Steelcase Heir, Philanthropist Wege Dies At 94

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Former Steelcase Inc. chairman and philanthropist Peter Wege has died. He was 94.

Wege Foundation vice president Terri McCarthy says Peter Melvin Wege died Monday at his home in Grand Rapids.

He was the son of Peter Martin Wege, who founded Steelcase more than a century ago. Steelcase and rival office furniture manufacturers Haworth Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. anchored the Grand Rapids area's economy for decades.

Peter Melvin Wege created his foundation in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.

Wege retired as vice chairman of the Steelcase board of directors about a decade ago to work full-time on the foundation.

Visitation is planned for Thursday and a funeral will be held Friday, both at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.