Bob Brothers, 92, died March 23. He founded Strawn Rentals, Dallas, and led the company until his retirement in 1998, after completing a sale to Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. Brothers served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal as well as a Victory Ribbon and an Overseas Bar. When he returned from the war, he continued his work with Strawn Merchandise Co., where he had started his career at age 17 driving trucks that delivered dynamite. According to Walter Wilson II, who worked for Brothers for 21 years, Strawn Rental became the largest Dallas-based independent rental company under Brothers’ direction and was among the first to carry lines of equipment from manufacturers such as Champ, Toyota Forklifts, Grove and Gradall. The company expanded into Houston and San Antonio, and in 1972 Brothers was named Texas Rental Man of the Year. Brothers served as president of the Texas Rental Association (TRA) and served on the American Rental Association (ARA) board of directors in 1976. Brothers also founded a scaffolding rental company to serve masonry contractors. He was preceded in death by his wife and two children. He is survived by a daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at 12411 Templeton Trail, Farmers Branch, TX 75234.
Robert Jensen II
Robert Jensen II, CEO of Top Choice Rentals in Kenosha, Wis., died March 9. Jensen opened Top Choice Rentals in 1984 and it continues to be a thriving family business. His family says they will carry out the legacy of his work and his spirit of generosity, ambition and character as they continue to develop and enhance the business. Jensen is survived by his wife, Gail; sister, Jeri; sister-in-law, Faye Enos; and six children, Jennifer (Michael) Cable, Jessica Jensen, Robert W. (Rachel) Jensen III, Ryan (Michelle) Jensen, Regan Jensen, Jerian (Chad) Buchanan; as well as 14 grandchildren.
Richard ‘Dick’ McCann
Richard “Dick” McCann, 73, founder and owner of McCann Industries, the building supplies and equipment dealer based in Addison, Ill., died on March 12. In 1967, McCann started McCann Construction Specialties Co. in a one-car garage in Villa Park, Ill., with a $1,500 loan from his father-in-law. He expanded to a facility across the street the next year. Two years later, he moved to Addison and then built the current facility in 1976, which was expanded 10 years later. Locations were added every few years through acquisitions. McCann founded McCann Power and Equipment when he purchased three Case Construction Equipment-owned locations in 1995. In 2000, McCann Construction Specialties Co. was merged with McCann Power and Equipment to become McCann Industries. Today, the company has seven locations throughout the Chicago area to service the construction industry with both construction supplies and equipment. Active in many construction industry associations, McCann was president of both Associated Construction Distributors International and Illinois Equipment Distributors. He served in board positions with the Underground Contractors Association, Concrete Contractors Association of Greater Chicago and Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council. McCann is survived by his wife, one son, three daughters and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests that honorariums be sent to the Richard J. McCann fund c/o Boy Scouts of America National Foundation, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015.