The agriculture industry suffered a great loss yesterday as company patriarch and co-chair, Robert Victor Antle, passed away on August 3. According to The Produce News, Mr. Antle, a founding member of Tanimura & Antle, Inc., was surrounded by family at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital at the time of his death.
Considered an industry icon and pioneer, Mr. Antle changed the way produce is packaged and distributed by first developing a system to wrap vegetables in the field (1960). He also developed distribution centers for the introduction of wrapped lettuce and other source packaged fruits and vegetables (1965), among other initiatives.
One of his proudest accomplishments was the establishment of the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library at California State University-Monterey Bay. This library serves as the centerpiece for the emerging campus and as the social and intellectual hub of the university. He felt strongly that this was the perfect vehicle for the families to give back to the community in a lasting way.
He is survived by: his wife, Sue Antle; his brother, Kenneth Antle, Tucson, Arizona; his sons, Rick L. (Tonya) Antle, Mike V. (Cass) Antle; and his twin daughters, Kathy (Vince Ciolino) Della-Rose, Karen (Joseph) Hebl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; along with his 21 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Monday August 11, 2014 at five o’clock in the afternoon at the CSUMB World Theater. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that donations be made directly to one of Bobs favorite charities/organizations: The Bob Antle Scholarship Fund, c/o CSUMB 100 Campus Center, Seaside CA 93955, The Salvation Army of Monterey, 1491 Contra Costa St, Seaside, California 93955 or the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, 100 Campus Center, Building 86E, CSUMB, Seaside, California 93955.
The employees of Western Growers wish to express our deepest condolences to Mr. Antle’s family and to the Tanimura & Antle community.
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