Over 100 tow trucks parade from Olathe to Overland Park in honor of operator killed in crash
About 100 tow trucks took part in a remembrance parade last week in honor of Joe Meyer.
Meyer, 67, owned and operated Overland Tow Service. He died on April 29 in north Overland Park in what investigators called a “work-related accident” when he was allegedly run over when a vehicle fell from a tow truck.
The parade of remembrance in honor of Meyer took place on Friday, May 7. The long line of tow trucks started at Olathe and ended along Merriam Drive in Overland Park in the Overland Tow store.
The route took tow trucks past St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shawnee, where family and friends gathered for Meyer’s funeral on Friday morning.
Lots of people at Johnson Drive to watch the parade, run by a tractor-trailer and tow trucks carrying several older John Deere tractors and one of Meyer’s race cars.
Meyer is from Indiana, the oldest of 10 children, according to a obituary, and moved to the Kansas City area in 1972 to attend technical school.
He owned and operated Overland Tow with his wife, Lori. They lived in Shawnee and had three children together, their sons Chris and Dusty and their daughter Hannah, and ran several businesses.
âJoe was a race car builder and an avid drag racer. He enjoyed driving the cars he built and passed on his love of the sport to their children by building cars so that each of them could race, âthe obituary read.
âJoe also enjoyed the barbecue competitions, motorcycling, hunting and fishing,â he continues. âIn addition to being an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and uncle, Joe was the friend of everyone he met.
A full video of the parade in Meyer’s honor can be viewed on the Operation 100 News Facebook page. here.