READING, MICHIGAN, US — Royal Denning, a milling industry veteran and past president of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM), died on March 23. He was 80 years old.

Denning spent most of his career with Mission, Kansas, US-based Cereal Food Processors (CFP), serving as assistant director of operations prior to his retirement.

He received a master’s degree in milling science at Kansas State University prior to launching his milling career in 1965 with Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM). He left ADM in 1974 and joined International Multifoods. The following year he began working at CFP, where he spent the rest of his career before retiring. CFP was acquired by Grain Craft in 2014.

Denning was an active member in the IAOM, serving on the Food Protection, Education and Nominating Committees, and as chairperson of the Intermountain, Flour City and Ohio Valley districts.

He was elected president of the IAOM in 2008-09, having served as treasurer and vice president during the two years prior to ascending to the presidency.

During his tenure as an IAOM international officer, he traveled the world attending IAOM regional and district events throughout the United States and Canada, and in Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia and Tanzania.

The family plans to organize a celebration of life service, which will be available via Zoom. For more details and more information, click here.