AKRON—Richard L. "Dick" Hall, former vice president of Tire Centers Inc., died Dec. 12 in Akron. He was 68.
Mr. Hall spent nearly 41 years in the tire business, including 30 years at B.F. Goodrich Co., where he rose to area marketing director for tire store operations.
In 1986, after then-BFG employee Jim Berlin bought that company's tire stores and renamed them Tire Centers Inc., Mr. Hall became TCI's first employee. He spent 11 years at TCI where his primary responsibility was dealing with suppliers.
"Dick was the one guy I wanted," Mr. Berlin said of Mr. Hall in a retirement send-off in 1997.
"He was looked up to and a trusted member of the store team."
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Geraldine, five children and eight grandchildren.
COPLEY, Ohio—R. Dean English, a retired public relations official at Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. and free-lance writer for Tire Business, died Dec. 16. He was 66.
Mr. English spent 27 years at Firestone, retiring from the company in 1987. After leaving the tire maker, he remained involved in media activities in the Summit County, Ohio, area including at Tire Business, where he wrote the popular "where are they now" series about former industry executives.
Mr. English is survived by his wife, Edith, a son and daughter, and five grandchildren.
Gordon L. Warren
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Gordon L. "Gordie" Warren died Sept. 11 in Springfield at age 64.
He owned Earl DeBoy Tire Supply Inc. in Springfield, which was founded by his cousin.
Mr. Warren began working for the retreading and supply company as a salesman in 1967 and purchased control of it from his cousin in 1979. Mr. Warren was a member of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association, the American Retreaders Association and the Missouri Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association.
His wife, Ramona, and children, Brad and Kathy, will continue to operate the company.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—William Kneass, co-founder and former president of the Southern California Tire Dealers Association, died Sept. 30 at age 99.
Mr. Kneass graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1925, he joined Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
He also worked for the Rand Corp., Anderson Tire Co. and eventually was named district manager for U.S. Rubber Co. in Los Angeles.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Kneass helped found the SCTDA (now the California Tire Dealers Association—South) and served as the group's first president in 1954. In 1971, he received the Clarence Stanyer Award—the association's highest honor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and is survived by a son and a daughter, three grandchildren and a great granddaughter.