Pete Finkieg was a big fan of pet food.
His family was farmers in Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains.
He also had a passion for the outdoors.
Falk, 69, passed away Saturday, March 10, at the age of 66.
He had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2012.
Finkig was the founder of the pet food company Pet Express, which made Pet Express Pet Food.
He was the son of retired dairy farmer, Bob Finkigs, and a former employee of the company.
Finkig started the company in 1978, when he was working as a truck driver.
He took the name Pet Express in 1983 and began selling Pet Express’ pet food at the farmers market in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The company was the first to produce the pet feed that has since been adopted by millions of Americans, many of whom are also in their 50s or older.
Forkig’s children are Pet Express CEO and President, and Pet Express founder and CEO, Paul Finkliggers.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and four children.
Pet Express’ CEO and president, Paul K. Finkleig, said in a statement:We are all shocked by the loss of our beloved and dedicated father and grandfather.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete’s family and all of his friends and fans.
The Finkigo family is devastated by the news of Pete’s passing.
Pete loved to travel the country for many years, visiting the homes of his customers in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
He loved to spend time with his dogs and cats, and was an active member of the local community.
We will miss him very much, especially his wife Kathy and children, Pet Express said in the statement.
Farkie Finkiger was the CEO of Pet Express from 2007 to 2017.
He died of pancreatic adenocarcinoma in June of 2018, according to a statement from the Finkis.
He started Pet Express after retiring from the dairy industry and moved to the rural West Virginia town of Westmoreland, which has a population of less than 400 people.