Wisconsin Express Lines founder dies

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Wallace Tielens, co-founder and president of Wisconsin Express Lines, died on April 20, 2005, at his Humboldt, Wis., home. He was 76.

Tielens and his son, Bruce, founded Wisconsin Express Lines in 1975 with one truck. Through the past 30 years, the company has grown to 120 trucks. Tielens served as president and co-owner of Wisconsin Express Lines until 1988 when his two sons, Bruce and Randy, purchased the company and renamed it WEL Companies.

Tielens is survived by his wife, Shirley; 14 children, 34 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.