Russell Kice of Kice Industries dies

by Emily Buckley
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WICHITA, KANSAS, U.S. — Russell W. Kice, retired president of Kice Industries, Inc., died April 3 at age 84.

After serving in World War II, Mr. Kice started a sheet metal shop, Kice Metal Products Co., with his father, Wilbur, and two brothers, Jack and Jim. Beginning in May 1968, the company began operating as a family-held corporation. Jack (the eldest son) handled engineering and advertising, Russell handled sales and administration and Jim was in charge of manufacturing.

Kice Metal became a national supplier to the milling industry with the implementation of Wilbur Kice’s ideas for the Multi-Aspirator. In 1990, the Kansas State University research foundation licensed Kice as the sole worldwide manufacturer and marketer of the K.S.U. mill, developed in the 1980s by Steven Curran, a K.S.U. department of grain sciences milling professor. In 1993, Kice began marketing the mill.

According to his family, disciplined scientific testing was of central importance to Mr. Kice, whether it was determining a new soybean dehulling flow diagram, determining ash/aleuron levels in short flow flour sample or assessing product conditioning tables.

To those that knew Mr. Kice, he has been referred to as friend, colleague, one of the true "gentlemen of the industry," mentor and a genuine, kind, sincere teacher. He will be missed in the milling industry for his professional contributions and by all those with whom he worked.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi; four sons, J.D., Bill, Bob and Tom; a daughter, Marlyn Applequist; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.