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Former TCA chairman, owner of Earl L. Henderson Trucking John Kaburick dies

Considered a forward-thinking leader in the trucking industry, Kaburick served as chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in 2010-11.

The Trucker Staff


SALEM, Ill. — John Kaburick, president and owner of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Co., of Salem, Ill., died April 22.

Considered a forward-thinking leader in the trucking industry, Kaburick served as chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in 2010-11.

“I had the privilege of knowing John for 10 years,” TCA President Chris Burruss said. “I came to know him as a very passionate person about his business, TCA, his beliefs, his friends, but most importantly about his family.  As having had the great opportunity to work beside my own father for a good part of my career, I enjoy seeing others get the same opportunity.  Seeing John and his son Josh work side by side at Henderson Trucking and seeing how proud he was of Josh was special.”

Josh Kaburick is COO of the company.

Burruss said the elder Kaburick was a big factor in the growth of TCA, having been involved in many important decisions including his pivotal role in the purchase of the current headquarters building.

“In his time as chairman of our board, he was a strong voice for our members and the policies we were tasked with moving forward.  He helped bring about a sense of continuity from year to year as new chairmen were elected.  John's influence can be seen in almost every success we have had in my time with TCA. As TCA is a family to us, we will miss him for more than just his leadership.  We pray for Carolyn, Josh and the rest of the Kaburick family and will keep them in our thoughts.”

John Kaburick’s career in the motor carrier industry began in 1973 when he was an owner-operator with just one truck. Two years later, he and a partner launched a small trucking company that quickly grew into a 30-truck fleet. In 1977, Kaburick left the company to work as a salesman for a local truck dealership, a position that helped him build an extensive network of friends and contacts until 1990, when one of his long-time customers made him an offer he could not refuse —ownership of Earl L. Henderson Trucking. Since then, under Kaburick’s leadership, the company has grown from 125 tractors and 145 temperature-controlled trailers to more than 400 tractors and nearly 600 dry van and reefer trailers.

Kaburick was very active in TCA. The list of committees, management panels, and task forces he has served on over the years is quite extensive, including terms on the ATA Affiliation Task Force, Benchmarking Management Panel, Carrier/Shipper Relations Committee, Committee on Operating Practices, Highway Policy Committee, "Just in Time" (Improving Efficiency on the Docks) Management Panel, Membership Committee, Regulatory Policy Committee, and TCA Communications & Image Policy Committee.

Kaburick was born March 4, 1953, in Carlinville, Ill., a son of John W. Kaburick Sr. and Lois Harms Kaburick. He married Carolyn Adcock in 1973. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sherry Jean Genetti.

Kaburick graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1971.

He was a member of the Illinois Trucking Association as well as the American Trucking Associations.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sue Kaburick of Naples, Fla., sons, Rodney (Tracy) Cameron of Highland, Ill.; Clayton (Amanda) Cameron of Troy, Ill.; and Joshua (Kim) Kaburick of Glen Carbon, Ill., 8 grandchildren, brothers, Larry (Pat) Kaburick of Carlinville, Ill., and James (Carol) Kaburick of Carlinville, Ill., along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 25 in Carlinville.    

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