Co-founder of Big Dutchman Richard "Dick" DeWitt died on July 26 at the age of 96.

DeWitt and his brothers Ben and Jack purchased their first incubator in 1936. Out of that purchase grew Zeeland Hatchery, a turkey processing facility, and DeWitts Modern Feeds. In 1938 Big Dutchman was founded, featuring the first automated chain to facilitate the feeding of 100,000 birds at one time.


The DeWitts sold Big Dutchman in 1972 and retired from day-to-day business. DeWitt is survived by his brother Jack, wife Betty, several children and step-children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.