BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Paul J. Clark, 84, founder and chairman of Kentucky Tire Exchange and a past-president of the American Retreaders Association (ARA), died Aug. 5.
Mr. Clark was a charter member of the Central States Retreaders Association, forerunner of the ARA, now the International Tire and Rubber Association (ITRA). He served as a director of that group since the early 1960s and was a director emeritus until his death.
Mr. Clark, who served as ARA president from 1968-'78, received its Leadership Award in 1979.
He got his start in retreading prior to World War II and served in the U.S. Army's retreading operations.
Kentucky Tire Exchange, founded in 1947, today is run by Mr. Clark's son, Mike, also a member of the ITRA's board. Mike Clark's daughter, Shae Shelton, and her husband, Lee, also work for the dealership.
The Bowling Green-based commercial tire dealership closed its retread shop in 1997 and began outsourcing retreads.
Other survivors include Mr. Clark's wife, Margaret, two daughters, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.