Western Auto Posted in: Community By Kim Marlow | Shari Ripkowski and her son, Cory, own the Western Auto in Dayton. Contributed photo | Vernon Lloyd Martin bought the Dayton Western Auto in 1972. BUSINESS OF THE WEEK Vernon Lloyd Martin of Dayton always dreamed of owning his own business, and in 1972 the ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!