DETROIT - Lester Morris, a longtime Buick dealer, died Oct. 20. He was 85. Morris opened Morris Buick Co. in Detroit in the mid-1940s and operated it for 40 years. The dealership is closed. Morris, an antique car collector and tinkerer, was married to Jewell Prentis, daughter of Meyer Prentis, treasurer of General Motors from 1919 to 1951.
Grant Petersen Sr.
BOISE, Idaho - Grant Petersen, a longtime auto dealer, died Oct. 27. He was 68. Petersen founded Bronco Motors Inc., a used-car dealership, in Boise in 1971. In 1975, he opened Grant Petersen Buick-Pontiac-GMC in Mountain Home, Idaho. He added Mazda to the Mountain Home dealership in 1977 and Hyundai to the Boise dealership in 1991. Petersen retired in 1995, selling his businesses to his two sons. Son Craig now operates the Mountain Home dealership and has added Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep. Son Grant Jr. runs Bronco Motors Hyundai in Boise.
Edward Grace Jr.
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Edward Grace, a former Ford dealer in Detroit, died Nov. 4. He was 84. Grace opened a Lincoln-Mercury dealership with his brother, James, in 1948, after working as a news anchor on WWJ-TV (now WDIV-TV) in Detroit. He moved to California in 1957.
MINONK, Ill. - Carl Young, a longtime dealer of GM vehicles, died Sept. 22. He was 75. Young began working at his family's dealership, Young Chevy-Olds, in 1947, joining his father, Eugene, and brother, Norman. In 1975, his son, Steve, and nephew, Don, entered the business. The dealership was sold in January.