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Elected: April 13, 1996
Inducted: August 16, 1996
Born: John was born on September 1, 1931 in Oceola Township. Howell, Michigan. He attended Rumsey County School, was graduated from Howell Public Schools and attended Adrian College and is an alumnus of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He is a member of the Methodist Church.
Married: John married Clarice Crippen in 1952. They were married for 36 years when she passed away on July 14, 1988.
Children: John Robert II, Valerie and Laurie and 6 grandchildren.
History: At the age of 19, John started his first business venture and has been going strong ever since. This year marks his 46th year in business. He has been a long standing member of the Michigan Towing Association, serving as Secretary for 2 years and President for 7 years. He is also a founding member of the Interstate Towing Association, serving as President for 3 years. He is a member of the Michigan Trucking Association, serving on the Board of Governor’s for over 25 years and a member of the Fifth Wheel Club of Detroit. John has been an active member of his community over the years, serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals – City of Howell as a member and chairman for 18 years, former member of the planning commissions, member of the Greater Howell Chamber of Commerce and Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Retailers Association and Livingston County Tax Allocation Board. John is also an active member of the Masonic fraternity with membership as follow:
Other organizations of which John is a member are the Michigan Farm Bureau Corporation – Board of Directors, Governor’s Club in Palm Beach, Florida – Howell Elks Lodge No. 2168 – Chapter and Life Member and Livingston 1st Club.
DECEASED – October 6, 2010
AUGUST 10, 2015 - DOUBLETREE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT - HAMPTON INN & SUITES STILL AVAILABLE
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast (Ticketed Event) - 9am
General Membership Meeting - 10am
For questions or comments about the museum, contact us
Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military - $9.00
AAA - $8.50
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc.
3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408