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Cookie company founder dies in plane crash

The wife of the founder of an Abilene-based cookie company was in critical condition Monday at a Plano hospital, a day after a plane crash that killed her husband.

Vicki Fehr, 64, of Westover Hills, remained in the intensive care unit at the Medical Center of Plano, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Her husband, Charles “Steve” Fehr, also 64, was killed Sunday night when their single-engine plane crashed in Oklahoma, said Lt. John Vincent, a public affairs officer with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash five miles southeast of Colbert, Okla., Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, wrote in an email Sunday.

The plane was headed from Springfield, Mo., to Fort Worth’s Spinks Airport, Lunsford said. The pilot reported losing engine power about 3 p.m.

Public records show Fehr owned two planes and had a pilot’s license.

Fehr was associated with dozens of businesses with addresses in Abilene, Fort Worth and Dallas, public records show. He was the founder of Fehr Foods, now known as AbiMar, an Abilene-based cookie company that exports to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, according to its website.

“Steve remained very close to the company,” Patricia Canal, AbiMar’s CEO, told the Abilene Reporter-News. “He’s the one who made the company what it is today.”

Fehr also is listed as a “governing person” for Crown Mines LLC, a Dallas-based company that explores and produces gold, silver and lead, according to a company overview on Bloomberg Business.

The wreckage of the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was found in a wooded area near a country road.

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking the lead in the investigation, other officials said.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792