James Nute DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich.—James N. Nute, 71, founder and owner of Discount Tire House in Dearborn, Mich., died Feb. 10.
Mr. Nute founded his own independent dealership in 1959 after working in sales in several Detroit-area Goodyear stores.
In 1960, he moved the dealership to its present location in Dearborn. In 1973, Mr. Nute hired its current owner, Rick Bixman, sold the dealership to him in 1992, then retired.
Mr. Bixman said Mr. Nute enjoyed owning and driving classic sports cars from luxury manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati.
Mr. Nute is survived by two nephews, Charles R. Nute of LaPorte, Texas, and Mark D. Nute of Houston.
ST. LOUIS—Ernest L. DeWinter, founder and owner of Suburban Tire Co., died Feb. 12 in Chesterfield, Mo. He was 84.
Mr. DeWinter was one of the founders of the Missouri Tire Dealers Association and was a past president of the St. Louis Tire Dealers Association. Suburban Tire was an independent Firestone dealership that had four locations in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
He was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. Mr. DeWinter was active in the community and was a past president of the St. Louis Sertoma Club.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita, son, Dale, and daughter, Joy DeWinter Fager.
PORT CHESTER, N.Y.—Michael A. Galasso, 80, founder and former president of County Tire & Auto Centers, died Feb. 19 in Port Chester.
He started County Tire in 1945 and was active in the dealership until retiring in 1990.
Mr. Galasso was a member of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the Greater New York Tire Dealers Association. His son, Louis, is the current president of County Tire.
He leaves his wife, Mary; another son, Frank; daughter, Michele; seven grandchildren; and a great grandchild.