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2012 February 20: Chuck Sprinkle

Chuck Sprinkle, former president of United Grocers and later of Save Mart Supermarkets died Monday from cancer at the age of 76. Sprinkle spent 22 years early in his career with Dillon Co., Hutchinson, Kansas where he achieved the positions of vice president, retail operations, and later executive vice president. He left Dillon to become president and chief executive officer of United Grocers, Portland, Oregon.

When UG was acquired by Fleming Cos. in 1984, Sprinkle was named corporate executive vice president, western region, for Fleming, and subsequently president of Fleming Foods West. In 1987 Sprinkle joined Modesto, California-based Save Mart as president and chief operating officer — a position he held until he resigned in 1992.He joined American Stores Company in 1994 as Vice President of Special Projects within the American Procurement and Logistics Company (APLC) where he remained until 1998.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service held on Saturday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Living Water Lutheran Church, 9201 East Happy Valley Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Memorials may be sent to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 13400 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 or the Hospice of the Valley, Sherman Home, 5801 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054.

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