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MNB was informed late last night of the passing of E. Dean Werries, the former CEO of Fleming Companies, who retired from the post in 1993, at which point he became chairman of the board until 1994. Werries subsequently served as Secretary of Commerce for the state of Oklahoma, and more recently had served as director emeritus for Sonic Drive-In.

Werries, who also served as chairman of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Grocers Association (NGA), was 82 at the time of his death.
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