FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Eleanor Koons, 80, former co-owner of Koons Automotive Group, which operates more than 25 dealerships in the Washington area, died April 10. She and her husband, John, began the business in 1941. She directed many of the dealerships until she retired in the early 1990s. The dealerships are family operated.
INDIO, Calif. - Richard Wilkins, 61, owner of Don McAuliffe Buick-Mazda in Villa Park, Ill., died March 20. He had owned the dealership since 1983. His son, Thomas Wilkins, operates the dealership now.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Ron Power, 56, former head of Nashua Ford Inc. in Nashua, N.H., died March 22. He operated the dealership from 1994 until he sold it in January 1999.
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Philip Shulman, 84, former owner of Dickson Buick in Dorchester and Hingham, Mass., died Jan. 10. He began his automobile career as a Nash dealer in 1946 and signed with Buick in 1950. He sold the dealerships in the early 1980s. He spent his final years as a consultant for Best Chevrolet in Hingham, Mass.