Bus industry pioneer mourned

The bus industry is mourning the loss of Joseph “Joe” Ready who passed away at age 95 in La Crescent, Minnesota. Ready, with his wife Arlene, founded and ran Ready Bus Lines, which he owned throughout his working career.

After his retirement, he continued to live on the Ready farm and to be active in the community. Prior to founding the bus company, Ready served in the U.S. Army, and was a construction worker, farmer and butter maker. Ready was a founding member of the United Bus Owners Association, which eventually changed its name to the United Motorcoach Association.

“UMA is so fortunate to have benefited from amazing pioneers of the industry, like Joe, who helped develop and support the vision of what the organization has become today,” said UMA CEO Stacy Tetschner, “He will be incredibly missed, and we send our deepest condolence to the family.”

Condolences can be shared at www.schumacher-kish.com. Survivors include Tom Ready, a current UMA board member.

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