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2011 Departures

Here are notable deaths in 2011 within the franchise industry.

Nick Boddie, one of the founders of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, the largest Hardee's franchise owner, passed away on December 2 at age 84. Nick formed Boddie-Noell Enterprises in the 1960s with his brother Mayo and their late uncle W. Carlton Noell. The franchise now has over 330 restaurants under the Hardee's brand.

George Culver passed away on July 1 at the age of 88 in Sauk City, Wisconsin. Culver was one of the co-founders of Culver's hamburger chain, along with his wife Ruth, their son Craig and daughter-in-law Lea Culver, He started his franchise experience with an A&W restaurant in 1961. His wife Ruth passed away in 2008.

Stephen A. Ellerhorst died unexpectedly on May 30 at the age of 54. A former Burger Chef and Hardee's franchise owner, Ellerhorst was a tireless advocate of franchisee associations. He participated in leading a number of independent franchisee associations, including the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers. He was the CEO of the Int'l Association of Franchisees and Dealers until his death.

F.C. "Bud" Hadfield, the founder of the Kwik Copy print franchise chain and the ICED print network, died on April 11 at the age of 87. 

Daniel G. Maizner died suddenly on August 30 at age 43 after a day of volunteer work reaching out to individuals in need with the Fairview Friends Foundation. A former Alphagraphics franchise owner, Maizner pushed for better transparency and disclosure in franchising. To strengthen better disclosure, Maizner founded OpenFran.org in 2008, a not-for-profit organization that offered free Franchise Disclosure Documents that could be searched by text string.

John "Jack" Mangan died on September 17 in a West Virginia Air Show crash at the age of 54.  He was president and CEO of Restaurant Management Group (RMG), a franchisee of Hardee's and Little Caesars brands.  Mangan was also vice president of the Independent Hardee's Franchisee Association.

Kurt Rudi Ziebart, founder of Ziebart, a vehicle appearance and protection chain, passed away on September 12 at age 91.

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