Terry R. Humelsine

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                July 11, 1941 in Hagerstown, Maryland Terry Humelsine first entered the towing and recovery industry while still in high school, working part time and weekends.  Following graduation he took a full time job driving tow trucks, starting with a hand crank Weaver and working up to…

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Stanley E. Copeland

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                February 16, 1928 – Bradford West Gwilliambury Township, Ontario Stan Copeland married his wife Muriel in 1952 and together they have raised five girls, Linda Anne, Elizabeth Margaret, Susan Laura, Gloria Ruth and Valerie Joan and enjoy 6 grandchildren.  None are involved in either the family…

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Ronald L. Matthews

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                January 6, 1950 in Pekin, Illinois Married the former Melanie Hilst on February 5, 1971 in Pekin, Illinois.  Together they have raised two boys, Mark who is presently an instructor on Caterpillar Engine Technology at Illinois Central College and Michael a high school senior. Ron Matthews…

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Paul A. Rottinghaus

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                January 29, 1952 Paul first entered the industry in 1974 as manager for Zip’s Auto Body of New Hampton, Iowa.  That same year he married the former Margo Lynn Knickrehm in Davenport, Iowa and together they have raised 3 children, Carolyn, Lindsay and David. Following his…

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John L. Hawkins III

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                 February 3, 1951 John L. Hawkins III, married Karen in September 1981 and together they are raising two children, Nicole and John IV.  John graduated from St. Andrew’s Prep School in 1969 and Santa Fe Community College in 1972 and attended the University of Florida. In…

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John E. Borowski, Jr.

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                March 11, 1955 – Holyoke, Massachusetts Like so many others, John followed his father into towing and recovery as a young man.  He married the former Brenda Anderson on April 15, 1978 and together they are raising three children, two boys and a girl ranging in…

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W. Franklin Thomas, Jr.

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                September 13, 1924 Married the former Mildred Louise Tuttle on July 28, 1945.  Together they have raised four children, one boy and three girls ages 48 to 55 and now enjoy five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. For the past 32 years, Frank has been involved with…

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Dewey A. Farrington

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                1940 Dewey Farrington married the former Mary Ann Bradstreet on January 31, 1962 in Bethany, Oklahoma.  Together they have raised one son who is not involved in the family business. Dewey entered the towing and recovery industry in 1967 and went on to form his own…

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