ELLENSBURG, Wash.—Keith Rowbotham, longtime tire associa-tion executive and scrap tire legislation lobbyist, died of cancer Jan. 8 in his Ellensburg home. He was 71. Mr. Rowbotham began sweeping the floor in his father's tire dealership at the age of 7. It was a job that started him on a lifelong career. After his military service in World War II, he worked for several tire companies, including Goodyear, B.F. Goodrich, Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. and Oliver Rubber Co.
He also had owned and operated tire dealerships in Ellensburg and Billings, Mont.
He served 15 years as the executive director of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association before retiring in 1993.
At that time, Mike Wurdeman, of Formula Tire & Materials in Marysville, Wash., said Mr. Rowbotham had ``the know-how to talk to politicians as well as to the tire buster in the back room.''
Mr. Rowbotham also served in positions with the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the former American Retreaders Association.
His lobbying efforts on behalf of tire dealers in the areas of tire taxes and scrap tire legislation got him appointed by the governor of Washington as the first chairman of a state Scrap Tire Committee. Oregon's governor later appointed him to a similar committee, where he helped write the state's scrap tire bill, which became a model law for 17 other states.
For his devotion to the industry, Mr. Rowbotham was inducted into the NTDRA Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy, two daughters and three sons.
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa—Dan Hearn, co-owner of Cy and Charley's in Independence, died of an apparent heart attack Jan. 1. He was 65.
Mr. Hearn co-owned Cy and Charley's, a tire and appliance dealership, with partner Max Boren beginning in 1956.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, and son, Ron, who has become president and general manager of the business.
WESTLOCK, Alberta—Roy Ritter, 63, founder of Civic Tire & Battery, died Nov. 4 of a heart attack.
Mr. Ritter started Civic Tire in 1957 in Westlock. The dealership later became Uniselect, then the first TireTown associated store and, finally, a Kal Tire associate. The business' two stores are now owned by Mr. Ritter's son, Doug.
Other survivors include his wife, Joyce; daughter, Barbara; and three grandchildren.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Stanley M. Folkman, former president of the old Stidham Tire Co., died Dec. 30 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 81.
Survivors include his wife, Esther; and son, Michael.