Truckers asked to sound horns to honor late Crete chairman

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Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete Carrier Corporation died Saturday, and the company is asking the U.S. trucking community to be part of a final tribute to him Thursday.

Tonn M. Ostergard, CEO of Crete issued this statement:

“We are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support we have received from so many since I first announced the extent of Duane’s illness last week and then his passing on Saturday night.  

“At noon Central Time on Thursday, Sept. 22, I would ask that all drivers across the country honor Duane with an extend blast on the air horn, much like Gabriel’s trumpets that will be welcoming Duane to heaven.  

“Many people have also asked about memorials.  While the family has designated Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln for memorials, your thoughts or cards alone are enough, which you can send to the Lincoln office and we will deliver to Phyllis and the family.  As I said in my note Saturday night, shed a tear  reflecting on Duane, but quickly turn your focus towards remembering a life lived to fullest. While Duane would be the first to thank each of you for your hard work and contributions to the success of our companies, this is our chance to simply say, “Thank you, Duane!”