Plane Crash Claimed Lives of Long Time CASBA Members

0It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the tragic news that a plane crash has claimed the lives of long time CASBA members Steve and Vicki Fehr.

Steve was the founder of Fehr Foods (now Abimar Foods) in 1992 before selling the company to Grupo Nutresa SA in 2011.

Steve and Vicki were long time members of CASBA and we will miss them greatly.

Please join me and all of our CASBA members in prayer for the Fehr family and other loved ones during their grief over this tragic loss.

A memorial service is planned for Steve and Vicki on Saturday, 8/01/15, from 2:00 – 4:00PM CDT at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX.  The exact details of the memorial are still tentative until there is final word regarding Vicki Fehr, as the family wants to have their memorials at the same time.

The memorial service will be held at the following:

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
9800 Preston Road
Dallas, TX  75230
Tel: (214) 368-6348

For the most updated information regarding the memorial service and for directions, please go to: PageID/1625/index.html

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made at one of the following in Steve and Vicki Fehr’s memory:


  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Donation
    Development Office Unit 705
    P.O. Box 301439
    Houston, Texas 77230-1439
    Tel:  (713) 792-3450
  •  Salvation Army – DFW Metroplex Command
    P.O. Box 2333
    Fort Worth, Texas 76113
    Tel:  (214) 637-8100
  • Alliance For Women & Children – Abilene
    1350 North Tenth
    Abilene, Texas 79601
    Tel:  (325) 677-5321
  • Abilene Food Pantry
    5505 N 1st St.
    Abilene, TX 79603Tel:  (325) 695-6311


The following is listed on the funeral home website for Charles Stephen (Steve) Fehr:

OBITUARY for Charles Stephen Fehr –

Charles Stephen Fehr, of Westover Hills, Texas, known to his many friends and family as “Steve,” passed away Sunday at the age of 64.

Beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, Steve was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 14, 1950 and raised in Dallas, Texas.

Steve attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1974 with a degree in Business. Steve was a member of Phi Delta Theta and enjoyed lifelong friends through that association.

A veteran of the baking industry, Steve founded Fehr Foods, Inc. in Abilene, Texas in 1992. Over the next 20 years, Steve transformed the company from a moribund regional baker with fewer than 30 employees, into a modern manufacturing operation that produced and distributed its own Lil’ Dutch Maid brand and other private label cookies nationwide.

In 2011, Fehr Foods was acquired by Grupo Nutresa, S.A., a food processing conglomerate headquartered in Medellin, Colombia. Steve continued to serve as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors of Fehr Foods until shortly before his death. Fehr Foods (now known as AbiMar Foods, Inc.) remains one of the largest employers in the region.

The success of Fehr Foods and his personal involvement in the Abilene community were two of Steve’s proudest accomplishments.  Equally rewarding were the personal and business relationships Steve developed during his 50 years in the baking industry.  Following the sale of Fehr Foods, Steve pursued mining and exploration interests in southern Utah, an enterprise with which the Fehr family has been involved for more than 60 years.

An Eagle Scout, Steve loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed his travels in the American Southwest.  Steve was an accomplished private pilot with thousands of flight hours, and his general passion for aviation led him to serve as a Director on the Abilene Airport Development Board.

Steve served on numerous other for-profit and non-profit boards, including the Abilene Industrial Foundation and the Biscuit and Crackers Manufacturing Association.  Steve was also an active member in good standing of the Privy Council.  A Christian, Steve was an involved member of his church and Sunday School class in Abilene at First Central Presbyterian.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, I. N. “Newt” Fehr.  Steve is survived by his mother Doris Dickey Fehr of Dallas, brother Roger Fehr of Austin, Texas, son Bart Fehr of Houston, Texas, son Brian Fehr of Dallas, granddaughters Vail Linnea Fehr and London Jean Fehr of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and granddaughter Charlotte Lucile Fehr of Houston.  Known as “Granddaddy” to Vail, London, and Charlotte, Steve was anticipating the birth of twin grandchildren, Alice Victoria and namesake Charles Boone.  Also preceded in death by faithful canines Frank, Blackjack, and Rebel, and survived by the devoted Max, Steve combined his love of dogs and the outdoors during long hikes on and about Steamboat Mountain, near Buffalo Gap, Texas.

Steve was accompanied in death by cherished wife Vicki, his joyous partner of 42 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed in Steve’s name to MD Anderson Cancer Center or to any of the charitable organizations listed above. Memorial service 2PM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX.

The following is listed on the funeral home website for Vicki Wilkinson Fehr

OBITUARY for Vicki Wilkinson Fehr –

Vicki Wilkinson Fehr, 64, of Westover Hills, Texas, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother, died peacefully on Thursday, surrounded by her many friends and family at The Medical Center of Plano.  She will be missed by all.

Born May 29, 1951 in Dallas, Texas, Vicki graduated from Hillcrest High School and received her B.A. in Psychology in 1974.  Vicki was a member of Delta Delta Delta and served as Alumnae Chapter President in Abilene, Texas from 1998-99.

Vicki began her career as an educator in Hale Center, Texas, where she taught fifth grade.  As her career progressed, Vicki developed a passion for diagnosing and teaching children and adults with neurological disabilities.  In her role as educational diagnostician, Vicki assisted students with disabilities while working with Dr. Sam Brinkman, Kenley School, and Taylor-Callahan Educational Cooperative.  She retired in 2006 from Hardin Simmons University where she was the Director of its Dyslexia Center and Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services.

Vicki’s great capacity for helping others manifested in her many volunteer positions in the Abilene and Fort Worth, Texas communities.  Vicki particularly enjoyed the time she donated to the Abilene Food Pantry and Medical Care Mission.  Vicki served on the Board of Directors at the Alliance for Women and Children (previously the YWCA) and the Salvation Army’s Ft. Worth Advisory Council as a member of the Community Relations and Development Committee.  Vicki was also a Junior League and Garden Club member.

Vicki was a strong Christian and served her church and faith as she served so many others.  Vicki was an elder at First Central Presbyterian Church of Abilene, where she also served as Chairperson of the Christian Education Committee.  Vicki was an active member of the church’s Lifeline Council and an enthusiastic bible study and Sunday School participant.

Vicki was always eager to support any activity that involved helping children and families. Her own children and grandchildren were the most important things in the world to her and provided another outlet for her apparently endless supply of selflessness.  Vicki loved to travel with her friends and sisters and did so extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was an animal lover and hated to see any creature suffer.

Vicki was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Lay Irwin of Dallas, father Jack Douglas Wilkinson, and stepfather James D. Irwin, all of Dallas.

Vicki is survived by her loving family, including son Bart Fehr of Houston, Texas, son Brian Fehr of Dallas, sister Sherrie Johnson of Benton, Louisiana, sister Lisa Tucker of Searcy Arkansas, granddaughters Vail Linnea Fehr and London Jean Fehr of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and granddaughter Charlotte Lucile Fehr of Houston, along with many adoring cousins, nieces, and nephews. Known to Vail, London, and Charlotte as “NaNa ViVi,” Vicki was eagerly awaiting the birth of twin grandchildren, Charles Boone and namesake Alice Victoria.  Vicki is joined in death as in life by Steve, her devoted husband of 42 years and often referred to as the luckiest man on earth.  The family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time.  Special thanks is extended to the first responders and other medical care teams that provided such superior care and support following Vicki and Steve’s tragic accident, including the Bryan County (Oklahoma) Fire Department and EMS, Bryan County Sheriff’s Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Air Evac Life Team, agents of the National Transportation and Safety Board, Brown’s Funeral Home of Durant, Oklahoma, and the tremendous professionals of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at The Medical Center of Plano.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed in Vicki’s name to the Salvation Army of Ft. Worth or to any of the charitable organizations listed above. Memorial service 2PM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX.

The 47th CASBA Conference Dates and Location For 2016 Have Been Set!

We’re Going Home!

From February 14 – 17, 2016, come and join your friends and colleagues in the Cookie and Snack Baker’s Association at the 47th Annual CASBA Conference as we move this year’s convention back to a place that is very familiar to many of our members, The Cloister at Sea Island, GA!

In the coming months, you will receive more information about the reservation, registration, and conference schedule in the mail, but please continue to check back in at the CASBA website as we will be updating this information online as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about the 2016 conference, please contact William Bennett, CASBA President, at (770) 565-1942 or

Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as many new ones in 2016!

Honoring Tom Lugar for 50 Years of Service

CASBA Honors Tom Lugar with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Lugar awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Pictured at the banquet was Tom’s wife, Sally Lugar, Senator Dick Lugar and a contingency of fellow colleagues from Reading Bakery Systems.


CASBA Inc. honors Tom Lugar for over 50 years of service to his company and the industry.

CASBA Secretary passes away, Son assumes same position

A beloved member of the CASBA family, Stuart Kriegermeier, passed away in October of 2014. Stuart’s ever positive presence, not only as a member of the CASBA organization, but as a truly good person will surely be missed by everyone. Below are several pictures of Mike Kriegermeier, Stuart’s son, accepting a plaque that was awarded to his late father. Mike was unanimously elected to assume his father’s position as the Secretary at CASBA, Inc.


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Former CASBA President to become CEO of Post

Rich Koulouris to become CEO of Post Cereals


It is with great pleasure that we announce that former CASBA president and Ralcorp executive has been called out of retirement to become CEO of Post Cereals.

Congratulations to Rich Koulouris!

New Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

CASBA is honored to announce the induction of Kermit Murphy into the Baking Hall of Fame by the American Society of Baking on March 1, 2015, during a special ceremony at Baking Tech 2015, in Chicago.  Along with Kermit, his brother, Pete Murphy will also be inducted.

The Murphy brothers founded Mother Murphy’s Laboratories in Greensboro, NC in 1946.

Kermit, along with his two sons, Kit and David, were loyal members of CASBA for nearly fifty years.

CASBA Member Passes

CASBA is saddened to learn of the death of Stu Kriegermeier on October 18, 2014.

Stu served CASBA as Past President (2002-2003) and was our current Secretary.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

At the family’s request, CASBA will be making a generous donation to Shriners’ Hospitals.

For those interested in making a Memorial gift in remembrance of Stu Kriegermeier, please contact:

Shriners Children’s Hospital
2211 Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707

Craig S. Parrish
Executive Director

New email address

Please update your contact information for CASBA: the new dedicated email address is

Attention Saddlebrook attendees

We’d love to share your photos of the event and all the excitement! Please contact us if you have any photos you would like us to see.

President’s Corner – Kevin Boyle

Dear CASBA Members,

I am honored to be once again serving as your CASBA chairman for our 2015 conference.  After much due-diligence, we will be at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, FL on February 15 through 17, 2015.

The 45th conference this past February at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa was a great success filled with warm weather, lots of golf, good company and interesting speakers.  We learned all about commodity markets from Matt Beeson of Beeson & Associates.  We heard from Saddlebrook’s founder, T.D. Dempsey, about family business and estate planning.  Dr. Nick Hall concluded with “Wining the Stress Challenge with Knife and Fork.”  Our Tuesday night banquet was topped off with Craig Parrish auctioning a tie presented to him from Kermit Murphy 25 years ago.  Bud Cason topped the bidding at $2,500 for the Kit Murphy Scholarship fund. Thank you, gentlemen!  The Murphy family (Kermit, Kit and David) were honored with a lifetime achievement award for the years of service and support of CASBA.


Kevin M. Boyle