SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Brian Goodenough, an auto financing expert, died Dec. 29. He was 49. Operating mainly in California, Goodenough specialized in subprime automobile financing and banking for 27 years, serving most recently as assistant vice president for auto finance at Guaranty Federal Bank in Elk Grove, Calif.
NAPLES, Fla. - Woody Jepsen, 78, owner of Woody Jepsen Chevrolet in Green Bay, Wis., died Nov. 11. Jepsen started as a salesman at Humphrey Chevrolet in Milwaukee in 1949, then rose to sales manager and general manager before acquiring the Green Bay dealership from Humphrey in 1968. A past president of the Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Jepsen retired in 1988.
TAMPA, Fla. - Allen Reeves, president of Reeves Import Motorcars, died Jan. 15. He was 71. In the car business for 45 years, Reeves founded Reeves Import (Land Rover-Volkswagen-Subaru-BMW-Porsche-Audi-Hummer) in 1971 with his wife, Vivian, who continues to manage the business.
William Rose Sr.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - William Rose Sr., 74, past owner of Bill Rose Ford-Mercury in Richwood, Ohio, died Jan. 16. A 45-year automotive veteran, Rose owned Bill Rose Lincoln-Mercury in Dela-ware, Ohio, before acquiring the Richwood dealership, which now is owned by son William Jr.
TURIN, Italy - Mario Trinchieri, director of strategic planning and marketing at Industrie Pininfarina S.p.A., died Dec. 30. He was 58. Trinchieri joined Pininfarina in 1968 as assistant to the president and moved on to manage client business relations.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jay Wolfe, 71, former chairman of Wolfe Automotive Group here, died Jan. 25. Wolfe began his auto career with a used-car sales lot in Kansas City in 1956 and was co-owner of Stone-Wolfe Rambler before acquiring a Pontiac dealership in 1971 that became the foundation of Wolfe Automotive Group. A past president of the Kansas City Motor Car Dealers Association, Wolfe retired in 1999. His children Jeffrey Wolfe and Cynthia Tucci manage Wolfe Automotive, which now has 11 franchises.