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Byron Evan Allumbaugh


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Byron Evan Allumbaugh Obituary
November 15, 1931 - October 28, 2016 Byron Allumbaugh was born to Faye and Norman Allumbaugh on November 15, 1931, in Beebe, Arkansas. He was the eldest of two sons. Shortly after Byron was born, they moved to Chicago. In 1943 the family moved to Washington, where his parents worked on munitions for the war effort. After the war in 1946, the family moved to Southern California, where Byron would live for the rest of his life. He passed suddenly and unexpectedly Friday afternoon at home in Newport Beach. Byron had an incredible work ethic. After managing a small supermarket chain in Orange County, in 1958 Byron joined Ralphs Grocery Company. He rose through several positions and eventually became Chief Operating Officer in 1971, and President in 1973. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1976 and remained in that position for the rest of his tenure at Ralphs, through 1997. During the course of his career, he held many positions within the Food Industry, including: Chairman of the Food Marketing Institute (1982-1985), Chairman of the Uniform Code Council (1988-1990), President of the Western Association of Food Chains (1972-1973), Chairman of the California Retailers Association (1986-1993), and Director of International Chain Store Organization (1985-1996). After retiring from Ralphs Grocery Company in 1997, Byron served on many public and private Boards of Directors, including: CKE Restaurants (Chairman), Pantry Convenience Stores, H.F. Ahmanson, El Paso Energy, Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, Federated Department Stores, Galyans Sporting Goods, Penn Traffic, Specialty Brands, Automobile Club of Southern California (Chairman), R.S.I, Daymon International, and Schnucks Markets. In addition to his numerous professional accomplishments, Byron held directorships at many charitable organizations, including: Horatio Alger Association, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles United Way (Chairman), Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (Chairman), Food Industry Circle for the City of Hope (Chairman), National Conference of Christians and Jews, and Hoag Hospital. Along the way, Byron was presented with multiple accolades, including: Horatio Alger Award, Sydney R. Rabb Award (Food Marketing Institute), Spirit of Life Award (City of Hope), Hall of Fame Award (Southern California Grocers), and Humanitarian Award (National Conference of Christians and Jews). Married for 40 beautiful years, Byron is survived by his loving wife Ronnie. They were a devoted and loving couple, and shared an infinite number of extraordinary experiences. They lived both in Newport Beach and Indian Wells when they weren't traveling, which they did extensively. They loved each other absolutely, a gift that Ronnie will carry with her moving forward. Byron was extremely social, and loved to golf, play Bridge and Gin, attend parties, and travel with their large circle of friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He will be greatly missed by his many friends across the country, remembered with fondness and affection by his innumerable acts of kindness. He was a very thoughtful and generous man, who leaves an indelible legacy both personally and professionally. Byron's brother Stephen predeceased him in 2011. Byron is survived by four children: Lawrence Allumbaugh, James Allumbaugh, Scott Heger, and Clancy Blair Strobel, and their spouses Dianna, Kathy, Batzi, and Greg. He had eight grandchildren: Shelby, Tyler, Chad, Brynn, Evan, Blair, and Brooke. He was predeceased by his grandson Chase Heger, whom he loved dearly. Byron had two great-grandsons, Elliot and Carter. There will be a private family service and interment Wednesday morning, November 2nd. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial gathering at 12:30, Wednesday afternoon, at Big Canyon Country Club, #1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. In lieu of flowers, if you care to make a donation, please send gifts to Hoag Hospital Foundation in support of medical education at the Ronnie and Byron Allumbaugh Conference Center, at the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute at Hoag Hospital. Their address is Hoag Hospital Foundation, 330 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 1, 2016
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