Longtime Midwest Food Broker Dies

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Longtime Midwest Food Broker Dies


John A. Schipper, founder of Schipper Food Brokerage Co. in 1951 and president and CEO of the business until his retirement in 1987, has died in Tarpon Springs, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

As a food broker, Schipper’s primary region was Ohio, particularly the tri-city area of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, along with Lima and Bellefontaine, Ohio. He was very active in the local food trades and sat on many broker advisory boards. Schipper Brokerage Co. a division of Cincinnati-based KCBS, is still in operation and celebrating its 58th year of business. It serves Ohio, Indiana, and the southern Michigan area.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Bette; four children, including John L. Schipper, the current owner of Schipper Food Brokerage Co. and a VP/Partner at KCBS; three stepsons; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.