Obituaries

Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Longtime auto dealer Bob Moore died Dec. 1. He was 81. Sam Swope, who developed one of the nation's first regional auto malls, died Tuesday, Dec. 9. He was 88.... Read More »

 

Kentucky dealer Sam Swope dies at 88

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Sam Swope, who acquired his first auto dealership -- a Dodge and Plymouth store -- in 1952 and went on to build a wide-ranging brand portfolio in Kentucky, died Tuesday, Dec. 9.... Read More »

 

Rewey and the Lincoln-Mercury glory days

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Bob Rewey, who died Nov. 29 at 76, made his mark in the 1990s as Ford Motor Co.'s top North American sales executive.... Read More »

 

Ford's Rewey innovated with SUVs, leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Robert Rewey, a former Ford Motor Co. sales and marketing chief who helped make SUVs and other trucks popular by giving them carlike features and promoted leasing as an alternative to traditional financing, died Nov. 29 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 76.... Read More »

 

Bob Thomas led Nissan in tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Bob Thomas, who served as CEO of Nissan's U.S. sales company in the 1990s as the Japanese automaker veered into financial trouble, has died. Thomas died Nov. 23 in Hawaii after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69.... Read More »

 

Robert Rewey, Ford marketing exec who moved the iron, dies at 76

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Robert Rewey, a former Ford sales and marketing chief who helped the company become dominant in the SUV market, pioneered leasing as an alternative to traditional financing and pushed a controversial consolidation of Ford's dealership network in the late 1990s, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.... Read More »

 

Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74.... Read More »

 

Harold Coker, founder of antique tire maker Coker Tire, dies at 84

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire in Chattanooga, which produces tires for antique vehicles, died Sunday. He was 84.... Read More »

 

OBITUARIES

Dealers, Indie Speedway restoration manager pass away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Dealer Sue Jamiesson died Oct. 1 at 74; dealer Ray O'Neil died Oct. 2 at 91; and Bill Spoerle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation's restoration manager since 1963, died Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 80.... Read More »

 

Auto vet Joe Herman dies at 72

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Joe Herman had a knack for knowing people from all walks of the automotive industry, said Greg Goodwin, CEO of Kuni Automotive in Vancouver, Wash.... Read More »

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway restorationist Bill Spoerle dies at 80

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Bill Spoerle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway restoration manager, died Tuesday. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Kuni Automotive COO Herman dies at 72

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Joseph Herman, COO of dealership group Kuni Automotive and a 40-year veteran of the auto retailing industry, died the morning of Oct. 29 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.... Read More »

 

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Al Wagner, a former Chrysler and Toyota executive, died Oct. 3. He was 83.... Read More »

 

Lambrecht, Chevrolet dealer behind vintage auction, dead at 96

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Ray Lambrecht, the Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who auctioned off about 500 vintage cars last year, died Sept. 22 at age 96.... Read More »

 

Pioneering auto dealer Elder dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died Tuesday, Sept. 30. She was 84.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Obituaries on Sonny Bledsoe, Tim Gallagher and Gene Wilson... Read More »

 

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12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78.... Read More »

 

Dollie Cole, spirited, outspoken wife of former GM president, dies at 84

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Dollie Cole, the colorful, outspoken widow of former GM President Ed Cole and a leading champion of the National Corvette Museum, has died.... Read More »

 

Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Mike Alexander, famed car customizer and Ridler winner, dies at age 80

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Mike Alexander, a famed Detroit custom-car builder who won a Ridler award with a modified 1966 Dodge pickup, died on July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, dies at 89

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, died June 8.... Read More »

 

Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70

4:43 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter and tough-nosed negotiator who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. Scheele, working under then-CEO Bill Ford, led the troubled automaker's turnaround plan after the departure of former CEO Jacques Nasser.... Read More »

 

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Paul Miller, a Kentucky Ford dealer, died June 27. He was 92.... Read More »

 

Donald Pearson, former Chrysler regional manager, passes away at 92

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Donald Pearson, a former Southeastern area manager for Chrysler, died June 9.... Read More »

 

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