MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Burton M. Joseph, chief executive officer of the I.S. Joseph Company Inc., died on March 14.

The Joseph Company was an agri-business firm with investments in approximately 30 operating companies. The companies were engaged in the grain and feed ingredient business, export and domestic, involving processing, storage and marketing. 

Joseph, 91, was a pilot in World War II and the Korean War as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Burton was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, cum laude, with a bachelor’s of arts degree in agricultural biochemistry.

Joseph led a very active and productive civic life. Among his interests and awards: member, board of trustees, American Freedom from Hunger Foundation; commissioner, Seaway Port Authority of Duluth; member, Secretary of Agriculture Advisory Committee, USDA; and member, Department of Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for trade.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Geri M. Joseph; sons, Scott Joseph and Jon Joseph; grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.