Orville Redenbacher's business partner dies in Michigan

Sunday, April 12, 2009 | 3:42 p.m. CDT; updated 8:58 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 12, 2009

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The man who helped Orville Redenbacher start what would become two of the nation's best-known popcorn companies has died.

Charlie Bowman died Wednesday in Holland, Mich., at age 89.

In 1951, he and Redenbacher bought a hybrid seed corn company. Together, they made Boone Grove, Ind.-based Chester Inc., and Orville Redenbacher Popcorn two of the nation's best-known popcorn companies.

Bowman served as company president while Redenbacher developed the hybrids that produced the popcorn. Redenbacher died in 1995 at age 88, but Bowman remained as company president until his retirement in 2006.

Bowman's survivors include wife Mary and three daughters. His funeral is Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso, Ind


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