ARLINGTON, Va. - Dianne Dry, 38, manager of information services for the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, died Oct. 22 of complications following surgery. She had been with the association since December 1995.
W. Scott Garten
HIGH POINT, N.C. - W. Scott Garten, 73, founder and president of Scott Garten Buick-GMC Truck Inc., died Aug. 19. After a career at Buick, he opened the dealership in 1967. He was active in the business until his death.
Richard Hoskins Sr.
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Richard Hoskins Sr., 79, former president of Hoskins Chevrolet in Elk Grove Village, Ill., died here Oct. 15. He joined the dealership, founded by his father, in 1948 and was president from 1962 until he retired in 1988. He also was president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, the Chicagoland Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association and the Chicago Auto Show. His sons, Richard Jr. and Lee, operate the dealership now.
MONTICELLO, Ill. - Wally Lange, 83, died Sept. 25. He started Lange Chevrolet in 1950 in Chenoa, Ill., and owned and operated it until 1979. He was the president of Champaign Auto Auction in Champaign, Ill., from 1979 until he retired in 1989.
SAVANNAH, Mo. - Maurice McCarty, 76, founder of McCarty Motors in Savannah, died Oct. 20. He founded McCarty Motors in 1953 and was president until he retired in 1993. He also had owned and been president of Northridge Dodge in Platte City, Mo., until 1980.
William Snethkamp Sr.
DETROIT - William Snethkamp Sr., 81, founder of Bill Snethkamp Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep in Highland Park, Mich., died Oct. 9. He began his career working at his father's Chrysler dealership, Snethkamp Auto Sales, in Detroit. In 1954, he started Palmer Park Auto Sales, a Chrysler dealership, in Detroit. In 1957, he moved the dealership to Highland Park and changed its name. Snethkamp's sons, Mark and William Jr., also are Chrysler dealers and have their own dealerships. Mark now also operates the Highland Park dealership.
DETROIT - Mike Savoie, 78, owner of Birmingham Chevrolet in Troy, Mich., died Oct. 31. He began his automotive career in the early 1950s, selling cars at Art Rose Chevrolet in Mount Clemens, Mich. Savoie bought Birmingham Chevrolet in Birmingham, Mich., from M.T. Patterson in 1966 and moved the dealership to Troy in 1967. He served on GM factory/dealer committees, including the National Chevrolet Dealer Council. His son, Michael, joined the business in 1975 and now operates the dealership.