Lawrence “Waspy” Handlos, a native of a Willey farm, knew that Waspy’s Truck Stop in Templeton, Iowa was something that was needed for the 5,000 vehicles that pass by on Highway 141 daily. Now, Waspy’s Truck Stop, a full-service truck stop, stands on 10 acres at the corner of County Road N-18 and 305th Street, an area just 1/2 mile north of Highway 141.
The Handlos family was more than excited on the opening day of Waspy’s Truck Stop, Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. Longtime Audubon-area farmer Lawrence “Waspy” Handlos and his wife, Doris, are the sole owners of Waspy’s Truck Stop. The Truck Stop was developed by Lawrence and Doris’s son Brian Handlos. While the Templeton location is the first Waspy’s Truck Stop, a second location is not far behind. An Audubon, Iowa project is on its way and will be located to the west of the airport on the south side of the city.
You may be wondering, how did Lawrence, who is now 80 years old, get the nickname “Waspy”? He got the nickname from his father, John, a German immigrant who settled in the Carroll, Iowa area. He gave Lawrence that nickname as a child because it is tied to another German name that his father liked, Sebastian. “Waspy” has stuck with Lawrence ever since and is now the unique, memorable brand name of a well-known truck stop.