Joseph “Joe” Arbogast, former co-owner and executive vice president of Mt. Sterling, OH-based prosthetic manufacturer WillowWood, died on August 10 after a massive heart attack. He was 66.
Arbogast was part of the third generation of the Arbogast family to lead WillowWood. After serving in the US Army, he began working full time at WillowWood in 1967. In the early 1980s, Arbogast headed the construction of the company’s current facility. Arbogast was part of several of WillowWood’s key product releases and industry firsts. He held a number of US patents, many in the field of prosthetics.
While remaining active in business strategy and key decisions until his death, he assumed a quieter leadership role within the company during the 1990s.