Neil Kruschke Sr.
CLEVELAND - Neil Kruschke Sr., founder of Stopol Inc. and a 37-year plastics industry veteran, died Feb. 20 at the Hospice of the Cleveland Clinic. Kruschke, 64, died from leukemia, five months after first learning he had the disease. Stopol sells used plastics machinery and has annual sales of $28 million. He is survived by sons Neil and Don, daughter Carol Kruschke, his wife Nancy and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Kruschke's memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Cleveland Chapter, 20525 Center Ridge Road, Suite 630, Cleveland, Ohio 44116.
PHOENIX - William Wiess, retired president and owner of Phoenix-based thermoformer Central Plastic & Rubber Co. Inc., died Dec. 28 due to complications from diabetes and kidney disease. He was 64. Wiess was a 35-year plastics industry veteran.
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. - President and Chief Executive Officer Moe Kessler died Dec. 4 of natural causes. He was 76. Kessler founded Outwater Plastics Industries Inc., a Woodridge-based extruder, in 1972 and later, its architectural products division. Kessler credited an automobile accident as the most significant factor in the growth of his business, according to company sources. After he was struck by a car and unable to run his newly started business, Kessler relied on a catalog as a selling tool. Outwater touts itself as the first plastics distributor serving small furniture and cabinet manufacturers. Peter Kessler has assumed his father's role with the company.
VAN NUYS, CALIF. - Robert Carr, once a top salesman of Reed-Prentice Corp. presses in the West, died Jan. 5 at age 85 in Van Nuys. He had been ill since September with circulatory problems. Carr joined the firm in 1942 as a technician and remained for 37 years. In 1976, he sold his 1,000th press, and sold several hundred more machines before retiring in 1979. Carr is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances, a son and a daughter.