Hoosier Racing Tire co-founder Joyce Newton dies
Joyce Newton, co-founder of Hoosier Racing Tire and a supporter of the Lakeville community, died Tuesday morning at the age of 85.
She and her husband, Bob Newton, founded Hoosier Racing Tire back in 1957. The company grew, making it the largest producer of race tires in the world.
Joyce and Bob also gave the community Newton Park, a state-of-the-art sports complex that opened in 1999. They revitalized the old Lakeville High School as well, turning it into a beautiful community center.
Those who worked closest with the couple say they leave a lasting legacy.
"They were very personal people, very much people that cared about family and friends and relationships and that's probably one of the biggest things I've learned from them is that you have to be friends and you have to enjoy what you're doing to make life so its not work," says Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hoosier Racing Tire Dennis Sherman.
Bob passed away in 2012.
Joyce continued to lead the company until 2016 when the family sold the business to Continental Tire.
"Joyce was one of the smallest people in stature, she wasn't real tall, wasn't real large but she carried a big stick as the expression would go. She had a very firm resolve, she knew the difference between right and wrong and always encouraged people to do what was right and to do what was best," says Sherman.
Viewings have been scheduled for Friday, January 19, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Palmer Complex in Lakeville.
There will be a viewing on Saturday from 10-11 a.m., with the funeral and burial following at Palmer Complex.