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Jordan Kapson, founder of The Jordan Automotive Group in Mishawaka, Ind., whose firm sold van conversions and procured Ford chassis for the recreational vehicle industry, died in his home Feb. 23 at the age of 82.
Kapson was a Chicago native who opened his first car dealership in 1947 at the site of his current headquarters in Mishawaka. He expanded the business to become the nation’s largest Ford dealership and, for 17 years straight, the country’s largest fleet dealer.
The company attributes that growth, in part, to Kapson’s relationship with the RV industry. The dealership supplied hundreds of thousands of vans when the sector was at its peak. The Mishawaka location also continues to serve as the dealer through which all Class A and Class C motorhome chassis sales are channeled for northern Indiana RV builders. Today, Jordan handles billing, warranty, prep and conditioning services for those Ford chassis pool accounts.
Kapson is survived by his two daughters, Nancy and Karen, and son, Craig, who joined the dealership in 1971. In addition to being a successful business owner, Kapson was known for his involvement with countless charitable organizations and boards.
Funeral services were held this past weekend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for the Homeless, The Cardiac Care Unit at Memorial Hospital or the Jordan H. Kapson Chair for Jewish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.