was called out to help a stranded motorist. It was the last time they would ever see him alive. As Leithoff helped another driver load a disabled car onto his truck, he was hit by a passing car. He died a few days later. The driver of the car, Carol Gaudio, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and aggravated battery.

Ken's Auto Tow

FULLERTON
Ralph Leon

Entered into rest :
November 24, 2004

67 years old

He had owned and operated Ralph’s Body and Repair for 45 years. Ralph was a retired volunteer firefighter. He loved helping people, driving trucks and fixing vehicles. His longest tow was from Grass Lake, Mich. to Orlando, Fla., where one on his customers broke down. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The funeral procession was led by his own truck he had recently built and then followed by the Michigan State Police, family and friends and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

LEMON
Larry

Born :
January 27, 1949

Entered into rest:
November 21, 2004

55 years old

Larry was rushed to Martin Memorial Medical Center, where he later died after an accident in which several cast-iron pipes fell onto him from a Kauff’s Towing and Transportation truck he was unloading at a construction site in Sailfish Point. Larry was operations manager for Kauff’s Towing and Transportation and had been with them for 32 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Treasure Coast, 805 Virginia Ave., Ste. 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34982.

Kauff’s Towing & Transportation, Fort Pierce

ROYLE Jr
Richard Emmett

Entered into rest :
November 19, 2004

41 years old

Richard, a lifelong Stamford resident, died at his home Friday of cancer, according to his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Educational Fund for Christopher Royle, c/o Fleet Bank, 328 Shippan Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.

East Coast Towing Co., Stamford

UNDERWOOD
Kerry H.

Entered into rest :
November 19, 2004

45 years old

Underwood was killed Friday on state Highway 48/13 when the northbound wrecker he was riding in, along with Bobbitt, was struck by a southbound Clarksville-Montgomery County school bus. The bus was reported to be going faster than the posted speed limit. A pickup driver was also issued a citation when he admitted his turn signal didn't work. Underwood died instantly at the scene.

BOBBITT
Samuel K.

Entered into rest :
November 19, 2004

52 years old

Bobbitt was killed Friday on state Highway 48/13 when the northbound wrecker he was riding in, along with Underwood, was struck by a southbound Clarksville-Montgomery County school bus. Four children on the bus were not injured, but the bus driver, who swerved to avoid a stopped pickup truck, suffered a broken leg. The crash is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Bobbitt died instantly at the scene.

GEORGE Jr.
Willie D.

Entered into rest :
November 18, 2004

30 years old

Willie was shot and killed while he and his fiancé had driven down a dead end street at about 2 a.m. to recover a van but did not find it. When they turned around to leave, a white Mustang blocked the street and someone got out and started shooting at them. Willie managed to drive around the car and flee. They made it to the freeway when the Mustang caught up to them. A shot went through the back of the cab hitting Willie in the back. His fiancé managed to get control of the wrecker and pull it over as the Mustang fled. Willie died on the way to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

All American Recovery, Dallas

HEMENEZ
JoAnn Mae

Entered into rest :
November 15, 2004

Joann co-founded Hank's Towing with her husband of 55 years, Henry, in 1949. She will be remembered as being a very strong woman, loving wife and mother. She will truly be missed.

Donations to the American Lung Association of Alameda County, 296 - 27th St., Oakland, CA 94612.

Hank's Towing, San Leandro

WHITE
Paul H.

Entered into rest :
November 11, 2004

Paul is the brother of Walt White, owner of Walt's Mission Pass Towing in Fremont, California. Paul helped his brother with the company all his life until recent health issues forced him to retire. He taught many drivers how to tow. He will be remembered as someone who was always there for you and he will truly be missed.

HELTON
Brian E

Entered into rest :
November 5, 2004

47 years old

Just before midnight, Brian was helping at an accident scene on Interstate 95 in Howard County. Brian was working behind his tow truck when he was hit by a pickup. The driver of the pickup, who was in police custody, was arrested for driving under the influence. Brian died at the scene.

CICI
Carl

Entered into rest :
October 29, 2004

Carl had been in towing for around 30 years beginning in New York, then moving to Rockingham N.C., then to Charlotte N.C. He had been fighting many health problems for many years. He was in the hospital and his body finally gave up the fight and took him to a better place.

Thank you Jamie (SouthernStar1) for remembering your father

HOPKINS
Jim

Entered into rest :
October 22, 2004

65 years old

Hopkins pulled his wrecker onto the shoulder to secure an item on his wrecker and had exited his truck when a semi-tractor trailer struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Owner of Hopkins Towing & Recovery

HILL
Tom

Entered into rest :
October 22, 2004

Mr. Hill passed away unexpectedly and very suddenly according to an e-mail his wife, Bonnie had sent Tow411.net. Mr. Hill was the Towing Manager for Phil's Automotive which is located on Route 104 ( also known as Death Alley) in the town of Ontario which is 25 miles east of Rochester. Mr. Hill had been in the Automotive Industry for the last 30 years in one way or another.

Phil's Automotive

Biddix
"Buddy"
Merle A.

Born :
September 5, 1947

Entered into rest :
October 19, 2004

57 years old

Merle was thought of as a hero to all those that knew him. He is remembered as someone who worked hard, long hours as a shop foreman and was proud to sit behind the wheel of the company's pink tow trucks. He was caring, selfless and always willing to help anyone who he thought might need a helping hand. He willingly shared his knowledge and experience with others. His death was devastating to his family, friends and the company that he had invested so much of his life into. He worked for All Right Towing of Tucumcari.

FYFE II
Alan W.

Born :
February 28, 1964

Entered into rest :
October 19, 2004

40 years old

A pickup driven by Clinton D. Jackson, 25, of Coconut Creek, drifted onto the shoulder of Interstate 95 Tuesday night in Boca Raton and killed Fyfe who was securing a disabled car on the side of the highway. The pickup sideswiped the tow truck, traveled up its side and struck the disabled vehicle on its flatbed. Fyfe either jumped or was thrown from the tow truck and was hit by the pickup.

Interstate Towing

COFFMAN
Michael A.

Entered into rest :
October 19, 2004

22 years old

Michael was killed instantly Tuesday night when he was hit by a car on Route 5. Michael was loading a vehicle onto the back of his tow truck when a car driven by an elderly woman hit him from behind. The woman, Hannah Ayer of Waldorf, was taken to Prince Georges Hospital Center for treatment. There is no word on whether any charges will be filed against her.

WILEY
Tony Lee

Entered into rest :
October 3, 2004

46 years old

The State Police called Brumfield's Wrecker Service to tow an abandoned vehicle on W.Va. 37 near Ranger in Lincoln County. Tony Wiley was dispatched by the wrecker service to make the call. Upon arriving at the scene, Tony Wiley talked with the State Troopers before starting his job. When he began removing the vehicle, the officers began talking to Rodney Vance in his nearby driveway, according to a lawsuit. Soon, a van driven by George Chittenden rounded the curve and struck and killed Tony Wiley.

BLUMER
Joseph A.

Born :
October 6, 1960

Entered into rest :
September 29, 2004

43 years old

Blumer's accident occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. when he was towing a pickup truck up a sloped driveway. Another tower said that Blumer probably got out of his truck to check the vehicle he was towing, then the brakes on his truck apparently failed and it rolled over him. "The truck caught him in between the wheels," he said.

Edlin Automotive Services, Knoxville

STUMP
Stephen

Entered into rest :
September 22, 2004

52 years old

Stump owned S&R Automobile Repair and Towing in Lancaster.

GARRETT
Billy W.

Born :
November 16, 1932

Entered into rest :
September 19, 2004

72 years old

Garrett was returning from a job towing a boat to Nevada, when in New Mexico on Interstate 40 his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that crossed the median. The driver of the tractor-trailer had reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel. Garrett served as a volunteer firefighter and over the years received three Honorary Oklahoma Highway Patrol awards for outstanding service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Options Inc., Checotah Cub Scout Pack 642, Jesus Helping Hands or Checotah Little League c/o Peoples National Bank, PO Box 324, Checotah, OK 74426.

Owner of Garrett Wrecker Service

QUITON
"Jak"
John

Born :
February 21, 1961

Entered into rest:
September 14, 2004

42 years old

Quiton, who was standing by the driver's side door of a disabled Volvo station wagon, was struck and killed by a commercial truck that veered onto the northbound shoulder of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Quiton was pronounced dead at the scene. Quiton leaves a wife and three children behind.

Mechanics Plus Inc.,
 Emmaus

CLARK
Bethel G.

Entered into rest :
September 3, 2004

84 years old

Clark always treated others with respect. He always had a smile on his face. And when he became too old to go on jobs by himself, he kept working anyway, following the younger employees into the field to teach them the tricks of his trade. He worked until earlier this year, when his health began to fail. The family suggests remembrances to Providence Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Clark's Towing and Repair

COOPER
Hobart Ray

Entered into rest :
August 16, 2004

He owned Ray’s Towing Service in Gaithersburg. He was one of the first tow owners in the area. You will be missed by those who knew you.

RUSS
Calvin W.

Entered into rest :
August 1, 2004

Russ was the founder and president of Dynamic Manufacturing and one of the inventors of the self-loading wheel-lift. Calvin will be greatly missed by all who knew him. As Calvin would say: “Dynamic can be copied but never duplicated. Go forward and don’t look back. We can make this work.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 5349 E. Princess Anne Rd., Norfolk, VA 23502.

TowTimes Article

CURTIS
George

Entered into rest :
July 5, 2004

74 years old

Curtis was the kind of a guy you want as a relative. His very job, as the owner of a wrecker service, was to help people at their very worst, often, at all hours of the night, and he did it with a smile for nearly 30 years. Curtis was shot to death at his wrecker service business. Months later, the murder remains unsolved and his family is desperate for answers. If you know any information about George Curtis' murder, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 371-INFO. You could be eligible for a reward of up to one thousand dollars.

George's Wrecker Service,
 Benton

Thank you John
(
auto rescue) for bringing this to our attention and for remembering George

McDANIELS
Joe

Entered into rest :
June 23, 2004

58 years old

McDaniels was beaten to death by five teenagers outside a South Side gas station Wednesday, shortly after he got into an altercation with a man who accused him of stealing his car. No one was in custody at the time of the report.

Matthews Gas Service Station

Thomas
Mario Antonio

Born :
May 26, 1970

Entered into rest :
June 14, 2004

34 years old

Thomas was unloading a vehicle picked up from the I-580 freeway when someone approached him on foot and shot him. He later died in the hospital from his injury. Thomas was to be married this weekend and leaves behind four children from a previous marriage.

A memorial fund has been established to help Thomas' family. Contributions should be made to a memorial fund administered by his sister: "Alicia Bailey for Mario Antonio Thomas," Account Number 5610-243-833, Wells Fargo Bank, 3450 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA 94602-2327.

Micki's Towing, Oakland

FERRIL
Joyce

Entered into rest :
June 14, 2004

Joyce owned T-Miller Wrecker Service with her husband Lonnie. In December of 2003, Joyce was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Lonnie and Joyce semi-retired from the business in January, 2004. Lonnie remains as the CEO of the Board of Directors. Their sons are now taking care of the legacy that these two fine hard working people started. June 14, 2004, not only did Lonnie lose his sole mate, their children and grandchildren lost the center of their family, the T-Miller employees lost their "MaMa Joyce" but the tow industry lost a close personal friend.

LEFFLER Jr.
"Bill"
William I.

Entered into rest :
June 7, 2004

52 years old

Bill worked as a tow truck operator for Ace Wrecker Service. Following memorial services, there was a tow truck procession. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in memory of Bill.

Clay
Jeffrey Ryan

Entered into rest :
June 3, 2004

22 years old

Clay died of natural causes. He worked as a tow truck operator at RC Towing, a family business founded in 1983 by his father Ray Clay. Jeff grew up around the towing and automotive industry.

DeLaRosa Jr.
Franklin

Born :
January 18, 1966

Entered into rest:
June 3, 2004

38 Years old

DeLaRosa was killed when a bus, damaged in a Memorial Day crash, fell on him as he was preparing to tow it. DeLaRosa had been in the towing industry for twenty years.

For those that wish, in lieu of flowers, a contribution in trust for Frank’s children may be made to the Franklin DeLaRosa Jr. Children’s Scholarship Fund, 49 Bridge St., Belleville, N.J. 07109 or to the Franklin DeLaRosa Jr. Children’s Scholarship Fund, C/O Tumino’s Towing, 37 Emerson St Ridgefield Park, N.J. 07660-2008 Phone: (201) 931-1190.

Tumino's Towing,
Ridgefield Park

McELROY
"Lea"
Leola

Entered into rest :
May 28, 2004

71 years old

 Lea and her husband Roy McElroy purchased Eagle Towing in 1975 and operated the business until 1999. They then built Windy Hills Stables which she helped operate until her death.

Buske
Earl R.

Entered into rest :
May 28, 2004

78 years old

Earl was a founder, along with his wife Mary Ann, of the E.R. Buske Manufacturing Company in Pocahontas, Iowa, maker of No-Mar Towing Equipment.

TowTimes Article

Womack
John W.

Entered into rest :
May 18, 2004

65 years old

Womack was known as the man who knew how to have a good time in a tow truck and as the nicest man in the world.

Owner of Hector's Towing, Womack's Towing and other towing enterprises.

Selby
"Scott"
Douglas

Entered into rest :
May 12, 2004

49 years old

Scott was the owner and founder of the Slide Lock Tool Company ( the Z-tool system). "He will be missed in the industry" said his wife Bonnie, adding that she will continue the business which she has been managing for many years. "We will continue his legacy and commitment to excellence."

Hobrecht
Michael Casey

Entered into rest :
May 11, 2004

Hobrecht was one of the founders of the Virginia Association of Towing Operators (VATRO) and owner of Beltway Towing & Storage Inc. in Springfield.

Fiste
"Louie"
Lewis G.

Born :
January 31, 1941

Entered into rest :
May 11, 2004

63 years old

Fiste and his wife, Kay, who was a passenger, were killed after Fiste's truck crossed a median May 4 and collided with a flatbed semi-trailer on Interstate 675 north near Beavercreek. Fiste had been a driver for Big O Towing & Automotive Services since 1998.

James
Leonard F.

Born :
August 9, 1938

Entered into rest :
May 6, 2004

65 years old

 His good heart and generosity showed through his business as well as his everyday life. He was always helping and taking care of people.

Owner of James Wrecker Service, Sapulpa

Fuhrman
"Betty"
Elizabeth

Born :
May 4, 1934

Entered into rest :
May 3, 2004

69 years old

 Elizabeth was co-owner of Jay’s and Sons Towing in Redwood City, California. She loved fishing with her late husband James “Jay” Joseph, and was known as Betty Crocker to the family as her cooking was the best. Not to mention raising eight children, being the mediator and keeping the peace in the household. She died one day before her 70th birthday.

Thank you Jay for remembering your mother

McMaster
Howard George

Born :
August 19, 1913

Entered into rest :
April 29, 2004

91 years old

McMaster founded Mac and Bob's Towing Service in 1952 with partner Bob Morris and ran it for nearly forty years. He was dedicated to his work, was a member of regional and state towing associations, and received several awards from them, including a founder's award, was known for his red and black wreckers, which he built himself, welding the equipment together on Ford trucks and retired in 1989 and sold the business.

Thank you Jim for remembering Howard

Podstawski
Stanley J.

Born :
January 20, 1942

Entered into rest :
April 5, 2004

62 years old

"He was only one man in this world but he was the world to us."
Your Loving Family,
Janet.

"This news had hit all of us hard, as many of us have known and been helped by Stanley in the past." Stanley owned Stanley & Son's Towing of Morganville.

Thank you Janet for the picture of your father and thank you Fred for remembering Stanley

BASH
Charles W.

Born :
September 6, 1943

Entered into rest :
March 27, 2004

60 years old

Bash had parked beside the southbound lanes of U.S. 19 north of Live Oak Street and was loading a pickup when a 1988 Chevrolet heading south on U.S. 19 drove off the road. The Chevrolet headed toward the wrecker and drove up the rail of the wrecker's ramp, going on two wheels hitting Bash and killing him. The female driver was suspected of drinking and police are waiting for the test results.

John's Towing in Holiday

ADAMS
Leonard Albert

Born :
November 19, 1962

Entered into rest :
March 27, 2004

41 years old

Leonard was a tow truck driver and welder from Fullerton.

TURCI
Joseph Raymond

Born :
July 19, 1953

Entered into rest :
March 25, 2004

50 years old

Turci had just finished hooking a damaged car to the wrecker parked on the eastbound shoulder of U.S. 64 at the Midway intersection in Manteo at about 9:15 p.m. when he stepped into the roadway with a push broom. A 1999 Toyota passenger car hit Turci first, knocking him down. He was then struck by a 2001 Ford Explorer pickup and died on scene. The two victims of the previous accident were still at the scene.

Pugh’s Car Care Center, Manteo

MAURER Jr.
Don

Born :
December 10, 1963

Entered into rest :
March 24, 2004

40 years old

Maurer died in a plane crash returning from a NASCAR race at Darlington, S.C. Also killed in the crash were: Don's wife Amy, 38, Amy Maurer's brother, Brad Webb, 34, and his girlfriend, Erica Edgington, 27, the pilot, Curt Piercy, 41, and his wife, Linda.

Maurer's Wrecker Service, Carlock

MASTRONUNZIO
Paul

Born :
August 7, 1963

Entered into rest :
March 15, 2004

40 years old

 Mastronunzio worked in Georgia as a towing operator for 18 years at several towing companies, including Hunt’s Wrecker Service, Avondale; Diverse Towing Specialists, Lawrenceville; Gwinnett Towing Specialists, Lilburn; Diverse Towing Specialists, Braselton.

FRYER
James L.

Born :
May 31, 1910

Entered into rest :
March 14, 2004

93 years old

Mr. Fryer was the founder of Fryer's Wrecker Service in Daytona Beach, FL., which he owned and managed until 1973.

SHULMAN
Mark A.

Born :
February 2, 1968

Entered into rest :
March 14,2004

36 years old

Mark was diagnosed with Philadelphia leukemia and under went two bone marrow transplants. He passed away on Sunday.

The family has requested a memorial Contribution for Aryn & Jordan. Make checks to: Dennis Markow 1355 Alton Rd. Miami, Fla. 33139

Kauff's Towing & Transportation, Fort Pierce

Thank you Bob for remembering Mark

HARRIS
Marvin Ray

Born :
June 1, 1926

Entered into rest :
March 1, 2004

77 years old

Mr. Harris founded Ray Harris Towing, a well-known North Carolina towing and recovery business. He was a founding member of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of North Carolina and the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina, Inc. He was a member of Friends of Towing.

CAMERON
Kirk A.

Born :
July 23, 1960

Entered into rest :
February 23, 2004

43 years old

Mr. Cameron died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He owned and operated All 4 One Towing and Recovery with his wife, Terri.

DREW
Jarrod J.

Born :
August 19, 1979

Entered into rest :
February 20, 2004

24 years old

Drew was struck and killed, along with his co-worker Timothy E. Kelly, as they were standing outside their trucks in the breakdown lane on Interstate 495 in Norton at about 4 a.m. At the time of the accident, Drew had apparently arrived on the scene to help Kelly after Kelly’s tow truck had broken down on the side of the highway.

A-1 Affordable Towing & Repair,
West Bridgewater

Check out the memorial video Ryan created for his brother Jarrod. Be patient as it is 20MB.

KELLY
Timothy E.

Born :
April 1, 1980

Entered into rest :
February 20, 2004

23 years old

Timothy E. Kelly wasn’t scheduled to work Thursday night. He had plans to go on a trip with friends, but at the last minute the person who was supposed to fill in for him as a tow truck operator in West Bridgewater couldn’t make it, so Kelly went to work after all. Kelly was struck and killed, along with his co-worker Jarrod J. Drew, as they were standing outside their trucks in the breakdown lane on Interstate 495 in Norton at about 4 a.m.

A-1 Affordable Towing & Repair,
West Bridgewater

REED
Ronald H.

Born :
June 5, 1951

Entered into rest :
February 18, 2004

52 years old

Reed was an accomplished tower, who (according to his previous employers) was a diligent and faithful employee, as well as a dedicated family man. Reed died after a brief illness at the VA Hospital in Lexington, KY.

DELONG
Brian K.

Born :
November 7, 1957

Entered into rest :
February 17, 2004

46 years old

Brian passed away following a towing accident. He is survived by 7 children and several grandchildren. Brian was retired from the Army National Guard and was currently working as a tow operator for Midnight Auto in Morgantown. He was also a member of the Cassville Fire Department.

Donatons may be made to his daughter, Jackie DeLong, at P.O. Box 171, Cassville, WV

KINGSMILL
Eddie J.

Born :
April 13, 1930

Entered into rest :
February 13, 2004

78 years old

Kingsmill and his late wife "Pug" founded Kingsmill's Auto Service in 1947. He was a veteran of WWII, was a member of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of America and the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Louisiana. He was known as a strong believer in safety and training within a company and as a good man with a good mind.

Owner of Kingsmill Towing,
New Orleans

Thank you Devin for remembering Eddie

HILL
Doris L.

Born :
April 13, 1930

Entered into rest :
January 27, 2004

73 years old

Doris Hill passed on at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo, ND on Tuesday the 27th, at the age of 73.
She and her late husband Albert had purchased a Mobil station in Bemidji, MN in 1960. In 1976 they sold the station to focus on towing. She did bookkeeping, dispatching, and various other duties up until recent months at Hill's 1'st City Towing, which she and her son, Keith continued to operate after the loss of Albert (some years ago, I am guessing the early to mid 80's). She was a great person, who had a heart that was perhaps too big at times, given the nature of the industry.

Thank you towguyLW for remembering Doris

FAKES
Virgel T.

Born :
February 27, 1919

Entered into rest :
January 18, 2004

84 years old

Virgel died at the Hodgeman County Health Center. He was the owner of Fakes Garage, Welding service and Towing service for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Protestant Faith, Mason and Odd Fellows Lodges. He also served as mayor and city councilman for 20 years. Memorials may be sent to the Hodgeman County Long Term Care Center, Jetmore, in care of Beckwith Funeral Home, Box 663, Jetmore, KS 67854

YOUNG
Wayne Alan

Born :
June 9, 1962

Entered into rest :
January 18, 2004

41 years old

Young was killed after being struck and dragged by a tractor trailer. The driver of the moving tractor trailer told investigators he was traveling east on I-10 when he lost control after being unable to adjust to the slowing traffic near the disabled truck.

Young was truly a hero in my book. Click the link below to read why.

American Towman Online Article

GONZALEZ
Francisco

Entered into rest :
January 18, 2004

41 years old

Gonzalez suffered fatal injuries when he was run over by his rig as he tried to stop it from rolling backward down a hill in San Diego, CA.

 KOVITCH
Mark Stephen

Born :
June 19, 1960

Entered into rest :
January 16, 2004

43 years old

Kovitch was killed as he tried to help a stranded motorist whose vehicle had slid into a ditch off Interstate 80. He was struck by a vehicle that reportedly hit an ice patch and lost control.

Blakeslee Garage Towing

FUHRMAN
"Jay"
James J.

Born :
July 9, 1932

Entered into rest :
January 16, 2004

71 years old

James, the owner of Jay's and Sons Towing,  passed away of a heart attack while towing a vehicle on the freeway in Palo Alto, CA.

Jay's and Sons Towing, Redwood City

Thank you Jay for remembering your father

McKenna
Victor Keohohou

Entered into rest :
January 15, 2004

25 years old

McKenna was driving a tow truck when it veered off Kamokila Boulevard and crashed into a utility pole near Nau Place. Investigators said they suspect a medical condition may have caused the man's death.

THOMPSON
Lane G.

Born :
July 3, 1957

Entered into rest :
January 12, 2004

46 years old

Thompson, loving husband, father, son, brother, passed away at his home due to a house fire. Also lost in the fire were four best friends Zeus, Zorro, Lucky and Porscha.

Fort Union Towing

HEWITT
Edward L.

Born :
June 18, 1932

Entered into rest :
 
January 9, 2004

71 years old

Ed, along with his wife Marilyn, founded National Tow & Road Service in Reno, Nevada. Despite being blind in one eye, he was an accomplished pilot, a sharpshooter and a past reserve deputy for the Washoe County Police Department.

You will truly be missed by those who loved and knew you.

DALY
Charles M.

Born :
December 2, 1937

Entered into rest :
 
January 6, 2004

66 years old

A heart attack may have preceded a traffic accident Tuesday in the 1500 block of Platt Street. Niles Township police said Charles Daly, 66, was dead at the scene. A tow truck operator for Dave's Garage on 13th Street, Daly, had just picked up a vehicle near Philip and Niles-Buchanan roads and was towing the auto to the garage about 9 a.m. when the wrecker veered off the road and struck a tree.

AVELLA Jr.
Albert J.

Born :
August 16, 1928

Entered into rest :
 
January 6, 2004

75 years old

Avella was dedicated to his family. His dedication and unwavering determination helped bring Highpoint Garage from nothing to our current status of over 35 trucks. He will be missed and never forgotten

Highpoint Garage Inc.
Union City

Thank you Steven for remembering your Uncle

ELSENHEIMER
"Bob"
Robert P.

Born :
November 4, 1979

Entered into rest :
 
January 3, 2004

85 years old

Bob was associated with his father and brother in the former Arkport Motor Company and in 1963 he established Elsenheimer Chevrolet, Inc. in Hornell. In 1972 his son, Duffy, became associated with the business, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Upon his semi-retirement, at the age of 65, Bob established a tow truck business which offered for sale tow trucks and flat bed carriers. It became the largest stocking and selling tow truck business in the United States.

JOHNSON
Richard B.

Born :
October 17, 1936

Entered into rest :
 
December 20, 2003

67 years old

Mr. Johnson was the third owner of Jack James Towing, Inc. He was tending to the impounded cars at the yard when he kneeled to the ground and became confused. He was taken to the hospital where he passed. He will truly be missed by those who loved him dearly.

Jack James Towing, Inc. Hayward

Hall Jr.
James N.

Born :
November 4, 1979

Entered into rest :
 
December 17, 2003

54 years old

Hall was loading a disabled pickup truck onto a flatbed wrecker on the northbound emergency lane of I-69, while the pickup truck's owner sat in a C-35 Chevrolet Dually behind it. A GMC van pulling a U-Haul trailer, was reported to be moving at 70 mph, left the roadway and drove into the back of the C-35 and forced the vehicles into one another killing Hall instantly.

Gold Star Wrecker

GATES
Edward

Entered into rest :
 
December 10, 2003

35 years old

Gates was an Illinois Department of Transportation worker known as "Minutemen". He responded to a motorist in distress call on the shoulder of the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway near the 47th Street exit, a van with a flat tire, when a box truck, coming up from behind, went out of control on the wet pavement and struck and killed him. Leon Adams, 21, of Chicago, has been charged with driving too fast for conditions, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving a vehicle with unsafe tires and failure to fail to yield to an emergency vehicle at the scene of an accident, also known as "Scott's Law," police said.

BARNES
Jett Junior

Entered into rest :
 
November 17,2003

65 years old

After Jett's retirement from the paint and body business, he helped his son with his towing business, Parkway Wrecker Service. He was also an avid drag racer. He was well-liked and respected by all who knew him and he was a kindhearted person. His memory was honored by a funeral procession of tow trucks following his burial at White Church Cemetery.

DAVENPORT
"Gene"
James E.

Born :
November 13, 1941

Entered into rest :
 
October 29, 2003

61 years old

James died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was co-owner of Davenport Towing and Recovery. He was a member of the Florida Power Boat Club, Tennessee Towing and Recovery Professionals, the Mississippi Towing and Recovery Professionals and the National Towing and Recovery Association of America. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

McCorkle
Gary Dean

Born :
July 4, 1948

Entered into rest :
 
October 17, 2003

55 years old

McCorkle, who was born on the Fourth of July, died as he was answering a towing call. Kathy, his wife, was riding in the tow truck with Dean when he suffered a stroke and died doing what he loved best.

D&K Towing

GRISHAM
Michael A.

Born :
August 1, 1965

Entered into rest :
 
October 12, 2003

38 years old

Grisham was killed when an I-95 Road Ranger tow truck slammed into a disabled vehicle he was preparing to tow from the northbound shoulder of I-95 about 4:35 a.m. Sunday in Lake Worth. According to witnesses, Grisham was thrown into the rear windshield of the tow truck cab and died at the scene, the FHP said.

DONATIONS to the Kyle Grisham Assistance Fund can be sent to Wachovia Bank, 1500 Lantana Rd., Lantana, Florida 33462. Checks should be made out to the fund.

D&D Towing, Lantana

TRUEBLOOD
"Billy"
William H.

Born :
December 25, 1942

Entered into rest :
 
September 22, 2003

60 years old

Trueblood was helping to remove downed trees in North Carolina when the truck’s tow cable snapped and struck the victim, throwing him some 20 feet. His neck broke when he landed on his head.

DEITZ Sr.
Burton E.

Born :
May 5, 1933

Entered into rest :
 
September 17, 2003

70 years old

Deitz died at Kingston Hospital in New York. Mr. Deitz was the former owner of several auto and towing firms. He was the father of Burton Deitz Jr., present owner/operator of Bryant’s Towing, an authorized NYS Thruway tower in Kingston, N.Y. Mr. Deitz was the owner/operator of Coast RV in Crystal River, Fla. He was also the founder and former proprietor of Burton E. Deitz Inc. Auto Supply and Towing, Burton E. Deitz Auto Transport and Bryant’s Towing.

HARMON
"Bob"
Robert P.

Born :
August 17, 1934

Entered into rest :
 
September 2, 2003

69 years old

Bob Harmon was a Past President of PWOF and Owner of Bob Harmon's Towing & Recovery in Pensacola.

PARKER
Kyle B.

Born :
January 29, 1982

Entered into rest :
 
August 27, 2003

21 years old

Parker was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer as he worked on the right hand shoulder of the road. He was trying to hook a disabled trailer to his tow truck on the New York Thruway.

Sonny's Garage, Modena

Rosemary Parker wrote:

PICHECA
"Tiny"
Anthony

Entered into rest :
 
August 16, 2003

30 years old

Picheca, of Toronto, was helping a cargo van disabled on the eastbound express lane, near Allen Rd. A silver Honda Civic, speeding, clipped the rear end of the van and hurtled forward, hitting three other vehicles and smashing into a guardrail. Picheca was pinned between the tow truck and the van and died on impact.

McGUIRE
Cecil

Entered into rest :
August 3, 2003

72 years old

Mr. McGuire entered the towing business in the late 1950s with a 1951 Chevrolet and a Manley hand-operated crane. McGuire’s Towing and Recovery has continued with his son Mike, who has worked with his father since he was old enough to hook up a chain. Mr. McGuire’s favorite was a newly purchased NoMar wrecker mounted on a 1-ton chassis.

BREEDEN II
John Dudley

Born :
May 3, 1947

Entered into rest :
July 23, 2003

56 years old

He was the owner of Kenton County Motors. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 745 West Main St., Suite 150, Louisville, KY 40202

BOUDREAUX
"Billy"
Harold

Born :
December 28, 1940

Entered into rest :
July 21, 2003

Mr. Boudreaux was the owner of Woody’s Wrecker Service, Inc. He was a member of T.R.P.L. and the Evangeline Chapter of A.A.C.A. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era, having served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 4 of New Iberia.

FUHRMAN
Jeff L.

Entered into rest :
July 19, 2003

Jeff passed away in a traffic accident while in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Jays and Sons Towing, Redwood City

Thank you Jay for remembering your brother

SAYRE
Jan Thomas

Born :
January 12, 1954

Entered into rest :
July 16, 2003

52 years old

Jan passed away in Camarillo, Calif. Mr. Sayre was the owner/operator of Advanced Software Associates (Towmark) in Baltimore, Maryland.

DRUMMOND
Roy

Entered into rest :
July 16, 2003

 Roy was posthumously awarded the American Towman Medal thanks to his wife Judy who believed he qualified for it. She told the story about Roy helping save the life of a 2 year old who wandered away from his mother and almost into traffic. Roy died of cancer.
Roy was a true Hero even if he didn't believe he was.

MANSOUR
Walid I.

Born :
April 13, 1950

Entered into rest :
July 14, 2003

53 years old

Mansour's lost control of his tow truck which flew through the air, skidded across the northbound lanes, flipped over a guardrail, plunged 30 feet and landed atop a sport utility vehicle in the southbound lanes, killing the three people inside as well as himself.

Willy's Towing, San Jose

CHENAULT
"Tommy"
Thomas A.

Born :
May 23, 1947

Entered into rest :
July 2, 2003

56 years old

Tommy was working when he had an asthma attack and passed away.

Feilds Towing, Ashland

 

SCHACHERBAUER
"Johnny"
John Henry

Born :
August 15, 1930

Entered into rest :
June 22, 2003

72 years old

Johnny lost his battle with cancer on June 22 of this year. Here is what we put on our web site.
Johnny
Steve

Johnny's Service

COUTS
"J.R."
Marion Edward

Born :
November 12, 1963

Entered into rest :
June 6, 2003

39 years old

Coots was killed in Selma when his truck collided with a Union Pacific freight train, which was thrown into the air and landed about 50 feet south of the crossing.

FARRINGTON
Mary Ann

Born :
October 25, 1942

Entered into rest :
May 15, 2003

60 years old

She was the wife of Dewey Farrington, TRAA 1st vice president, and a longtime member of WTRAA (Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America). Mrs. Farrington was steadfast in her support of the WTRAA Scholarship Program and other WTRAA activities. Mrs. Farrington left us at the end of a 15-year battle with post polio syndrome. Mostly wheelchair bound, she had endless spirit and encouragement for all who knew her. One testament to her determination to make a difference was her strong belief in the donor program. Dewey encourages everyone to check the box on their driver’s licenses as Mary Ann did. Donations may be made to the International Polio Network, 4207 Linville Blvd., Suite 110, St. Louis, MO 63108 or the WTRAA Scholarship Fund, 2121 Eisenhower Ave., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

Yukon, OK

SAMPLES
Mark W.

Born :
November 2, 1962

Entered into rest :
May 11, 2003

40 years old

Samples was killed when a woman, who was driving a 1994 Lincoln Town Car north on I-95, struck the tow truck driver as he loaded an unknown vehicle onto his 1990 Ford F-350 tow truck. Samples died at the scene. Samples is survived by his mother and fiancé. Anyone wishing to help with funeral expenses. Please contact Sean Loscalso @
954-424-8781.

Sal’s Towing, Oakland Park

WAHLY
Julian V.

Born :
October 18, 1943

Entered into rest :
April 30, 2003

59 years old

Julian was struck by a logging truck and killed Wednesday afternoon while hooking up another vehicle to be towed on Route 54. Police are still looking for the driver of the car they say caused the accident. Julian was kneeling to hook up a disabled Chevrolet sedan that was partially in the left lane of Route 54 east and partially on the median. A silver two-door vehicle was at a stop sign on Route 8002 at the intersection with Route 54 in Valley Township. The car pulled onto Route 54 east and then made an abrupt U-turn into the path of an eastbound logging truck, driven by Ralph Thomas. Thomas swerved left to avoid the car but then lost control of his vehicle and struck Julian, his tow truck and the Chevrolet he was towing. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:15 p.m., about 15 minutes after the accident. The silver car fled the accident scene, and state police at Milton are searching for its driver.

Owner of Central Towing, Riverside

SMITH Jr
"Skip"
Frank

Entered into rest :
April 29, 2003

63 years old

Frank was shot several times and killed Tuesday afternoon in his Port Hadlock business. He owned Smith’s Services Towing. Deputies found an armed 30-year-old man who eventually surrendered to them. The sheriff’s office said the suspect once had been in a relationship with Smith’s daughter. "I don't even know why he'd be killed, he was the nicest guy you would ever meet and always ready to help," Paul Smith said.

JACKSON
Pamela J.

Born :
July 24, 1967

Entered into rest :
April 28, 2003

35 years old

Buster Jackson lost his wife on Monday. He came home after a wrecker call Monday morning to find his wife dead on the floor. She died quickly of unknown causes. The couple owned and operated
Jackson Service
in Bay City Texas. According to  Ranelle Arens, Pam was a great person and a huge supporter of Wreckmaster, as well as the power behind Buster Jackson and Jackson Service. There is a memorial fund for Buster's very young daughter, I believe 2 or 3 years old.

The Pam Jackson Memorial Fund is being set up and the contact and Address are as follows:
The Pam Jackson Memorial Fund
Prosporty Bank
1600 7th Ave
Bay City, Texas 77414
Attn : Linda Lowe
Account # 4031687

McClure
Donald H.

Born :
September 26, 1948

Entered into rest :
April 15, 2003

54 years old

Don was the owner of Texas Auto Title Service. He was killed in a car crash last night. There are no details on the crash at this time. Don was the Allied Director of the Texas Towing and Storage Association. He had been very active in our Legislative process and our efforts to improve the Towing industry in Texas. Don was a friend to this industry, and a friend of mine. He will be sorely missed.

Thank you Steve for remembering your friend Don

HOPWOOD
"Butch"
Forrest E.

Born :
April 23, 1954

Entered into rest :
April 11, 2003

48 years old

"Butch" passed away last Friday from natural causes. Butch was employed for the past 7 years by Auto Guardian, a subsidiary of CSAA (California State Auto Association). Before that Butch had worked for Capitol City Automotive, a AAA Contract Station in Sacramento for many years. Butch will be missed terribly.

SHROYER
"Lew"
Lewis J.

Born :
March 5, 1925

Entered into rest :
April 1, 2003

78 years old

Lew founded Shroyer Towing in 1946, which continues to be one of the predominant towing companies in the Lansing area. His sons Bob and Dan continue to run the business. He is also survived by his daughter Karen Sines. Mr. Shroyer and his wife Avis were longtime members of the Michigan Towing Association and instrumental in its growth in the late 1970s and 1980s. He was one of the first members and a past president of MTA. He was also a member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America.

COORDES
Cody Lynn

Born :
September 25, 1977

Entered into rest :
March 26, 2003

25 years old

Coordes was killed while attempting to help a stranded motorist on Interstate 80, about 13 miles east of Laramie. He was lying underneath the truck and fastening a towing chain when a semi-truck driven by Ronda L. Winebarger, 53, veered off the interstate and smashed into the vehicle, crushing him.

Owner of Summit Towing

AYRES Jr.
John J.

Born :
March 18, 1966

Entered into rest :
March 24, 2003

37 years old

Mr. Ayres was a police officer with the Hackettstown Police Department, retiring in 2002. He was also the owner of Mall Towing Inc. He was a member of the PBA of New Jersey and the Garden State Towman’s Association. Donations may be made to The John J. Ayres lll Education Fund, c/o Cochran Funeral Home.

KLIP
John R.

Born :
September 1, 1933

Entered into rest :
March 21, 2003

69 years old

His love and dedication to his family, friends and profession will never be forgotten. John was escorted to his final resting place by two of  his tow trucks driven by his grandsons.

Owner and operator of Cheever’s Towing and Recovery, DeMotte

WILLIAM
David L.

Born :
April 30, 1940

Entered into rest :
March 5, 2003

62 years old

William was hooking his tow truck to a pickup that had rolled over in a ditch when the tow truck began to slide on the icy highway pinning Williams between the tow truck and the pickup killing him.

Owner of William's Wrecker Service, Maple Hill

SINCLAIR
Michael W.

Born :
February 28, 1984

Entered into rest :
March 3, 2003

19 years old

Michael died after a tractor trailer slammed into his truck on Route 1A in Holden, ME around 1:00am Monday. He was pulling an SUV out of a snow bank when the tractor trailer lost control on the icy road.

Sinclair Auto and Towing Center, Carmel

EATON
Wade

Entered into rest :
February 1, 2003

25 years old

Eaton was struck and killed instantaneously by a tractor-trailer tanker at 4 a.m. as he was preparing to tow a vehicle. The driver, who was driving 65 mph, fled and was later arrested for a felony of leaving the scene of a fatal auto accident.

Bobar's Service Center, Schenectady

FELTZ
"Butch"
Monaghan G.

Born :
December 6, 1938

Entered into rest :
January 31, 2003

64 years old

To those who knew him, Butch Feltz was a hard worker who would go out of his way to help people in need. In 1973, Butch took over his dad’s small business, Buckhorn Service. With the help of his brother Ron Feltz and friend Gary Jenkins, he ran the company, which included towing, mechanical services and a gas station. The towing business started small, with only one wrecker and two drivers. The business grew and the company moved to a larger building with a better storage lot, and became concentrated on towing and recovery work. The community will never forget Butch or the goodwill he spread during his years of hard work and kindness. His company Buckhorn Service will live on, providing steady work for its employees and reliable service to its customers at the high standard he set by example.

ALBERTSON
Keith S.

Born :
September 1, 1944

Entered into rest :
January 30, 2003

58 years old

Keith was the owner and operator for 21 years of Keith’s Auto Service and Towing in Bristol, Pa. His charisma and humor will long be remembered. His sons Kevin and Dale continue the business that upholds Keith’s hard work and legacy. Keith was carried to his final resting place upon the bed of his finest rollback.

EVERETTE

Entered into rest :
January 25, 2003

Everette the membership coordinator for the Indiana Towing and Wrecker Association has passed away Saturday with a courageous battle with cancer. His one request was that when he passed that he be placed on a roll back and wanted a line of tow trucks as far as the eyes could see to take him home.

LANDAU
Lenore

Born :
October 5, 1938

Entered into rest :
January 23, 2003

64 years old

Mrs. Landau, who died in her sleep, was president of Fryer’s Towing in Daytona Beach. She was an active member of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida. Many industry race professionals knew her as the face behind the Daytona Speed Week “Wrecker Compound” credentials for Miller Industries. She was a retired kindergarten teacher for the Old Bridge, N.J., school system. A member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority, she attended Rutgers University and earned an associate’s degree from Brookdale College, bachelor’s degrees from Temple and Monmouth universities and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

HUTTO
"Tommy"
Thomas C.

Born :
January 1, 1929

Entered into rest :
January 17, 2003

74 years old

Tommy was the owner of Hutto Shop and Wrecker Service for 35 years. His funeral service on Jan. 20 was lead by his own personal wrecker that was driven by his grandson Jeffery Cameron, followed by a fleet of wreckers from the surrounding counties.

PURCELL
Justen Cecil

Born :
July 23, 1976

Entered into rest :
January 11, 2003

26 years old

Justen was taking care of a C.H.P. call on south bound I-680 south of Alcosta Blvd. He arrived on scene and exited his truck when a 19 year old suspected drunk driver slammed into the patrol car and then Justen, killing him.

San Ramon Tow,
San Ramon

www.PurcellTrustFund.com

SIMON
"Bob"

Lt. Commander
Robert A.

Entered into rest :
December 21, 2002

Bob passed away from a blood blockage to his brain due to a tumor. Bob will be buried at sea. We will miss you "fresnobob," from our Tow411 family.

HANSEN
Richard D.

Born :
June 11, 1953

Entered into rest :
December 17, 2002

49 years old

A motorist drove up the inclined ramp of Hansen's tow truck as he stood on the tow truck ramp getting it ready to pick up a vehicle while parked on the southbound shoulder of Route 35. Hansen was thrown about 15 feet as the car sailed over the truck cab. Hansen suffered massive injuries in the accident.

Sansone Route 1 Auto Mall, Woodbridge

TERHUNE
Edward Lee

Born :
April 20, 1918

Entered into rest :
December 7, 2002

84 years old

Edward died of natural causes. He was a former auto body shop and towing service owner operator. Mr. Terhune was an Army veteran of WWII.

LYNCH
Woodie

Born :
April 6, 1946

Entered into rest :
December 7, 2002

56 years old

Woody was the owner and operator of Lynch Towing and Recovery Service.

DUGGER
Estel W.

Born :
September 4, 1915

Entered into rest :
December 4, 2002

87 years old

Estel was the owner and operator of Dugger’s Garage and Wrecker Service in Gray, Estel died of natural causes.

ENGLISH
Glenn F.

Born :
June 7, 1935

Entered into rest :
November 17, 2002

67 years old

English, owner of Glenn's Paint and Body Shop and Wrecker Service, Beaumont TX, died from a heart attack.

KING Sr.
H. Alfred

Born :
December 8, 1923

Entered into rest :
November 15, 2002

78 years old

Mr. King worked for his father-in-law at Helmrich’s Towing, eventually becoming the owner. He was a founder of the Towing and Recovery Association of America and the Interstate Towing Association.

MELVILLE
"Mel"
John William

Born :
August 5, 1940

Entered into rest :
October 28, 2002

62 years old

John died after a long battle with cancer. He operated wreckers for over 30 years for companies in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich. Mr. Melville trained many drivers including his four sons. He was a winner of many driving competitions at Michigan and Ohio tow shows as well as a consultant for Dick’s Towing in Detroit and Athens Towing in Ohio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

SIMMONS
Danny R.

Entered into rest :
October 5, 2002

28 years old

Danny died in a traffic accident north of Toronto in the city of Orilla. He was a licensed mechanic and tow truck operator for the past nine years. In the spring of 2001, Danny, along with partners Warren, Trevor and Scott, opened an automotive repair shop and towing company with four wreckers. The towing company was one of Dan’s favorite parts of our business, said business partner Scott Granahan. Danny was also a proud new member of the WreckMaster family.

BECKNER
Richard B.

Born :
September 11, 1978

Entered into rest :
October 1, 2002

24 years old

Rich was on scene of an accident on I-25. While he was out on the shoulder speaking with the officer, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck the police vehicle. The impact to Rich was so tremendous that he was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver that struck and killed Rich had a blood alcohol level more than .20 percent.

Mirage Recovery Service

HOAGLAND
"Hoagy"
James

Born :
April 1, 1929

Entered into rest :
September 22, 2002

73 years old

James died of complications from the West Nile virus. Mr. Hoagland was a member of the 1999 International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame. He bought his first tow truck in 1951 and started Hoagy’s Wrecker Service, which is still in operation. Mr. Hoagland was co-founder of the Indiana Towing Association and director of the Interstate Towing Association. He was also a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police and the Indiana Motor Truck Association. He was active in Friends of Towing and helped promote annual fund-raisers for the organization, which supports the International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame.

DIXON
James F.

Born :
March 22, 1923

Entered into rest :
September 18, 2002

79 years old

 James owned and operated Dixon’s Wrecker Service. He passed as a result from complications of a quintuple bypass operation performed over two months prior. Mr. Dixon was an Army veteran of World War II.

MITCHELL
"Buddy"
Howard R.

Born :
January 27, 1925

Entered into rest :
September 3, 2002

77 years old

Kentucky State Police said that at 3:10 p.m., Howard, turned left onto U.S. 68 at Fairview. An eastbound pickup struck his wrecker as he turned. Howard went through a field. Struck a fence, and hit a parked Subaru before coming to rest against a tree at the bottom of a hill, state police said. Howard was a farm equipment and car dealer.

LOWE
Gerald Carl

Born :
April 28, 1941

Entered into rest :
September 1, 2002

61 years old

Mr. Lowe owned Lowe’s Garage/Towing and Wrecker Service.

REUST
Dave A.

Born :
August 5, 1969

Entered into rest :
August 7, 2002

33 years old

Reust responded to a call at Teton Pass, a steep mountain area. He loaded the vehicle on his tow truck and began the steep descent and lost control of the truck almost immediately. The truck reached speeds of 70 mph as it careened out of control. Reust lost his gears and control of his brakes. The truck crashed and flipped pinning himself and the customer for almost an hour. Reust died almost instantly. His customer, who survived, said he was brave to the very end.

Flat Creek Towing

DAVENPORT
"Jay"
James Curtis

Born :
July 3, 1933

Entered into rest :
July 27, 2002

69 years old

Jay died Saturday in Memphis, Tenn., as the result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a tractor-trailer as he was crossing a highway to prepare a truck that was to be towed.

President and co-owner of Davenport’s Truck Stop, Paragould

WILLIAMS
Bobby J.

Born :
September 29, 1940

Entered into rest :
July 25, 2002

61 years old

Bob owned and operated B&D Towing of Evansville, Ind. He passed away of lung cancer. He started his business in 1978 with just one wrecker. My Mother answered our home phone to receive calls; she also did the bookkeeping as well as raising five kids. His name was Bob and her name is Donna. At the time of his passing, he had built the business to 15 trucks and 15 drivers, bought an office building and has seven women that work in the office including my mom and two daughters. He was well respected in the community by all sorts of people. He would work the late shift because the business is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He never took a day off. He was a real trooper. 

SMITH
Charles Ray

Born :
December 7, 1939

Entered into rest :
July 18, 2002

62 years old

Ray died at home of a massive heart attack.

 Owner and operator of Ray's Wrecker in Vidor, Texas

Smith-Sternberg
Lauralee E.

Born :
July 22, 1955

Entered into rest :
July 14, 2002

46 years old

Laura co-owned and operated, with her spouse, Mark, Eagle Towing of Engadine, Michigan. She enjoyed life to its fullest, participating and volunteering in local community events. Laura died of an apparent heart attack.

Thank you Mark for remembering your wife

MORRIS
Richard

Born :
August 7, 1963

Entered into rest :
July 5, 2002

38 years old

Morris was killed as he worked on a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of southbound Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks. The errant driver told police he was changing the station on his radio when his car drifted on the shoulder and struck Morris. He worked for Roy’s Towing.

DOUTHIT
Robert Eldon

Born :
August 15, 1937

Entered into rest :
June 25, 2002

64 years old

Robert was hooking up a motor home on the side of the highway when a pickup truck collided with the back of the disabled vehicle crushing him between the two vehicles. The driver of the pickup fled the scene on foot and was located in a field about five miles southwest of the scene. Investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

CRUSE
Donnie

Entered into rest :
June 14, 2002

57 years old

Donnie Cruse was shot by a tower from Milwaukee, Wis. Also killed were his wife Mary Helen, 53, their daughter Shannon, 23 and granddaughter, Shaniya, 6.
Donnie was well known and respected in the industry. He trained many people who wanted to better themselves and raise the bar of the tow truck operator. He always stressed professionalism in the industry.

Donnie Cruse was the founder of WreckMaster

DOLLAR
Johnny T.

Born :
January 18, 1954

Entered into rest :
June 5, 2002

48 years old

Johnny died of a heart attack. He was the general manager for RoadOne in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. He was also president of Dollar Enterprises Inc. and Southwest Transport Inc. and vice president and general manager of Broward Truck & Equipment Company. In addition, Mr. Dollar was an active town leader, having served as a founder and first vice mayor of Southwest Ranches.

BENHAM
Joe H.

Born :
February 10, 1933

Entered into rest :
May 15, 2002

69 years old

Joe owned and operated
Benham’s Service and Garage Inc.
in Berkley Heights. He started working at his father’s Amoco Service Station in 1955. The family business soon expanded to include towing and road service and now runs 13 trucks with 25 employees. His son Joe L. and Barbara helped operate the business. Mr. Benham was a member of the Garden State Towman’s Association (GSTA), the New Jersey Motor Truck Towing Council and the Towing and Recovery Association of America.

O'LEARY
Dennis F.

Born :
January 4, 1955

Entered into rest :
May 3, 2002

47 years old

Dennis was a passenger in a tow truck, riding along as a part of his training to become a driver for Lang Towing. The driver, was looking back as he was coming on an on-ramp, and the truck tire started to climb the wall, and it just kept going. He was trying to control it so as not to hurt anyone else, and it flipped. "Dennis was a good, hard worker. He was dependable, easygoing, quiet and shy -- a real nice guy" said Frank Thomas, a Lang dispatcher who was O'Leary's roommate for about four years.

BRINKER
Mark Edward

Entered into rest :
April 20, 2002

42 years old

Mark was standing on the shoulder of the turnpike after pulling another driver's car out of a ditch when he was struck around 12:30 p.m. by a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Leroy J. Fox, 29. Fox was switching lanes when his vehicle hit a puddle of water in the roadway and lost control hitting the back of the disabled vehicle, which hit and propelled Mark 106 feet away onto the grass embankment. Edward later died of his injuries at the hospital. Unsafe speed was deemed the cause of the crash according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

NEIL
Roy B.

Born :
September 14, 1971

Entered into rest :
April 11, 2002

30 years old

Roy was hit and killed early this month by an alleged drunk driver while loading a disabled truck at I-17 and Mile Post 300. Roy was a driver in the heavy-duty division at Western Towing/RoadOne in Phoenix.

FERRERIA
"Tony"
Anthony C.

Entered into rest :
April 9, 2002

81 years old

Tony started his garage and family towing business 62 years ago with a small fleet of tow trucks. He owned and operated Chelmsford Auto Repair Service and Tony’s Garage. He was a town worker and a volunteer firefighter. He was a member of the Statewide Towing Association and the Massachusetts Auto Body Association. Mr. Ferreria’s son Michael now owns and operates Tony’s Garage; his son Andy owns Ferreria’s Wrecker Sales; and his grandson Chris owns Christopher’s Emergency Equipment and Towing Inc.

Hernandez-DeJesus
Raphael

Entered into rest :
February 20, 2002

20 years old

Raphael was helping another tower load a car in a parking lot when the flatbed’s cable snapped and the car rolled over him.

CASAGRANDE
Milo D.

Born :
June 5, 1931

Entered into rest :
February 20, 2002

70 years old

Milo died at his home following a battle with cancer. Milo started a car repair business in the city of Butte when he got out of the service in 1952. Five years later, the company became Milo's Towing and Repair. In 1978, Milo and 10 other towers started the Montana Tow Truck Association. He served as president for more than 20 years. Milo lived to improve the Montana towing and recovery industry.

You will truly be missed, Milo.

South Africa Flag

RAUBENHEIMER
Coba

Entered into rest :
February 15, 2002

Coba, wife of Henry Raubenheimer, died of a blood clot in the brain, after a hip replacement. Henry and Coba made their home in Johannesburg South Africa, but made at least two trips to the states every year. They were very involved with Friends of Towing and attended as many Tow shows as they could during each year.

LAM
Curtis M.

Born :
March 11, 1954

Entered into rest :
February 8, 2002

47 years old

Lifelong Towman, Mechanic, Stock Car Driver, Builder, Welder, Husband, Father, Grandfather, all around good guy. He died of a massive Heart Attack while in his Flatbed with a wreck on the bed and crashed into a building. He spent his whole life in our trade helping others, ready to go at a moments notice. May he Rest in Peace.

GERICHTEN
"COOTER"

Kenneth

Born :
April 16, 1950

Entered into rest :
January 26, 2002

51 years old

Gerichten died of a massive heart attack.

Owner of Ken's Towing.
Pleasant Mount, PA

Monetary donations to help cover funeral costs may be sent to Ken’s Towing, PO Box 35, Pleasant Mount, PA 18453.

SULLIVAN
JIM

Entered into rest :
January 11, 2002

Poway Towing

(Touching story by Hector Garcia)

YOUNG
Jeff

Entered into rest :
January 4, 2002

44 years old

Jeff of Young Equipment Sales in Carlisle, Pa., died of a heart attack. He was a distributor for Dynamic and Jerr-Dan. Contributions may be made through Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1480 Jerusalem Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-2072.

BEAVER
John

Entered into rest :
2002

John was a past president of the Virginia Association of Towing and Recovery Operators (VATRO). They held a memorial celebration for John on Jan. 5, 2002, at the Luray Fire Hall on Main Street. Memorial contributions may be made to VATRO in Mr. Beaver’s name. The money was to be used to purchase a piece of fire equipment.

WILLIS
Justin Thomas

Born :
October 25, 1982

Entered into rest :
December 31, 2001

19 years old

It was three days after Christmas when Justin was setting out cones to close down a lane of eastbound
I-275 at Lois Avenue in Tampa after an accident. Willis was struck by a pickup that didn't stop. He died on New Year's Eve. "He was a great kid with a great head on his shoulders," said Palmer, a fellow Road Ranger. "He did everything right that night, had all his lights on, followed the proper procedures. He had his whole life ahead of him." Willis left a wife and a 2-year-old son. The driver who hit him has not been found.

Thank you Frank for remembering your relative

COFFEY
Roger

Entered into rest :
December 24, 2001

62 years old

Coffey was a past president of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) and longtime supporter and contributor to the towing industry. He died following a longtime illness. He owned and operated Coffey’s Towing and Recovery. Mr. Coffey was a past president of TRAA, past president of the TRAA Education Foundation, and a founder and past president of the Towing and Recovery Association of Kentucky (TRAK). Mr. Coffey was a driving force in the formation of TRAK just over 20 years ago and served the association as a voice in legislation. He was recognized as the spokesman for towing in Kentucky and later in the nation. Mr. Coffey was elected TRAA president in 1995 and was instrumental in the introduction of the National Driver Certification Program for tow truck drivers. He was re-elected president in 1997.

WICKLINE
Robert F.

Entered into rest :
December 12, 2001

54 years old

Robert died of cancer. He was the president and chief executive officer of The LSR Group Inc., the national franchiser of the Pop-A-Lock franchise system.

FENWICK
Leo A.

Entered into rest :
December 12, 2001

51 years old

Leo was shot by two people after dragging a car out of a gully he had hooked up and moved a short distance. Witnesses say the two teens argued with Fenwick before the shooting.

Owner of LLL Towing Company

HERNANDEZ
Jesse

Entered into rest :
December 1, 2001

Hernandez was struck by a Lincoln Continental while he was working a breakdown on an interstate highway in Galveston, Texas. He was killed instantly. The driver of the Lincoln who struck Hernandez (and the customer, who survived) was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

SEDBERRY
"Buddy"
John Morgan

Born :
October 9, 1931

Entered into rest :
November 29, 2001

70 years old

In August of 1963, Buddy founded Buddy's Esso, operating as a full service gas station. His son Steve, encouraged him to buy a wrecker in 1975. Two years later, they moved and became Buddy's Wrecker Service. Buddy passed in 2001 leaving the company to his son Steve, who keeps Buddy's legacy alive today.

Thank you Steve for remembering your father

SMITH
Ernest

Entered into rest :
October 17, 2001

55 years old

Smith died at the Cromwell Hospital in London after a short illness. He was managing director of the Green Flag Group, an international motoring recovery organization. He trained as a mechanic at the Halifax Motor Company and in 1969 formed his own motoring recovery business. In 1971 he joined forces with three men who had founded the National Breakdown Recovery Club in Bradford. The company was bought by National Car Parks in the early 1980s and Mr. Smith became managing director. In 1991 the Green Flag Group was formed, which included not only the former National Breakdown Recovery Club but also five other companies - Green Flag USA, Green Flag Europe, Green Flag Travelers Medical, Green Flag Home Assistance and Truck Assistance.

SOUDER
Henry J.

Born :
February 9, 1975

Entered into rest :
October 5, 2001

26 years old

"Towing was his life." Dwayne Morris, a fellow tower, said of his friend. Henry died of a ruptured appendix.

Ken’s Towing and Recovery, Shermansdale

JOHNSON
Tony

Entered into rest :
October 2001

23 years old

Tony was killed while changing a tire on Highway 99.

RTS Towing, Merced

WATSON
Brian E.

Born :
December 18, 1975

Entered into rest :
September 18, 2001

25 years old

The driver of an out of control 1985 Ford LTD struck Watson and a stranded motorist before colliding with the disabled jeep on U.S. Highway 85. Four other people were injured in the accident

Dan's Towing, Sturgis

BROWN
Danny A.

Born :
November 8, 1965

Entered into rest :
August 22, 2001

35 years old

GALLARDO
Francisco

Entered into rest :
July 19, 2001

27 years old

Gallardo was about to assist a woman whose car became disabled when he was struck on the San Diego Freeway by a hit-and-run driver.

Coastal Towing

TREJO
Vincent

Born :
December 14, 1965

Entered into rest :
July 15, 2001

35 years old

Vincent was killed after his flatbed tow truck shattered into three pieces following a collision with an Amtrak train.

Central Towing,
Fremont

GOUGH
Chris L.

Born :
June 3, 1980

Entered into rest :
June 27, 2001

21 years old

Chris was walking underneath a Raceway gas station billboard sign in Wildwood, Florida with his brother when the sign suddenly fell. The two brothers were working late on a car at his family's garage next to the Raceway when they decided to walk to the convenience store. Chris's brother tried to lift the sign off his brother with a tow truck before rescue crews could arrive, but Chris had already been crushed to death. Rusty bolts were to blame for the sign falling.

BRAQUET
"Mr. Gene"
Eugene P.

Born :
March 17, 1939

Entered into rest :
June 21, 2001

62 years old

Gene died of a heart attack. Gene is remembered as a man that you always saw smiling.

Bra-K Wreckers,
Beaumont

SMITH
Eddie J.

Born :
November 14, 1958

Entered into rest :
May 7, 2001

42 years old

Smith died after suffering a seizure. He was the owner/operator of
Ace Towing Service
and Sacramento Towing Equipment.

SMART
James H.

Born :
June 18, 1940

Entered into rest :
May 1, 2001

60 years old

Smart, owner of Roadrunner Towing & Recovery in Baton Rouge, was working a recovery scene where a tractor-trailer had rolled over. A cable or chain broke and Smart was hit in the head under his hard hat.

STRONG Jr.
Charles Richard

Born :
March 10, 1961

Entered into rest :
April 26, 2001

40 years old

Strong and six other towing employees were attempting to repossess several vehicles as part of an eviction notice. Strong was shot in the back as he was bending over to tow something four feet from a window at the residence. His killer hid behind one of the window fans waiting for him. His murderer, Orville Ed Simmons, committed suicide within an hour after the shooting. Strong lay bleeding for 48 minutes while waiting for help before he slipped away. The police, as well as the towing company both had run-ins with Orville and were aware of his mental instability as well as his criminal history, and also that he had been making threats of his future actions. Strong leaves behind twin girls who were 15 at the time, (Ashley and Beth), and a son who was 17, and his wife, Nancy, all who miss him to this day.

Bulldog Towing and Recovery

Thank you Ashley for remembering your father, his image and for letting me know more of his story.

SPELLMAN
Seth

Entered into rest :
April 12, 2001

19 years old

Spellman, a Marine private first class, was killed while driving a military tow truck near Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The vehicle left the highway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. It was Spellman's seventh week of heavy-equipment training with a Marine Corps detachment.

U.S.M.C.

CHITWOOD
"Ron"
Ronald W.

Born :
June 1, 1939

Entered into rest :
March 23, 2001

61 years old

Ron passed away from poor health. He was paralyzed from the waist down and drove trucks using hand controls. His son, Tim, rode with him and would hook up cars. Mr. Chitwood was known by almost everyone in the area, according to Mike Lee, owner of Chitwood Towing.

HALPRIN
"Bobby"
Robert W.

Born :
August 3, 1942

Entered into rest :
March 22, 2001

58 years old

Bobby was a founding member of Tow Times® magazine and well-known in the towing industry. He died as a result of a long illness. Bobby opened Halprin Brainard Rd. Texaco in 1966 and later expanded into Halprin Towing. He co-founded the Connecticut Towing and Recovery Professionals serving as its first president in 1980. He later became one of the founders of Tow Times® magazine and was an active member of various state and local police organizations including the 100 Club of Connecticut.

HAFENSTEINER
Thomas W.

Born :
April 12, 1951

Entered into rest :
March 19, 2001

49 years old

Tom passed away of a heart attack at his place of business after responding to a service call.  His family, coworkers, and friends will remember him always.

Co owner of H&S Service, Inc.

Thank you Diane for remembering your husband

MURILLO
Jorge A.

Born :
March 19, 1977

Entered into rest :
March 19, 2001

24 years old

Social Security Death Index lists
October 1, 1980
as Date of Birth which would make Jorge 20 years old at time of death.

 

BARNES Jr.
Lawrence H.

Born :
November 13, 1957

Entered into rest :
March 15, 2001

43 years old

Barnes was hooking the disabled car to his tow truck in the right shoulder of State Road 75 when Barnes and his truck were hit from behind by another vehicle.

El Cordova Garage

WEIDMAN
Michael G.

Born :
March 10, 1961

Entered into rest :
March 11, 2001

40 years old

Mike died in a vehicle accident.

Auburn Towing and Repair

VonAlst
Crystal A.

Born :
February 24, 1971

Entered into rest :
March 1, 2001

33 years old

Crystal Von Alst died of complications from cancer. She co-owned and operated a towing business with her husband, Jim.

FACUNDO
Javier

Born :
February 24, 1971

Entered into rest :
February 27, 2001

30 years old

Facundo died at the scene after his truck slammed into an SUV causing his gas tank to erupt and engulf his vehicle in flames.

DAVIS
Richard Lamar

Born :
December 27, 1947

Entered into rest :
February 26, 2001

54 years old

Richard Lamar Davis was killed during rush hour traffic helping a stranded friend on Interstate 20. Davis was standing outside his truck when a 1999 Ford Escort veered into the emergency lane and hit him.

Lance Wrecker Service

OOLEY
"Daddy"
Jerry W.

Born :
February 20, 1957

Entered into rest :
February 15, 2001

43 years old

A tractor-trailer driver reaching for a cup of coffee swerved off Interstate 95 and crushed Ooley against his flatbed tow truck, who was trying to help a disabled motorist at 7:35 a.m.

Tony's Towing

MOBLEY
George

Born :
September 9, 1954

Entered into rest :
February 2, 2001

46  years old

George was killed on Interstate 4 while loading a vehicle onto his truck. A car hit another car, hit his tow truck and then hit him.

Prestige Towing

CARLILE
"Heath"
Cameron H.

Born :
September 25, 1978

Entered into rest :
January 22, 2001

22 years old

Cameron died on his way back from a service call in an automobile accident. Heath, as he was known to his friends, was a tow truck driver at Mitchem & Sons Wrecker Service Inc. in Big Spring. Ricky Mitchem said Heath loved towing and recovery as well as helping others.

ERICKSON
Marvin L.

Born :
November 6, 1937

Entered into rest :
December 26, 2000

63 years old

BROWN
James C.

Born :
October 4, 1930

Entered into rest :
December 15, 2000

70 years old

Mr. Brown was the owner/operator of Burl’s Wrecker Service in Mayfield.

BYRD
Creed C.

Born :
March 3, 1931

Entered into rest :
December 3, 2000

69 years old

Mr. Byrd passed after a lengthy illness. He was an active member in the towing industry for almost 40 years and was a charter member of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame. He owned and operated Southern Wrecker Sales in Atlanta, Ga., for many years.

YOUNGBLOOD
Burl W.

Born :
November 23, 1920

Entered into rest :
November 28, 2000

80 years old

Youngblood was the founder and owner/operator of Burl’s Wrecker Service in Mayfield, Ky.

JOHNSON
David Earl

Born :
September 28, 1956

Entered into rest :
November 13, 2000

43 years old

David died of a brain tumor and received a tower’s funeral taking his last ride on the bed of a tow truck.

Bra-K Wreckers,
Beaumont

HANSEN
Jeppe F.

Born :
July 3, 1959

Entered into rest :
November 2, 2000

41 years old

Jeppe was killed in a crash while driving his flatbed tow truck.

Jim's Towing

RODRIGUEZ
Joseph Gallo

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
October 25, 2000

18 years old

Joseph, a tow truck driver trainee for Quality Automotive Services, was changing a flat tire on a teacher's car when two men approached him, demanding his sterling silver necklace with a crucifix charm be given to them. It was about 5:30 in the evening when the men approached. Joseph refused and he was shot in the neck by special education student Victor Moreno, also 18. The two would-be robbers, now murderers, fled the scene.  Joseph was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. His condition deteriorated and he died at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Fyfe II
Alan W.

Born :
February 28, 1964

Entered into rest :
October 19, 2000

36 years old

OUELLETTE
Bruce L.

Born :
July 15, 1981

Entered into rest :
October 14, 2000

19 years old

Bruce was a hard worker who loved working at Farmington Motor Sports. He was a tow truck driver and looking forward to going back to school to study tractor - trailer driving. It was his dream to be a "rig driver." Bruce tragically died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

BENJAMIN
Harry C.

Born :
December 11, 1938

Entered into rest :
September 29, 2000

61 years old

Harry died at his home. Mr. Benjamin was the owner of Harry Benjamin’s Garage, previously known as Benjamin’s Arco. He operated a towing service for many years. He enjoyed racing and won several championships. He was member of the Wysox Fire Department and Wysox Ambulance Association.

TANTON
"Little Mike"
William Michael

Born :
February 19, 1980

Entered into rest :
September 16, 2000

20 years old

Mike was killed while loading a van onto his tow truck by a drunk driver who swerved onto the shoulder and hit him. "Mike was a young man, who would do anything for anyone. Small in size, but had a heart as big as the universe. There are so many kids on the wrong track these days, yet here you had a young man at 20 who worked full-time, had an apartment and vehicle of his own and was making plans for College. Clyde Baldridge took all of this away from Little Mike. He knew what he was doing when he took his first drink." stated Lynda Woods.

Humble Wrecker Service

RONK
George J.

Born :
May 18, 1915

Entered into rest :
September 16, 2000

84 years old

George founded Ronk's Auto and Truck Towing Inc. in Crestline. The company is now owned by his wife, Eunice.

BROWN
"Ronnie"
Ronald D.

Born :
March 31, 1936

Entered into rest :
August 26, 2000

64 years old

Brown died fighting a battle with emphysema. He owned and operated
Ronnie's Wrecker Service
 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He served the people of Wichita Falls for over 25 years.

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COBBLE
John Ryan

Born :
April 4, 1979

Entered into rest :
August 6, 2000

21 years old

Ryan was killed when a tractor-trailer veered off a highway and hit him and the owner of the sport utility vehicle he was refueling.

RIEGELHUTH
Michael Lee

Born :
October 13, 1964

Entered into rest :
June 2, 2000

35 years old

Michael was killed when his truck suddenly went out of  control on a local freeway in the Southern California area. Highway Patrol Investigators are looking into the possibility that the truck Michael was driving suffered a "Blow Out" which caused him to lose control and smash into the center divider. Michael was apparently ejected from the truck and died instantly when the cab of the truck landed on top of him.

CAVINESS
Jason Paul

Entered into rest :
May 20, 2000

27 years old

A man whose vehicle allegedly struck and killed a tow truck driver Saturday night is in jail. The accident occurred alongside the Durham Freeway. According to the Highway Patrol, 34-year-old Dennis Baines Cannon was drunk and swerved off the road, hitting the tow truck and the driver, who was helping a motorist at about 10 p.m. The tow truck driver, 27-year-old Jason Paul Caviness, died at the scene. Cannon was driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He is charged with DWI and felony death by motor vehicle. He is in the Durham County Jail on a $1 million bond.

RAMER
Jimmy L.

Born :
September 11, 1958

Entered into rest :
May 7, 2000

42 years old

Jimmy was killed in a 20-vehicle pile-up.

Owner of Po’ Boy Wreckers and Towing

MULLIGAN-AYERS
"Jay"
Jesse J.

Born :
July 11, 1978

Entered into rest :
May 3, 2000

21 years old

Killed by a hit & run driver during a routine tow for the police. The driver was later caught.

McGann and Chester Towing, Inc.

SMITH
Wayne Kennedy

Entered into rest :
May 2, 2000

40 years old

Smith died while removing a driveline from an abandoned car which fell off his lift and hit his head.

R.T. Automotive Inc.

MARSHALL
Richard J.

Born :
September 12, 1964

Entered into rest :
March 27, 2000

34 years old

Richard was crushed while disconnecting a driveline from a motor home.

Bill & Wags Towing Inc

KYZER
Danny L.

Born :
September 20, 1970

Entered into rest :
January 21, 2000

29 years old

Danny was in the process of changing a tire in east bound I-80 when a Pennsylvania commuter hit and killed him. Danny was removing the tire from the rear under carriage of a Ford pickup truck. When he got up from underneath the rear end, an errant driver struck the back of the Ford pickup truck and hit Danny in the chest area killing him instantly. The errant driver told police that the sun had been in his eyes and later admitted he was trying to go around the slow traffic by driving on the shoulder.

Thank you Heffy for remembering your driver Danny

BROWDER
Robert M.

Born :
July 31, 1949

Entered into rest :
January 20, 2000

50 years old

PATTERSON
Charles Ray

Born :
March 23, 1947

Entered into rest :
January 2, 2000

52 years old

Ray was killed after discovering that a customer was using a stolen credit card to pay for the tow.

Update : The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of Steven Ray Thacker. He was found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Ray.

POYNTER
"Joe"
Joseph Lytle

Born :
November 7, 1972

Entered into rest :
December 20, 1999

27 years old

Joe, who was born into towing and worked for
 Fender's Wrecker Service,
was admitted to the hospital and was undergoing exploratory surgery for an injury. Family members were told the surgery went well, but two hours later they were told that Joseph had died. His death certificate read, "Narcotic misadministration while at University of Cincinnati Hospital."

JAHOLKOWSKI
Paul J.

Born :
April 1, 1945

Entered into rest :
November 25, 1999

54 years old

MILLER
Bruce L.

Born :
July 26, 1951

Entered into rest :
November 8,1999

48 years old

Bruce owned B&D Auto Parts in Vienna Township and was closing up shop when he was killed. It was believed that he was shot during a robbery, but later it was learned that he was actually murdered when an ex-cop from Reno, Jerry L. Cassaday, left a damaging suicide note which led police to arrest Bruce's wife, Sharee Miller. It is believed she had Jerry kill him so she could collect his life insurance, a crime for which she was convicted for.

 

BURKHART
Richard D.

Born :
September 10, 1970

Entered into rest :
November 5,1999

29 years old

 

BIVINS Jr.
Charles S.

Born :
April 20, 1941

Entered into rest :
September 25,1999

58 years old

Charles died of a heart attack. He will always be remembered as a jolly old soul ..always smiling and always ready to give a hand.

Owner of Bivin's Wrecker Service

HUSTON
Mike

Born :
October 26, 1937

Entered into rest :
September 10, 1999

61 years old

Mike worked for about thirty years in the towing and recovery industry. He drove and/or owned Brannon's Towing in Buttonwillow, CA,  South Union Body Works and Kern Towing And Salvage both in Bakersfield, CA. On September 10th, 1999 Mike lost a long fight with cancer. A battle fought bravely by a man who loved his work more than anyone I've met.
He is survived by his wife Ellen, two sons Chuck and Robert (his oldest also a proud Towman), and three Grandchildren Shannon, Travis and Tara. He was 61 and will be sorely missed! Please join me in wishing him luck in that big ditch in the sky.
Sincerely,
Chuck Huston
Cedar Bluff Towing
Knoxville, TN

WOOD
Timothy J.

Born :
July 15, 1955

Entered into rest :
April 1,1999

43 years old

Tim was servicing a vehicle on an interstate shoulder when he was killed by a drunk driver who struck the disabled vehicle, pinning him between it and his tow truck. Tim worked for Bowles Automotive in Mooresville. Charges were pending against the motorist who reportedly was operating her vehicle at a high rate of speed and had been involved in a hit-and-run accident moments before.

COLBERT
Joseph D.

Born :
August 12, 1954

Entered into rest :
February 16, 1999

44 years old

WRIGHT
Darrel D.

Born :
September 29, 1942

Entered into rest :
February 10, 1999

56 years old

Wright of Makakilo, former owner of Wright's Towing Service, Royal Towing Service & Pacific Towing Service, died at St. Francis-West Hospital.

COOK
James

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
January 15,1999

63 years old

James was owner and operator of B&B Wrecker Service in Houston. He was killed by a hit-and-run driver. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also known as a people person and will be missed by many.

Thank you Sandy Newman for remembering your father

JONES
Michael T.

Born :
July 21, 1967

Entered into rest :
December 22,1998

31 years old

Michael was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

JOHNSON
Bernard

Entered into rest :
December 12,1998

Bernard died from injuries sustained from being ejected out of his truck after a collision with another vehicle.

YARDLEY
Timothy C.

Born :
July 31, 1973

Entered into rest :
November 19,1998

25 years old

GAUR
Som

Born :
 

Entered into rest :
November 1,1998

30 years old

Som was assisting a motorist with a flat tire around 3 a.m., on the shoulder of the Ronald Reagan Freeway just east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Som died at the scene. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1976 from the Punjab province in India.

DeFRANKS
Carmine

Entered into rest :
August 30,1998

31 years old

Carmine was killed by multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by an employee.

Owner of All American Towing

SHAFER
Ernest C.

Born :
May 19, 1942

Entered into rest :
August 29,1998

56 years old

Ernest was crushed in his truck after the tire blew causing his truck to roll.

BRUNO
John

Born :
May 27, 1956

Entered into rest :
August 8, 1998

42 years old

In 1977, John Bruno took over the AMOCO gas station at Castleton Courners, moving the business to its present location in 1994. On August 8, 1998, John Bruno died tragically, struck and killed by a motorist during a late night towing call. Under the ownership of his son, Mike Bruno, the towing fleet has been expanded and a second Bruno's location has opened in Rutland.

JACKSON
Scott W.

Entered into rest :
August 1, 1998

26 years old

A driver was killed Saturday when the Florida Fun-Train, a family attraction on rails, ran into his tow truck during the train's first full trial run between Orlando and Tampa. The train struck the truck at a central Florida grade crossing about an hour after it left Tampa. None of the 50 passengers and crew was reported injured. Scott W. Jackson, 26, of Davenport, had a car on his flatbed wrecker when the train hit, ejecting him from the cab, troopers said. It wasn't known what the truck was doing on the tracks, said Ron Hartman, chief operating officer of First American Railways, which owns the Fun-Train.

MARAK
Ronald Joseph

Entered into rest :
July 28, 1998

44 years old

Killed instantly by an out of control Buick which slammed into him on the highway while hooking up to a car.

WARD
Edward D.

Born :
February 10, 1940

Entered into rest :
July 23, 1998

58 years old

Edward was killed when he was struck by a dump truck on a Washington D.C. highway.

McCARTY
Rodney Allen

Born :
September 19, 1966

Entered into rest :
July 11, 1998

31 years old

Killed in an accident, while driving a tractor trailer through an unguarded railroad crossing. The crossing was not equipped with crossing gates or light signals but was marked with a yellow railroad sign and a stop sign at the time of the accident. Despite officials' acknowledgment that crashes at private crossings are a problem in California and across the nation, Union Pacific is not responsible for adding gates and lights to the unguarded crossings. A request must come from the property owner and money is the main hurdle to adding gates. The cost runs between $300,000 and $500,000 each.

"Make It Happen"

McCarty & Sons Towing, Oxnard

SCHROLL
Garry J.

Born :
February 26, 1954

Entered into rest :
June 25, 1998

44 years old

GAYLOR
Tony L.

Born :
September 2, 1946

Entered into rest :
June 8, 1998

51 years old

HARDIN
Steven Ray

Born :
December 28, 1971

Entered into rest :
April 17, 1998

26 years old

Steven, 26, was shot in the chest and killed by Houston firefighter Barry Bernard Crawford, 37, while towing Crawford's truck, which was illegally parked. Convicted of murder, Crawford gets 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine.

PINEIRO
Jerry W.

Born :
August 23, 1970

Entered into rest :
February 20, 1998

27 years old

Jerry was struck and killed while he was helping a disabled vehicle off I-10 near Cabazon.

Stagecoach Towing

WENZEL
James D.

Born :
September 29, 1959

Entered into rest :
January 28, 1998

38 years old

LOPER
James F.

Born :
October 20, 1968

Entered into rest :
October 29, 1997

29 years old

McKAMEY
Joseph R.

Born :
October 13, 1923

Entered into rest :
October 10, 1997

73 years old

TUBIA
Donald S.

Born :
April 7, 1951

Entered into rest :
September 21, 1997

45 years old

Donald was an employee of Phelps Repair Shop in Ilion. He was helping a family whose vehicle had broken down on the New York State Thruway near mile marker 207 in the town of Danube, near Little Falls. A driver in a milk truck had fallen asleep at the wheel and killed him. The driver was cited for reckless driving and moving from a lane unsafely. He leaves behind a family and friends.

PROBST Jr.
Gary Lee

Born :
March 19, 1968

Entered into rest :
September 20, 1997

29 years old

He was a tow truck operator in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife and son and many other relatives.

DELK
Derrick L.

Born :
May 1, 1963

Entered into rest :
June 20, 1997

34 years old

SANDOVAL
Simon

Born :
August 6, 1932

Entered into rest :
October 20, 1996

64 years old

Simon, who was being hospitalized,  passed away from an unknown illness according to
"The Virtual Memory Garden."
He is remembered as a good friend and a terrific tow truck driver.

RICH Jr.
Donald E.

Born :
May 17, 1965

Entered into rest :
April 30, 1996

30 years old

MILLEN
Leslie P.

Born :
July 16, 1949

Entered into rest :
December 8, 1995

46 years old

LESCHER
David R.

Born :
May 14, 1965

Entered into rest :
October 13, 1995

30 years old

David was dispatched to tow a disabled car on the turnpike. He backed his tow truck to the car and shortly afterward, a tractor trailer drifted off the roadway striking the car and David's truck. David lost his life that night.

Remember me when You come into Your kingdom.

Luke 23:42

 

SCHLIMGEN
"SlimJim"
Michael F.

Born :
May 5, 1962

Entered into rest :
May 15, 1995

32 years old

Michael worked for Speed's Towing of Portland. He was killed while working a recovery. Michael was struck and killed as he walked along a rain- slicked section of Interstate 5 at about 2:00 P.M. near Lake Oswego. He was putting down flares and warning markers as he prepared to retrieve a truck from the ditch. Some approaching drivers, seeing the markers, slammed on their brakes. A tractor-trailer then jack-knifed and then slid into a sedan, and a flatbed truck, and one of the three vehicles struck Michael.

Thank you Ken for the added info on Michael

MESSER
"Charlie"
Charles P.

Born :
May 6, 1930

Entered into rest :
April 15, 1995

64 years old

Charles, retired owner and president of Eastwood Towing Inc. in Waterbury, died unexpectedly at his home. He dedicated his life to re-establishing a faltering family business in 1954 after serving four years in the Korean War. His sacrifices and selfless hard work built the foundation for today's successful company.

"Charlie" will be missed by his family and friends.

WILLIAMS
James H.

Born :
August 12, 1935

Entered into rest :
April 6, 1995

60 years old

James rolled his flatbed wrecker in San Augustine County, TX. He was hauling a new mast for a forklift and lost control on rain slick Hwy 103, he hit a culvert and rolled his truck.

Owner of Williams Wrecker Service
Lufkin, TX

Thank you Doug
(
Doug Fitzgerald (1)) for remembering James

HAWKINS II
John L.

Born :
October 2, 1916

Entered into rest :
April 1, 1995

78 years old

John was the editor of Tow Times Magazine.

PIERSON
Carroll Gene

Born :
October 8, 1940

Entered into rest :
March 8, 1995

54 years old

Pierson was killed when a car fell on him while he was pulling the driveshaft at an accident scene in Nacogdoches County, Texas. Carroll worked many years for Layton Wrecker Service in Nacogdoches, but was employed by another company at the time of the accident.

Thank you Doug
(
Doug Fitzgerald (1)) for remembering Donald

DAMRON
Grayson

Born :
August 28, 1916

Entered into rest :
November 30, 1994

78 years old

In 1941, already a successful tower, he and Nora Robinson founded the Michigan Towing Association, the nation's oldest state association. Mr. Damron began his business career at age 16 in the heart of the depression, working to buy a Shell service station. From there his business expanded to Damron Towing and then to Ashton-Damron Towing, one of the most well-known Michigan towing companies of Michigan for many years. As a character member of the Michigan Towing Association, Mr. Damron held several offices and remained active in the association for more than 30 years. He was instrumental in forming the Interstate Towing Association and served as both a character member and director.

BLAKELEY
James H.

Born :
July 14, 1928

Entered into rest :
November 15, 1994

66 years old

Blakeley was a founder and first president of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) and served as president of the San Diego Chapter of the California Tow Truck Association (CTTA). He was a member of the CTTA board for four years and was named Member of the Year in 1978. He was presented the CTTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
Mr. Blakeley was a trustee of Friends of Towing and was Inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame.

KITCHENS
Jessie Lee

Born :
March 29, 1920

Entered into rest :
November 3, 1994

74 years old

Mr. Kitchens was the owner and operator of Kitchens Garage and Wrecker Service in Macon. He passed away of a stroke. Mr. Kitchens' family described him as "a great businessman, a friend to all he knew and, most importantly, a great father."

LUCE
"Jim"
T. James

Born :
December 29, 1923

Entered into rest :
September 4, 1994

70 years old

Mr. Luce served as president and executive director of the Texas Towing and Storage Association from 1984 until his death in 1994. In 1986 he was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Vehicle Storage Facility Act by the Commission of the Texas Department of Labor and Standards. He was the managing editor of The Texas Tow Line, a publication of the Texas Towing and Storage Association, and handled all association business and accounting through the T. J. Luce Company.

STORM
Jon E.

Born :
May 26, 1952

Entered into rest :
May 4, 1994

41 years old

Jon, of Bud's Towing in Oregon City, Oregon, was killed recently in a work-related accident. Jon had been with Bud's Towing for 11 years and is survived by his wife Nancy and daughters Sonya and Tammy.

ZINCONE Jr.
Salvatore A.

Born :
April 11, 1949

Entered into rest :
February 15, 1994

44 years old

Mr. Zincone worked at Sal Zincone's Auto Sales and was a member of the Rhode Island Towing Association. You will be missed Salvatore.

 

FRONEBARGER
Jerry B.

Born :
June 2, 1941

Entered into rest :
February 7, 1994

52 years old

*Social Security Death Index lists the year of birth as 1941, Wall of the Fallen lists the year as 1942.

TOMASSI Sr.
Angelo

Born :
November 17, 1945

Entered into rest :
January 11, 1994

48 years old

Angelo Tomassi, Sr. and Christopher Moreno were aggressive competitors in the tow-truck business. Tomassi owned
Great America Towing, Inc.
,
while Moreno was a co-owner of Campbell Towing, Inc. Animosity had developed between the two over alleged breaches of their non-competition agreements and other issues. On January 11, 1994, Christopher Moreno rode his motorcycle to Great America Towing and engaged Tomassi in conversation. A heated argument erupted, and Moreno shot Tomassi several times, killing him. Then Moreno went to the pharmacy where his wife worked and shot himself to death. There were about 400 vehicles that formed a procession more than six miles long in a tribute to honor Angelo.

Thank you Bob
(
BBerry52) for remembering Angelo

HALL
Carl A.

Born :
June 7, 1903

Entered into rest :
December 18, 1993

90 years old

Carl died while in route to assist a stranded motorist six days before Christmas. A tractor trailer had been backing into a driveway on a dark night with no working lights on the trailer or reflective markings on the side, Carl couldn't stop in time and crashed into the trailer. Death was instant.

Read Beth Hall's response to the FHWA Docket MC-94-1; FHWA-1997-2222 RIN2125-AD27

BRIDGEMAN
Roy E.

Born :
December 3, 1917

Entered into rest :
October 7, 1993

76 years old

CLAMP
Larry C.

Born :
May 15, 1951

Entered into rest :
September 5, 1993

42 years old

Larry was hit by a car while sweeping glass at an accident scene on North Street, Nacogdoches, TX.

Thank you Doug
(
Doug Fitzgerald (1)) for remembering Larry

HOPE
Cannon B.

Born :
June 16, 1973

Entered into rest :
June 15, 1993

19 years old

Hope and his girlfriend were standing beside his tow truck when a Cadillac sped toward them. Hope pushed his girlfriend to safety but did not have time to get out of the way and was fatally injured. Hope’s girlfriend was able to call for help on his two-way radio and witnesses said that in less than 10 minutes over 20 tow trucks crowded the intersection to help a fellow tower. More than 40 tow truck drivers, including competitors of the company Hope worked for, held a silent vigil in the hospital parking lot until the 19-year-old was pronounced dead. No charges were initially filed against the driver, an elderly man who was questioned and released for lack of evidence.

EKENGARD
"EKA"
Olof

Entered into rest :
January 30, 1993

On January 3, the industry lost one of its greatest men ever. Olof was considered to be the true inventor and father of the hydraulic underlift system used by thousands of operators all over the world. He will be remembered as a good friend, a great inventor and a great engineer. Olof was a member of Friends of Towing and an Inductee of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame's first class.

WILLIAMS
Ricky Dale

Born :
April 1, 1952

Entered into rest :
January 9, 1993

40 years old

Ricky lost his life after he was struck by a vehicle while preparing to recover a car from a ditch at an accident scene. Williams was at the controls of a car carrier at 3 a.m. when a second vehicle ran into him and his truck. He was the owner of Rick's Auto in Williamston.
 A newspaper account of the tragedy stated that he died "...doing what he had done all his life - helping people."

PUSATERI
Joseph B.

Born :
July 26, 1960

Entered into rest :
January 8, 1993

32 years old

Joseph, who died suddenly, was the owner of Trinity Towing of Villa Park.

GUTIERREZ
David R.

Born :
June 17, 1962

Entered into rest :
January 1, 1993

30 years old

David was killed as he stopped on the right hand shoulder of Interstate 5 to adjust magnetic tow lights on a van he had in tow. It was reported that he was walking back to the van to re-attach the lights when he was hit. The California Highway Patrol is still seeking information regarding this hit-and-run and  they found part of a GMC pickup at the scene. He was employed by Advanced Towing in Escondido.

WOODS
"Bobby"
Robert

Entered into rest :
December 24, 1992

22 years old

Bobby was the son of Bill Woods, owner of Bill Woods Towing Service and a 25 year veteran of towing. Bobby worked for his father in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. He will sadly be missed by all who knew him.

FROEHLIG
Bradford H.

Born :
March 7, 1955

Entered into rest :
July 31, 1992

37 years old

If we have faith, death shouldn't scare us but we should be able to smile at death as it will be the ship that brings us to the embrace of GOD.

Michael DeAngelo

GREER
Lindell R.

Born :
November 17, 1943

Entered into rest :
July 9, 1992

49 years old

Mr. Greer was the owner of West Nashville Wrecker Service
in Nashville, where he was in business for over 30 years. Well known by many in his home and surrounding states, he was one of the founding members of the Tennessee Towing and Recovery Professionals. He was also a member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America.

DANIELS Jr.
John L.

Born :
January 23, 1956

Entered into rest :
July 1, 1992

36 years old

A tow truck driver, John Daniels Jr., was stopped at a gas station by two motorcycle cops. The cops refused to say why they were stopping him and he started to drive away. Officer Douglas Iverson ran beside the truck and shot Daniels, who was unarmed, once in the neck, killing him. Police later admitted that they had organized a task force to harass independent tow-truck drivers. A year after the shooting, officer Douglas Iverson was charged with murder. After two trials ending in hung juries, the judge dismissed all charges.

Link to story

 

ANDREWS
Jeffrey R.

Born :
July 21, 1957

Entered into rest :
December 9, 1991

34 years old

Jeffrey, who worked for
Altamonte Towing in Altamonte Springs, was picking up a bulldozer at a power plant in Debary. He pulled into a locked gate and found that there was not enough room to turn his tractor and low boy trailer around. He started to back out of the entrance and was almost clear of the rail road tracks when a freight train struck the passenger side of the tractor.

WEISS
Jason Samuel

Born :
March 24, 1970

Entered into rest :
November 23, 1991

21 years old

Jason was changing a flat tire on the left side of a car and was struck by a passing motorist claiming to have had an epileptic attack.

Motor Body Tow,
 San Jose

Thank you Tim for remembering Jason

LOWMAN
Michael L.

Born :
January 1, 1964

Entered into rest :
October 28, 1991

27 years old

KERSTGENS Jr.
Henry E.

Born :
December 16, 1932

Entered into rest :
April 3, 1991

58 years old

Many people knew and respected Henry, who was a pioneer of the Massachusetts Statewide Towing Association where he held many positions. He was a charter member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America. He was also a member of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and the Interstate Towing Association in which he held many offices. Much of his recognition was due to his years as owner of Henry's of Farmingham and later of New England Wrecker Sales in Farmingham, MA.

PLUNK
Alan

Born :
September 7, 1962

Entered into rest :
January 22, 1991

28 years old

Alan was part owner of Plunks' Wrecker Service in West Monroe. He passed away after a brief battle with leukemia. The trucks of Plunk's Wrecker Service have consistently won awards in beauty contests in state association trade shows in Louisiana and surrounding states. Alan won the state driving competition at the 1990 Louisiana show in Baton Rouge but was unable to compete in the TRAA national championship because of his illness. Alan was known for his dedication to the industry.

HOLMES Jr.
Ernest W.

Born :
December 23, 1907

Entered into rest :
April 3, 1990

82 years old

Ernest was the son of Holmes Sr. and ran the company until he retired in 1973.

NEFF
Donald Ray

Born :
February 27, 1971

Entered into rest :
December 26, 1989

18 years old

Donald rolled his flatbed wrecker while hauling a car on Hwy 87 south of Hemphill. The accident was worked by Don's Wrecker Service of Pineland, TX.

Neff Brothers Towing, Beaumont, Texas

Thank you Doug
(
Doug Fitzgerald (1)) for remembering Donald

BOZARTH
John M.

Born :
October 24, 1966

Entered into rest :
August 29, 1989

22 years old

MILLIRONS
William R.

Born :
January 7, 1920

Entered into rest :
June 4, 1989

69 years old

William was tending the shop and handling the shop on the evening of June 3rd. Since the company handled police calls, the police sent a cruiser to investigate when there was no answer to calls. Williams was found dead with six bullets in his chest. His wallet was gone and the police believed the crime was a result of a robbery.

CARNAGHI
"Ben"
Benny J.

Born :
June 18, 1940

Entered into rest :
May 23, 1989

48 years old

Ben, and his wife Carol, were pioneers in the Illinois Association and devoted many years of dedication to its growth. Ben succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Leaf after leaf drops off,
Flower after flower;
Some in the warmer clime,
Some in the cooler hour.
Alive they flourish,
Alive they fall:
And earth who nurtured
them receives them all.
Should we - her wiser sons,
Be less content,
To slip into her lap
When life is spent?

PURRINGTON
Dana R.

Born :
May 10, 1951

Entered into rest :
March 1989

37 years old

Dana, the owner of Flattop Towing of Wakefield, was killed instantly when a truck veered into him as he was strapping the wheels of a vehicle, preparing a simple tow. Dana was mourned by many and a crowd of members with tow trucks attended the services.

INSLEY Jr.
"Jimmy"
James E.

Born :
August 11, 1947

Entered into rest :
April 2, 1988

40 years old

Jimmy, of Jimmy's Wrecker Service of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, parked his tow truck to help a truck driver. The driver went to a telephone while Jimmy stayed behind, trying to pull the fender away from the tire it was rubbing against. His body was later found fifty feet away. It is believed a hit-and-run driver drifted over and struck him. There are no clues in aiding the apprehension of the errant driver.

PARHAM
Junior Milton

Born :
March 4, 1934

Entered into rest :
March 15, 1988

54 years old

Junior and his four-year-old grandson, Jeremy Palmer, were murdered in cold blood, in Caddo County, Oklahoma. The two were found in their tow truck, shot in the head. There seems to be no motive other than robbery, and they were probably lured there on an “emergency call.”

MACKEY Jr.
William Keith

Born :
January 4, 1961

Entered into rest :
November 15, 1987

26 years old

Keith was shot to death outside his truck on U.S. 190 near Mandeville. Keith, the owner of the tow truck company, was driving east at about 6:30 p.m. when a car following him began without any apparent reason to ram the car he was towing. Witnesses say that Keith stopped his tow truck and began walking back to the car behind him yelling something at the driver. Before Keith could climb comfortably back into his truck, the driver of the car pulled up alongside and discharged several .357 caliber bullets into him and sped away. Three shots entered the back and one through his right arm and lodged in his right lung. He died roughly two hours later at the hospital.

*Social Security Death Index lists the 15th as the day of passing, Wall of the Fallen lists the 30th.

MUMM
Larry L.

Born :
May 13, 1942

Entered into rest :
November 15, 1987

45 years old

Larry was a part owner/manager of
Jenkins Brothers Towing in Oakland, California. He had driven all night from Bakersfield and had breakfast with a co-worker in the morning. He went home to lie down for a nap and when his wife went in to wake him around 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, he was non- responsive. Later it would be learned that he had suffered a heart attack. He was known as a hard working guy and a very good mechanic by his partner with Norcal Air Cushion Recovery, Bob Berry. He was a very respected man and will be missed by many.

Thank you Bob
(
BBerry52) for remembering
Larry

CHOUINARD
Duane

Born :
January 31, 1960

Entered into rest :
August 11, 1987

27 years old

Duane was called to the 315 mile marker on I-57 north bound where a van had hit a bridge abutment. Duane parked in the south bound lane of I-57 and started cleaning the debris in the road. He then walked over to the north bound lane and started cleaning the debris there. There was a police car behind and to the side of the van with all the lights on as well as the lights of the tow truck Duane was driving. The driver of a 1987 pickup was traveling around 65 mph when he entered the crash scene swerving around the police car and into Duane's path. Duane was struck and thrown 50 feet in front of the police car. He leaves behind a wife and children.

RUEL
Boris A.

Born :
August 24, 1914

Entered into rest :
June 20, 1987

72 years old

COX
Darryl

Born :
September 7, 1962

Entered into rest :
October 1986

24 years old

Darryl Cox of Knoxville, an employee of Lowe’s Garage, was trying to extricate a backhoe which was stuck in the mud. The cable snapped and struck him in the head. The entire towing industry of Knoxville took time off during busy hours to attend the funeral with a procession of trucks.

HAMILTON Jr.
"Bill"
William C.

Born :
September 18, 1928

Entered into rest :
August 16, 1986

58 years old

Bill was working his Hubbard Heavy Duty Wrecker in an industrial yard. The customer was cutting up some portable loading ramps from some obsolete car haulers. One piece, which was on Bill's cable, did not separate freely. When it did break loose after being cut, it swung wildly and caught Bill, who was at the tail gate working the controls. He died almost instantly. He was a 30 year veteran of one of the industry's most respected companies, Kemp Wrecker Service.

KRICK
Carl E.

Born :
February 23, 1930

Entered into rest :
January 23, 1986

56 years old

Carl was an early supporter of T.R.A.A. and the former T.R.P.P.. He had a successful towing business in Lancaster for many years.

McCOLGAN
"MAC"
Bythal L.

Entered into rest :
November 22, 1985

69 years old

Mac passed away at his mountain home in Asheville, N.C. of a heart attack. He was known for a landmark case that helped other towers in Florida. He will truly be missed by those who knew him.

(TowTimes article on MAC)

WEBB Jr.
Ronald V.

Born :
July 8, 1933

Entered into rest :
September 1985

52 years old

Ronald gave up his life in the line of duty. He was from Colton, California. Ronald was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 215. Forty seven trucks made up the procession to the cemetery in his honor.

SHEEHAN
"Red"
Bernard

Born :
May 18, 1926

Entered into rest :
September 1985

59 years old

He was one of Massachusetts' most respected and liked towing and recovery specialists in West Springfield. He was the owner of Red's Exxon. He had towed in a tractor which was damaged in the front. The tow truck driver backed the tractor onto a low-boy for transport to a repair shop. The tractor was on the bed and Red knelt on the ground to place a jack stand underneath it. There were no blocks or breaks on the tractor to prevent it from rolling. The tow truck driver stepped on the clutch and the tractor rolled forward. The tweaked front wheel caught Red and turned him around and pinned him to the low-boy, the tractor slipped off the bed and crushed Red from the chest up. It was a freak accident that took Red's life.

LABAY Sr.
John

Born :
November 5, 1899

Entered into rest :
July 27, 1985

85 years old

John owned Johnny's Auto and Truck Towing in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Labay started his business in 1926 as Sweitzer Auto Wrecking and in 1929 changed the name to Johnny's Auto and Truck Towing. Mr. Labay served the community and the towing industry actively until his death. He was also active in various lodges, fraternal organizations, a member of F.O.P.A. and the Ohio Towing Association. He was a friend to those in need and he will be missed by all of us.

ADKINS
Bobby Leroy

Born :
July 30, 1931

Entered into rest :
May 25, 1985

53 years old

Bobby of B & H Towing of Pompano Beach, Florida, was killed when a juvenile drove his car onto the emergency lane of I-95 and struck the tow truck with which Bobby was working.

MATHER
Edward A.

Entered into rest :
May 2, 1985

Operations Manager for
B & F Towing, New Castle, Delaware, suffered a massive heart attack in North Carolina; he was preparing to attend the T.R.P.N.C. show the next day, May 3rd.
On this sad occasion, friends in the business assembled a procession of tow trucks and attended the services in a show of respect for the memory of their late friend and associate.

ESTACHE
John

Entered into rest :
1985

23 years old

John was reportedly killed in a single vehicle accident while riding his motorcycle. He worked for I-96 Shell in Brighton.

HILL
Junior S.

Born :
August 8, 1954

Entered into rest :
March 15, 1984

30 years old

Junior had just left his shop. Ten minutes later his truck veered from the right-hand side of U.S.-1, across all four lanes, into the trees. It was a single vehicle accident, no official cause has ever been assigned. Junior did not have his seatbelt on and was thrown about in the cab; his head going through the windshield. He was rushed to the hospital and died later that night, never having regained consciousness. Junior was one of the most popular operators in the Commonwealth and his gorgeous truck was a fixture at many beauty contests. He will be remembered for his smile and warm personality.

RICE
Richard L.

Born :
January 7, 1921

Entered into rest :
February 13, 1984

63 years old

Rice was a garage owner who was found dead in his tow truck. He was shot and robbed of his wallet of $800.00 by George Bernard Davis Jr., who was later convicted of the crime and sentenced to death in February 1985. It was reported that Davis had argued with Rice over payments for car repairs.

COULTER
Robert C.

Born :
December 26, 1924

Entered into rest :
December 28, 1983

59 years old

FRANKLIN
George A.

Born :
July 3, 1925

Entered into rest :
February 10, 1982

56 years old

CARRANDI
Ivan

Entered into rest :
September 19, 1978

45 years old

Ivan answered a radio request from Trooper Alvin V. Kohler of the Florida Highway Patrol. Kohler had been questioning two teens and asked to see one their driver's license. One of the boys, Lester Enriquez, walked back to the car and pulled out a .357 magnum shooting Kohler in the head. Ivan was also shot and killed, his tow truck was taken by the two underage drivers but was stopped a short distance later and they were taken into custody. They were trying to runaway from home. Ivan left behind a wife and two teenage children.

Thank you Lynda Beverly for finding the story on The Unknown Tow Truck Driver

FIELDS
Henry A.

Born :
May 19, 1942

Entered into rest :
August 20, 1978

36 years old

RHEA
Frankie L.

Born :
September 18, 1939

Entered into rest :
February 6, 1976

36 years old

PERHAM
Edward A.

Born :
June 8, 1954

Entered into rest :
September 15, 1974

20 years old

Edward was working the late shift at Ted's Towing when he responded to a call of a Ford Mustang broken down on the Pike. Perham took the driver, later identified as George Whitham, who had been released from prison a month earlier for car theft, and the car, which was leaking oil, back to Ted's. That's where Whitham clubbed Edward over the head with a tire iron. Whitham was caught driving Perham's car a few hours later. In April 1975, Whitham was found guilty of second-degree murder, as well as larceny of $30 and Perham's car, and sentenced to 15 to 30 years.

News Story

BISHOP
Elbert B.

Born :
March 15, 1916

Entered into rest :
October 16, 1969

53 years old

CRUMPTON
William L.

Born :
July 12, 1925

Entered into rest :
December 5, 1960

35 years old

HINDS
Mack L.

Born :
June 18, 1909

Entered into rest :
September 5, 1958

49 years old

COLLIER
Aubrey B.

Born :
September 27, 1896

Entered into rest :
December 14, 1946

50 years old

HOLMES Sr.
Ernest W.

Entered into rest :
November 18, 1943

Holmes was an automobile mechanic during the early days of the 20th century, Holmes had often been called from his Chattanooga garage to rescue cars that had become stuck or run off the treacherous mountain roads of east Tennessee. The towing industry was born in 1916 in the city of Chattanooga, after Holmes, a native Chattanoogan, helped a friend retrieve his car with three poles, a pulley and a chain hooked to the frame of a 1913 Cadillac. After patenting his invention, Holmes began manufacturing wreckers and towing equipment for sale to automotive garages and anyone interested in retrieving and towing wrecked or disabled autos.

 

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