Ernest Flegenheimer, former president and CEO of Michigan Sugar Company, died on Feb 2. He was 94.

Flegenheimer’s time as president and CEO of Michigan Sugar spanned over three decades from 1963 to 1993.

He was born in 1927 in Zurich, Switzerland. His father, Albert Flegenheimer was also a pioneer in the sugar industry. Ernest came to the U.S. in 1942 and was naturalized in 1943.

Ernest Flegenheimer, left, and his son and current president and CEO of Michigan Sugar Company, Mark Flegenheimer. (Michigan Sugar Company photo)
Ernest Flegenheimer, left, and his son and current president and CEO of Michigan Sugar Company, Mark Flegenheimer. (Michigan Sugar Company photo)
His career in sugar began in 1954 when he began working for Menominee Sugar Company in Green Bay, Wis. He worked there nine years before joining Michigan Sugar.

Ernest was married to Marjorie McGinn, who preceded him in death. Together, they had four children — Ellen, Lauren, Eric and Mark. Today, Mark Flegenheimer continues the family legacy in the sugar industry as he serves as president and CEO of Michigan Sugar.

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“Ernest will always be a beloved member of the Michigan Sugar family and we know his impact went far beyond our footprint,” said Michigan Sugar in a statement. “Simply put, Ernest influenced and touched countless people during his life and career.”

Each year, Flegenheimer is remembered at Michigan Sugar through the Ernest Flegenheimer Award, given during the company’s annual Employee Service Award ceremonies to honor an employee for outstanding wisdom, integrity and character.