2009 Summer of Death Continues as Oscar Mayer Dies at 95

Well folks, the Summer of 2009 is turning into the Summer of Death. Here’s a list of notable deaths so far this summer:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Farrah Fawcett
  • Ed McMahon
  • Billy Mays
  • Steve McNair
  • Robert S. McNamara
  • Arturo Gatti
  • Karl Malden
  • Gale Storm
  • David Carradine
  • Oscar G. Mayer, Jr.
  • Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Lester William Polfuss (aka Les Paul)
Oscar G. Mayer Jr.
Oscar G. Mayer Jr.

And we can add another well-known figure to that list as retired Oscar Mayer Foods President and Chairman Oscar G. Mayer Jr. has died at the age of 95. He passed away on July 8, 2009 at Hospice Care in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Mr. Mayer was the third Oscar Mayer to run the Oscar Mayer Foods company. He was the grandson of the original Oscar Mayer, and he had been named named company president in 1928.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Oscar G. Mayer retired from the company in 1977, after Oscar Mayer Foods had posted it’s first $1 billion dollar year. After his first wife passed away in 1998, he married Geraldine Fitzpatrick. And I’m not sure if this is true, but some reports claim that Geraldine was only 21-years-old when they married. He was 85. Again, I’m not sure if that’s true, but it would certainly add to his legacy.

According to TMZ, Oscar’s funeral wish was for the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to not be present at his funeral. Now that would be a sight. Just imagine a processional led by the Wienermobile.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in 1936
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in 1936