After 17 years at Liquid Trucking, Roger (Vance) Veldruis has retired in December 2020. Vance has spent countless hours on the road and has been a reliable driver for us for many years. We appreciate all of his hard work and dedication to Liquid Trucking.
Times have changed since Vance first started working at Liquid Trucking. As he said, “twenty years ago, you didn’t have the same conveniences as you do today.” When he first started, he drove a manual transmission truck but has since switched over to an automatic transmission. To this day, he still prefers operating a manual, but the automatic trucks allow for safer driving and modern technology.
As a driver, Vance has hauled over one million miles to the lower 48 states and Canada. He frequently spent 2-3 weeks on the road, came home for the weekend, and was back to work to do it all over again. For many, that’s a long period of time away from home and hours spent behind the wheel, but he never complained and always got the job done. He’s known for always taking care of his load and keeping the customer happy.
Vance mentioned two things that he liked most about Liquid Trucking – the pay and the people. As for the people, the team at Liquid Trucking has been honest and supportive since the beginning. The people at Liquid Trucking are willing to help out whenever you need it – even if you find yourself in a bit of a predicament. Some of his co-workers reminisce on the times he “got stuck and ticketed in a construction zone” or the time he “grabbed his brother’s pack of cigarettes on accident.” Or, on an unrelated-to-work note, one remembers Vance prior to becoming a truck driver. In the early ‘80s, he was a singer in a rock band called SNOW. One time, they played on Main Street in Plattsmouth at the local carnival. The crowd was so into his performance that they incited a riot, and the local law enforcement had to get involved and shut the whole thing down. Well, needless to say, SNOW was the last and most legendary rock band to play during the Harvest Festival.
While many of his co-workers could reminisce on funny memories of Vance, many of them can attest to his dedication and hard work as well. Vance will miss working for a good company with even better people. But, he did mention that the team won’t miss him too much as he’s planning to pay a visit every now and then since he lives close by. For his retirement, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and “doing more of nothing!”
Vance – Thank you for all you have done for our company. We wish you all the best in your retirement and hope you don’t think about this place too much! From all of us at Liquid Trucking, thank you and congratulations on your retirement!