Memoriam: Michael Funk

May 18th, 2016

Michael Funk, of Montgomery, Ill., died unexpectedly from heart failure on May 14, 2016, at Rush Copley Medical Center. He worked for Glen Raven/Sunbrella in sales for the last 30 years. Michael is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Patti, his daughter Jennifer (fiancé Kristoffer Hinchley), his brothers David (Karen) Funk and James […]

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In memoriam: Duane Wood

December 9th, 2015

Duane Digger Douglas Wood, former vice president of Coastal Canvas, died at his home under the care of hospice on Dec. 5 at the age of 69. Wood worked at Coastal Canvas Company for 39 years. He was an active member in the Industrial Fabrics Association International and a past president of Zone 4— Virginia […]

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In memoriam: Clyde Grambsch

September 15th, 2015

Clyde Grambsch, pop-up manufacturing pioneer and founder of Canvas Replacements, Loyal, Wis., has passed away. In 1957 Grambsch started EZ-Kamper after developing one of the first modern pop-up camping trailers in America. His impact on the RV industry led to his induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., where his original prototype […]

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In memoriam: Frederick Utzinger III

September 2nd, 2015

Frederick Utzinger III, a fourth-generation owner of Independent Awning and Canvas Co., Dayton, Ohio, passed away Aug. 15 at the age of 59. Utzinger started in the awning business at age 14 while working beside his father. He took over the family business when his father passed in 1990, and he and his wife, Shirley, […]

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In memoriam: Theodore “Ted” Wirtz

April 28th, 2015

Theodore “Ted” Wirtz, former president of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), passed away March 29 at the age of 81. Wirtz headed INDA from 1996 until his retirement in 2004. Prior to INDA, he spent most of his professional career in sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development positions with Dexter Corp. […]

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