TROIS-RIVIRES, Quebec-Jean Thibeault, co-founder of Pneus TIBO Ltee in Trois-Rivieres, died March 15 of cancer. He was 62. Mr. Thibeault began managing a BFGoodrich Co. warehouse in 1946. When the warehouse was closed in 1974, he started Pneus TIBO with a BFGoodrich salesman, Leon Bourgeois. The retail tire business was operated jointly until Mr. Thibeault retired to his home in 1990 after discovering he had cancer.
Survivors include his wife, Denise, and a daughter.
Ronald A. Lanes
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan-Ronald Arthur Lanes, manager of Action Tire Service Ltd. for the past three years, died May 6 of cancer in Saskatoon City Hospital. He was 61.
Mr. Lanes entered the tire business in 1974 as a serviceman for Crown Tire and later became a service manager. In 1976, he left Crown Tire to become a partner in Western Tire. He was bought out of Western Tire in 1991 and a couple of months later opened Action Tire with his wife, Marie.
He was a member of the Western Canadian Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Mr. Lanes' son-in-law, Dwayne Sikorsky, is managing Action Tire, which is a member of the Tirecraft buying group.
Survivors include his wife; daughters Debra Treen and Karen Sikorsky; and four grandchildren. Ms. Sikorsky also works at the dealership.
James F. Ross
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-James Franklin Ross, retired owner of Jim Ross Tires Inc. in Houston, died March 26 of cancer in a Little Rock hospital. He was 74.
Mr. Ross worked for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. as a wholesale salesman and later went to work for Bandag Inc. before buying two retail tire outlets in Houston in 1977. He grew his business to include seven retail locations in the Houston area. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Jim Ross Tires was the largest Uniroyal dealership in Texas.
In 1989, Mr. Ross sold Jim Ross Tires to HTC Inc., retired and moved to Little Rock.
Mr. Ross was a member of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the Texas Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Survivors include his wife, Lee; and two daughters.
David Brandon Jr.
BALSAM TOWNSHIP, Minn.-David C. Brandon Jr., former owner and operator of Brandon Tire in Montevideo and Hutchinson, Minn., died June 14 of cancer in his Balsam Township home at the age of 66.
Mr. Brandon entered the tire business as a retail salesman for the Cenex farm co-operative in Minnesota. In 1976, he bought a commercial outlet/Bandag shop from Anderson's Super Service in Montevideo. Later, he expanded his operation to include a second location in Hutchinson. His sons, Dennis and Howard, eventually bought those locations and Mr. Brandon went into semi-retirement in 1983. In 1989 he completely retired from the business and began working as an interim outlet manager for Cenex.
In the 1970s, Mr. Brandon co-founded the North Central Bandag Dealers Association.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; sons, Dennis, Howard and David; three daughters; and 12 grandchildren.