Fred Turner died. Wake is Friday in Deerfield. Funeral Saturday.
I liked him a lot.
Former McDonald's CEO Fred Turner dies
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January 08, 2013
Former McDonald's Corp. CEO Fred Turner died Monday, the company announced.
Mr. Turner, who was 80, died of complications of pneumonia, McDonald's said in a statement late Monday night. He was president and chief executive of the fast-food chain from 1974 to 1977, when he became chairman and CEO. He held those roles until 1987.
He remained the company's chairman until 1990, then senior chairman until retiring in 2004 and being named honorary chairman.
While Mr. Turner was CEO, McDonald's more than tripled its number of restaurants, the Oak Brook-based company said, adding his "most notable achievement was the significant domestic and international expansion of the company."
"Fred was a true pioneer and shaped the quick-service restaurant industry. We will remember his leadership, passion and dedication to McDonald's, our customers and our people," McDonald's Chairman Andy McKenna said in the company statement announcing Mr. Turner's death.
Mr. Turner was one of Ray Kroc's first employees, joining in 1956, and became president and chief administrative officer in 1968, McDonald's said. He formerly was on the boards of companies including Aon PLC and Baxter International Inc.
Mr. Turner, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, who lived in north suburban Deerfield, is survived by three daughters. His wife, Patty, predeceased him.
Visitation for Mr. Turner is from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Patty Turner Senior Center, 375 Elm St. in Deerfield. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 724 Elder Lane in Deerfield.