Salt Lake City - R.C. Willey veteran Lorne Schmunk died April 12 of natural causes.
Schmunk joined the furniture, appliance and CE chain more than 33 years ago, serving as a sales associate, buyer, sales manager, store manager and, for the past nine years, merchandising VP for CE and majaps.
An obituary said he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
"[Lorne] cared about our company, our associates, our customers and the industry," CEO Scott Hymas said in a statement. "He was tough but fair and liked by all."
Hymas shared an unattributed manufacturer's comment that he said was representative of the vendor community's response:
"I am deeply saddened with the abrupt loss of Lorne both personally and professionally ... I will miss his regular emails on the state of the business and those late-day calls just to discuss his ideas on how to grow the business. He was a wonderful person with a great smile and a good sense of humor."
Schmunk is survived by his wife, five children and four grandchildren. Services will be held Monday, April 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Country Crossing Stake Center, 10860 S 3200 W., South Jordan, Utah, and the family will be receiving guests at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, on Sunday from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the