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Mike Pirrone Produce president dies in tragic accident

Henry A. DeBlouw, president of Mike Pirrone Produce Inc. in Capac, MI, died in a tragic accident Aug. 15 at the company's cooler. He was 49.

Brigitte Rogowski, a long-time employee of the company, told The Produce News that Mr. DeBlouw was attempting to adjust the cooler temperature at the electrical box and was accidentally electrocuted.

"Sadly, he did not survive," said Ms. Rogowski. "He was one of the kindest people you would ever wishButchieHenry A. DeBlouw to meet, and he will be missed by all."

Mike Pirrone Produce was founded in 1951. The company produces a summer vegetable program and a fall program of hard squashes, pumpkins, gourds, decorative corns and numerous other fall products that are loved for their decorative as well as their eating qualities.

Mr. DeBlouw, who was affectionately known as "Butchie" by his family, friends and business associates, enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a devoted husband and father who loved to watch his children participate in sports, and was known for organizing fundraisers.

Mr. DeBlouw is survived by his wife, Donna, and children Henry A., Nicholas, Jennifer, Matthew and Daniel.

He is also survived by his parents, Henry and Deanna DeBlouw; sisters Kim Raska, Mary Beth Theut and Lisa Hartwig; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. DeBlouw's son, Henry, will step into his father's footsteps as the president of the company.

The family requests that donations be made to a memorial scholarship fund in Mr. DeBlouw's honor. More information on the can be found at Gendernalik Funeral Home,