BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Dec. 9, 2002)—Walter J. Dealtrey, co-founder of Service Tire Co. Inc., died Dec. 2. He was 74.
The commercial dealership, which Mr. Dealtrey co-founded in 1955, became Service Tire Truck Centers (STTC) in 1967. The company currently has 17 commercial locations throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland and also operates three Bandag retreading shops—two in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey.
Mr. Dealtrey began a “graduated retirement” from the company in 1991, his son, Walt Dealtrey Jr., STTC's chief operating officer, secretary-treasurer and co-owner, told Tire Business, before officially retiring as STTC chairman in 1999.
A World War II veteran and 1952 graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Dealtrey also was heavily involved in community service organizations. His projects included co-chairing the 1975 Greater Bethlehem Area United Way Fund campaign, serving on the Bethlehem City Council from 1968 to 1972 and past president of the Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce from 1976 to 1977.
Mr. Dealtrey is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Walter Jr.; daughters, Rev. Dale Dealtrey Uffelman and Ellen Dealtrey Toscano; brother, William; and five grandchildren.