Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Update on DeHaven Chevrolet

Updated May 5, 2008:

The past several days many people have ended up here at this blog posting when they were looking for information on Jack DeHaven.

Based on the words typed into Google's search box, people were looking for information on the death of Mr. DeHaven. So I did my own search of Google, the local obits, and news outlets webpages and came up with nothing even hinting to the passing of Jack Dehaven.

Today, that all changed. Today there is a listing on the website:

Jack M. DeHaven II

JACK M. DeHAVEN II, 42, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the owner of DeHaven Chevrolet, Fort Wayne, and DeHaven Chevrolet-Cadillac, Kendallville. He was a graduate of Indiana University where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He enjoyed his summers at Lake Wawasee where he was an avid boater. Survivors include his wife, Jane of Roanoke; daughter, Lizzy DeHaven; and sister, Jennifer (John) Bryan of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Patty DeHaven. Service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road, with calling from 10 to 11:30 at the church. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, PO Box 80201, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 or Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, PO Box 548, Syracuse, IN 46567.
Published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers on 5/2/2008.

And now what I originally wrote 3 months ago makes sense regarding the name change of the family dealership, although I still wish they would have retained the name, if nothing else than as a tribute to the DeHaven family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those of you that have lost a friend, husband, father, and brother. (Out of respect, the title of this posting has been changed).

Here's the story that I read in the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly about the demise of Dehaven Chevrolet:

DeHaven Chevrolet has changed its name to reflect some internal changes in its ownership structure. The dealership at 5200 Illinois Road is now known as Summit City Chevrolet. The name was chosen because “we wanted to do something that tied us in to the community,” said general manager John Garcia. Employees at the dealership surveyed customers to see what name they preferred, and the choice also had to satisfy General Motors’ criteria for dealership names, Garcia said. Jack DeHaven is still the primary shareholder. The dealership’s Web site is now Signs with the new name, which became effective Jan. 1, are on order and should be up within about three weeks, Garcia said.

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