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In Memoriam, Aug. 22, 2011

August 19, 2011
Roger Scher, 93, founder of Rogers Auto Group in Chicago, died Aug. 6.
Mr. Scher opened a used-car lot in 1934. It became Rogers Pontiac in 1956 and later moved two blocks south to its current address, 2720 S. Michigan Ave. The dealership added Hyundai in 1997, Buick in 1999, GMC in 2000 and Chevrolet in 2003.
His son, Monty Scher, is now president of Rogers Auto Group and is a director of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Other survivors include a daughter, Susan; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions appreciated to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, for Scleroderma Research, c/o Maureen Mizwicki, 420 E. Superior St., 9th Fl. Rubloff Building, Chicago, IL 60611.
Tony Rakos, a longtime owner of Ed James Chevrolet in Bolingbrook, died Aug. 11 at age 85.
As a manager at Hennebry Chevrolet in LaGrange in 1954, Mr. Rakos hired James for a sales position. In 1969, the pair bought Fletcher Chevrolet in Lemont. Although equal partners, they opted to rename the dealership Ed James Chevrolet because James enjoyed better name recognition.
The dealership moved to Bolingbrook in 1978, and James sold his interests to Mr. Rakos’s son, Mike, in 2000. The dealership was sold in 2006, and since has been named Advantage Chevrolet.
In addition to his son, Mr. Rakos is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters Catherine, Anne and Mary Jo; and five grandchildren. Contributions appreciated to The Kids’ Ranch, a children’s program created in memory of his late son, David, at (608) 522-5437.