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Jon Caswell, founder of Iona, Mich,-based Caswell RV and a longtime member of the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVC), died from complications with pancreatic cancer on April 18.

Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University in 1964, he joined the Great Lakes Naval Academy and served in the United States Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserves for eight years.

After first working at the Ionia Unemployment Office, Caswell then joined his father at Caswell & Co. Ford dealership in 1966 selling cars.

Caswell & Co., which started out as a gas station in 1936, later expanded to become an automobile dealership in 1949, and eventually included recreational vehicles. In 2002 the dealership was sold, but Caswell RV remained in operation.

He was a 14-year member of both the Michigan Auto Dealers Association board and MARVC, as well as a two-year member of the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles Executive board.

His funeral will take place Thursday (April 25) at 11 a.m. in Ionia.