Charles Richard "Dick" Arenschield III, 70, of Center City, a bottling-industry consultant, died of complications from leukemia Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Mr. Arenschield grew up in Radnor. He graduated from Staunton (Va.) Military Academy, and attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania while working for the Schmidt's brewery, founded by his great-great-grandfather Christian Schmidt in 1860.
By his early 20s, Mr. Arenschield was a brewmaster, and he later became vice president of marketing. In 1976, the family sold the brewery, which had a plant in Northern Liberties, to William H. Pflaumer Co.
He and his first wife, Libby Hahn Arenschield, raised three children in Valley Forge before divorcing.
In 1979, Mr. Arenschield moved to Houston to be president of the Seven-Up bottling company there. Later he was vice president of the cold-drink division of the Coca-Cola bottling company in Charlotte, N.C.
In 1990, he established New Horizons Consulting Group in South Carolina, and developed a program to streamline shipments for bottling companies, said his wife, Donna Ferfolia Arenschield.
In 1998, he moved the company to Vail, Colo. That's where the couple met, in 2003. They married in 2004 and moved to Philadelphia.
Mr. Arenschield was a member of Aronimink Golf Club. He loved golf and travel, his wife said. When his children were young, the family took road trips every summer, including to Alaska one year, she said. He had an insatiable curiosity and a love of adventure, she said.
Mr. Arenschield is also survived by his daughters, Susan Pember and Paige; a son, Richard; stepchildren Kristin and Brian Lang; his mother, Helene Von C. Cowan; a granddaughter; and a sister. His former wife died in 1998.
A funeral was held Saturday at Bringhurst Funeral Home, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd. Burial was in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.
Donations may be made to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Jefferson Foundation, 925 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19107.