Freddy’s co-founder Bill Simon dies

December 19, 2016

Bill Simon, president, CEO and one of four co-founders of Wichita, Kan.-based Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, died Saturday following a battle with cancer. He was 61.

Simon, an accomplished skier and avid golfer, was an accountant who worked for a local Pizza Hut franchisee and then a Rent-A-Center operator. He then helped turn around Center Industries, a Wichita manufacturer and branch of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation that provides jobs to people with disabilities. 

Bill Simon and Scott Redler had been working together on a full-service chain, Timberline Steakhouse and Grill, in 2002, when they got together with Bill’s