The chairman of Bob Evans Farms Inc. and former top executive of Motorists Insurance Group has died, the companies said on Tuesday.
Robert E.H. Rabold was 67. He died Monday of a heart attack, Bob Evans said. He was stricken at home and died at Riverside Methodist Hospital, the companies said.
Rabold had served on the Bob Evans board of directors since 1994 and was appointed the first non-executive chairman in 2005.
He also was chairman emeritus of Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. and former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Motorists Insurance Group.
Motorists Mutual is one of eight affiliated companies that make up Motorists Insurance, which offers insurance products primarily in the Midwest.
The Bob Evans board said it will meet as soon as possible to pick a successor, the company.
Rabold began at Motorists in 1960 as a computer programmer. He became chairman, president and CEO in 1988 and retired in 2001.
Bob Evans owns and operates 588 Bob Evans restaurants in 18 states, and 104 Mimi’s Cafe restaurants in 17 states. It also is a producer and distributor of pork sausage and other food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names.
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