Former Ohio publisher Ed Heminger dies at 85

By the Associated Press | November 30, 2011 | 7:25 PM EST

This 2007 photo shows Findlay Publishing Co. board chairman and former Associated Press board member Ed Heminger. The Courier newspaper says Heminger died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at his home near Findlay, Ohio, at age 85. (AP Photo/The Courier)

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Ed Heminger, board chairman for the Findlay Publishing Co. in Ohio and a former member of The Associated Press board of directors, has died at his home near Findlay.

The Courier newspaper said Heminger's death Wednesday was unexpected. He was 85.

Heminger was in the third of five generations to work at the local newspaper, rising from a paperboy in the 1940s to the top jobs in the company during a long career that also included positions at several industry associations and foundations.

Heminger followed in the footsteps of his father and brother when he became the company's president in 1983. His served as AP board member from 1984 to 1994 and chair of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation from 1980 to 1988.