He was born on June 18, 1940, in Greencastle, to Raymond Nile York and Mildred O'Neal York.
Bob was a 1958 graduate of Greencastle High School, and was the founder and Chairman of the York Automotive Group.
He started selling cars in 1973, and in 1987, opened York Pontiac Oldsmobile GMC Truck in Greencastle. The York Automotive Group was established in 2000 with the addition of the Chrysler Dodge and Jeep franchises in Crawfordsville. In 2005, the York Automotive Group added Chevrolet Buick and Pontiac franchises in Brazil. In 2006, Chevrolet was added to the Greencastle dealership.
Bob's motto, "We're not No. 1, You are!" led the York Automotive Group to become eligible to become a 5 Star Chrysler Dealer. This award not only recognizes sales volume, but most importantly customer service and satisfaction.
Bob was a former Putnam County Democratic party chairman, former Greencastle Chamber of Commerce Board Member, a member and formerly served on the board of directors of Windy Hill Country Club, former member of Old National Bank board of directors.
He was a member of the L.O.O.M. #1592, American Legion Post #58, Eagles Aerie #4388 and Temple Masonic Lodge in Greencastle.
His parents preceded him in death.
Surviving are his sons, Robert A. "Rob" York Jr. and wife Tammy, Greencastle, and Nick York and wife Kaye, Mooresville, three brothers Dick York and companion Debbie, Florida, Gerald York and wife Diane, Kentucky and Steve York, Pennsylvania, and five beloved grandchildren Robert A. York, III, Brady M. York, Colin S. York, Kara N. York and Meilani A. York.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Greencastle Christian Church, 620 Primrose Lane, with Pastor Mark Miller and Pastor Joel Everson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 14, 2011, from 4-8 p.m., at Greencastle Christian Church, 620 Primrose Lane, Greencastle.
In Bob's honor, Memorials are preferred to the Putnam County Community Foundation or the Greencastle High School Alumni Association.
Bob enjoyed golfing and boating, but most of all his grandchildren.
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