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Former Ruan Transportation Chairman John Ruan III Dies at 78

John Ruan III, chairman emeritus of Ruan Transportation, died Sept. 11 after a long illness. He was 78.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 15, 2021
Business, Logistics

Trucking Industry Legend Frank Beelman Jr. Dies at 100

Beelman Frank Beelman Jr. sits on a new motorcycle. (Courtesy of Sam Beelman)

Frank Beelman Jr., a trucking executive and military combat veteran decorated with the Silver Star Medal, died Aug. 4 in his hometown of St. Libory, Ill.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 10, 2021
Business

Former America’s Road Team Captain Jeff Thompson Dies at 63

Jeffery Thompson Thompson drove for FedEx Freight. (Photo by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home)

Jeffery Kelley Thompson of Olathe, Kan., who served as an America's Road Team Captain appointed in 2009, died June 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 1, 2021
Business, Top 100

NFI Icon Bernard Brown Dies at 96

Bernard Brown Rone Funeral Service

Bernard Brown, the visionary behind National Freight Inc., one of the oldest trucking companies in the U.S., died Jan. 21 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 27, 2021
Business

David Parker, Trucking Professional, Marine and Attorney, Dies at 80

David Parker and Chris Spear David Parker (left) and Chris Spear by Eric Parker

David Robert Parker, 80, of Boulder, Colo., died Jan. 16, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, according to his family. He was a longtime trucking executive and civic leader within American Trucking Associations.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 21, 2020
Business

Ervin Equipment Founder Greg Ervin Dies at 58

Greg Ervin, founder and CEO of Ervin Equipment Inc., died July 18 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Sweetwater, Tenn. He was 58.

Lianna Norman | Special to Transport Topics
July 25, 2019
Business

Industry Leader Bill Reed Jr., CEO of Skyline Transportation, Dies

Skyline Transportation truck on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

William Reed Jr., CEO of Skyline Transportation and prominent in the trucking industry for advocating for a broad number of issues, died suddenly Dec. 17 at his home in Farragut, Tenn. He was 71.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Staff Writer
January 10, 2019
Business

Former ATA Chairman Ernest Cox Dies at 89

Ernest Stedman Cox, a former American Trucking Associations chairman and prominent figure in the industry, died Oct. 1. He was 89.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
October 4, 2018
Business

John Conkin, Longtime Commercial Lender in Trucking, Dies at 62

John Conkin, a longtime commercial lender and supporter of the trucking industry who most recently was managing director at BMO Transportation Finance, died June 3 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 19, 2018
Business

Doyle Coatney, Longtime Owner of Acme Truck Line, Dies at Age 82

Doyle Coatney, the longtime owner and CEO of Acme Truck Line in Gretna, La., died May 1. He was 82.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
May 10, 2018

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