By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff
Every year the Great American Trucking Show takes place in Dallas, TX. During the show, one family is given the honor of being named the Great American Trucking Family.
This year the honor belonged to OOIDA Members Steve Bixler, his wife, Doris (maiden name Updegrave), from Valley View, PA, and their huge trucking family which Steve says includes more than 100 drivers and more than 1,200 years of experience in the industry.
Pretty impressive in our book.
Like so many trucking families, it’s in their blood. Both Steve’s great-grandfather and Doris’ great-grandfather made deliveries via horse and buggy.
Steve has been trucking since 1978. He told Land Line he entered his family in the running because he was inspired by his father-in-law, Robert “Check” Updegrave Sr. who spent more than 50 years behind the wheel of a truck and mentored Steve. Robert passed away in April of 2009 at age 76, and Steve couldn’t think of a better way to honor his memory than this award.
The award is given to a family based on their roots in trucking or ties to the industry as well as other achievements and service to the community, something the Bixlers and Updegraves have done in spades. Members of the family include coaches for sports teams, members of local fire companies, and volunteers for their churches. Steve said they beat out more than 140 other entries to take the 2011 award, which included a free trip to the show in Dallas.
Our congratulations to the Bixler-Updegrave family for being named the 2011 Great American Trucking Family. The title is well deserved. LL