Dave Williams, an 18-year employee of Cincinnati-based Caruso Inc. who spent more than 35 years in the produce business, has died. He was 64.

Williams died Oct. 4 from complications of a heart attack.

Caruso Inc. VP dies at 64


Since mid-2009, Williams was vice president of trucking for Caruso Inc. He joined the company in 1992 in purchasing and sales, after he and his three brothers shut down their fruit stand retail store, Brothers Four Country Store in Lima, Ohio.

Williams was promoted to vice president in the mid-2000s, and took over as vice president of trucking in a company restructure in July 2009.

Before joining Caruso, he developed a relationship with the company as a customer for 12 years, said Jeff Busch, chief operating officer.

“We’re really going to miss his personality in the office,” Busch said. “Obviously we’re going to miss his skills and experience, but in a family-run company like we are, we’re a tight-knit family.”

Busch said Williams kept the mood in the office light and jovial.

“He was sure a fantastic guy,” Busch said.

Williams also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, according to Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bowersock Williams; three children, David, Bradley and Mary Ann; two grandchildren, his brothers, Neva Hermiller, Thomas Williams, Robert Williams and Melvin Williams.