Man found dead inside kettle cooker at a Lassonde Pappas processing plant in New Jersey

Man, 63, found dead inside kettle cooker at a Lassonde Pappas processing plant in New Jersey – the makers of Apple & Eve juice

  • Dale R. Devilli, 63, was found dead inside a kettle cooker at a Cumberland County-based processing plant
  • US Occupational Safety and Health Administration is probing the death at the Lassonde Pappas plant
  • Police officials said there is nothing suspicious in Devilli’s death
  • A funeral is scheduled for Devilli, who is survived by his wife and two daughters, for September 26 in Bridgeton, New Jersey 

A New Jersey man was found dead Monday inside of a kettle cooker at a Lassonde Pappas processing plant in Bridgeton.

Dale R. Devilli, 63, was discovered at the Cumberland County-based plant after police received reports of a workplace accident. 

After an initial investigation, according to New Jersey 101.5, police determined there was nothing suspicious about Devilli’s death.

There was nothing immediately indicating what caused the accident leading to his death, though the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to probe the incident.

‘Early Monday morning, an accident that caused a fatal injury to one of our employees occurred at our facility,’ a Lassonde Pappas spokesperson said.

‘We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.’

Dale Devilli, 63, was found dead inside a kettle cooker at a Cumberland County, New Jersey processing plant

Dale Devilli, 63, was found dead inside a kettle cooker at a Cumberland County, New Jersey processing plant

Devilli is survived by his wife of 28 years and two daughters

Devilli is survived by his wife of 28 years and two daughters

Police have determined there is nothing suspicious about Devilli's death, though both they and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to investigate

Police have determined there is nothing suspicious about Devilli’s death, though both they and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to investigate

The 63-year-old was a millwright at the Lassonde Pappas plant, according to his obituary.

 ‘He will be remembered for his years of expertise and vigorous work ethic,’ the obituary reads. ‘He hardly ever missed a day of work and took pride in his job.’

In addition to his time working for Lassonde Pappas, the second-largest producer of private-label juice beverages, Devilli is noted as ‘an avid outdoorsman and a handyman.’

‘Out of his countless hobbies, he perfected bow hunting, fishing, and gardening; the latter would grow a vast variety of fruits and vegetables every summer.

‘Dale was considered the rock in the family. He was their protector, their leader, and their home.’

The 63-year-old was a millwright at the processing plant and is remembered by his family as 'an avid outdoorsman and a handyman'

The 63-year-old was a millwright at the processing plant and is remembered by his family as ‘an avid outdoorsman and a handyman’

Pictured: The Lassonde Pappas processing plant where employees called police reporting an unresponsive person

Pictured: The Lassonde Pappas processing plant where employees called police reporting an unresponsive person

Lassonde Pappas is the second-largest producer of private-label juice beverages

Lassonde Pappas is the second-largest producer of private-label juice beverages

A call was made around 8am to Cumberland County police to report an unresponsive person at the Lassonde Pappas plant on Parsonage Road in Upper Deerfield Township.

Upon arrival, officials found Devilli inside the kettle cooker, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A separate investigation is ongoing with the police.

A funeral will be held for Devilli, who is survived by his wife of 28 years and their two daughters, on September 26.

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