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Arby’s co-founder Leroy Raffel dies at 96, chain announces

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — One of the founders of Arby’s has died. The restaurant chain announced the death of Leroy Raffel, 96, on its Facebook page Thursday.

While details regarding Raffel’s death weren’t immediately available, an obituary for the Ohio native says he passed away peacefully at his home.

Raffel was an active member in the Jewish community, according to his obituary, and his family has asked for contributions in memory of him to be made to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. In a statement Thursday, Arby’s President Jim Taylor said the restaurant chain will make a donation to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in Leroy’s name.

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