Obituaries

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

John Homer Moore Jr. of Hanahan, S.C., died Feb. 7 in Rochester Hills, Mich. He was 91.... Read More »

Mr. Cub made history in the car business, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

Here's a largely forgotten fact about Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who died Jan. 23 at 83: He was a Ford dealer from 1967-71.... Read More »

Tom Kowaleski, attention-grabber

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Tom Kowaleski, the former Chrysler, General Motors, BMW and Lincoln public relations executive who died suddenly last week at age 63, always knew how to tease a product story.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

J. Stuart Perkins, who steered Volkswagen to a U.S. sales record that has held for 45 years, died Dec. 25. He was 86.... Read More »

George Gibson, chief engineer of the Dodge Dart, dies at 92

9:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

George Gibson Jr., a former chief engineer for Dodge, died Wednesday in Rochester, Minn. He was 92.... Read More »

Tom Kowaleski, PR mastermind for Chrysler, dies at 63

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Tom Kowaleski, who held key communications jobs for Chrysler, GM, BMW and most recently, Lincoln, died Tuesday. He is best remembered for being one of the masterminds behind the wildly successful Chrysler press conferences in the 1990s.... Read More »

J. Stuart Perkins, former VW of America executive, dead at 86

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015

J. Stuart Perkins, who steered Volkswagen to a US sales record that has held for 45 years, will be remembered at a memorial service in Florida on Saturday. Perkins died in Sarasota on Dec. 25. He was 86.... Read More »

Edward Herrmann, longtime voice of Dodge and car enthusiast, dies at 71

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Edward Herrmann, a prolific character actor, classic car collector and the popular voice of Dodge advertising through most of the 1990s, and for Hyundai in 2006, died Wednesday. He was 71.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

hird-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Lansing, Mich., died here Dec. 12 at 65.... Read More »

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 »

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