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Iconic suburban auto dealer Bob Rohmann has died

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Bob Rohmann, an iconic auto dealer known for his comic television commercials and Namesake suburban dealerships, died peacefully with his family on Tuesday evening, company sources said.

Born ninth in 11 children in a log cabin in Lafayette, Indiana, Rohmann, 87, built his automotive group off the ground with a used car lot in his hometown since 1963. Today, the Auto Group has a presence in Indiana, suburban Chicago, Wisconsin and Kenosha.

Rohman opened his first new car dealership with Toyota in 1970, and under his guidance, Boh Rohman Auto Group grew into one of the largest private dealer groups in North America, with 27 new car dealerships, company representatives said.

In the suburbs, Bom Rohman dealerships are located in Schaumburg, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Guerny and Oak Brook.

A more serious aspect of his TV commercial identity was found in the charitable and charitable activities in the communities where his dealerships are located.

He recently funded a state-of-the-art tennis complex for Lafayette Central Catholic High School, the Lafayette Jefferson Public High School’s Performing Arts Center, and a major prize that led to the naming of Rohman Field at Purdue University. Rose-Ade Stadium.

“The Rohmann family cannot thank every employee and friend who has worked for years. Bob Rohmann wants to continue his legacy through the Auto Group,” the company said in a statement. “His family will remember him the most for his endless love and loyalty, his generous heart for humanity, his fervent attitude, his contagious laughter and his love for Purdue football.”

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Funeral arrangements remain Wednesday morning.

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