Glen BurtnessORFORDVILLE, Wis. — Former auto dealer Glen Burtness died here Feb. 14 at age 93. In 1944, he joined his father, Elmer Burtness, to work at Burtness Chevrolet Inc. here. After Elmer died in 1956, Glen became sole owner. He retired in 1978.
George KellSWIFTON, Ark. — George Kell, a Hall of Fame third baseman and former auto dealer, died March 24 at 86.
In 1963 he bought a Cadillac-Pontiac-GMC-Oldsmobile dealership and renamed it George Kell Motors. Dean Sides and Kell's son, George Jr., took over the dealership in 1990. Sides bought out his partner in 2005 and continues to operate the Newport, Ark., store.
Kell played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.
Bill Williams Sr.FLINT, Mich. — Bill Williams Sr., a founder of the Flint Auto Auction, died Feb. 23 in Flushing, Mich., at age 80.
He was once co-owner of the business. He also was secretary-treasurer of the Flint Independent Automobile Dealers Association from 1984 to 1998.
Williams was treasurer of the Michigan Independent Automobile Dealers Association Inc. from 1989 to 1993, was on its board from 1994 to 1999 and became honorary director in 1999, when he retired from the board.