The end of an era

Lynnville Transport plans ‘Lynnville’s Last Ride’ to commemorate 75 years in the transportation industry, five decades of Vander Molen ownership


For 75 years, Lynnville Transport has specialized in hauling livestock across the country. Fifty years ago, Marty and Betty Vander Molen of Sully purchased the business and have since spent the last five decades making a name and reputation as being one of the best in the transportation industry. The  multi-generational business will be hanging up the keys after a collective 75 years of logging miles all over the United States. Sully Truck Wash, also owned and operated by the Vander Molens, will also be closing alongside the trucking business.

To commemorate the tenure of the longtime business, the Vander Molen family is planning “Lynnville’s Last Ride” on Saturday, Mar. 30. The family will drive their trucks for one last ride convoy starting at 1 p.m. The route departs from Sully Truck Wash located at 10683 Highway F62 East, just west of Sully, and will cover miles as the convoy travels to Galesburg, Pella, Peoria, and back to the Lynnville Transport shop where the company has resided the last 50 years at 13051 Highway F62 East, next to Marty and Betty’s residence just east of Sully.

The Vander Molens encourage community members, former employees, and friends and partners in the trucking industry to be part of “Lynnville’s Last Ride” either by joining the convoy or sitting along the route and giving a wave or enthusiastic “elbow pump” in hopes of hearing a honk. Anyone who wishes to travel with the convoy is encouraged to meet at Sully Truck Wash at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 30.

After the convoy, the community is invited to join the Vander Molen family at the Lynnville Transport shop from 2-4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to take a lawn chair and enjoy coffee time and a time of reminiscing over the last 50 years of the Vander Molens serving the community and transportation industry.

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