IONIA, Mich. - D.O. Caswell, founder of Caswell Ford-Mercury here, died Jan. 22. He was 91. Caswell started in auto retailing in 1946 when he acquired a Packard franchise. He became a Mercury dealer in 1956 and began selling Ford Division vehicles in 1958. Caswell retired in 1997. His son Jon now manages the business.
HONGO, KITAKAWABE TOWN, Japan - Terry Takai, a founder of Alps Automotive Inc., an electromechanical components supplier in Auburn Hills, Mich., died Jan. 9. He was 49. In 1981, Takai helped start the business that became Alps Automotive, the U.S. arm of Japan's Alps Electric Co. Ltd. He was general manager until he returned to Japan in 1992. Since then, he was head of automotive global sales and marketing for Alps Electric while remaining a director of the U.S. operations.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Clifford Shirley, 74, chairman of Twin City Honda-BMW here, died Feb. 3. Shirley's auto career began when he became a Pontiac dealer in 1955. Twin City Honda-BMW now is managed by his son Kent.