Beddor, Hall of Famer and M&A Pioneer, Passes
NAPLES, FL—Frank Beddor Jr., an entrepreneur who helped build many well-known Midwestern printing companies during the 1970s and 1980s, passed away Saturday at the age of 83.
Mr. Beddor began his printing career with Japs-Olson and in 1969 he founded the company that would become IWCO Direct of Chanhassen, MN. He also founded, acquired and/or merged a number of well-known printing establishments, including The Press, Viking Press, McGill/Jensen, Brookshore Litho, Danner Press and The Press of Ohio.
Away from the office, Mr. Beddor always sought out adventure. He once took a motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to South America along with his Great Dane, Rowdy. In 1953 he made a record-setting water ski trip down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Even at the age of 79, Mr. Beddor went hang gliding in Rio de Janero.