GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Services were held here last week for Francis Willmes, founder of the General Merchandise Distributors Council. Willmes died at his home last week after a long battle with cancer. "This is the man whose vision created GMDC. To the day he died, he had a real passion for this business and the association he helped create to serve its needs," said Dave McConnell Jr., president and chief executive officer, GMDC, Colorado Springs, Colo. Willmes, a former vice president of ...

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