Petit Jean Meats CEO Dies

MORRILTON, Ark. - The community is mourning the death of a local businessman.

A news release issued Thursday by Morrilton Packing Company announced the death of its CEO, David Ruff, 70, who "passed away yesterday at Conway Regional Medical Center...due to an enduring illness."

Ruff began work at Petit Jean Meats as Plant Manager in 1984 and assumed the role of CEO after his father’s death in 1990. 

"David oversaw many milestones at Petit Jean Meats such as increasing production with a new state-of-the-art production plant and shipping Petit Jean Meats nationwide. Just like David’s father and uncle before him, David had established a long-term succession plan. Three of his sons have worked at Morrilton Packing Company for many years. Edward, the eldest of the sons working at the plant, has been by David’s side for over seventeen years. The company is very excited about the future with new products which have been developed during the past few years," the news release stated.

Services for Ruff include a public visitation and prayer service at 6 p.m. Friday night at Harris Funeral Home in Morrilton. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morrilton with burial after at Sacred Heart cemetery.

Click here for David Ruff's online obituary and condolences guestbook.

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