Virgil E. Coonrod

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Virgil E. Coonrod was born on February 21, 1910 in Martelle, Iowa.  Virgil and Lillian Rawson were married on February 25, 1932 at Center Point, Iowa.  Together they raised four children, Duane, Donald, Diane and Dorene of which all four have been in the family business. …

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Robert L. Surman

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born January 2, 1931 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He presently resides in Burnaby, British Columbia with his wife, Audrey and one daughter. History:      Robert began his towing career in 1941 at the age of 16 as a driver at Buster’s Auto Towing.  In 1959 he…

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Robin “Bob” C. Berry

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Bob was born March 28, 1952 in Reno, Nevada.  He married the former Sylvia Risban in August 1970 in Alameda, California.  Together they have raised four daughters.  Bob’s wife Syliva and his son-in-law are active in the family towing business. History:      In 1967, Bob worked as a…

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Richard E. Smith

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born January 21, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Married June 11, 1955 to the former Patricia Sullivan and together they have raised two daughters, both of whom have been involved with the family towing business. History:      Like so many others, Rich came into towing through the service…

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Norbert Pigeon

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Norbert was born November 22, 1942 in Saint Madeleine (Quebec) Canada, where he was raised.  In 1969, he married the former Colette Menard and together they have raised three children, two sons and a daughter.   Today both sons work in the family business. History:      Norbert opened…

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Jack W. Schrock

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born January 29, 1935 in Wichita, Kansas to John and Marjorie Schrock (John Schrock HOF 1987), was raised and educated in Texas, but married his wife, the former Joan LaMarque McColl in San Bernardino, California in 1957.  Together they have raised a daughter and two sons,…

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Duane F. Rogers Sr.

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born October 2, 1932 in Beloit, Wisconsin where he grew up, attended school and married the former Marilyn J. Riep in September 1952.  They have raised three children, two sons and a daughter, all of whom are active in the family business. History:      Duane is best…

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Charles “Chuck” Swider

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born December 5, 1949 and married October 1982 to the former Janice C. Roffo.  Together they have two daughters and their family resides in Chicopee, Massachusetts. History:      In 1978, Chuck and his wife opened a small one man auto repair shop.  Six months later they purchased…

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