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Forum staff reports, Published October 13 2013

Local auto dealer Charles Corwin, 92, dies

TUCSON, Ariz. — Charles “Charlie” Corwin, a second-generation auto dealer behind a local automotive group that still bears his family name, died Tuesday. He was 92.

Born Oct. 13, 1920 in Bismarck, Charlie Corwin graduated from Fargo High School after his family moved east to expand its auto business.

His graduation from the University of North Dakota was accelerated due to World War II and he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of the “Battle of the Bulge” – the bloodiest fight for the U.S. during the war.

He returned to Fargo following his discharge in 1946 and joined his father and older brother in the family business. He married Betty Flatt in January 1948. The pair raised four children.

The Corwin Motor Co. was originally founded in 1914 by Charlie Corwin’s father, Samuel Wickham Corwin, in Bismarck. He expanded the business by opening a second dealership in Fargo on NP Avenue.

In the early days, the dealership sold Chrysler and Plymouth cars. Now, the Corwin Automotive Group, as it’s known today, still deals Chrysler in addition to Toyota, Honda, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Scion vehicles.

Charlie Corwin retired from the family business in 1981. The Corwin Automotive Group is owned and operated by his son, Tim.

Charlie Corwin and his wife lived primarily in Tucson, Ariz. since 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, their four children: Caroyln Corwin, Wick Corwin, Tim Corwin and Ann Goutermout, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral in Fargo. The family requests that memorials be made to Gethsemane Cathedral, Trinity Church in Park Rapids, Minn., or the Great Plains Food Bank.